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
Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Pattaya
— 4 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3​h
3
Hua Hin
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Ferry:  6​h
4
Koh Tao
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1​h 15​min
5
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Krabi Town
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1​h 30​min
8
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 1 night
Ferry:  45​min
9
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  4​h
10
Khao Lak
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1​h 45​min
11
Phuket Town, Phuket
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
12
Chiang Rai
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
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.
Head to Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) and Terminal 21for plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Mahathat. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), walk around Lumpini Park, take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket, and stop by James Fashion International.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planner.

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 when traveling from Newark to Bangkok is 12 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Bangkok to be a bit warmer, temps between 92°F and 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
Highlights from your plan
Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

4
nights
Pattaya

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Step off the beaten path and head to Big Buddha Temple and CentralFestival Pattaya Beach. Head to Beach road and Harbor Laemchabangfor some retail therapy. Step out of Pattaya to go to Si Racha and see Khao Kheow Open Zoo, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pattaya Beach, don't miss a visit to Pattaya Floating Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Tukcom Pattaya, and look for gifts at Gems Gallery Pattaya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pattaya sightseeing planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Bangkok to Pattaya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Pattaya, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Hua Hin.

Things to do in Pattaya

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Harbor Laemchabang
Highlights from your plan
CentralFestival Pattaya Beach ©
CentralFestival Pattaya Beach
Harbor Laemchabang ©
Harbor Laemchabang
Gems Gallery Pattaya ©
Gems Gallery Pattaya

5
nights
Hua Hin

Hua Hin ©
The seaside town of Hua Hin serves as a popular coastal retreat for Bangkok residents and international tourists.
Visit Huay Mongkol Temple and Wat Khao Lan Thom for their historical value. Head to Market Village HuaHin and Fn Factory Outletfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Hua Hin side-trips: Cha-am (Mrigadayavan Palace & Railway Station Market), Sam Roi Yot (Bang Pu Beach & Phraya Nakhon Cave) and Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (in Tha Yang). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a splash at Black Mountain Water Park, identify plant and animal life at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, and buy something for everyone on your list at Seenspace Huahin.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hua Hin travel planner .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Pattaya to Hua Hin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Hua Hin

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Cha-am, Sam Roi Yot, Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
Highlights from your plan
Phraya Nakhon Cave ©
Phraya Nakhon Cave
Market Village HuaHin ©
Market Village HuaHin
Huay Mongkol Temple ©
Huay Mongkol Temple

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Ao Tanot Bay and Jansom Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Climbing Tours and Chalok Baan Kao Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ao Thian Ok, contemplate the waterfront views at Rocky Bay, stroll through Shark Bay, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao trip site .

Getting from Hua Hin to Koh Tao by combination of train and ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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 Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Jansom Bay ©
Jansom Bay
Lighthouse Bay ©
Lighthouse Bay

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm, and then kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haad Yuan Beach, and finally stroll through Bottle Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

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

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.
Head to Classic International Suits and Lamai Sunday Nightmarketfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Plai Laem and Samui Elephant Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maenam Beach, race across the water with a speed boat tour, make a trip to Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai, and enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach).

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bophut trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Maret, Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach

4
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Head to de' MARCO Fashions and Holiday Beach Walkfor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and Speed Boats Tours. Explore Krabi Town's surroundings by going to Ao Phang Nga National Park (James Bond Island & Phang Nga Bay.). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island, have fun at Emerald Muay Thai, take some stellar pictures from Railay View Point, and kick back and relax at Nopparat Thara Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Krabi Town journey tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bophut in September since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ao Phang Nga National Park
Highlights from your plan
De' MARCO Fashions ©
De' MARCO Fashions
Railay View Point ©
Railay View Point
Nopparat Thara Beach ©
Nopparat Thara Beach

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 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, head off the coast to Ko Phi Phi Le, then Head underground at Viking Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay.

Planning Ko Phi Phi Don trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about 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) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Viking Cave ©
Viking Cave

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanta Animal Welfare and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kantiang Bay and Long Beach. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Italian Fashion Suit, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town.

Plan my day in Ko Lanta using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Khao Lak.

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

3
nights
Khao Lak

A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bang Niang Market and V & A Master Fashion. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pasai Beach and White Sand Beach. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, race across the water with a speed boat tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the interesting displays at International Tsunami Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Khao Lak trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ko Lanta to Khao Lak takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Khao Lak can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Takua Pa, Pasai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Spas
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall ©
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall

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 discover tucked-away gems like Nai Harn Beach and Spas. Visit Freedom Beach and Bang Tao Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phuket Town: Promthep Cape (in Rawai), Karon View Point (in Karon) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kamala). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), enjoy the sand and surf at Yanui Beach, look for gifts at Nordic Fashion, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Restaurant.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Phuket Town road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Khao Lak to Phuket Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. September in Phuket Town sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon, Rawai, Thalang National Museum, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Freedom Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach
Bang Tao Beach ©
Bang Tao Beach

3
nights
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sankhong Happy Street and Northai. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple) and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Rai: Wat Pra That Pukhao (in Chiang Saen) and Wat Tilok Aram (in Phayao City). There's much more to do: get great views at Doi Mae Salong, make a trip to Clock Tower Chiang Rai, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pong Phra Bat Hot spring, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ku Phra Chao Mengrai.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Rai visit planning site .

You can fly from Phuket Town to Chiang Rai in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Wat Pra That Pukhao, Wat Tilok Aram
Highlights from your plan
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple) ©
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple)
Wat Mung Muang ©
Wat Mung Muang

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Rescue Park and Tha Pae Walking Street. Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Suan Dok will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Thai Silk Village (in San Kamphaeng). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the different shops at Icon IT Chiangmai, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tha Pae Walking Street, Doi Inthanon, Thai Silk Village
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Spas & Wellness

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