17 days in Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Thailand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chiang Rai
— 2 nights
Fly to Phuket, Ferry to Ko Lanta
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Ko Lanta
— 1 night
Ferry
4
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 1 night
Ferry
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Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Ko Samui
— 1 night
Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Utapao
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Pattaya
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Bangkok
— 4 nights
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Chiang Mai

— 2 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phan Tao, then stroll through Elephant Rescue Park, then look for gifts at The Lost Book Shop, and finally contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Wat Suan Dok.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai journey planner.

Detroit, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in April, expect Chiang Mai to be much warmer, temps between 99°F and 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Chiang Rai

— 2 nights
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrathat Chom Sak, then view the masterpieces at Art Bridge Chiang Rai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and finally explore the galleries of De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Valley Thailand and then buy something for everyone on your list at CentralPlaza Chiangrai.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Rai driving holiday planner.

Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in April: high temperatures in Chiang Rai hover around 93°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Ko Lanta

— 1 night
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ko Lanta driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Rai to Ko Lanta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Ko Phi Phi Don

— 1 night
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Patong, Phuket

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Promthep Cape, take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, then browse the exhibits of Patong Inn Art, and finally view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Phuket 3D Museum, look for gifts at Suit Master, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan my day in Patong using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Patong are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Patong

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Bophut, Ko Samui

— 1 night
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Classic International Suits, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bophut day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Patong to Bophut takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Patong in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 81°F in Bophut. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Pattaya

— 2 nights

Resort City

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Temple. On the next day, wander the streets of Beach road, then admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise Pattaya, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pattaya visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bophut to Pattaya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Pattaya are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Bangkok

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and Wat Suthat. The Grand Palace and Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and browse the different shops at CentralWorld.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Pattaya to Bangkok by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 80°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Ko Samui travel guide

3.9
Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.