17 days in Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Thailand Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Koh Tao
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
5
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Bangkok

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Mahathat & Historic City of Ayutthaya). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Khao San Road, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and get a dose of the wild on SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok road trip planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Bangkok, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 91°F and lows are around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Spas Tours

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Visiting Salad Beach and Ao Plai Laem will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Thong Nai Pan Noi and Haad Yuan Beach. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Hat Sadet Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ko Pha Ngan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 80°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi

1
night
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Koh Tao planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 22nd (Sun), kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, and then tour on your own time with Motorbike Rental Krabi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ao Nang Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

Make your Krabi Town itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Koh Tao to Krabi Town by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in September, Krabi Town is slightly colder at night with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 24th (Tue), make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Long Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nui Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Maya Bay, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don route planner .

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. September in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Viking Cave ©
Viking Cave

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Patong Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): play a few rounds at Phuket Golf Leisure, kick back and relax at Karon Beach, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Patong sightseeing planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In September in Patong, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Buddha Phuket, Phuket Golf Leisure, Karon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

2
nights
Chiang Mai

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Rescue Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in September, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

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