20 days in Thailand Itinerary

20 days in Thailand Itinerary

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20 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  21 h
1
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
3
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
Ferry:  45 min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
+4
Ferry + Bus + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
5
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
6
Koh Tao
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Portland

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 out of the city life by going to Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping and Elephant Caretaker Village - Day tour. Explore hidden gems such as Kerchor Elephant Eco Park and Wat Gate Khar Rnam. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Lamphun (Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut), & more) and The Dara Pirom Palace (in Mae Rim). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Buppharam and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip maker .

Portland, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Portland to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Portland in December, with highs in Chiang Mai at 85°F and lows at 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lamphun, The Dara Pirom Palace
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Kerchor Elephant Eco Park ©
Kerchor Elephant Eco Park
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai ©
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut) ©
Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut)

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll get in some beach time at Yanui Beach and Tri Trang Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Holy Trinity Church in Phuket and Brahma Elephant Shrine. There's lots more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, head outdoors with Paradise Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Merlin Butterfly Sanctuary, and explore the galleries of Patong Inn Art.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Patong day trip planning site .

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in December since evenings lows in Patong dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rawai, Holy Trinity Church in Phuket
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Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 22nd (Sun), look for gifts at The Tiger Collections. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Cliff Beach, then kick back and relax at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta road trip planner .

Getting from Patong to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

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)
Spas & Wellness

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the striking landscape at Viking Cave, then look for gifts at Phi Phi Postcard Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip maker site .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Ao Ton Sai ©
Ao Ton Sai

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Khao Tham and Wat Phu Khao Noi. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Haad Chao Phao Beach and Hat Sadet Beach. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Than Sadet Waterfall National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Leela Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Phangan Jorkyball, and have fun at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan day trip app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Pha Ngan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hat Sadet Beach ©
Hat Sadet Beach
Haad Yuan Beach ©
Haad Yuan Beach
Haad Chao Phao Beach ©
Haad Chao Phao Beach

1
night
Koh Tao

Koh Tao ©
A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sai Daeng Beach, stop by Flipflop and Treacle, and then explore the galleries of The Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Koh Tao trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Koh Tao can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Sai Daeng Beach ©
Sai Daeng Beach

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.
Wat Maheyong and Wat Thammikarat will appeal to history buffs. Woodland Muangmai and Jesada Technik Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Chachoengsao (Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan, Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple, & more), Nakhon Pathom (Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Sanam Chandra Palace, & more) and Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount), see the interesting displays at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, and step into the grandiose world of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat).

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bangkok planner .

Getting from Koh Tao to Bangkok by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Koh Tao in December, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Chai Si, Bang Saen Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Wat Bowonniwet Vihara ©
Wat Bowonniwet Vihara
Wat Pak Nam
Wat Pak Nam
Wat Phra Pathom Chedi ©
Wat Phra Pathom Chedi

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