16 days in Thailand & Bali Itinerary

16 days in Thailand & Bali Itinerary

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16 days in Thailand & Bali Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Maret, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States

2
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Threads of Life, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saraswati Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Safari Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirta Empul Temple.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Ubud travel route planner .

Seattle, USA to Ubud is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Seattle to Ubud. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect Ubud to be much hotter, temps between 87°F and 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Denpasar.

Things to do in Ubud

Spas Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tirta Empul Temple, Elephant Safari Park
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple
Spas

4
nights
Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Tanah Lot Temple and Reservoart are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pantai Sanur and Seminyak Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Denpasar side-trips: Kuta Beach - Bali (in Kuta) and Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of Nyaman Gallery, view the masterpieces at Saya Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Purpa Fine Art Gallery Seminyak.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denpasar online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Ubud to Denpasar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in December, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Denpasar

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Seminyak, Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Kuta Beach - Bali
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Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Pantai Sanur ©
Pantai Sanur
Kuta Beach - Bali ©
Kuta Beach - Bali

4
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.
Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Wat Phra Pathom Chedi (in Nakhon Pathom) and Woodland Muangmai (in Nakhon Chai Si). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online itinerary builder .

Getting from Denpasar to Bangkok by flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Maret.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Wat Mahathat, Woodland Muangmai
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Maret, Thailand

Maret ©
Maret, a bustling area on the island of Koh Samui, offers an abundance of activities and small settlements along a stretch of attractive coastline.
On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, look for gifts at Classic International Suits, and then wander the streets of Fisherman’s Village.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Maret online holiday planner .

You can fly from Bangkok to Maret in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in December, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Maret

Neighborhoods Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Bophut
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Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Fisherman’s Village ©
Fisherman’s Village
Chaweng Beach ©
Chaweng Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Elephant Rescue Park. Step out of Chiang Mai to go to Mae Wang and see Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and view the masterpieces at Glang-Viang Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip maker .

Getting from Maret to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Maret in December, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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