17 days in Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Thailand Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + Bus:  11 h
1
Phuket Town, Phuket
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h
2
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Ko Lipe
— 1 night
Ferry:  4 h
4
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Manama

2
nights
Phuket Town, Phuket

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
You'll get in some beach time at Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Big Buddha Phuket. Venture out of the city with trips to Karon View Point (in Karon) and Patong (Patong Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Phuket Town road trip tool .

Manama, Bahrain to Phuket Town is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Phuket Town is 4 hours. Traveling from Manama in January, things will get a bit warmer in Phuket Town: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Patong, Karon View Point, Nai Harn Beach
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, kick back and relax at Long Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Ko Bida Nok, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Viking Cave.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

1
night
Ko Lipe

Ko Lipe
With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): head off the coast to Ko Lipe, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Sunrise Beach.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Ko Lipe road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lipe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lipe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Ko Lipe are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ko Lipe
Ko Lipe
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunrise Beach ©
Sunrise Beach

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head off the coast to Poda Island, then head off the coast to Bamboo Island, and then look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), then stroll through Railay Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Tup Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Krabi Town trip planner .

Getting from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Krabi Town when traveling from Ko Lipe in January, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Poda Island ©
Poda Island
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach

2
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

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 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Classic International Suits, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Choeng Mon Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then kick back and relax at Maenam Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bophut day trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Bophut in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Krabi Town in January, with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Mae Nam
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic City of Ayutthaya and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tom's Fashion and Siam Paragon. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and don't miss a visit to Wat Pho.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bangkok trip planner .

Getting from Bophut to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bophut in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Bangkok, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Historic City of Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Si Suphan. Get some historical perspective at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Muen Tum. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chomphu, stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok, and stop by The Lost Book Shop.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in January, Chiang Mai is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park

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