21 days in Thailand Itinerary

21 days in Thailand Itinerary

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21 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kanchanaburi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ayutthaya
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Sukhothai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Chiang Rai
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Pai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Mae Hong Son
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Doi Inthanon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), stop by Tom's Fashion, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Bangkok road trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bangkok is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time is minus 1 hour. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchanaburi.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi ©
The capital city of an eponymous province, Kanchanaburi is a pleasant town with lively markets and a good selection of restaurants.
On the 25th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at ElephantsWorld, take in the spiritual surroundings of Guan Im Sutham Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Bridge Over the River Kwai. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Erawan National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Tham Sua.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanchanaburi trip planner .

You can drive from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Kanchanaburi sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Kanchanaburi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Erawan National Park, Wat Tham Sua
Highlights from your plan
ElephantsWorld ©
ElephantsWorld
Erawan National Park ©
Erawan National Park
Bridge Over the River Kwai ©
Bridge Over the River Kwai

2
nights
Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya ©
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit, examine the collection at Chan Kasem National Museum, then make a trip to Historic City of Ayutthaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mahathat, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana). On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat, admire the architecture and history at Sang Kra Tai Temple, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Talad Luang Pu Thuat, then delve into the distant past at Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Suwan Dararam Ratchaworawihan.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ayutthaya trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Ayutthaya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Sang Kra Tai Temple, Talad Luang Pu Thuat, Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat
Highlights from your plan
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya

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 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Si Satchanalai Historical Park and then delve into the distant past at Sukhothai Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Si Hong, don't miss a visit to Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Rajworawihan Temple, and then walk around National Park Srisatchanalai.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sukhothai online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Ayutthaya to Sukhothai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ayutthaya in December since evenings lows in Sukhothai dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Si Satchanalai
Highlights from your plan
Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Si Satchanalai Historical Park ©
Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Wat Chedi Si Hong ©
Wat Chedi Si Hong

2
nights
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tad Kwan Village Park & Waterfall, look for gifts at El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and finally take in the exciting artwork at De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Valley Thailand and then relax in the rural setting at Rai Ruen Rom Organic Farm.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Rai day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sukhothai to Chiang Rai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Sukhothai in December, things will get slightly colder in Chiang Rai: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Valley Thailand ©
Elephant Valley Thailand
Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun

2
nights
Pai

Pai ©
Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): try for a hole-in-one at Bamboo Mini Golf, look for all kinds of wild species at Conserve Natural Forests, and then explore the stunning scenery at Pai Canyon. On your second day here, take in the views from Boon Ko Ku So Bridge, then don't miss a visit to The Land Split Pai Thailand, then make a trip to Wat Nam Hoo, and finally get outside with Yun Lai Viewpoint.

You can plan Pai trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Pai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Pai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Mae Hong Son.

Things to do in Pai

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bamboo Mini Golf ©
Bamboo Mini Golf
Conserve Natural Forests ©
Conserve Natural Forests
Pai Canyon ©
Pai Canyon

1
night
Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son ©
A town of 7,000 in northern Thailand, Mae Hong Son remains somewhat under the mainstream tourist radar, which has allowed it to maintain a traditional Thai atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, snap pictures at Sutongpe Bridge, and then head outdoors with Pang Ung.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mae Hong Son itinerary website .

Drive from Pai to Mae Hong Son in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Doi Inthanon National Park.

Things to do in Mae Hong Son

Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pang Ung ©
Pang Ung
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu ©
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
Sutongpe Bridge ©
Sutongpe Bridge

2
nights
Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Ban Mae Klang Luang and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon and then get great views at Doi Inthanon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Doi Inthanon National Park route builder .

Getting from Mae Hong Son to Doi Inthanon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Doi Inthanon National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Doi Inthanon National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chom Thong
Highlights from your plan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

4
nights
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.
Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai visit planner.

You can drive from Doi Inthanon National Park to Chiang Mai in 1.5 hours. January in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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