18 days in Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Thailand Itinerary

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18 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Chiang Rai
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
ferry:  45​min
5
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
6
Ko Lipe
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
7
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, then explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planning app .

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Chiang Mai is 13 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Chiang Mai at 85°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

1
night
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
You've now added Lanna Trek to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Lanna Trek, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Rai travel route planner .

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chiang Mai in January, with highs in Chiang Rai at 80°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lanna Trek ©
Lanna Trek
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple) ©
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple)

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Freedom Beach, don't miss a visit to Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), then take some stellar pictures from Nai Harn Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Patong Beach. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Krishna Collection, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Patong travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Rai to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Rai in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Patong: highs are around 89°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Kamala, Phuket Town, Nai Harn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach

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 31st (Fri): kick back and relax at Ao Ton Sai, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Loh Dalum Beach, then kick back and relax at Nui Beach, and finally make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ko Bida Nok, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Loh Moo Dee Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don tour builder app .

Getting from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

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

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 2nd (Sun), kick back and relax at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Kantiang Bay, then take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, and then step off the mainland to explore Koh Rok Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta trip maker site .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about an hour. In February, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Tue), head off the coast to Ko Lipe, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunrise Beach, then kick back and relax at Pattaya Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sanom Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ko Lipe online route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ko Lanta in February, Ko Lipe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

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

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 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), tour the pleasant surroundings at PhraNang Cave Beach, then look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Nang Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, step off the mainland to explore Poda Island, then step off the mainland to explore Tup Island, and finally head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ko Lipe in February, plan for little chillier nights in Krabi Town, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Poda Island ©
Poda Island

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, stop by Classic International Suits, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Maenam Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bophut online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Bophut in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Krabi Town in February: highs in Bophut hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Maha That, contemplate the long history of Historic City of Ayutthaya, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Bophut to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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