20 days in Thailand Itinerary

20 days in Thailand Itinerary

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20 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Sukhothai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bangkok
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
5
Koh Tao
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
7
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h
End: Dublin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai travel planning app .

Dublin, Ireland to Chiang Mai is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dublin to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in December, things will get much hotter in Chiang Mai: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai ©
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

2
nights
Sukhothai

Sukhothai ©
A trip to Sukhothai is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the Thai empire, which began in this city in the 13th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Si Satchanalai Historical Park and then explore the ancient world of Phra Si Ratana Temple. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Wat Sa Si, delve into the distant past at Wat Si Chum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Maha That, then delve into the distant past at Sukhothai Historical Park, and finally delve into the distant past at Wat Chang Lom.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sukhothai trip planner .

Drive from Chiang Mai to Sukhothai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Si Satchanalai Historical Park ©
Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Phra Si Ratana Temple ©
Phra Si Ratana Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon & Historic City of Ayutthaya). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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You can fly from Sukhothai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Chaloklum and Wat Phu Khao Noi. Relax by the water at Salad Beach and Thong Nai Pan Noi. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Plai Laem, enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Secret Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Purina Sheep Farm.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Haad Yuan Beach ©
Haad Yuan Beach

1
night
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 2nd (Thu), stop by May & Co. General Store and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Koh Tao route builder app .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. January in Koh Tao sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through PhraNang Cave Beach, stop by VICTORIA Fashion House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Railay Beach. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Nang Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Krabi Town online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Koh Tao to Krabi Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Koh Tao in January since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll get in some beach time at Maya Bay and Loh Moo Dee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nui Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don vacation builder website .

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Loh Dalum Beach ©
Loh Dalum Beach

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patong Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, and finally explore the galleries of The Phuket Gallery. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Freedom Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Patong online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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