With 15 days in Thailand, you can cover much of the country's renowned temples and landscapes on a highlights tour from Chiang Rai to Phuket. Or, stick to Bangkok and Northern Thailand and opt for a cultural journey that brings you from big cities to tiny villages. Adventure seekers will love an active Thailand and Vietnam itinerary, which gets you out exploring numerous national parks, while those looking to add Cambodia and Vietnam to their itinerary can embark on a Southeast Asia tour.

Itinerary #1: Highlights of Thailand: From Chiang Rai to Phuket

Enjoy the perfect mix of historical highlights, stunning landscapes, and beautiful beaches on this well-rounded itinerary ideal for first-time visitors to Thailand. You'll spend multiple nights in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket while embarking on day trips to Erawan National Park, a family-run elephant sanctuary, and the famous Phi Phi Islands. 

View of Wat Palad, the "Temple Below the Temple" in Chiang Mai
View of Wat Palad, the "Temple Below the Temple" in Chiang Mai
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok, Guided Tour Bangkok
Day 2 Discover Bangkok Like a Local Bangkok
Day 3 Transfer to Kanchanaburi via Ayutthaya Kanchanaburi
Day 4 Explore Erawan National Park & Death Railway Kanchanaburi
Day 5 Kanchanaburi Historical Tour, Transfer to Bangkok Bangkok
Day 6 Transfer to Chiang Rai, Explore Chiang Rai
Day 7 Visit the Golden Triangle & the Hall of Opium Chiang Rai
Day 8 Transfer to Chiang Mai, Explore Chiang Mai
Day 9 Meet Elephants at Elephant Discovery Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
Day 10 Tour Chiang Mai's Temples Chiang Mai
Day 11 Transfer to Phuket, Explore Phuket
Day 12 Swim & Snorkel the Phi Phi Islands Phuket
Day 13 Cruise the Similan Islands by Speedboat Phuket
Day 14 Beach Day in Phuket Phuket
Day 15 Depart Phuket  

Welcome to Thailand! Your adventure begins in Bangkok, where you'll dust off any jet lag with two days of exploring the capital city's highlights, including the temples of the Grand Palace and the sacred Emerald Buddha statue. Next, take a historic bus to Kanchanaburi, stopping to wander the ancient palaces of Ayutthaya, then spend a day admiring waterfalls in Erawan National Park. The following morning you'll have a chance to visit the World War II Museum and Gallery and check out the infamous River Khwae Bridge until it's time to transfer back to Bangkok to catch your flight to Northern Thailand.

After arriving in Chiang Rai, enjoy an afternoon stroll to the famous Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple), then settle in for a day trip to the Golden Triangle. Week two of your trip brings you to Chiang Mai, where in two days, you'll soak in the mineral baths of San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, interact with gentle giants at Elephant Discovery Chang Mai, and hike to the sacred temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Finish your trip with four nights in Phuket, splitting your time between the Phi Phi Islands, the Similan Islands, and Phuket's white sandy beaches before catching your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Thailand Cultural Journey

Crafted for those looking to discover Thailand's many cultural highlights, this comprehensive 15-day tour keeps you moving as you journey from Bangkok to Northern Thailand. Travel by bamboo raft, tuk-tuk, and historic bus to experience the countryside like a local and indulge in natural mineral baths and waterfall-surrounded hot springs. Then, top off your trip by wandering the intricate temples of Chaing Mai.

A young Buddhist monk in Thailand
A young Buddhist monk in Thailand
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok Bangkok
Day 2 Grand Palace Visit & Bangkok Evening Food & Tuk-tuk Tour Bangkok
Day 3 Transfer to Kanchanaburi & Bridge Over The River Kwai Tour Kanchanaburi
Day 4 Kanchanaburi Nature Tour Kanchanaburi
Day 5 Transfer to Ayutthaya & Ancient Ruins Tour Ayutthaya
Day 6 Transfer To Sukhothai Via Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park Sukhothai
Day 7 Transfer To Lampang Via Sukhothai Historical Park Lampang
Day 8 Transfer to Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle Tour Chiang Rai
Day 9 Botanical Garden & Sop Ruak Tour Chiang Rai
Day 10 Transfer To Pai & Hot Springs Visit Pai
Day 11 Transfer to Mae Hong Son & Visit Lod Cave Mae Hong Son
Day 12 Visit Hill Tribe Villages & Transfer to Mae Sariang Mae Sariang
Day 13 Transfer to Chiang Mai & Visit Doi Inthanon National Park Chiang Mai
Day 14 Explore Doi Suthep Temple & Visit Local Artisans Chiang Mai
Day 15 Depart Chiang Mai  

Begin your Thailand adventure in Bangkok with two packed days sampling street food in Chinatown, wandering Chatuchak Market, and touring the Grand Palace. Settled in, you'll start your journey north, stopping at Kanchanaburi, famous for its Saiyok Waterfall, and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Ayutthaya to explore its ruins of palaces and temples. Next, you'll find yourself in Lopburi, known as the city of monkeys, before stopping for an overnight in Sukhothai. After a morning touring Sukhothai Historical Park, you're back on the road to Lampang, your home for a night.

With over one week already in the rearview mirror, you'll continue to Chiang Rai and enjoy a peaceful day wandering Chiang Rai's Royal Flora Garden and taking in sweeping views of the Golden Triangle. Then, sink deeper into relaxation with a boat trip along the Kok River, stopping at the Pong Duern Hot Springs on your way to Pai. Over your final four days, you'll pack in an exploration of Lod Cave, immerse yourself in the unique culture of tiny villages in Mae Hong Song province, and spend two nights checking out the highlights of Chiang Mai before transferring to the airport to catch your flight home. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Thai Temples, Beaches & Nature: From Bangkok to Phuket

Delight in Thailand's impressive scenery and historical wonders on this 15-day trip exploring Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. Ideal for those looking to learn about the country's food, culture, and history, you'll fill your days with temple tours, visits to tiny villages, and an up-close experience with elephants. Then, after finishing your trip with four days in Phuket, you'll leave Thailand feeling refreshed and sun-kissed.

Explore dynamic Bangkok's busy streets and sacred temples
Explore dynamic Bangkok's busy streets and sacred temples
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok & Explore Bangkok
Day 2 Best of Bangkok Tour Bangkok
Day 3 Transfer to Kanchanaburi, Floating Market & Bridge on the River Kwai Tour Kanchanaburi
Day 4 Hiking & Waterfalls Erawan National Park Kanchanaburi
Day 5 Transfer to Ayutthaya & Palace Tour Ayutthaya
Day 6 Alms Giving Ceremony & Transfer to Sukhothai Sukhothai
Day 7 Transfer to Chiang Mai & Lampang Temples Chiang Mai
Day 8 Elephant Discovery Camp Chiang Mai
Day 9 Chiang Mai Temples Tour Chiang Mai
Day 10 Mae Rim Orchard Garden & Village Retreat Mae Rim
Day 11 Chiang Mai Cooking Class  Chiang Mai
Day 12 Fly to Phuket & Free Day to Explore Phuket
Day 13 Similan Islands Speedboat & Snorkeling Phuket
Day 14 Discover Phuket's Beaches  Phuket
Day 15 Depart Phuket   

After arriving in Bangkok, your Thailand adventure starts with an evening exploring Chinatown and Warehouse 30 on your own, followed by a full-day train, boat, and bus tour of the capital city's sites and temples. Next, take in the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, then hop on a long-tail boat to reach your hotel in Kanchanaburi, where you'll don your hiking shoes for a day exploring Erawan National Park. Spend a night in Ayutthaya and join a guided tour of the historic city's temples and palaces before continuing north to Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.

With four nights between Chaing Mai and Mae Rim, you'll have plenty of time to soak up Northern Thailand's many highlights. Begin with a visit to the Elephant Discovery Camp and walk with these fantastic animals down the Wang River, then explore the Doi Suthep Mountain's many temples before spending a night in a Hmong village in the Mae Rim District. The final four days of your trip bring you to Phuket. Get your fill of sunshine as you cruise along the Andaman Sea, and beach hop between Kata, Nai Harn, and Freedom Beaches until it's time to say farewell to Thailand at Phuket Airport. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Active Thailand & Vietnam

Perfect for those looking to get deep into Thailand's and Vietnam's lush forests, expansive caves, and picturesque bays, this adventure-packed itinerary ticks off the bucket list landscapes of Thailand and Vietnam. Lose track of time as you explore Sri Lanna National Park, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve, then finish your trip with a memorable overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay.

The Tu Lan Cave Complex
The Tu Lan Cave Complex
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok Bangkok
Day 2 Explore Bangkok by Public Transport Bangkok
Day 3 Bangkok Waterways by Kayak, Overnight Train to Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
Day 4 Hike the Monk's Trail in Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
Day 5 Cycle & Kayak in Sri Lanna National Park, Explore Chiang Mai by Night Chiang Mai
Day 6 Day Trip to Mae Kampong Village Chiang Mai
Day 7 Fly to Phong Nha Phong Nha
Day 8 Trek to Tu Lan Cave Complex Phong Nha
Day 9 Explore the Tu Lan Caves Phong Nha
Day 10 Fly to Pu Luong Nature Reserve via Hanoi Pu Luong 
Day 11 Trek to Kho Muong & Uoi Villages Pu Luong 
Day 12 Transfer to Hanoi Hanoi
Day 13 Explore Hanoi Like a Local Hanoi
Day 14 Transfer to Ha Long Bay, Kayak & Overnight Cruise  Ha Long Bay
Day 15 Cruise on Ha Long Bay, Transfer to Hanoi & Depart  

Begin your adventure-filled itinerary dining 40 floors above Bangkok at the Zoom Sky Bar and Restaurant; then, over the following two days, you'll discover the city's highlights via the Skytrain, a tuk-tuk, a boat, and a kayak. Next, transfer north to Chiang Mai, and unpack your bags for four days of adrenaline-pumping fun, starting with a hike along the Monk's Trail on Doi Suthep Mountain. After another grand adventure hiking, biking, and kayaking in Sri Lanna National Park and Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir, you'll spend a relaxing morning with locals in Mae Kampong village.

On Day 7 of your adventure, say goodbye to Thailand and transfer to Vietnam, where you'll spend three days in Phong Nga trekking to and through the Tu Lan Cave Complex. Afterward, transfer to Pu Luong Nature Reserve and embark on an epic hike through rice terraces to Kho Muong and the forest village of Uoi. With three nights left on your trip, trade forest for city and roam Hanoi's bustling markets, impressive temples, and food stall-lined Nha Chung Street. Then, before catching your flight home, spend your last full day sailing through Ha Long Bay's stunning limestone karsts. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Southeast Asia Heritage Tour: Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

Discover the similarities and differences in the vibrant countries of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam on this Southeast Asia tour. Perfect for those who want to see as much as possible and enjoy exploring landscapes from a local's perspective. You'll have a chance to attend a cooking class, wander the markets of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Hanoi, and spend a night on the stunning waters of Ha Long Bay.

Visit ancient ruins in Wat Umong, Chiang Mai
Visit ancient ruins in Wat Umong, Chiang Mai
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok (Thailand) Bangkok
Day 2 Visit Authentic Thai Railway & Floating Markets Bangkok
Day 3 Day Trip to Bang Pa-In & Ayutthaya Bangkok
Day 4 Half-Day Cooking Class at Sompong Thai Cooking School Bangkok
Day 5 Fly to Chiang Mai, Boat Trip Along Mae Ping River Chiang Mai
Day 6 Day Trip to Elephant Discovery Camp Chiang Mai
Day 7 Traditional Religious Life in Chiang Mai Experience Chiang Mai
Day 8 Fly to Siem Reap (Cambodia), Explore Angkor Thom & Dinner at Chanrey Tree Siem Reap
Day 9 Full-Day Angkor Wat Tour Siem Reap
Day 10 Fly to Hanoi (Vietnam) Hanoi
Day 11 Hanoi Full-Day City Tour Hanoi
Day 12 Hanoi Street Food Tour Hanoi
Day 13 Transfer to Ninh Binh, Explore Ninh Binh
Day 14 Ha Long Bay Overnight Cruise Ha Long Bay
Day 15 Transfer to Hanoi, Depart  

Begin your Southeast Asia trip with four nights in Bangkok. After spending your first day visiting the city's famous landmarks, you'll take a deep dive into Thailand's unique culture with a visit to the famed railroad-lined Maeklong Railway Market and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Next, roam the Buddhist temples of Ayutthaya and learn new skills at the Sompong Thai Cooking School before flying north to Chiang Mai. With three days in Northern Thailand, you'll pack in a boat trip along the Mae Ping River, spend a day at the Elephant Discovery Camp, and visit the sacred temples on Doi Suthep Mountain.

The second half of your trip begins with a flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where you'll fill your days exploring Angkor Archeological Park, cruising around Angkor Thom's moat, and touring iconic Angkor Wat. After another short flight, you'll arrive in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi and settle in for three days roaming the maze of streets in the Old Quarter, stepping back in time at the UNESCO-listed Thang Long Imperial Citadel, and indulging yourself on a street food tour. Then finish your trip with memorable days each in Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay before saying your goodbyes at the Hanoi Airport. Learn more

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Map of 15 Days in Thailand - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 15 Days in Thailand - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas