25 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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25 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 45​min
8
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
9
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
10
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
11
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


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2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Kandy is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dar es Salaam to Kandy, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Bentota Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then trek along Nature Trail Ella.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ella tour itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uda Walawe National Park online holiday planner .

You can drive from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park

2
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the ancient world of Wat Pho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and then identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bangkok day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Bangkok in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dambulla to Bangkok, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get your game on at Chiangmai Speedkart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chiang Man, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chiang Mai, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

2
nights
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 7th (Tue), head off the coast to Koh Nang Yuan and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Aow Leuk Bay and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao visit planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Koh Tao when traveling from Chiang Mai in January, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Koh Nang Yuan ©
Koh Nang Yuan

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nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 9th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bottle Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head off the coast to Ko Bida Nok, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. On the next day, stroll through Laem Tong Bay, then stroll through Maya Bay, and then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Phi Phi Don by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January since evenings lows in Ko Phi Phi Don dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
On the 13th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Bangla Road, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Freedom Beach, then stroll through Karon Beach, and then get your game on at Phuket Kart.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Patong driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Patong are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Karon Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

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