49 days in Thailand Itinerary

49 days in Thailand Itinerary

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49 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Chiang Rai
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
3
Ko Pha Ngan
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Krabi Town
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 5 nights
ferry:  45​min
7
Ko Lanta
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Patong, Phuket
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
9
Pak Phli
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Khao Yai National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Bangkok
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep), Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Rescue Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai road trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Francisco to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Chiang Mai to be a bit warmer, around 71°F, while days are warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

4
nights
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Rai: Wat Phra Kaew (in Chiang Khong), Chiang Saen (Golden Triangle Park & 212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น) and Ban Kae Phayao (in Phayao City). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun, look for gifts at El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Valley Thailand, and make a trip to Tad Kwan Village Park & Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Rai online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in November: highs in Chiang Rai hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiang Saen, Wat Phra Kaew, Ban Kae Phayao
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Valley Thailand ©
Elephant Valley Thailand
Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun

6
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, spas, adventure, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn and have fun at C&M Learn Thai Culture, let little ones run wild at Phangan Jorkyball, putt your heart out at Phangan Adventure MiniGolf, and kick back and relax at Salad Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan tour builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Rai to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Rai in November, Ko Pha Ngan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach

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.
On the 21st (Thu), kick back and relax at Laem Thian and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Koh Tao CrossFit and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Koh Tao day trip tool .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Koh Tao CrossFit ©
Koh Tao CrossFit

4
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Krabi Town is known for beaches, nature, shopping, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Railay Beach, head off the coast to Koh Haa Island, trek along Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail, and stroll through Ao Nang Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Krabi Town online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Koh Tao to Krabi Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Koh Haa Island
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

5
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.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for nature, wildlife, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Ko Bida Nok.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip website .

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to 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
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

6
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Ko Lanta is known for wildlife, beaches, nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, get your game on at Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Wall, stop by The Boss Collection, and experience rural life at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta online tour planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In December in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Boss Collection ©
The Boss Collection

6
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach, and browse the different shops at Jungceylon.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Patong trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Patong, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pak Phli.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phang Nga Bay., Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

1
night
Pak Phli

Pak Phli ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Khao Yai National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pak Phli tour site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Patong to Pak Phli. In December, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Khao Yai National Park.

Things to do in Pak Phli

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Khao Yai National Park ©
Khao Yai National Park

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tempel klangdong in Pak Chong (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching, don't miss a visit to Primo Piazza Khao Yai, admire the sheer force of Nang Rong Waterfalls, and admire the natural beauty at The Bloom By TV Pool.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Khao Yai National Park itinerary tool .

You can drive from Pak Phli to Khao Yai National Park in 1.5 hours. In December in Khao Yai National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bangkok.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tempel klangdong
Highlights from your plan
Haew Narok Waterfall ©
Haew Narok Waterfall
Nang Rong Waterfalls ©
Nang Rong Waterfalls
Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave ©
Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave

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.
Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Mahathat) and The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum) (in Pattaya). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Tom's Fashion, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip maker .

You can drive from Khao Yai National Park to Bangkok in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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