23 days in Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Thailand Itinerary

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23 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Chiang Mai
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Ko Pha Ngan
— 3 nights
+5
Ferry + Bus + Fly + Bus + Drive + Ferry:  7 h
5
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
Ferry:  45 min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
7
Krabi Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Karon, Phuket
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: New Delhi

2
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.
Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market and Jack Armani Suit. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, and look for gifts at MOONRIVER by VJ.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip builder.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, look for gifts at Scandy Collection, and then delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai vacation builder.

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Chiang Mai. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Scandy Collection ©
Scandy Collection

2
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a stroll through Fisherman’s Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, then stop by Nicky Fashion, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Choeng Mon Beach, then stop by La Moda suits, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lamai Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bophut itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bophut takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bophut, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phangan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lamai Beach
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Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Haad Yao Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Thong Nai Pan Noi and Haad Yuan Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach, and get in on the family fun at Just for Fun - Canopy Adventure.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Phangan itinerary planner.

Getting from Bophut to Ko Phangan by ferry takes about an hour. In December in Ko Phangan, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Haad Yao Beach ©
Haad Yao Beach

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Long Beach and Kantiang Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Lanta Animal Welfare. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Fashion Point and get to know the fascinating history of Lanta Old Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Phangan to Ko Lanta in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Ko Phangan in December, plan for little chillier nights in Ko Lanta, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay

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 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then Head underground at Viking Cave, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laem Tong Bay, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. December in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bamboo Island
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Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island

3
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Head to de' MARCO Fashions and The Giorgio Fashionfor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Phra Nang Beach and Ao Nang Beach. When in Krabi Town, make a side trip to see Poda Island in Ao Nang, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Railay Beach, stop by King's Fashion, and head off the coast to Phi Phi Islands.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Krabi Town trip generator.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. December in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Karon.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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De' MARCO Fashions ©
De' MARCO Fashions
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Poda Island ©
Poda Island

4
nights
Karon, Phuket

Karon ©
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Head to Instyle Fashion and Jungceylonfor some retail therapy. Visiting Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Nai Harn Beach, kick back and relax at Freedom Beach, stop by Fightlab, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Karon trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Krabi Town to Karon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Karon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Patong, Rawai
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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