33 days in Thailand Itinerary

33 days in Thailand Itinerary

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33 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Khao Yai National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bangkok
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Ko Pha Ngan
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
5
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
7
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 4 nights
ferry:  45​min
8
Ko Lanta
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
9
Patong, Phuket
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Hariphunchai (in Lamphun), Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ched Yot, admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai itinerary planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, things will get much hotter in Chiang Mai: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Khao Yai National Park.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

2
nights
Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park ©
The oldest national park in Thailand--and a World Heritage Site to boot--Khao Yai National Park impresses visitors with its waterfalls, mountainous terrain, and abundant monsoon forest.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khao Yai National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Haew Narok Waterfall and then head outdoors with Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Khao Yai National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Chiang Mai to Khao Yai National Park with the Route module. September in Khao Yai National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bangkok.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Khao Yai National Park
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Khao Yai National Park ©
Khao Yai National Park
Haew Narok Waterfall ©
Haew Narok Waterfall
Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave ©
Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave

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). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, and explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok route website .

Traveling by car from Khao Yai National Park to Bangkok takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

5
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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Plai Laem, and tour or see a game at Phangan Jorkyball.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
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C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium ©
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Thian and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, stop by May & Co. General Store and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Koh Tao trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
May & Co. General Store ©
May & Co. General Store

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach, stroll through Railay Beach, and then stop by Alex's Fashion. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Motorbike Rental Krabi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), and then look for all kinds of wild species at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Krabi Town planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Koh Tao to Krabi Town in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Koh Tao in September since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

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

4
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for nature, wildlife, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Mosquito Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Loh Dalum Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder website .

Getting from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

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

4
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, get outside with Pirate Kayak Adventures, putt your heart out at Lanta Parklife, and relax in the rural setting at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta journey planner.

Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Fun & Games Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Ha Yai ©
Ko Ha Yai

4
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have some family-friendly fun at The Kids Club Phuket, kick back and relax at Karon Beach, and let little ones run wild at Kidzoona.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Patong trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Patong in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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