23 days in Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Thailand Itinerary

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23 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Chiang Rai
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
ferry:  45​min
5
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
7
Koh Tao
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
8
Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, and don't miss a visit to Wat Ched Yot.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai online vacation planner .

London, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. In December, Chiang Mai is much warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

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

1
night
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 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tad Kwan Village Park & Waterfall, stop by El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and finally explore the galleries of De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Chiang Rai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, things will get slightly colder in Chiang Rai: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun
De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd ©
De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach, and make a trip to Bangla Road.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Patong trip planner .

Getting from Chiang Rai to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chiang Rai in December, with highs in Patong at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Ko Lanta is known for wildlife, beaches, nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, have some family-friendly fun at Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Wall, head off the coast to Koh Rok Island, and relax in the rural setting at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ko Lanta road trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Lanta in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Boss Collection ©
The Boss Collection

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Maya Bay, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Laem Tong Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

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

Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 8th (Wed), stop by Alex's Fashion, kick back and relax at Railay Beach, and then kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and then delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Krabi Town day trip website .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

1
night
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Thian and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Koh Tao holiday maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Koh Tao takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Krabi Town in January, Koh Tao is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, spas, adventure, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, have some family-friendly fun at Phangan Football Golf Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Salad Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan day trip planning website .

Ride a ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Fun & Games Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Natural Kite Park ©
Natural Kite Park

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Mahathat). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and explore the wide array of goods at Mango Mojito Shoes.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip maker tool .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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