18 days in Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Thailand Itinerary

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18 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Khao Yai National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pattaya
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Maret, Ko Samui
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  5​h
7
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Bilbao

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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, look for gifts at Rajawongse Clothier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok road trip site .

Bilbao, Spain to Bangkok is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bilbao in July, with highs in Bangkok at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Khao Yai National Park.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife
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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
Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park ©
The oldest national park in Thailand--and a World Heritage Site to boot--Khao Yai National Park impresses visitors with its waterfalls, mountainous terrain, and abundant monsoon forest.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khao Yai National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Haew Narok Waterfall and then get outside with Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Khao Yai National Park trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Bangkok to Khao Yai National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pattaya.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Khao Yai National Park
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Khao Yai National Park ©
Khao Yai National Park
Haew Narok Waterfall ©
Haew Narok Waterfall

2
nights
Pattaya

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Walking Street Pattaya, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Underwater World Pattaya, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally make a trip to Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum). On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jomtien Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at CentralFestival Pattaya Beach, and then look for gifts at Ama Fashion.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pattaya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Khao Yai National Park to Pattaya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Pattaya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Pattaya

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Underwater World Pattaya
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Underwater World Pattaya ©
Underwater World Pattaya
Jomtien Beach ©
Jomtien Beach

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
When in Patong, make a side trip to see Phuket Big Buddha in Chalong, approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Patong Beach, look for gifts at Suit Master, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project.

To see maps and tourist information, use the Patong trip maker tool .

Getting from Pattaya to Patong by combination of train, taxi, and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Patong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Maret.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket Big Buddha, Karon Beach, Promthep Cape Light House
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road

1
night
Maret, Ko Samui

Maret ©
Maret, a bustling area on the island of Koh Samui, offers an abundance of activities and small settlements along a stretch of attractive coastline.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach), stroll through Chaweng Beach, and then wander the streets of Fisherman’s Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Maret tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Patong to Maret takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Maret can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Maret

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chaweng Beach, Fisherman’s Village
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Fisherman’s Village ©
Fisherman’s Village
Chaweng Beach ©
Chaweng Beach
Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach) ©
Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach)

2
nights
Koh Tao

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 23rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sai Nuan Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Ao Tanot Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koh Tao tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Maret to Koh Tao takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Koh Tao, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ao Tanot Bay ©
Ao Tanot Bay
Sai Nuan Beach ©
Sai Nuan Beach

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 25th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, and examine the collection at Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Chiang Mai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep ©
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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