51 days in Thailand Itinerary

51 days in Thailand Itinerary

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51 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Patong, Phuket
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Ko Lanta
— 5 nights
ferry:  45​min
3
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
4
Krabi Town
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
6
Ko Pha Ngan
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Chiang Mai
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Chiang Rai
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Sukhothai
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Khao Yai National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Bangkok
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

5
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by New Valentino, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Patong trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Patong is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Patong is 5 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Patong, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
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: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get your game on at Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Wall, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ko Lanta tour planner .

Traveling by ferry from Patong to Ko Lanta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

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

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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Ko Bida Nok, make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, and contemplate the waterfront views at Maya Bay.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder tool .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In December in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

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

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: stroll through Railay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Nang Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Krabi Town online trip maker .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Laem Thian and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by May & Co. General Store and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Koh Tao trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Koh Tao in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Krabi Town in January, Koh Tao is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (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

5
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: enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, stroll through Salad Beach, get your game on at Phangan Football Golf Club, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at C&M Learn Thai Culture.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Rescue Park, admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai holiday planner .

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Chiang Mai by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Chiang Mai, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wat Phra Kaew (in Chiang Khong), Chiang Saen (212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น & Golden Triangle Park) and Ban Kae Phayao (in Phayao City). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun, take in nature's colorful creations at 75 Anniversary Flag and Lamp Park, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Valley Thailand, and don't miss a visit to Tad Kwan Village Park & Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chiang Rai attractions planner .

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chiang Mai in January, with highs in Chiang Rai at 31°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Sukhothai.

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk Museum (in Phitsanulok) and National Park Srisatchanalai (in Si Satchanalai). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Si Satchanalai Historical Park. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sukhothai Historical Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Si Hong, and gear up at Green E-bike Sukhothai.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sukhothai tour planner.

Getting from Chiang Rai to Sukhothai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Rai in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sukhothai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Khao Yai National Park.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Park Srisatchanalai, Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk 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

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.
Khao Yai National Park is known for nature, parks, fun & games, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khao Yai National Park, make a trip to Primo Piazza Khao Yai, head outdoors with Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching, and explore the fascinating underground world of Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Khao Yai National Park trip maker app .

Getting from Sukhothai to Khao Yai National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sukhothai in January: highs in Khao Yai National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bangkok.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pak Phli
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

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Mahathat), Pattaya (Big C - Central Marina & The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)) and Ancient City (in Samut Prakan). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bangkok holiday maker tool .

Getting from Khao Yai National Park to Bangkok by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. January in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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