18 days in Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Thailand Itinerary

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18 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
1
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4​h
4
Ko Lipe
— 1 night
Ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4​h
6
Phuket Town, Phuket
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Haad Yuan Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Haad Chao Phao Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan day trip planning tool .

Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Haad Yuan Beach ©
Haad Yuan Beach
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take a stroll through Fisherman’s Village and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, stroll through Choeng Mon Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bophut trip maker site .

Drive from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut in 4 hours. In December in Bophut, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Fisherman’s Village ©
Fisherman’s Village

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), then stop by VICTORIA Fashion House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Dao Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai) and then take a peaceful walk through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

Plan trip to Krabi Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bophut in December since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)

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 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Sunrise Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sanom Beach, and then head off the coast to Ko Lipe.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ko Lipe online tour planner .

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Lipe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Ko Lipe are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

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

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stop by The Tiger Collections, contemplate the long history of Lanta Old Town, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Cliff Beach. On the next day, stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kantiang Bay.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Ko Lanta online tour planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Old Town ©
Lanta Old Town
Diamond Cliff Beach ©
Diamond Cliff Beach

4
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.
Relax by the water at Yanui Beach and Mai Khao Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pak Weep Beach and Karon View Point. Go for a jaunt from Phuket Town to Patong to see Patong Beach about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket, examine the collection at Phuket Trickeye Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Phuket Town online journey planner .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Phuket Town by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. December in Phuket Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you're off toChiang Mai.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rawai, Phuket, Patong Beach, Pak Weep Beach, Karon View Point
Highlights from your plan
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket
Pak Weep Beach ©
Pak Weep Beach
Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach

4
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.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Elephant Rescue Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Wat Mahawan Woramahawihan (in Lamphun) and Wat Tham Pha Plong (in Chiang Dao). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wat Suan Dok, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Buppharam, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Phuket Town to Chiang Mai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Phuket Town in December, Chiang Mai is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wat Tham Pha Plong, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Mahawan Woramahawihan
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

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