17 days in Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Thailand Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Leeds
+2
train + subway + Fly:  18​h
1
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Ko Pha Ngan
— 1 night
+4
ferry + bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
3
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + Drive + ferry:  7​h 45​min
5
Ko Chang
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Bangkok
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  18​h 15​min
End: Leeds

2
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.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra Singh are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai online holiday planner .

Leeds, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Leeds to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Leeds in December: high temperatures in Chiang Mai hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

1
night
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 22nd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ko Pha Ngan, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Salad Beach
Salad Beach

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, Head underground at Viking Cave, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nui Beach, then explore the activities along Maya Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in December, Ko Phi Phi Don is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nai Harn Beach, and then get great views at Karon View Point. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Patong Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Patong trip app .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. December in Patong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ko Chang.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Klong Plu Waterfall, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Khlong Prao Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Ko Chang trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Ko Chang in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Chang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Khlong Prao Beach ©
Khlong Prao Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Klong Plu Waterfall ©
Klong Plu Waterfall

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 some cultural insight at Historic City of Ayutthaya and The Grand Palace. Shop till you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragon. Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya--about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok day trip planning site .

Getting from Ko Chang to Bangkok by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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