18 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket Itinerary

18 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket Itinerary

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18 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Patong
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) and Bang Saen Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple (in Chachoengsao) and Ayutthaya (Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, & more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and see the interesting displays at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok day trip site .

Barcelona, Spain to Bangkok is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect Bangkok to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple, Bang Saen Beach
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thai Elephant Home and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get outdoors at Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park (in Mae Rim), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng). There's more to do: examine the collection at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours

8
nights
Patong

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Patong Mosque. Visit Promthep Cape Light House and Big Buddha Phuket for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Phuket Town (Kayaking & Canoeing & Monkey Hill), Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai) and Rawai (Yanui Beach & Rawai Beach). Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Sirinat National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Freedom Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Patong online route planner .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Phuket, Karon, Rawai, Sirinat National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach

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