32 days in Iraq & Thailand Itinerary

32 days in Iraq & Thailand Itinerary

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32 days in Iraq & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Erbil, Iraq
1
Erbil, Iraq
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Najaf, Iraq
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 45​min
6
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + bus:  7​h
7
Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
8
Pattaya, Thailand
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h 45​min
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Erbil, Iraq


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1
day
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
On the 21st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sami Abdulrahman Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shanadar Park, and then steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel.

Make your Erbil itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

If you are flying in from Iraq, the closest major airports are Erbil International Airport, Mosul International Airport and Sulaymaniyah International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

2
nights
Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, then don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zawraa Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Baghdad road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Erbil to Baghdad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Erbil in March; daily highs in Baghdad reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum

1
night
Karbala, Iraq

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 24th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Karbala trip planner.

Getting from Baghdad to Karbala by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Najaf.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

2
nights
Najaf, Iraq

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 25th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana, make a trip to Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, then make a trip to Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Najaf trip maker .

Drive from Karbala to Najaf in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa
Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque

5
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep), Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Najaf to Chiang Mai with the Route module. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Najaf to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Najaf in March, things will get a bit warmer in Chiang Mai: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

4
nights
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
You'll get in some beach time at Laem Thian and Ao Tanot Bay. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Sai Daeng Beach. Make the 3rd (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sai Nuan Beach, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Bay, cast your line with a fishing tour, and explore the activities along Rocky Bay.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Koh Tao online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Chiang Mai in April, plan for little chillier days in Koh Tao, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sai Nuan Beach ©
Sai Nuan Beach
Sai Daeng Beach ©
Sai Daeng Beach

5
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Patong Beach and Freedom Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Karon Beach and Ao Sane. Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Nai Harn Beach in Nai Harn, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, race across the water with a speed boat tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get your game on at Game Space Laser Battle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Patong trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Koh Tao to Patong takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Patong, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon, Rawai
Highlights from your plan
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach

5
nights
Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
You'll get in some beach time at Jomtien Beach and Pattaya Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hat Toei Ngam and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Pattaya, make a side trip to see Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Si Racha, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), don't miss a visit to Walking Street Pattaya, stop by Tailor Pattaya - Lalwani Mode Atelier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Darul Ibadah Mosque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pattaya tour itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Patong to Pattaya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Patong in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Pattaya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hat Toei Ngam, Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Underwater World Pattaya
Highlights from your plan
Jomtien Beach ©
Jomtien Beach
Underwater World Pattaya ©
Underwater World Pattaya
Khao Kheow Open Zoo ©
Khao Kheow Open Zoo

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nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, hunt for treasures at Chatuchak Weekend Market, and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bangkok, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Pattaya to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 31°C at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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