51 days in Thailand Itinerary

51 days in Thailand Itinerary

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51 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Ko Pha Ngan
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Bangkok
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Sai Yok
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Ko Chang
— 1 night
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Krabi Town
— 5 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
8
Ko Lipe
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
9
Ko Lanta
— 6 nights
ferry:  45​min
10
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 5 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
11
Patong, Phuket
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra Singh for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Si Suphan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim), Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and stop by Mesimu.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Chiang Mai using our trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Chiang Mai are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Doi Inthanon
Highlights from your plan
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Wat Plai Laem and Big Buddha are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Thong Ching Bay in Khanom (about 1h 55 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Maenam Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Samui International Meditation Center, and stop by Classic International Suits.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bophut itinerary tool .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bophut in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bophut, with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thong Ching Bay, Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach

6
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. Get some historical perspective at Wat Chaloklum and Wat Phu Khao Noi. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi and stroll through The Secret Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan takes 4 hours. December in Ko Pha Ngan sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Popular historic sites such as Historic City of Ayutthaya and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Ancient City (in Samut Prakan), Ayutthaya (Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, & more) and Pattaya (Art in Paradise Pattaya & Big Buddha Temple). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and don't miss a visit to Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok online trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sai Yok.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): learn about all things military at Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Phra That Cave and then admire the sheer force of Erawan waterfall.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sai Yok online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bangkok to Sai Yok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Chang.

Things to do in Sai Yok

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Phra That Cave, Erawan waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre ©
Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre
Erawan waterfall ©
Erawan waterfall
Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua) ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Khlong Prao Beach and then admire the sheer force of Klong Plu Waterfall.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ko Chang trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Sai Yok to Ko Chang in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Ko Chang, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Chang

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

5
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You'll get in some beach time at Railay Beach and PhraNang Cave Beach. Get outdoors at Poda Island and Bamboo Island. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), get outside with Motorbike Rental Krabi, get great views at Railay View Point, and step off the mainland to explore Tup Island.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Krabi Town day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ko Chang to Krabi Town takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Sunrise Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sanom Beach, then kick back and relax at Pattaya Beach, and then head off the coast to Ko Lipe.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Lipe day trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Lipe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Krabi Town to Ko Lipe is 1 hour. In January in Ko Lipe, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunrise Beach ©
Sunrise Beach
Ko Lipe ©
Ko Lipe

6
nights
Ko Lanta

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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. Visiting Kantiang Bay and Nui Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Koh Rok Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), stop by The Boss Collection, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta trip itinerary maker website .

Ride a ferry from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ko Lipe in January, Ko Lanta is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin 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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Loh Moo Dee Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Loh Dalum Beach and Long Beach. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Ko Phi Phi Le, don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, explore the activities along Maya Bay, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don online visit planner .

Ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Patong.

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
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

5
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Big Buddha Phuket. Take a break from the city and head to Nai Harn Beach and Monkey Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai), Yanui Beach (in Rawai) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Nordic Fashion, and take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Patong vacation maker .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in Patong are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Rawai, Karon, Scuba & Snorkeling, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP)
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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