18 days in Thailand, India & Dubai Itinerary

18 days in Thailand, India & Dubai Itinerary

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
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Mumbai, India
— 2 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 4 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Surat Thani, Thailand
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 2 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall and then admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Dubai Gold Souk, take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, then take in the waterfront at Dubai Creek, and finally admire the natural beauty at Dubai Miracle Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dubai planner.

If you are flying in from Cyprus, the closest major aiports are Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Dubai can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

Mumbai, India

— 2 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Dhobi Ghat, cruise along Marine Drive, then admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and finally snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mumbai road trip planner.

You can fly from Dubai to Mumbai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Dubai to Mumbai, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dubai in January: highs in Mumbai hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Tours

New Delhi, India

— 4 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Humayun's Tomb, admire the landmark architecture of Jama Masjid, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip planner.

Fly from Mumbai to New Delhi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Mumbai, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in New Delhi, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Bophut, Thailand

— 1 night
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamai Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chaweng Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Bophut online day trip planner.

Getting from New Delhi to Bophut by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Bophut due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bophut, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Koh Tao, Thailand

— 2 nights

Turtle Island

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 31st (Sun): head off the coast to Koh Nang Yuan, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then look for gifts at Flipflop and Treacle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Aow Leuk Bay, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Tanot Bay.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Koh Tao trip itinerary builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Bophut to Koh Tao in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Koh Tao are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi, enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm, then kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Surat Thani.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Surat Thani, Thailand

— 3 nights
Literally translated as "City of Good People," Surat Thani ranks as the eighth-largest city in Thailand and the historical seat from which the Sriwijaya kingdom ruled much of Southeast Asia.
Change things up with a short trip to Cheow Lan Lake in Ban Ta Khun (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Khao Sok National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy some diversion at Nakwaree Shooting Range and take in the spiritual surroundings of Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Surat Thani tour app.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Surat Thani in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°C in Surat Thani.

Things to do in Surat Thani

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.