19 days in Myanmar & Thailand Itinerary
19 days in Myanmar & Thailand Itinerary
Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly to Mandalay, Taxi to Bagan
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Fly to Trat, Bus to Ko Kut
Ko Kut, Thailand
— 1 night
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 1 night
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry to Bangrak Pier Koh Samui, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Tokyo
End: Tokyo, Japan
Tue, Dec 11 - Sat, Dec 29
Bagan, Myanmar — 2 nights
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.On the 12th (Wed), get outside with Shwe-gyu-gyi and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Bulethi, delve into the distant past at Bagan Temples, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.
For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagan online trip itinerary maker.
Tokyo, Japan to Bagan is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Myanmar Time, which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 2 nights
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, and finally take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), stroll around Lumpini Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).
For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok holiday planner.
Traveling by flight from Bagan to Bangkok takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bagan to Bangkok is 0.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ko Kut.
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Ko Kut, Thailand — 1 night
Ko Kut, a group of islands off the eastern shore of Thailand, remains a quiet holiday retreat with undeveloped beaches, calm waters, and a pristine jungle.On the 16th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through The Old Trees, then stroll through Klong Chao Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Huang Nam Keaw Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Khlong Chao Waterfalls, and then take a leisurely stroll along Ban Ao Yai.
To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ko Kut road trip planner.
Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Ko Kut takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Ko Kut, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.
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Ko Lanta, Thailand — 1 night
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, then stop by The Boss Collection, and finally experience rural life at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm.
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta online trip planner.
Explore your travel options from Ko Kut to Ko Lanta with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand — 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay and then stroll through Ko Bida Nok.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary maker app.
Ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. December in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Patong.
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Patong, Thailand — 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Karon Viewpoint and Nai Harn Beach. Explore Patong's surroundings by going to Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Rawai (Phuket Golf Leisure Co., Ltd. & New Boss Collection Tailor). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the water at your own pace with Sail On, don't miss a visit to Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.
For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Patong travel itinerary planner.
Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong by ferry takes about 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand — 4 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Khao Ra and Haad Khom. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Pet Tawan Silver Jewelry, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine.
For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan road trip site.
Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Patong to Ko Pha Ngan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Myanmar travel guide
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.
Thailand travel guide
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.