23 days in Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Thailand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand attractions planner

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Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sukhothai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ang Thong, Ko Samui
— 1 day
Bus
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Koh Tao
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
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Plai Laem, Ko Samui
— 1 night
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Ko Lanta
— 1 night
Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Drive to Rawai
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Rawai, Phuket
— 2 nights
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Bangkok
— 3 nights
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Chiang Mai

— 3 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 Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Phra Singh are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary site.

Ottawa, Canada to Chiang Mai is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Chiang Mai is 12 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in September, expect nights in Chiang Mai to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sukhothai

— 2 nights

The rising of happiness

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.
On the 21st (Sat), delve into the distant past at Phra Si Ratana Temple, make a trip to Wat Si Chum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Maha That, then stroll around Sukhothai Historical Park, and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Chang Lom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Si Satchanalai Historical Park.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Sukhothai day trip planner.

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Sukhothai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Ang Thong, Ko Samui

— 1 day
As the capital of a province of the same name, Ang Thong boasts a rich history--most notably as an outpost during the war against the Burmese and the birthplace of Nai Dok and Nai Thongkaeo, two of the war's venerated heroes.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ang Thong day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sukhothai to Ang Thong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September in Ang Thong, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Nature · Parks

Koh Tao

— 3 nights

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ao Tanot Bay and Koh Nang Yuan. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. There's more to do: hike along John-Suwan Viewpoint.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Koh Tao holiday website.

Getting from Ang Thong to Koh Tao by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Koh Tao are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Ko Pha Ngan

— 3 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Salad Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Thong Nai Pan Noi and Bottle Beach. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head off the coast to Koh Ma, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan road trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Plai Laem.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Plai Laem, Ko Samui

— 1 night
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, kick back and relax at Chaweng Noi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samui Crocodile Farm, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Plai Laem visit planning website.

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Plai Laem by journey takes about 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Plai Laem

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ko Lanta

— 1 night
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at The Tiger Collections, enjoy the sand and surf at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, then stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare, and finally take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ko Lanta trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Plai Laem to Ko Lanta. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ko Lanta when traveling from Plai Laem in October, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rawai.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Rawai, Phuket

— 2 nights
A trip to Rawai, a beach resort on the island of Phuket, rewards visitors with access to quirky museums, heritage sites, and animal conservation projects.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Phuket Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Kata Beach, then don't miss a visit to Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): get great views at Nai Harn Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jui Tui Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rawai trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ko Lanta to Rawai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Rawai, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Rawai

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Bangkok

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Saket. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Go for a jaunt from Bangkok to Ayutthaya to see Wat Maha That about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, pause for some photo ops at Democracy Monument, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Bangkok trip maker site.

You can fly from Rawai to Bangkok in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.