23 days in Chiang Mai & Phuket Itinerary

23 days in Chiang Mai & Phuket Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand sightseeing planner

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Chiang Mai
— 9 nights
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Karon, Phuket
— 8 nights
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Ko He, Phuket
— 1 night
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Nai Yang, Phuket
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Chiang Mai

— 9 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra Singh will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Elephant Rescue Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim), Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Lampang (Wat Phra Tat Chom Ping, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, &more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, steep yourself in history at Wat Kukut, and see the interesting displays at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Chiang Mai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bucharest in December; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Karon.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Karon, Phuket

— 8 nights
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
We've included these beaches for you: Patong Beach and Karon Beach. Get some cultural insight at Big Buddha Phuket and The Phuket Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Karon side-trips: Phuket Town (Kayaking & Canoeing & Holy Trinity Church in Phuket), Kamala Beach (in Kamala) and Surin Beach (in Choeng Thale). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Tri Trang Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Karon trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Karon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Karon, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ko He.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Ko He, Phuket

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Coral Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Banana Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ko He road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Karon to Ko He. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nai Yang.

Things to do in Ko He

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nai Yang, Phuket

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuket Elephant Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), then pause for some photo ops at Wat Phra Thong, and finally kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mongkol Wararam, kick back and relax at Naiyang Beach, then kick back and relax at Nai Thon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Layan Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sri Sunthon.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nai Yang trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ko He to Nai Yang. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nai Yang

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Phuket travel guide

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Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.