42 days in Thailand Itinerary

42 days in Thailand Itinerary

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42 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  22 h
1
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  5 h
2
Ko Chang
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Ko Pha Ngan
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
6
Krabi Town
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
7
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 3 nights
Ferry:  45 min
8
Ko Lanta
— 4 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Rawai, Phuket
— 9 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  25 h
End: Washington DC

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Wat Phra Singh. Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ched Yot.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Chiang Mai at 85°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ko Chang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Ko Chang

Ko Chang ©
Ko Chang means "Elephant Island" and, though elephants are not indigenous to the island, visitors certainly see plenty of them on tours of protected reserves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Klong Plu Waterfall and Khlong Prao Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Beach, get great views at Kai Bae View Point, take a leisurely stroll along Ao Sapparot Pier, and stop by Koh Chang Milano Fashion.

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You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Chang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in December since evenings lows in Ko Chang dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Chang

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
White Sand Beach ©
White Sand Beach
Klong Plu Waterfall ©
Klong Plu Waterfall
Khlong Prao Beach ©
Khlong Prao Beach

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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bangkok online itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and train from Ko Chang to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and shuttle. January in Bangkok sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

4
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wat Plai Laem. Venture out of the city with trips to Wat Samret (in Maret) and Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park (in Ang Thong). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach, appreciate the history behind Wat Khao Chedi, look for gifts at Rocky's Fashion, and explore the striking landscape at Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bophut road trip website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Bangkok to Bophut takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bangkok in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bophut, with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Wat Khao Chedi, Wat Samret, Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park
Highlights from your plan
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem

4
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Salad Beach. Pamper yourself for a day on the 11th (Fri) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thong Nai Pan Noi, enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan journey maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Full Moon Party
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Poda Island and Tup Island. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions, stroll through Railay Beach, and kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Krabi Town tour itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Krabi Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Krabi Town when traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
De' MARCO Fashions ©
De' MARCO Fashions
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Poda Island ©
Poda Island

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint and Laem Tong Bay. Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Bamboo Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bamboo Island
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island

4
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Long Beach. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lanta Animal Welfare, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Fashion Point, and putt your heart out at Lanta Parklife.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Rawai.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

9
nights
Rawai, Phuket

Rawai ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamala (Scuba & Snorkeling & Kamala Beach), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town) and Patong (Patong Beach, Spas & Wellness, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Karon View Point, cool off at Surf House Phuket - Kata Beach, enjoy the sea views from Promthep Cape Light House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surin Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rawai online journey builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ko Lanta to Rawai takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rawai

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Karon, Patong, Phuket Town, Kamala Beach, Surin Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

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