8 days in Thailand Itinerary

8 days in Thailand Itinerary

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8 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Krabi Town
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Patong Beach and Freedom Beach. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Bangla Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Patong driving holiday planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Patong is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Patong when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Karon Beach
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach

1
night
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach and then kick back and relax at Railay Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Krabi Town trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Patong to Krabi Town in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

3
nights
Bangkok

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 24th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

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

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