17 days in Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Thailand Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h
2
Ayutthaya
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Bangkok
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, then make a trip to Wat Pho, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Chatuchak Flower Market, then look for gifts at Tom's Fashion, then see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, and finally take a stroll through Khao San Road.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok day trip app .

Chicago, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Bangkok, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in November; daily highs in Bangkok reach 91°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
day
Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya ©
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
On the 10th (Tue), take a stroll through Wat Phra Khao Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, steep yourself in history at Wat Maheyong, admire the striking features of Wat Mahathat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Ram, and finally steep yourself in history at Wat Thammikarat.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ayutthaya journey planner .

You can take a shuttle from Bangkok to Ayutthaya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in November, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wat Phra Khao Temple
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Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon ©
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Wat Maheyong ©
Wat Maheyong

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by The Lost Book Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Rescue Park, then explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, and finally see the interesting displays at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, identify plant and animal life at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, and then admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

Start your trip to Chiang Mai by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ayutthaya in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yanui Beach and Patong Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Phuket Trickeye Museum and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Patong to Chalong to see Big Buddha Phuket about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Mai Khao Beach, stop by Suit Fitter Phuket, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Patong trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Yanui Beach, Karon View Point, Spas, Mai Khao Beach
Highlights from your plan
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach

2
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Bophut
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha, then enjoy the sand and surf at Choeng Mon Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Art-samui, and finally stop by Boss International Suits. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chinese Temple.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bophut trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bophut in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bophut are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chinese Temple, Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk)
Highlights from your plan
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Art-samui ©
Art-samui

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Visit Wat Khao Tham and Wat Chaloklum for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Haad Yuan Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haad Chao Phao Beach, and look for gifts at Pet Tawan Silver Jewelry.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Haad Yuan Beach ©
Haad Yuan Beach

1
night
Bangkok

Bangkok ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), then look for gifts at Rajawongse Clothier, and then don't miss a visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bangkok travel planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Parks Wildlife
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Rajawongse Clothier ©
Rajawongse Clothier
Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market

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