25 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  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:  2 h 30 min
11
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Kandy is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dar es Salaam to Kandy, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, 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

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Mirissa Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Trail Ella.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella tour builder website.

Getting from Unawatuna to Ella by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Udawalawe 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
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe 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 striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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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.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Sigiriya
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and then observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Bangkok takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dambulla to Bangkok, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. January in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
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): explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then get your game on at Chiangmai Speedkart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Chiang Mai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Koh Nang Yuan and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): explore the activities along Aow Leuk Bay and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Koh Tao route planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Koh Tao, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

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

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Salad Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ko Pha Ngan trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

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

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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the gorgeous colors at Ko Bida Nok, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder website.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Phi Phi Don in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, Ko Phi Phi Don is little chillier at night with lows of 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

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nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, then kick back and relax at Patong Beach, and finally look for gifts at Aussie Tailor. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, and then get your game on at Phuket Kart.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Patong trip itinerary app.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Patong, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Karon Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

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