17 days in United Arab Emirates, Thailand & Colombo Itinerary

17 days in United Arab Emirates, Thailand & Colombo Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  10 h
3
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
5
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for shopping, theme parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, explore the activities along Dubai Creek, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jumeirah Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dubai route app.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Dubai can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

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nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then get in on the family fun at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Corniche, then steep yourself in history at Heritage Village, then browse the different shops at Marina Mall, and finally appreciate the history behind The Founder's Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi road trip website.

You can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 50°C, and evening lows to 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Corniche ©
The Corniche
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step out of Patong with an excursion to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Like A Boss, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Patong holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Abu Dhabi to Patong takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Patong due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in August, you will find days in Patong are much colder (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm, let the kids burn off some steam at Phangan Jorkyball, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Ko Pha Ngan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In August in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium ©
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 26th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao online trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. In August in Koh Tao, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, make a trip to The 4 Kings' Phra Maha Chedi, and admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Koh Tao to Bangkok by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): stop by Urban Island and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip website.

You can fly from Bangkok to Colombo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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