20 days in Thailand Itinerary

20 days in Thailand Itinerary

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20 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bangkok
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
ferry:  45​min
7
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Get outdoors at Elephant Rescue Park and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park and Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Mae Wang to see Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), hunt for treasures at Bumrung Buri Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Muen Lan, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

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

Johannesburg, South Africa to Chiang Mai is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Mahathat. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Pho and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, get a dose of the wild on SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, and hunt for treasures at Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, Bangkok is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

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

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Thong Nai Pan Noi. Take a break from the city and head to Bottle Beach and Haad Yuan Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Plai Laem, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary maker site .

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. In December in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

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 30th (Mon): stop by Classic International Suits, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bophut trip maker .

You can drive from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits

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 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), then kick back and relax at Railay Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Poda Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Tup Island, then head off the coast to Bamboo Island, and then look for gifts at Alex's Fashion.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Krabi Town road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Krabi Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Krabi Town, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Ko Bida Nok, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, head off the coast to Ko Phi Phi Le, and then stroll through Maya Bay.

Before you visit Ko Phi Phi Don, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Kantiang Bay, kick back and relax at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, and then stop by World Fashion Suits.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ko Lanta online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta takes an hour. In January in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

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

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the galleries of The Phuket Gallery, make a trip to Big Buddha Phuket, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patong Mosque, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Yanui Beach, then look for gifts at Nordic Fashion, then enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Patong route maker .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Patong, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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