23 days in Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Thailand Itinerary

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23 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Chiang Rai
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
4
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
Ferry:  45 min
5
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
6
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
7
Koh Tao
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
8
Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: London

1
day
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Rai day trip planning site .

London, UK to Chiang Rai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Chiang Rai. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Chiang Rai hover around 31°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites
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Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, look for gifts at Mengrai Kilns, and explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai online holiday builder .

Getting from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, stop by Dress Men Fashion, and buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Patong holiday website .

You can 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. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Patong. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Buddha Phuket, Karon Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Ko Lanta is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, stop by The Boss Collection, head off the coast to Ko Jum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ko Lanta trip itinerary website .

You can ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Lanta in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shark Diving
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
The Boss Collection ©
The Boss Collection

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, step off the mainland to explore Ko Phi Phi Le, enjoy the sand and surf at Loh Dalum Beach, and stroll through Laem Tong Bay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don road trip planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Shark Diving
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach, then kick back and relax at Railay Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Dao Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions and then delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town road trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
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Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

1
night
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Koh Tao CrossFit and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koh Tao trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Koh Tao in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Krabi Town in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Koh Tao, with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Tao CrossFit ©
Koh Tao CrossFit

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for wildlife, beaches, spas, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, have some family-friendly fun at Phangan Football Golf Club, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phu Khao Noi.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium ©
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bangkok travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bangkok, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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