42 days in Thailand Itinerary

42 days in Thailand Itinerary

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Bangkok
— 7 nights
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
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Ko Pha Ngan
— 5 nights
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Koh Tao
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak, Fly to Krabi, Bus to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town
— 4 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don
— 4 nights
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Ko Lanta
— 4 nights
Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Bus to Patong
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Patong, Phuket
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Ko Samet
— 4 nights
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Bangkok

— 7 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.
Visit Wat Pho and The Grand Palace for their historical value. Jim Thompson House and SAC Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ancient City (in Samut Prakan), Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (in Saraburi) and Ayutthaya (Wat Maha That, Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan, &more). Spend the 17th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, and head outdoors with Rent A Scooter Bangkok.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok online day trip planner.

Portland, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Portland to Bangkok, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Bangkok is warmer than Portland - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 19:

Ko Pha Ngan

— 5 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
You'll get in some beach time at Salad Beach and Haad Khom. Get outdoors at Mae Haad Beach and Thong Nai Pan Noi. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, stroll through Haad Gruad Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Koh Tao

— 2 nights

Turtle Island

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 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jansom Bay, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Tanot Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sai Nuan Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Koh Tao online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao takes 2 hours. In December in Koh Tao, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Krabi Town

— 4 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Escape the urban bustle at Railay Beach and Sea Gypsy Divers. We've included these beaches for you: PhraNang Cave Beach and Ao Nang Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), get a dose of the wild on Aonang Elephant Sanctuary, and head off the coast to Poda Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Krabi Town tour builder website.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Koh Tao to Krabi Town in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in December, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Krabi Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Ko Phi Phi Don

— 4 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Nui Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Laem Tong Bay and Loh Dalum Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, stroll through Loh Moo Dee Beach, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don vacation tool.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 2 hours. In December in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Ko Lanta

— 4 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Long Beach. Visit Kantiang Bay and Nui Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Lanta Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at Warin Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Phra Ae Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lanta Klong Nin Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Patong, Phuket

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Karon Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Patong Inn Art and Apichart art gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Patong: Napas Art Gallery (in Choeng Thale) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, take some stellar pictures from Karon Viewpoint, take in the exciting artwork at Kampon Art Gallery, and explore the galleries of The Phuket Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Patong day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ko Lanta to Patong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. January in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ko Samet.

Things to do in Patong

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Ko Samet

— 4 nights
A popular trip from Bangkok, Ko Samet provides a getaway with white-sand beaches, clear waters, and coral reefs teeming with fish.
We've included these beaches for you: Ao Prao Beach and Ao Phai. Escape the urban bustle at Ao Wai and Sai Kaew Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ao Wong Duean and step off the mainland to explore Ko Samet.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Samet travel planning website.

Explore your travel options from Patong to Ko Samet with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Samet can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 16th (Sun), you're off to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ko Samet

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Chiang Mai

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra Singh are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Highland People Discovery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Lamphun (Wat Kukut & Wat Phra That Hariphunchai) and Ban Roi An Phan Yang (in Hang Dong). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, admire the natural beauty at Bann Phor Liang Meun, and browse the exhibits of Wattana Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ko Samet to Chiang Mai. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Ko Samet in January, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

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.