12 days in Thailand Itinerary

12 days in Thailand Itinerary

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12 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
1
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
4
Ko Lanta
— 1 night
bus:  11​h
5
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), then step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), then get outside with SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To find out how to plan a trip to Bangkok, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major airports are Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Bangkok are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai tour builder site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in December, Chiang Mai is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park ©
Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Nang Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach, and then look for gifts at Scandi Fashion. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Railay Beach Viewpoint, kick back and relax at Railay Beach, then make a trip to Wat Kaew Ko Wararam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Krabi Town attractions tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Krabi Town, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach

1
night
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 30th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town, then identify plant and animal life at Lanta Animal Welfare, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and finally look for gifts at The Tiger Collections.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Ko Lanta travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Krabi Town to Ko Lanta takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Koh Tao

Koh Tao ©
A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the water at your own pace with Unseen Tours Koh Tao. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour and then take a tour by water with Island Cruises Sailing.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Koh Tao by bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ko Lanta in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Koh Tao, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Unseen Tours Koh Tao ©
Unseen Tours Koh Tao
Fishing Charters & Tours

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