22 days in Thailand Itinerary

22 days in Thailand Itinerary

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22 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
Ferry:  45​min
5
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Pho and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Ancient City. Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon in Ayutthaya--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok day trip planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect nights in Bangkok to be much hotter, around 81°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 96°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Ancient City
Find places to stay May 12 — 16:
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Wat Si Suphan. Escape the urban bustle at Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Wachirathan Falls (in Chom Thong) and Gems Gallery Chiang Mai (in San Kamphaeng). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. May in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chom Thong, Gems Gallery Chiang Mai, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Si Suphan ©
Wat Si Suphan

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, explore and take pictures at Patong Beach, then view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, and finally get great views at Karon View Point. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Patong Mosque, and then look for gifts at Suit Fitter Phuket.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Patong trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Patong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Chiang Mai, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Patong, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon View Point, Big Buddha Phuket, Mai Khao Beach
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then steep yourself in history at Lanta Old Town. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Lanta Art, then stroll through Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Cliff Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ko Lanta tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Lanta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanta Old Town ©
Lanta Old Town
Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai) ©
Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai)

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Ko Phi Phi Le, take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave, then step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, and finally kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, then look for gifts at Phi Phi Postcard Shop, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder website .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and then stroll through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Railay Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Koh Lao Lading, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Tha Lane, and finally Head underground at Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai).

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town trip builder .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. In May in Krabi Town, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach

2
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 28th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Art-samui, then kick back and relax at Choeng Mon Beach, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Royal King International Suits, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chinese Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bophut trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Krabi Town to Bophut by combination of bus and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Krabi Town in May since evenings lows in Bophut dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Chinese Temple
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Art-samui ©
Art-samui

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 30th (Sat), head outdoors with Haad Yuan Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and then stroll through Bottle Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan road trip website .

Getting from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan by car takes about 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

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