22 days in Thailand Itinerary

22 days in Thailand Itinerary

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22 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Patong
— 5 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
3
Phuket Town
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h
4
Pattaya
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
5
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg


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5
nights
Patong

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get some historical perspective at Wat Karon and Patong Mosque. Explore hidden gems such as Bang Tao Beach and Ao Sane. Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery in Khao Lak, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach, take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, and look for gifts at Suit Fitter Phuket.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Patong day trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Patong is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg to Patong, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Patong. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket, Karon, Ao Sane, Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bang Tao Beach ©
Bang Tao Beach
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Loh Dalum Beach and Ao Ton Sai. Discover out-of-the-way places like Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint and Viking Cave. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the activities along Maya Bay, look for gifts at Phi Phi Postcard Shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip planning tool .

Getting from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In December in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

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

1
night
Phuket Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Yanui Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, then get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and finally examine the collection at Phuket Trickeye Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Phuket Town road trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Phuket Town in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Phuket Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yanui Beach
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Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

3
nights
Pattaya

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Big Buddha Temple and Wat Yansangwararam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Terminal 21 Pattaya, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Anek Kuson Sala (Viharnra Sien), and browse the eclectic array of goods at Lanpho Nakluea Market.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Pattaya day trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Phuket Town to Pattaya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Pattaya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Wat Yansangwararam
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Visit Wat Pho and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Phanan Choeng. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet & Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), look for gifts at Tom's Fashion, and wander the streets of Khao San Road.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Pattaya to Bangkok takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bangkok are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Take a break from Chiang Mai with a short trip to Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park in Mae Rim, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, stop by The Lost Book Shop, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in January, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mae Rim
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary

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