18 days in Thailand, Bali & Philippines Itinerary

18 days in Thailand, Bali & Philippines Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Denpasar, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Ubud, Indonesia
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Manila, Philippines
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Elephant Rescue Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai journey planning website.

Newark, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in January, with highs in Chiang Mai at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Maha That). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Bangkok. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

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Patong, Thailand

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step out of Patong with an excursion to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, stop by Dress Men Fashion, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Patong trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Bangkok to Patong in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Denpasar.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Denpasar, Indonesia

— 2 nights
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denpasar: Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban), Kuta Beach - Bali (in Kuta) and Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu). There's more to do: make a splash at Waterbom Bali and get your game on at Tilo Kids Club.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denpasar travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Denpasar takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA) is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Denpasar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ubud.

Things to do in Denpasar

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Ubud, Indonesia

— 3 nights
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubud: Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (in Tabanan) and Mason Elephant Park (in Tegalalang). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Neka Art Museum.

Discover how to plan a Ubud trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Denpasar to Ubud in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Manila.

Things to do in Ubud

Spas · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Manila, Philippines

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Agustin Church, contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, then walk around Rizal Park, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manila sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by flight from Ubud to Manila takes 7.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Manila can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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Thailand travel guide

3.9
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Bali travel guide

4.1
World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.

Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.