40 days in Thailand Itinerary

40 days in Thailand Itinerary

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40 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Bangkok
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sukhothai
— 7 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Mae Hong Son
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Chiang Mai
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Ang Thong
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Phuket Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Maret
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Auckland

8
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic City of Ayutthaya and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Erawan Museum (in Samut Prakan), Ayutthaya (Thai Boat Museum, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, & more) and Pattaya (Art in Paradise Pattaya, Big Buddha Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat, take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket, stroll around Lumpini Park, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok attractions planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Bangkok, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Wat Pho Bang O, Erawan Museum
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Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon ©
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sukhothai Historical Park and Wat Chang Lom. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ramkhamhaeng National Museum and Wat Saphan Hin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sukhothai: Kamphaeng Phet (Wat Chang Rop, Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, & more) and Praya Phichai Dap Hak Memorial (in Uttaradit City). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Wat Sa Si, admire the striking features of Wat Si Chum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Maha That.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sukhothai driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bangkok in January since evenings lows in Sukhothai dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Mae Hong Son.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamphaeng Phet, Wat Traphang Thong, Praya Phichai Dap Hak Memorial
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Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Wat Si Chum ©
Wat Si Chum
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

6
nights
Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son ©
A town of 7,000 in northern Thailand, Mae Hong Son remains somewhat under the mainstream tourist radar, which has allowed it to maintain a traditional Thai atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu and Wat Hua Wiang Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Phra Non and Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mae Hong Son: Soppong (Lod Cave, Luk Khao Lam Viewpoint, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pa Tam Wua, snap pictures at Sutongpe Bridge, make a trip to Ban Ruam Thai (Ban Rak Thai), and steep yourself in history at Karen village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mae Hong Son day trip app .

Traveling by car from Sukhothai to Mae Hong Son takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sukhothai in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mae Hong Son, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Mae Hong Son

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Soppong, Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall
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Lod Cave ©
Lod Cave
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu ©
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall ©

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Elephant Rescue Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum and Wat Suan Dok. Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Mae Rim (Maerim Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park) and Mae Taeng (Thai Elephant Home & Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si)). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai visit planning site .

You can drive from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mae Taeng, Mae Rim
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

1
night
Ang Thong

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.
On the 25th (Tue), get great views at Blue Lagoon (Emerald Lake) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ang Thong sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Ang Thong in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in January since evenings lows in Ang Thong dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Nature Parks
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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park ©
Blue Lagoon (Emerald Lake) ©
Blue Lagoon (Emerald Lake)

4
nights
Phuket Town

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Get some cultural insight at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Phuket Trickeye Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Freedom Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Phuket Town: Rawai (Brahma Elephant Shrine & Promthep Cape), Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn) and Karon View Point (in Karon). There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Nordic Fashion, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn and have fun at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Restaurant.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Phuket Town sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Ang Thong to Phuket Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Ang Thong in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Phuket Town, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maret.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Karon, Rawai, Scuba & Snorkeling, Freedom Beach
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

4
nights
Maret

Maret ©
Maret, a bustling area on the island of Koh Samui, offers an abundance of activities and small settlements along a stretch of attractive coastline.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wat Plai Laem and Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Explore Maret's surroundings by going to Bophut (Samui Football Golf Club, Speed Boats Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Classic International Suits, get great views at Lad Koh View Point, get your game on at Extreme VR Park, and stroll through Maenam Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Maret trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Phuket Town to Maret in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Maret are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Maret

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bophut, Maenam Beach, Lad Koh View Point
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Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary

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