18 days in Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Thailand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand journey planner

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Fly
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Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Ferry to Koh Tao
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Koh Tao
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Krabi, Bus to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
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Bangkok

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Family-friendly places like The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, stroll around Lumpini Park, and take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bangkok travel planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Bangkok is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. In December, Bangkok is much warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Chiang Mai

— 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, look for gifts at Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chiang Mai, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Koh Tao

— 1 night

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Tanot Bay.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Koh Tao visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Koh Tao, with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Ko Pha Ngan

— 2 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 24th (Mon), kick back and relax at Haad Yao Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach, and then enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan trip builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan in 2 hours. In December in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Krabi Town

— 2 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for gifts at Alex's Fashion, kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach, and then kick back and relax at Railay Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Krabi Town trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Krabi Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in December since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Ko Phi Phi Don

— 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, stroll through Laem Tong Bay and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Loh Dalum Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Patong, Phuket

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Kata Beach. Go for a jaunt from Patong to Nai Harn to see Nai Harn Beach about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Patong Beach, get great views at Karon View Point, stroll through Karon Beach, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Patong road trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.