11 days in Thailand Itinerary

11 days in Thailand Itinerary

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11 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Phuket Town, Phuket
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, and look for gifts at Mesimu.

Before you visit Chiang Mai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Chiang Mai is 13 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get warmer in Chiang Mai: highs are around 85°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, then don't miss a visit to Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planner .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 73°F in Bangkok. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Wildlife Shopping
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
Phuket Town, Phuket

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
On the 30th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and then explore and take pictures at Patong Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Phuket Kart, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Dress Men Fashion, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Phuket Town day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Phuket Town in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December in Phuket Town, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Patong
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Classic International Suits, then have some family-friendly fun at EasyFly - Indoor Skydiving, and finally get your game on at Lazgam Laser Games Koh Samui. On your second day here, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bophut online route planner .

You can fly from Phuket Town to Bophut in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bophut

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Food Tours
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Scuba & Snorkeling

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