35 days in Niue, Thailand & Madagascar Itinerary

Make it your trip
Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Alofi
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Alofi, Niue
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 8 nights
Fly
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 8 nights
Shuttle
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Patong, Thailand
— 6 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Drive to Bathurst

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Alofi, Niue — 2 nights

Alofi is the capital of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue, which is located within the Realm of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): play a few rounds at Niue Golf & Sports Club and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Peniamina's Grave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb Point and then browse the different shops at Commercial Centre.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Alofi vacation planner.

Bathurst, Australia to Alofi is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 21 hours traveling from Bathurst to Alofi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bathurst in December, Alofi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Golf
Side Trips

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 8 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng) and Siripoom Waterfall (in Chom Thong). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alofi to Chiang Mai. The time zone difference moving from Niue Time to Indochina Time is 18 hours. Traveling from Alofi in December, plan for little chillier nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Krabi Town.
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Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
Side Trips

Krabi Town, Thailand — 8 nights

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You'll get in some beach time at Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Nopparat Thara Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Kon-Tiki Krabi Diving & Snorkeling Center - Krabi and Ko Hong. Step out of Krabi Town to go to Ao Phang Nga National Park and see Phang Nga Bay., which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Poda Island, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, take some stellar pictures from Railay View Point, and surround yourself with nature on Krabi Elephant House Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Krabi Town driving holiday planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in December since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Patong.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Patong, Thailand — 6 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Visit Nai Harn Beach and Yanui Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Freedom Beach and Surin Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Monkey Hill (in Phuket Town) and Lawa Island (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). There's much more to do: meet some fierce fish with Phuket Dive Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), and get interesting insight from Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Patong planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Krabi Town to Patong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 6 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
For shopping fun, head to Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) or Tom's Fashion. Step off the beaten path and head to CentralWorld and Historic City of Ayutthaya. Venture out of the city with trips to Samut Songkhram (Wat Waenchan & Wat Prok Suthammaram), Bridge Over the River Kwai (in Kanchanaburi) and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (in Ayutthaya). And it doesn't end there: browse the range of quality goods at Terminal 21, walk around Lumpini Park, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bangkok itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Nosy Be.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums
Side Trips

Nosy Be, Madagascar — 2 nights

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mont Passot, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head off the coast to Nosy Sakatia. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and then get to know the resident critters at Lemuria Land.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nosy Be travel route planning tool.

Getting from Bangkok to Nosy Be by flight takes about 20 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Nosy Be is minus 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Niue travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Walking Areas
One of the world's tiniest independent nations, Niue packs plenty of appeal for bold explorers. A trip to Niue reveals rugged terrain--you'll need a good pair of hiking boots to climb and walk to some of the island's top attractions. Guided tours abound, but you can always rent a motorcycle of bicycle and set off on your own. If you're into active vacations, consider making your holiday in Niue all about caving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, or kayaking.
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Thailand travel guide

3.8
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.
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Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.
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