26 days in Thailand Itinerary

26 days in Thailand Itinerary

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26 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  15​h
1
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 1 night
ferry:  45​min
5
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Rawai, Phuket
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Ang Thong, Ko Samui
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Sukhothai
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
9
Sai Yok
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Athens

3
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.
Visit Wat Gate Khar Rnam and Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Bo Sang to see Umbrella Village - Bor Sang about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping, admire the masterpieces at Baan Tipmanee, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phakhao Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai holiday maker tool .

Athens, Greece to Chiang Mai is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Athens to Chiang Mai. In August, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Umbrella Village - Bor Sang, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Baan Tipmanee
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Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping ©
Umbrella Village - Bor Sang ©
Umbrella Village - Bor Sang

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hat Sadet Beach and Leela Beach. Wat Khao Tham and Wat Chaloklum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Than Sadet Waterfall National Park. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Haad Chao Phao Beach and get outside with Khao Ra.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Leela Beach ©
Leela Beach
Hat Sadet Beach ©
Hat Sadet Beach
Haad Chao Phao Beach ©
Haad Chao Phao Beach

4
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Step out of the city life by going to Choeng Mon Beach and Coral Cove Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Secret Buddha Garden and Laem Sor Pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, look for gifts at Modern Suit Samui, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chinese Temple.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Bophut online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut takes 4 hours. In August in Bophut, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Chinese Temple
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Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 16th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, stroll through Nui Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Bophut to Ko Phi Phi Don in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bophut in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ko Phi Phi Don, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by The Tiger Collections, then identify plant and animal life at Lanta Monkey School, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Cliff Beach. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), and then browse the exhibits of Lanta Art.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ko Lanta tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rawai.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Diamond Cliff Beach ©
Diamond Cliff Beach
Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai) ©
Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai)
The Tiger Collections ©
The Tiger Collections

3
nights
Rawai, Phuket

Rawai ©
A trip to Rawai, a beach resort on the island of Phuket, rewards visitors with access to quirky museums, heritage sites, and animal conservation projects.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Phuket Trickeye Museum and Brahma Elephant Shrine. You'll get in some beach time at Ao Sane and Maithon Island (Honeymoon Island). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Ka Beach, play a few rounds at Phuket Golf Leisure, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rawai Beach.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rawai road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ko Lanta to Rawai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Rawai

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Wat Suwan Khiri Khet
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Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Rawai Beach
Rawai Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Ang Thong, Ko Samui

Ang Thong ©
As the capital of a province of the same name, Ang Thong boasts a rich history--most notably as an outpost during the war against the Burmese and the birthplace of Nai Dok and Nai Thongkaeo, two of the war's venerated heroes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ang Thong day trip tool .

Getting from Rawai to Ang Thong by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. August in Ang Thong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Nature Parks
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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park ©

2
nights
Sukhothai

Sukhothai ©
A trip to Sukhothai is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the Thai empire, which began in this city in the 13th century.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Wat Trapang Tong Lang, don't miss a visit to Wat Traphang Thong, then admire the masterpieces at Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai, and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Phrapai Luang. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Suthep Sangkalok, delve into the distant past at Wat Chetuphon, examine the collection at Sangkalok Museum, then delve into the distant past at Phra Si Ratana Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Si Hong.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sukhothai trip planner .

You can fly from Ang Thong to Sukhothai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Sukhothai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sai Yok.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wat Traphang Thong
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Wat Mai ©
Wat Mai
Wat Chetuphon ©
Wat Chetuphon
Wat Trapang Tong Lang ©
Wat Trapang Tong Lang

3
nights
Sai Yok

Sai Yok ©
Say Yok district promises to keep visitors entertained for days in a world overgrown by lush jungles and dominated by limestone cliffs and a massive Khmer temple complex.
Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Haven and Sawadi Saiyok Jungle Adventure. Discover out-of-the-way places like Erawan National Park and Rock Valley Hot Spring & Fish Spa. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Tham Kra Sae Bridge and take an in-depth tour of Mallika R.E.124.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Sai Yok trip planner .

Getting from Sukhothai to Sai Yok by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sai Yok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Erawan National Park
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Erawan National Park ©
Erawan National Park
Elephant Haven ©
Elephant Haven
Mallika R.E.124 ©
Mallika R.E.124

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