23 days in Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Thailand Itinerary

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23 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Patong, Phuket
1
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Khao Sok National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Surat Thani
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Bophut
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
7
Koh Tao
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Kanchanaburi
— 1 night
+5
train + foot + bus + foot + train + Fly:  10​h 15​min
10
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
End: Chiang Mai

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Karon View Point has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, then take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, and then get in on the family fun at Phuket FantaSea.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Patong trip itinerary maker app .

If you are flying in from Romania, the closest major airports are Phuket International Airport, Krabi Airport and Surat Thani Airport. December in Patong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Spas Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Buddha Phuket, Karon View Point, Phuket FantaSea
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Spas
Phuket FantaSea ©
Phuket FantaSea
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, steep yourself in history at Lanta Old Town, and then head off the coast to Koh Rok Island.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Lanta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Krabi Town is known for beaches, nature, shopping, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Railay Beach, look for gifts at VICTORIA Fashion House, stroll through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, and head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krabi Town trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Krabi Town takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Khao Sok National Park.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

1
night
Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park ©
While on tour of Khao Sok National Park, you'll discover a dense jungle, towering karst formations, and a man-made lake.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Khao Sok National Park holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Krabi Town to Khao Sok National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Surat Thani.

Things to do in Khao Sok National Park

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple
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Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple ©
Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple

1
night
Surat Thani

Surat Thani ©
Literally translated as "City of Good People," Surat Thani ranks as the eighth-largest city in Thailand and the historical seat from which the Sriwijaya kingdom ruled much of Southeast Asia.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Surat Thani planner .

Drive from Khao Sok National Park to Surat Thani in 2 hours. In December in Surat Thani, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Surat Thani

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
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Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine ©
Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine
Nakwaree Shooting Range ©
Nakwaree Shooting Range
Pra Cha Rat Floating Market ©
Pra Cha Rat Floating Market

3
nights
Bophut

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha, and then wander the streets of Fisherman’s Village.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bophut trip planner .

Traveling by car from Surat Thani to Bophut takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bophut

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai
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Food Tours
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Koh Tao is known for wildlife, adventure, nature, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Sai Nuan Beach, trek along John-Suwan Viewpoint, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Koh Tao trip maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Bophut to Koh Tao takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Koh Tao are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, then step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, then don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, then stroll around Lumpini Park, then shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Khaosan Road.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bangkok tour planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Koh Tao in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchanaburi.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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night
Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi ©
The capital city of an eponymous province, Kanchanaburi is a pleasant town with lively markets and a good selection of restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at ElephantsWorld, stroll the grounds of Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Bridge Over the River Kwai.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kanchanaburi online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanchanaburi can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Kanchanaburi

Parks Wildlife Museums
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ElephantsWorld ©
ElephantsWorld
Bridge Over the River Kwai ©
Bridge Over the River Kwai
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery ©
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

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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.
Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Chiangmai Speedkart, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai route maker app .

You can drive from Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kanchanaburi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Chiang Mai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

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