18 days in Hong Kong & Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Hong Kong & Thailand Itinerary

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18 days in Hong Kong & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Drive + Bus + Fly:  18​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tai Mo Shan, Dragon's Back, Peak Tram Fast-Track Guided Tour, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): trek along Tai Mo Shan, hike along Dragon's Back, then get interesting insight from Peak Tram Fast-Track Guided Tour, and finally hunt for treasures at Temple Street Night Market. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Ngong Ping 360, then contemplate the waterfront views at Repulse Bay, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Island Junks.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong tour planner .

Chicago, USA to Hong Kong is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Chicago to Hong Kong. In January, Hong Kong is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 68°F and lows of 58°F. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Outdoors Parks Transportation
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Repulse Bay Beach ©
Repulse Bay Beach
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Tai Mo Shan ©
Tai Mo Shan

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Zoe in Yellow Chiangmai Thailand, Happy Elephant Home, Wualai Road Saturday Night Market, and other attractions. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip itinerary website .

Getting from Hong Kong to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hong Kong in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chiang Mai, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. You'll set off for Pai on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Happy Elephant Home, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Happy Elephant Home ©
Happy Elephant Home
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

3
nights
Pai, Thailand

Pai ©
Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pai Rapid Rangers as well as Pai Walking Street. Get in touch with nature at Pai Canyon and Pai Hot Springs. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple on the Hill (Wat Phra That Mae Yen).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pai trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Pai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for Krabi Town.

Things to do in Pai

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Pai Rapid Rangers ©
Pai Rapid Rangers
Pai Hot Springs ©
Pai Hot Springs
Wat Phra That Mae Yen ©
Wat Phra That Mae Yen

4
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You've now added Krabi Rock Climbing to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Rat Upatham (Wat Bang Riang) and Dao Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Railay Beach and PhraNang Cave Beach. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ao Nang Beach and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea).

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Krabi Town online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Pai to Krabi Town in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Pai in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Krabi Town, with lows of 72°F. On the 27th (Sun), you're off toKo Lanta.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Wat Rat Upatham (Wat Bang Riang)
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Krabi Rock Climbing ©
Krabi Rock Climbing

3
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cheeky Monkey Bar. You'll get in some beach time at Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Long Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lanta Animal Welfare. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Cliff Beach and get to know the fascinating history of Lanta Old Town.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Krabi Town to Ko Lanta by bus takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach
Diamond Cliff Beach ©
Diamond Cliff Beach

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