18 days in Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Thailand Itinerary

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Khao Lak
— 1 day
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Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lipe
— 1 night
Ferry
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Krabi Town
— 2 nights
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Bangkok
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
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Khao Lak

— 1 day
A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
On the 4th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Khao Lak itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Khao Lak is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Khao Lak, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in December, expect Khao Lak to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Patong.

Things to do in Khao Lak

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Patong, Phuket

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach. Step out of Patong with an excursion to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), make a trip to Bangla Road, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Patong trip maker website.

Drive from Khao Lak to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Ko Phi Phi Don

— 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, then relax and rejuvenate at Baan Sabai Thai Massage Koh Phi Phi, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nui Beach, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then kick back and relax at Loh Dalum Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don day trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Ko Lanta

— 2 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 10th (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, stop by Lanta Animal Welfare, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at The Boss Collection, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lanta Art.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta road trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

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Ko Lipe

— 1 night
With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunrise Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head off the coast to Ko Lipe.

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Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe by ferry takes about 4 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Krabi Town

— 2 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head off the coast to Bamboo Island, step off the mainland to explore Poda Island, and then stop by De' MARCO Fashions. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), tour the pleasant surroundings at Railay Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Railay View Point.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Krabi Town trip itinerary maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Krabi Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Bangkok

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). On your second day here, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

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You can fly from Krabi Town to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

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Chiang Mai

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School and Wat Chiang Man. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, stop by Mesimu, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chiang Mai trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in December, with lows around 20°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

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.