18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand visit planner

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Bangkok
— 3 nights
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Chiang Mai
— 1 night
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Chiang Rai
— 1 night
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Bophut
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Koh Tao
— 2 nights
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Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
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Bangkok
— 4 nights
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Bangkok

— 3 nights

City of Angels

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 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), then take an exotic tour of Bangkok Travel Agency, then see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, and finally examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with Wild Encounter Thailand, then explore the activities along Chao Phraya River, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pak Nam.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Bangkok travel route builder website.

London, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Chiang Mai

— 1 night

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Buak Krok Luang, admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkchat Meditation Retreat, then stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok, and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites

Chiang Rai

— 1 night
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Doi Ngam Muang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Rai online holiday planner.

Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites · Spas

Bophut

— 2 nights
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 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Cove Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at Baang Health Massage, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, push the limits with Samui Bungy Jump, then tee off at Koh Samui Golf Academy, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bophut trip maker tool.

Getting from Chiang Rai to Bophut by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Rai in September since evenings lows in Bophut dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Koh Tao

— 2 nights

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at Flying Trapeze Adventures, kick back and relax at Sai Daeng Beach, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, stroll through Lighthouse Bay.

To find out how to plan a trip to Koh Tao, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Bophut to Koh Tao in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Patong.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Patong, Phuket

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Banana Beach and Siam Safari. Get outdoors at Hanuman World and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Patong with an excursion to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Patong Beach, take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Patong road trip site.

Getting from Koh Tao to Patong by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°C in Patong. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Bangkok

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan. Wat Pho and Wat Suthat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Suwan Dararam Ratchaworawihan & Wat Suwandawas). Explore Bangkok further: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaopho Khao Tok - Chaopho Pantai Norasingh Shrine, explore the galleries of Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, and stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bangkok online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Bangkok takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ko Samui travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.

Phuket travel guide

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Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.