48 days in Thailand Itinerary

48 days in Thailand Itinerary

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48 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Khao Yai National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lop Buri
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kanchanaburi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Hua Hin
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + ferry:  6​h
6
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
7
Ko Pha Ngan
— 4 nights
+4
ferry + bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
8
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
ferry:  45​min
9
Ko Lanta
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
10
Patong, Phuket
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Chiang Rai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Sukhothai
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Lampang
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Chiang Mai
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Newark

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Pho and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Appreciate the collections at Jim Thompson House and Chan Kasem National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Woodland Muangmai (in Nakhon Chai Si) and Ayutthaya (Wat Mahathat, Historic City of Ayutthaya, & more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, see the interesting displays at Chatuchak Flower Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok itinerary app .

Newark, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 12 hours. In August, Bangkok is somewhat warmer than Newark - with highs of 92°F and lows of 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Khao Yai National Park.

Things to do in Bangkok

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Woodland Muangmai
Highlights from your plan
Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

3
nights
Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park ©
The oldest national park in Thailand--and a World Heritage Site to boot--Khao Yai National Park impresses visitors with its waterfalls, mountainous terrain, and abundant monsoon forest.
Let the collections at Khao Yai Art Museum and Prachin Buri National Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Khao Yai National Park and Nang Rong Waterfalls. Change things up with a short trip to Yusuksuwan Museum in Prachin Buri (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching, take some stellar pictures from Pa Deo Die Cliff, admire the sheer force of Haew Narok Waterfall, and Head underground at Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Khao Yai National Park visit planner .

Traveling by car from Bangkok to Khao Yai National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lop Buri.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pak Phli, Prachin Buri, Khao Yai Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Khao Yai National Park ©
Khao Yai National Park
Haew Narok Waterfall ©
Haew Narok Waterfall
Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave ©
Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave

3
nights
Lop Buri

Lop Buri ©
Just a short trip from Bangkok, Lop Buri is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, known mostly for its crab-eating monkeys.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Somdet Phra Narai National Museum and Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat. Appreciate the collections at Wat Phra Buddha Badh and Wat Sing Khu Yang. Venture out of the city with trips to Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (in Saraburi), Jedkod-Pongkonsao Ecotourism and Environmental Education Center (in Kaeng Khoi) and Big Buddha at Wat Muang Temple (in Wiset Chai Chan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Ban Hun Lek, steep yourself in history at Prasat Nakhon Luang, and see the interesting displays at Wat Nakorn Kosa.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lop Buri trip site .

Traveling by car from Khao Yai National Park to Lop Buri takes 3 hours. August in Lop Buri sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kanchanaburi.

Things to do in Lop Buri

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Jedkod-Pongkonsao Ecotourism and Environmental Education Center, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, Prasat Nakhon Luang, Wat Phra Buddha Badh, Wat Sing Khu Yang
Highlights from your plan
Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex ©
Somdet Phra Narai National Museum ©
Somdet Phra Narai National Museum
Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat ©
Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat

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.
Bridge Over the River Kwai and Mallika R.E.124 will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting ElephantsWorld and Erawan waterfall will get you outdoors. Explore Kanchanaburi's surroundings by going to Erawan National Park (in Si Sawat) and Wat Tham Sua (in Tha Muang). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Nature Park, get to know the fascinating history of Wat Thawornwararam, and pause for some photo ops at Guan Im Sutham Temple.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanchanaburi tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Lop Buri to Kanchanaburi by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Hua Hin.

Things to do in Kanchanaburi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Erawan National Park, Wat Tham Sua, Erawan waterfall, Mallika R.E.124, Elephant Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
ElephantsWorld ©
ElephantsWorld
Erawan National Park ©
Erawan National Park
Erawan waterfall ©
Erawan waterfall

2
nights
Hua Hin

The seaside town of Hua Hin serves as a popular coastal retreat for Bangkok residents and international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, then explore the world behind art at For Art's Sake, then take in the exciting artwork at Baan Sillapin Artists Village, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Huay Mongkol Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy some diversion at Siam Milsim, then take in the exciting artwork at Khanesha Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Orthodox Church.

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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, daily temperatures in Hua Hin can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Hua Hin

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Huay Mongkol Temple ©
Huay Mongkol Temple
Khanesha Gallery ©
Khanesha Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Laem Thian, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at The Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Koh Tao day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Hua Hin to Koh Tao takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Koh Tao can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

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

4
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Ao Plai Laem. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, explore the striking landscape of Thansadej Koh Phangan National Park, enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at C&M Learn Thai Culture.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan trip planner .

Getting from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Than Sadet Waterfall National Park ©

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ko Phi Phi Le. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Ko Bida Nok, head off the coast to Mosquito Island, don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Phi Phi Don in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in September, Ko Phi Phi Don is little chillier at night with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lanta Art and Wat Khlong Thom Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Phra Ae Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Andaman Cultural Center in Krabi Town (about 2 hours away). There's still lots to do: get outside with Pirate Kayak Adventures, look for gifts at World Fashion Suits, Head underground at Tiger Cave, and take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta route maker app .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about an hour. In September, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wat Khlong Thom Museum, Andaman Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mu Koh Lanta National Park ©
Mu Koh Lanta National Park
Ko Ha Yai ©
Ko Ha Yai

4
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Patong Inn Art and Kampon Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Apichart art gallery and Big Buddha Phuket. Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Krabi Elephant Sanctuary (in Krabi Town), Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Patong online trip builder .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Patong in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Phang Nga Bay., Karon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

3
nights
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at 212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น and Wat Rong Khun. De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd and Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Chiang Rai's surroundings by going to Hall of Inspiration (in Mae Fa Luang) and Wat Anal Yothippyaram (in Phayao City). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), see the interesting displays at Oub Kham Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Art Bridge Chiang Rai, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chiang Saen.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Rai trip builder site .

Getting from Patong to Chiang Rai by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Chiang Rai sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น, Hall of Inspiration, Wat Anal Yothippyaram
Highlights from your plan

3
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.
Get outdoors at Si Satchanalai Historical Park and Green E-bike Sukhothai. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sukhothai Historical Park and Pim Buranaket Folklore Museum. Explore Sukhothai's surroundings by going to The Kamphang Phet National Museum (in Kamphaeng Phet) and Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk Museum (in Phitsanulok). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Sangkalok Museum, delve into the distant past at Phra Si Ratana Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Maha That, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Si Chum.

Discover how to plan a Sukhothai trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Chiang Rai to Sukhothai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Sukhothai can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lampang.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Phitsanulok, The Kamphang Phet National Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Si Satchanalai Historical Park ©
Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk Museum ©
Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk Museum

2
nights
Lampang

Lampang ©
Translating as "City of the Horse Carriage," Lampang still remains relatively untouristed, which gives it an authentic, traditional feel that's hard to find in a lot of other Thai tourist hotspots.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, identify plant and animal life at Thai Elephant Conservation Center, then see the interesting displays at Ban Sao Nak, then examine the collection at Maemoh Mine Musuem, and finally see the interesting displays at Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, take an in-depth tour of Bhumi Lakhon Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Tat Chom Ping, then identify plant and animal life at Thai Elephant Conservation Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chaloem Phrakiat Phrachomklao Rachanuson.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Lampang road trip planner.

Getting from Sukhothai to Lampang by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Lampang sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Lampang

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Maemoh Mine Musuem, Wat Chaloem Phrakiat Phrachomklao Rachanuson
Highlights from your plan
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang ©
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
Thai Elephant Conservation Center ©
Thai Elephant Conservation Center
Wat Phra Tat Chom Ping ©
Wat Phra Tat Chom Ping

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders and Wat gategaram museum. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Doi Inthanon will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim), Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, see the interesting displays at Philatelic Museum, and explore the world behind art at Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Lampang to Chiang Mai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Doi Inthanon
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

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