22 days in Thailand Itinerary

22 days in Thailand Itinerary

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22 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pai
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Chiang Mai
— 1 night
plane:  8​h
4
Surat Thani
— Few hours
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Mae Nam, Ko Samui
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h
6
Koh Tao
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h
7
Bangkok
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Manchester

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thai Akha Cooking School as well as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Explore hidden gems such as Kanta Elephant Sanctuary and Wat Inthakhin Sadue Mueang. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phakhao Temple, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. In July, Chiang Mai is warmer than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Highlights from your plan
Kanta Elephant Sanctuary ©
Kanta Elephant Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Land Split Pai Thailand and Huai Nam Dang National Park. Explore Pai's surroundings by going to Chiang Dao (Buddhist Pagoda of King Naresuan the Great King Memorial & Wat Tham Chiang Dao Temple).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pai online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Pai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Pai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Pai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiang Dao, Huai Nam Dang National Park
Highlights from your plan
Huai Nam Dang National Park ©
Huai Nam Dang National Park
Wat Tham Chiang Dao Temple ©
Wat Tham Chiang Dao Temple
The Land Split Pai Thailand ©
The Land Split Pai Thailand

1
night
Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkchat Meditation Retreat, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ram Poeng.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip planning website .

You can drive from Pai to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Surat Thani.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wat Ram Poeng ©
Wat Ram Poeng

few
hours
Surat Thani

Surat Thani
Literally translated as "City of Good People," Surat Thani ranks as the eighth-largest city in Thailand and the historical seat from which the Sriwijaya kingdom ruled much of Southeast Asia.
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Surat Thani trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Surat Thani can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll set off for Mae Nam on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Surat Thani

Parks Nature Outdoors

4
nights
Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Mae Nam ©
Mae Nam's claim to fame is an uninterrupted 7 km (4.3 mi) of beach (nicknamed "the undiscovered beach").
You've now added 100 Degrees East Dive Team to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Lipa Noi Beach and Chaweng Noi Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hin Lad Waterfall and Santiburi Samui Country Club. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Dusit Dhewa - Samui Cultural Center and Fine Art of South East Asia, admire the sheer force of Tan Rua Waterfall, look for gifts at Chujai Art Gallery, and take in the waterfront at Nathon Pier.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mae Nam trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Surat Thani to Mae Nam takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mae Nam when traveling from Surat Thani in August, with lows around 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Koh Tao.

Things to do in Mae Nam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Lipa Noi, Nathon Pier
Highlights from your plan
100 Degrees East Dive Team ©
100 Degrees East Dive Team
Chaweng Noi Beach ©
Chaweng Noi Beach
Hin Lad Waterfall ©
Hin Lad Waterfall

3
nights
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Get in touch with nature at Muay Thai Training Center and Koh Tao Bouldering Wall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wild Challenge and Spas. There's still lots to do: stop by May & Co. General Store.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao online vacation planner .

Ride a ferry from Mae Nam to Koh Tao in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Koh Tao sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Spas
May & Co. General Store ©
May & Co. General Store

5
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.
You've added The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Bowonniwet Vihara are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Soi Cowboy. Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Wat Phra Khao Temple in Bang Ban, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Maxfit Bangkok, examine the collection at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Nak Prok.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Khao Temple
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

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