18 days in Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Thailand Itinerary

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18 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  30​h
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Erawan National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Karon
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Pattaya
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  35​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Jim Thompson House and Madame Tussauds Bangkok. Get a sense of the local culture at The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, wander the streets of Chinatown - Bangkok, and identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok road trip planning site .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bangkok is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in April, expect nights in Bangkok to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Erawan National Park.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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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
Erawan National Park

Erawan National Park ©
Located in Thailand's Tenasserim Hills, Erawan National Park features 550 sq km (212 sq mi) of thick forest.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Erawan Falls.

Start your trip to Erawan National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bangkok to Erawan National Park. April in Erawan National Park sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), you're off toKaron.

Things to do in Erawan National Park

Outdoors Nature Wildlife
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Erawan waterfall ©
Erawan waterfall

4
nights
Karon

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Do your shopping at Alex Fashion House and Jungceylon. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Patong Beach. Take a break from Karon with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Phuket Town, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Phuket Art Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phuket Big Buddha, and take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Karon visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Erawan National Park to Karon. Traveling from Erawan National Park in April, you will find days in Karon are a bit cooler (38°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Shopping Adventure

Side Trips

Patong, Phuket Town, Phuket Art Village
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon View Point ©
Karon View Point

3
nights
Chiang Mai

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wat Phra Singh. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Glang-Viang Gallery and Supreme Collection. Get some cultural insight at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Take a break from Chiang Mai with a short trip to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary in Mae Rim, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and explore the different monuments and memorials at Wat Suan Dok.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Karon to Chiang Mai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Karon in May, expect nights in Chiang Mai to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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 5th (Sun): stop by Ama Fashion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Darul Ibadah Mosque, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Buddhist Art Nongprue, and then grab your bike and head to Ko Samae San.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pattaya attractions planning site .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Pattaya by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in May, expect nights in Pattaya to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pattaya

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sai Kaew Beach, The Museum of Buddhist Art Nongprue, Ko Samae San
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Ko Samae San ©
Ko Samae San
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple
Sai Kaew Beach ©
Sai Kaew Beach

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