48 days in Thailand Itinerary

48 days in Thailand Itinerary

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48 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Sai Yok
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kanchanaburi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Hua Hin
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
4
Pattaya
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Ko Chang
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
6
Phuket Town, Phuket
— 4 nights
Ferry:  5 h
7
Ko Lipe
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3 h 15 min
8
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
Ferry:  45 min
9
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
10
Krabi Town
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
11
Ang Thong, Ko Samui
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
12
Koh Tao
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
13
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
14
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
15
Chiang Mai
— 9 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Newark

2
nights
Sai Yok

Sai Yok ©
Say Yok district promises to keep visitors entertained for days in a world overgrown by lush jungles and dominated by limestone cliffs and a massive Khmer temple complex.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua). Step out of the city life by going to Erawan waterfall and Sai Yok Yai Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sai Yok: Hin Dad Hot Spring (in Thong Pha Phum) and The Time Memorial Park (in Si Sawat). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Saiyok Elephant Park, Head underground at Daowadueng Cave, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Rock Valley Hot Spring & Fish Spa.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sai Yok online route planner .

Newark, USA to Sai Yok is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Newark to Sai Yok due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchanaburi.

Things to do in Sai Yok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Erawan waterfall, Hin Dad Hot Spring, The Time Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Erawan waterfall ©
Erawan waterfall
Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre ©
Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre
Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua) ©
Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua)

3
nights
Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi ©
The capital city of an eponymous province, Kanchanaburi is a pleasant town with lively markets and a good selection of restaurants.
Let the collections at The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and JEATH War Museum capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at ElephantsWorld and Sai Yok National Park. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wat Tham Mankhon Thong, admire the sheer force of Pha Tad Waterfall, and brush up on your military savvy at World War II and JEATH War Museum.

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Drive from Sai Yok to Kanchanaburi in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hua Hin.

Things to do in Kanchanaburi

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
ElephantsWorld ©
ElephantsWorld
The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre ©
The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery ©
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

3
nights
Hua Hin

Hua Hin ©
The seaside town of Hua Hin serves as a popular coastal retreat for Bangkok residents and international tourists.
Get outdoors at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand and Banyan Golf Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Huay Mongkol Temple and Black Mountain Water Park. Go for a jaunt from Hua Hin to Sam Roi Yot to see Phraya Nakhon Cave about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: tee off at Black Mountain Golf Club, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khao Lan Thom, buy something for everyone on your list at Market Village HuaHin, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hua Hin day trip tool .

You can drive from Kanchanaburi to Hua Hin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Hua Hin are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Hua Hin

Golf Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, Phraya Nakhon Cave
Highlights from your plan
Black Mountain Golf Club ©
Black Mountain Golf Club
Huay Mongkol Temple ©
Huay Mongkol Temple
Phraya Nakhon Cave ©
Phraya Nakhon Cave

3
nights
Pattaya

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Art in Paradise Pattaya and CentralFestival Pattaya Beach. Take a break from Pattaya with a short trip to Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Si Racha, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Ramayana Water Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pattaya Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Darul Ibadah Mosque, and explore the world behind art at Love Art Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pattaya travel route planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hua Hin to Pattaya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Pattaya, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ko Chang.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Khao Kheow Open Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Art in Paradise Pattaya ©
Art in Paradise Pattaya
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Khlong Nonsi Water Fall. Visiting Klong Plu Waterfall and White Sand Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: stroll through Khlong Prao Beach, kick back and relax at Klong Son Bay, admire the sheer force of Than Mayom Waterfall, and go for a walk through Chai Chet Beach.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ko Chang trip builder .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Pattaya to Ko Chang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Ko Chang

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

4
nights
Phuket Town, Phuket

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
You'll explore and learn at Phuket Trickeye Museum and Snake Kingdom. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phuket Town: Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn), Karon View Point (in Karon) and Freedom Beach (in Patong). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Nordic Fashion.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Phuket Town itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Chang to Phuket Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Phuket Town can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Karon, Rawai, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Freedom Beach
Highlights from your plan
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Monkey Hill ©
Monkey Hill

2
nights
Ko Lipe

Ko Lipe
With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
On the 6th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunrise Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, and finally head off the coast to Koh Hin Ngam. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Ko Lipe, kick back and relax at Pattaya Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sanom Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ko Lipe trip planner .

Getting from Phuket Town to Ko Lipe by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phuket Town to Ko Lipe. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Koh Hin Ngam
Highlights from your plan
Ko Lipe
Ko Lipe
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunrise Beach ©
Sunrise Beach

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town, then stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Koh Rok Island and then kick back and relax at Kantiang Bay.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta journey maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta takes 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta due to the time zone difference. September in Ko Lanta sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Koh Rok Island ©
Koh Rok Island

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 10th (Tue), see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don journey builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Ko Hong. Get in touch with nature at Tup Island and Poda Island. Change things up with a short trip to James Bond Island in Ao Phang Nga National Park (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Railay View Point, stop by de' MARCO Fashions, identify plant and animal life at Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea).

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town holiday tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

James Bond Island
Highlights from your plan
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island
Speed Boats Tours
Tup Island ©
Tup Island

1
night
Ang Thong, Ko Samui

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Pha Jun Jaras Viewpoint and then explore the striking landscape of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Ang Thong tour itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Ang Thong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Krabi Town in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ang Thong, with lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park ©
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park
Pha Jun Jaras Viewpoint ©
Pha Jun Jaras Viewpoint

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Aow Leuk Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Ao Tanot Bay and Ao Thian Ok. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Flooglebinder ltd, get great views at Mango Viewpoint, look for gifts at Flipflop and Treacle, and head off the coast to Koh Nang Yuan.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koh Tao route site .

You can ride a ferry from Ang Thong to Koh Tao in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Rocky Bay ©
Rocky Bay
Aow Leuk Bay ©
Aow Leuk Bay

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 18th (Wed), kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, relax in the rural setting at Purina Sheep Farm, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Phaeng Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Traveling by ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan takes 1.5 hours. September in Ko Pha Ngan sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Samui Elephant Sanctuary and Speed Boats Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Plai Laem and Maenam Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Classic International Suits, enjoy the sand and surf at Lamai Beach, and get your game on at Samui Football Golf Club.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bophut trip maker app .

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut by car takes about 4 hours. In September in Bophut, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem

9
nights
Chiang Mai

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 some cultural insight at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra Singh. Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park), Sirithan Waterfall (in Chom Thong) and The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort (in San Sai). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Thai Elephant Home, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pan Tao, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai online travel route planner .

You can fly from Bophut to Chiang Mai in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in September, plan for little chillier nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 75°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Inthanon, The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort, Sirithan Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home

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