12 days in Thailand Itinerary

12 days in Thailand Itinerary

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12 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  20​h
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
2
Koh Tao
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online driving holiday planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Bangkok. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, things will get a bit warmer in Bangkok: highs are around 90°F and lows about 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koh Tao.

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
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 12th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Thian and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October in Koh Tao, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at C&M Learn Thai Culture, enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then let little ones run wild at Phangan Jorkyball.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan trip maker app .

Ride a ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in October, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, make a trip to Big Buddha Phuket, then look for gifts at Dress Men Fashion, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally browse the different shops at Jungceylon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Patong trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ko Pha Ngan to Patong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in October, Patong is little chillier at night with lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Spas

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