17 days in Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Thailand Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
2
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
3
Koh Tao
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
4
Krabi Town
— 1 night
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
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Newark

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rajawongse Clothier and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Khaosan Roadfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet & Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and make a trip to Wat Pho.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip builder site .

Newark, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in May; daily highs in Bangkok reach 96°F and lows reach 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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Rajawongse Clothier ©
Rajawongse Clothier
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 7th (Thu), head outdoors with Haad Yuan Beach, then stroll through Hat Sadet Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, then kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, and finally stop by Sugar & Spice.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan trip planner.

Getting from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

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.
To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao trip itinerary site .

Ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. May in Koh Tao sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), then see the vivid underwater world at Koh Lao Lading, then enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, and finally look for gifts at Alex's Fashion.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Krabi Town trip app .

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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Koh Tao in May since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Koh Lao Lading ©
Koh Lao Lading
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, stroll through Long Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally look for gifts at Phi Phi Postcard Shop.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don road trip tool .

Getting from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Suit Fitter Phuket, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally browse the different shops at Jungceylon. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yanui Beach, and then view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Patong online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Patong sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yanui Beach, Mai Khao Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

3
nights
Chiang Mai

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Rescue Park and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Get in touch with nature at Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community and Fishing Charters & Tours. Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to San Kamphaeng to see Gems Gallery Chiang Mai about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chiang Mai route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Patong in May, expect nights in Chiang Mai to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 97°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Gems Gallery Chiang Mai
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park

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