44 days in Thailand Itinerary

44 days in Thailand Itinerary

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44 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  25​h
1
Patong, Phuket
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Ko Lanta
— 4 nights
ferry:  45​min
3
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
4
Krabi Town
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Ko Pha Ngan
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Bangkok
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sukhothai
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Chiang Mai
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Newark

4
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get some historical perspective at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Big Buddha Phuket. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nai Harn Beach and Patong Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town), Promthep Cape (in Rawai) and Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jui Tui Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Patong vacation planner .

Newark, USA to Patong is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Newark to Patong due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, things will get warmer in Patong: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Lanta Animal Welfare. Relax by the water at Kantiang Bay and Long Beach. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by The Boss Collection, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town, and step off the mainland to explore Koh Rok Island.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ko Lanta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Patong to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

4
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Loh Dalum Beach and Laem Tong Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint and Ao Ton Sai. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Phi Phi Postcard Shop, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and stroll through Loh Moo Dee Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary builder app .

Ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Loh Dalum Beach ©
Loh Dalum Beach

4
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Visit Railay Beach and Ao Nang Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and Speed Boats Tours. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Poda Island, look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions, browse the exhibits of Dao Art Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Railay View Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town holiday planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Plai Laem and Big Buddha. Step off the beaten path and head to Maenam Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Wat Samret in Maret (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Classic International Suits, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary Help of Christians Church, kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Bophut online tour planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Bophut in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Krabi Town in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bophut, with lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wat Samret, Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Chaweng Beach ©
Chaweng Beach

5
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thong Nai Pan Noi and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Chaloklum and Wat Phu Khao Noi. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, stroll through Haad Yao Beach, savor the flavors at C&M Learn Thai Culture, and have fun at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan attractions planner.

You can drive from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan in 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach
Salad Beach
Salad Beach

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Pho and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Grand Palace and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana), Wat Mahathat, & more) and Big Buddha Temple (in Pattaya). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and make a trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bangkok online holiday builder .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, Bangkok is slightly colder at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Big Buddha Temple
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

4
nights
Sukhothai

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.
Sukhothai Historical Park and Wat Sri Sawai are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Chang Lom and Wat Maha That. Explore Sukhothai's surroundings by going to Phitsanulok (Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk Museum & Phra Si Ratana Temple (Wat Yai)) and Kamphaeng Phet (Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park & Wat Phra Borommathat Chediyaram). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Sa Si, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Si Hong, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Si Satchanalai Historical Park, and admire the striking features of Wat Si Chum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sukhothai holiday maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sukhothai, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok
Highlights from your plan
Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Wat Si Chum ©
Wat Si Chum
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

9
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 Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Suan Dok. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra Singh. Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Lampang (Wat Phra That Lampang Luang & Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao), Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha (in Pa Sang). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Doi Inthanon. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pan Tao, examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Wat Phra That Hariphunchai.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip planner.

You can drive from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in January, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Lamphun, Lampang, Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

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