20 days in Thailand Itinerary

20 days in Thailand Itinerary

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20 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Bangkok
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ko Chang
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Sukhothai
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  6​h
4
Rawai, Phuket
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  1​h 15​min
5
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
ferry:  45​min
6
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
7
Ko Lipe
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h
8
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  23​h
End: Boston

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok trip itinerary planning site .

Boston, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 23-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Boston to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in December, with highs in Bangkok at 87°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Chang.

Things to do in Bangkok

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Tours
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
Ko Chang

Ko Chang means "Elephant Island" and, though elephants are not indigenous to the island, visitors certainly see plenty of them on tours of protected reserves.
On the 30th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chao Por Koh Chang Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Klong Plu Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khlong Prao Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wai Chaek Beach, and finally get into the urban bustle at Chao Por Koh Chang Shrine.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ko Chang trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, car, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Chang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Ko Chang are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Ko Chang

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
White Sand Beach ©
White Sand Beach
Klong Plu Waterfall ©
Klong Plu Waterfall

1
night
Sukhothai

Sukhothai ©
A trip to Sukhothai is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the Thai empire, which began in this city in the 13th century.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the ancient world of Phra Si Ratana Temple, delve into the distant past at Wat Si Chum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Maha That, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sukhothai Historical Park, and finally make a trip to Wat Traphang Thong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Si Satchanalai Historical Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sukhothai sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Ko Chang to Sukhothai in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Ko Chang in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Sukhothai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Rawai.

Things to do in Sukhothai

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Si Satchanalai Historical Park ©
Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Wat Si Chum ©
Wat Si Chum

1
night
Rawai, Phuket

Rawai ©
A trip to Rawai, a beach resort on the island of Phuket, rewards visitors with access to quirky museums, heritage sites, and animal conservation projects.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, then look for gifts at Niphon's Rich Collection, and then take some stellar pictures from Nai Harn Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by John Collection, then kick back and relax at Patong Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surin Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chalong.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rawai sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sukhothai to Rawai in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Sukhothai in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 73°F in Rawai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Rawai

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Patong, Surin Beach, Niphon's Rich Collection, Wat Chalong, John Collection
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Surin Beach ©
Surin Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach

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.
On the 5th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, head off the coast to Bamboo Island, and then stroll through Long Beach. On your second day here, make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, kick back and relax at Monkey Beach, then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and finally Head underground at Viking Cave.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Rawai to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Monkey Beach ©
Monkey Beach

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Fashion Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lanta Animal Welfare, then get to know the fascinating history of Lanta Old Town, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ko Lanta day trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Lanta Old Town ©
Lanta Old Town
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare

2
nights
Ko Lipe

With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
On the 9th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): head off the coast to Ko Lipe, then kick back and relax at Sunrise Beach, and then head off the coast to Koh Hin Ngam.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ko Lipe trip simple and quick.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Lipe can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Koh Hin Ngam
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunrise Beach ©
Sunrise Beach

3
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
We've included these beaches for you: Lamai Beach and Maenam Beach. Visiting Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, stop by Rocky's Fashion, and enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bophut itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, flight, and taxi from Ko Lipe to Bophut takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Ko Lipe to Bophut is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Bophut are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bophut

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Maenam Beach, Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Lamai Beach ©
Lamai Beach

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