12 days in Thailand Itinerary

12 days in Thailand Itinerary

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12 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Chiang Saen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Thoeng
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Mae Suai
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mae Salong
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Chiang Rai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Bangkok
— 5 nights
End: Bangkok

1
night
Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen ©
A calm, reserved town along the Mekong River, Chiang Saen entices those interested in early East Asian history.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Hall of Opium Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pa Sak Historical Site, and then Head underground at Tham Khao Luang Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Wat Pra Dhat Pha-Ngao, pause for some photo ops at Doi Wao & Wat Thamphajoen, don't miss a visit to The Thai - Burmese Border Gate, then don't miss a visit to Golden Triangle, and finally don't miss a visit to Wat Phra That Chom Kitti.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Saen trip planner .

Bangkok to Chiang Saen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. July in Chiang Saen sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Thoeng.

Things to do in Chiang Saen

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mae Sai
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House of Opium ©
House of Opium
Golden Triangle ©
Golden Triangle
Wat Pra Dhat Pha-Ngao ©
Wat Pra Dhat Pha-Ngao

1
night
Thoeng

Thoeng ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Doi Pha Mon Agricultural Center and then delve into the lush surroundings at Phu Chi Fa Forest Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Thoeng travel planner .

Traveling by car from Chiang Saen to Thoeng takes 2 hours. July in Thoeng sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mae Suai.

Things to do in Thoeng

Nature Parks
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Phu Chi Fa Forest Park ©
Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
Doi Pha Mon Agricultural Center ©
Doi Pha Mon Agricultural Center

1
night
Mae Suai

Mae Suai ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sang Kaew Phothiyan and then relax in the rural setting at Doi Chang.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mae Suai trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Thoeng to Mae Suai by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mae Suai can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mae Salong.

Things to do in Mae Suai

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Doi Chang ©
Doi Chang
Wat Sang Kaew Phothiyan ©
Wat Sang Kaew Phothiyan

1
night
Mae Salong

Mae Salong ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinakarintra Stit Mahasantikhiri Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Santikhiri Temple, then don't miss a visit to The Martyr's Memorial Hall, and finally don't miss a visit to Tea Plantations.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mae Salong route planning site .

Getting from Mae Suai to Mae Salong by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mae Salong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Mae Salong

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sinakarintra Stit Mahasantikhiri Pagoda
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Wat Santikhiri Temple ©
Wat Santikhiri Temple
Sinakarintra Stit Mahasantikhiri Pagoda ©

2
nights
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, explore and take pictures at Singha Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Rong Khun, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of White Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Baan Dam Museum, then don't miss a visit to Wat Phra Kaew, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and finally don't miss a visit to King Mengrai Monument.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chiang Rai trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Mae Salong to Chiang Rai in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wat Phra Kaew
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Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Phra Kaew ©
Wat Phra Kaew

5
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.
Step out of Bangkok to go to Ayutthaya and see Wat Mahathat, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bangkok online vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Chiang Rai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Rai in July, expect nights in Bangkok to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Wat Mahathat, Ancient City
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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