36 days in Thailand Itinerary

36 days in Thailand Itinerary

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36 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Ko Pha Ngan
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Krabi Town
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 4 nights
ferry:  45​min
7
Ko Lanta
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Patong, Phuket
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h
End: Durban

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.
Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat will appeal to history buffs. Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragonfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Chan Kasem National Museum (in Ayutthaya), Wat Phra Pathom Chedi (in Nakhon Pathom) and Woodland Muangmai (in Nakhon Chai Si). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, stop by Mango Mojito Shoes, step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Vimanmek Mansion.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Bangkok is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Durban in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Bangkok: highs are around 41°C and lows about 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Woodland Muangmai, Wat Phra Pathom Chedi
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. You'll explore and learn at Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders and Wat gategaram museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Baan Tipmanee, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Rescue Park, and explore the galleries of Glang-Viang Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Baan Tipmanee, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Doi Inthanon
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

4
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Visit Salad Beach and Thong Nai Pan Noi for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ao Plai Laem. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haad Yao Beach, stop by Pet Tawan Silver Jewelry, stroll through Haad Gruad Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Chiang Mai in April, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Ko Pha Ngan: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi

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 2nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Thian and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Koh Tao trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

3
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Relax by the water at Railay Beach and Ao Nang Beach. Shop till you drop at de' MARCO Fashions and Dao Art Gallery. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), stroll through Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail, and delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Krabi Town trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Koh Tao to Krabi Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 28°C in Krabi Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Maya Bay. Bring the kids along to Long Beach and Loh Moo Dee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Tong Bay, kick back and relax at Nui Beach, make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip maker site .

You can ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

4
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lanta Art and Lanta Old Town. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Kantiang Bay. There's much more to do: look for gifts at The Tiger Collections, kick back and relax at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nui Beach.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ko Lanta trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In May in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

8
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Patong Beach and Kata Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Patong Inn Art and The Phuket Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong), Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn) and Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, have some family-friendly fun at Game Space Laser Battle, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Patong road trip website .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Patong by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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