12 days in Thailand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand trip planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Fly to Phuket, Bus to Patong
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights


Bangkok — 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

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Newark, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Bangkok is 12 hours. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Bangkok to be much hotter, temps between 87°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Patong.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas
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Patong, Phuket — 3 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Patong Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Patong trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Chiang Mai — 4 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 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: expand your horizons at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School, delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Patong in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Chiang Mai, with lows of 62°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Thailand travel guide

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.