18 days in Thailand & Bali Itinerary

18 days in Thailand & Bali Itinerary

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18 days in Thailand & Bali Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, things will get much warmer in Chiang Mai: highs are around 85°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, wander the streets of Khao San Road, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and browse the range of quality goods at Mango Mojito Shoes.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bangkok day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in January since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites 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)

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

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 lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, and browse the different shops at Jungceylon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Patong holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. January in Patong sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Denpasar.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Buddha Phuket, Karon Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

5
nights
Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar ©
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Explore Denpasar's surroundings by going to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (in Ubud), Seminyak Beach (in Seminyak) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Waterbom Bali, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of Saya Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Ghostbird + Swoon.

Plan my day in Denpasar using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Denpasar in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in January, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denpasar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seminyak, Uluwatu Temple, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Waterbom Bali, Tanah Lot Temple
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Waterbom Bali ©
Waterbom Bali
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

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