37 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

37 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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37 days in Thailand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  21​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Patong, Thailand
— 7 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
4
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Seattle, United States

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, make a trip to Wat Ched Yot, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai road trip planning site .

Seattle, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Seattle in February; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 91°F and lows reach 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Pridi Banomyong Memorial, Wat Maha That, & more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Safari World.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bangkok online journey planner .

Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bangkok, with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi Market
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

7
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chalong (Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) & Big Buddha Phuket), Phuket Golf Leisure (in Rawai) and Kao Khad Views Tower (in Wichit). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Freedom Beach, admire all the interesting features of Patong Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon, Phuket Golf Leisure Co., Ltd.
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

4
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Patong to Unawatuna takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to India Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in February, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kowilawatta Temple, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dawson Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Elephant Freedom Project
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Knuckles Forest Reserve ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve

3
nights
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 6th (Fri), make a trip to Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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