19 days in Thailand Itinerary

19 days in Thailand Itinerary

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19 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  24​h
1
Chiang Rai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 15​min
4
Khao Lak
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Nai Yang
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Karon
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  27​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Doi Ngam Muang, then take in the awesome beauty at Doi Mae Salong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ku Phra Chao Mengrai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Elephant Valley Thailand, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Huay Pla Kang, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Rai online travel route planner .

New York City, USA to Chiang Rai is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from New York City to Chiang Rai due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Chiang Rai at 84°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doi Mae Salong ©
Doi Mae Salong
Elephant Valley Thailand ©
Elephant Valley Thailand
Wat Huay Pla Kang ©
Wat Huay Pla Kang

2
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.
On the 27th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Rescue Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and then contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

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You can drive from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Pho and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Grand Palace and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Wat Phra Khao Temple (in Bang Ban) and Wat Phanan Choeng (in Ayutthaya). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok visit planning app .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Khao Lak.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Khao Temple
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

2
nights
Khao Lak

A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Pak Weep Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bangsak Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Combat 360X Muay Thai and MMA, then kick back and relax at Coconut Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bangkok to Khao Lak in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nai Yang.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bangsak Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Pak Weep Beach ©
Pak Weep Beach
Bangsak Beach ©
Bangsak Beach

2
nights
Nai Yang

Nai Yang ©
On the 4th (Wed), Head underground at Ao Phang-nga National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mongkol Wararam, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sri Sunthon. On the next day, kick back and relax at Naiyang Beach, then kick back and relax at Nai Thon Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Layan Beach.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Nai Yang tour planner.

You can drive from Khao Lak to Nai Yang in 1.5 hours. In December in Nai Yang, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Karon.

Things to do in Nai Yang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket, Ao Phang-nga National Park, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Wat Sri Sunthon
Highlights from your plan
Ao Phang-nga National Park ©
Ao Phang-nga National Park
Naiyang Beach ©
Naiyang Beach

2
nights
Karon

Karon ©
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Take a break from the city and head to Yanui Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Kata Beach. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Karon trip builder app .

Drive from Nai Yang to Karon in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Karon can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Buddha Phuket, Yanui Beach
Highlights from your plan
KokChang Safari Elephant Trekking ©
KokChang Safari Elephant Trekking
Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach
Spas

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Ton Sai, and then kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, then explore the fascinating underground world of Viking Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Karon to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling

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