12 days in Thailand Itinerary

12 days in Thailand Itinerary

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12 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
3
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago


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4
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 Lok Molee for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Rescue Park and Spas & Wellness. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mae Hia Fresh Market, stroll the grounds of Chang Khlan Cemetery, and explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai day trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. In December, Chiang Mai is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): look for gifts at Dress Men Fashion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nai Harn Beach, and finally get great views at Karon View Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Patong trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Patong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, Patong is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Nai Harn Beach, Karon View Point
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

4
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.
Head to Tom's Fashion and Siam Paragonfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and Lumpini Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Wat Pho, buy something for everyone on your list at CentralWorld, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

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

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