42 days in Australia & Thailand Itinerary

42 days in Australia & Thailand Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 5 nights
Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Spas in Palm Cove--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns route maker app.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Port Douglas, Australia

— 2 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 18th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then get reinvigorated at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas planning site.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Melbourne, Australia

— 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 25th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planning app.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. In March, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:

Sydney, Australia

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and visit Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip site.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Patong.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 2:

Patong, Thailand

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step out of Patong to go to Chalong and see Big Buddha Phuket, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Bangla Road, take a memorable tour with Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Patong trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Patong takes 13 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Patong, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Patong at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 4 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at ProFun Divers, don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, and stroll through Loh Lana Bay.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don in 3 hours. In April in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 5 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Spend the 12th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Lanta Animal Welfare, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Phra Ae Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Lanta Old Town.

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Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 15:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Lanta to Chiang Mai takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In April, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 5 nights

City of Angels

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 shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 31°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.