40 days in Thailand & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

40 days in Thailand & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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40 days in Thailand & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Patong, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Ang Thong, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Mae Hong Son, Thailand
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Sukhothai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

6
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Let the collections at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery capture your imagination. Putra Mosque and The Huskitory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuala Lumpur: Bagan Lalang Beach (in Sungai Pelek), Tras Road Chinese Temple (in Raub) and Pantai Remis (in Kapar). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, get curious at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip planning app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Kuala Lumpur: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Batu Caves, Putra Mosque, Pantai Remis, Tras Road Chinese Temple, The Huskitory
Highlights from your plan
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory

6
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Chalong (Big Buddha Phuket & Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)), Yanui Beach (in Rawai) and Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Hill, get great views at Karon View Point, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Patong Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Patong travel route planner .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Patong. December in Patong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Rawai, Karon, Scuba & Snorkeling, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP)
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Ang Thong, Thailand

Ang Thong ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ang Thong day trip planner.

Getting from Patong to Ang Thong by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In January in Ang Thong, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park ©

2
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 8th (Sat), stop by Classic International Suits, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maenam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bophut trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ang Thong to Bophut. In January in Bophut, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach

6
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.
Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Pan Tao for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Thai Elephant Home. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park), Mae Rim (Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, & more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wat Suan Dok, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bophut to Chiang Mai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bophut in January since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mae Hong Son.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Inthanon, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary

5
nights
Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Mae Hong Son ©
A town of 7,000 in northern Thailand, Mae Hong Son remains somewhat under the mainstream tourist radar, which has allowed it to maintain a traditional Thai atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall and Fish Cave. Get some historical perspective at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu and Wat Pa Tam Wua. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mae Hong Son: Soppong (Mae Lana Cave & Lod Cave). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Pang Ung, contemplate the long history of Karen village, don't miss a visit to Sutongpe Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chong Kham.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mae Hong Son trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son in 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mae Hong Son can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Mae Hong Son

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Soppong, Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall
Highlights from your plan
Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall ©
Wat Phra Non ©
Wat Phra Non
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu ©
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

5
nights
Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sukhothai Historical Park and Wat Sa Si. Visiting Ramkhamhaeng National Park and Namtok Sai Rung will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sukhothai: Kamphaeng Phet (Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park & Wat Phra Borommathat Chediyaram), Wat Phiphat Mongkhon (in Thung Saliam) and Praya Phichai Dap Hak Memorial (in Uttaradit City). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Wat Chang Lom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Maha That, and admire the striking features of Wat Si Chum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sukhothai trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Mae Hong Son to Sukhothai takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sukhothai when traveling from Mae Hong Son in January, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamphaeng Phet, Wat Phiphat Mongkhon, Praya Phichai Dap Hak Memorial, Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Wat Traphang Thong
Highlights from your plan
Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Wat Si Chum ©
Wat Si Chum
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

7
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Madame Tussauds Bangkok. Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Mahathat, & more) and Pattaya (Art in Paradise Pattaya, Big Buddha Temple, & more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Wat Pho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, and see the interesting displays at Chatuchak Flower Market.

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Getting from Sukhothai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sukhothai in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Pattaya
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

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