17 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Ko Samui Itinerary

17 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Ko Samui Itinerary

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17 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Ko Samui Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Chiang Mai
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bophut
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Ang Thong
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  44​h
End: Chicago

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mega Bangna and Nightingale Olympic. Head to CentralPlaza WestGate and Central Chidlomfor some retail therapy. Step out of Bangkok to go to Nakhon Pathom and see Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Jack Armani Suit, browse the different shops at Siam Discovery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Soi Rambuttri.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok road trip planning app .

Chicago, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Bangkok is 13 hours. In June, Bangkok is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 93°F and lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Central Plaza WestGate, Mega Bangna
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Jack Armani Suit ©
Jack Armani Suit
Central Plaza WestGate ©
Central Plaza WestGate
Soi Rambuttri ©
Soi Rambuttri

6
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.
Head to Sanpatong buffalo market and Supreme Collectionfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Venture out of the city with trips to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng). Spend the 16th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: browse the fresh offerings at Tonlamyai Market, delve into the distant past at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Suan Dok, and take in the exciting artwork at Glang-Viang Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sanpatong buffalo market, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sanpatong buffalo market ©
Sanpatong buffalo market
Tonlamyai Market ©
Tonlamyai Market

3
nights
Bophut

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Modern Suit Samui and Maenam Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Malibu beach and Chaweng Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Samrong Beach, head off the coast to Koh Tan, get your game on at Samui Football Golf Club, and have fun at Lazgam Laser Games Koh Samui.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bophut trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chiang Mai to Bophut in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Maenam Beach
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Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Chaweng Beach ©
Chaweng Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach

1
night
Ang Thong

Ang Thong ©
As the capital of a province of the same name, Ang Thong boasts a rich history--most notably as an outpost during the war against the Burmese and the birthplace of Nai Dok and Nai Thongkaeo, two of the war's venerated heroes.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): head off the coast to Ko Wua Talap Island and then head outdoors with Ko Mae Ko.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ang Thong online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Bophut to Ang Thong with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Ko Mae Ko ©
Ko Mae Ko

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