30 days in Thailand Itinerary

30 days in Thailand Itinerary

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30 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Khao Yai National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bangkok
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Koh Tao
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Ko Pha Ngan
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + ferry:  8​h 15​min
5
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
ferry:  45​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  1​h 15​min
7
Patong, Phuket
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Lexington

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khao Yai National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Haew Narok Waterfall and then head outdoors with Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Khao Yai National Park road trip planning site .

Lexington, USA to Khao Yai National Park is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Lexington to Khao Yai National Park. Traveling from Lexington in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Khao Yai National Park: highs are around 92°F and lows about 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bangkok.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

Nature Parks 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

4
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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Khao Yai National Park to Bangkok in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping 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)

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.
On the 9th (Mon), spend a cool day on the water with Unseen Tours Koh Tao. Make the 11th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of The Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Koh Tao trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry; or take a bus. In September in Koh Tao, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Unseen Tours Koh Tao ©
Unseen Tours Koh Tao

4
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, adventure, spas, fun & games, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan road trip app .

Getting from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. September in Ko Pha Ngan sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Phangan Jorkyball ©
Phangan Jorkyball

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lanta Animal Welfare, delve into the lush surroundings at Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, putt your heart out at Lanta Parklife, and experience rural life at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ko Lanta journey builder site .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Lanta in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in September, plan for little chillier nights in Ko Lanta, with lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm ©
Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm

3
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.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for nature, adventure, beaches, nightlife, and water activities. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step out of Patong to go to Chalong and see Phuket Big Buddha, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, make a trip to Patong Beach, and let the kids burn off some steam at Kidzoona.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Patong trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Patong are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket, Green Elephant Sanctuary Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

3
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.
Step out of Chiang Mai to go to Doi Suthep and see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Patong to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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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