26 days in Phuket & Colombo Itinerary

26 days in Phuket & Colombo Itinerary

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26 days in Phuket & Colombo Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Mai Khao, Thailand
— 3 nights
Travel:  1​h 15​min
2
Ko He, Thailand
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
3
Karon, Thailand
— 10 nights
Fly:  11​h
4
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 10 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Mai Khao, Thailand

Mai Khao ©
The vast stretches of beach in Mai Khao, once a nesting area for the giant leatherback turtle, are home to various aquatic and relaxation activities.
Explore Mai Khao's surroundings by going to Ao Po Pier (in Pa Khlok) and Wat Sri Sunthon (in Si Sunthon). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Takeoff Landing, head outdoors with Sky Club Asia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wat Phra Thong, and stroll through The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP).

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mai Khao online tour itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Mai Khao is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Mai Khao is 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Mai Khao dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko He.

Things to do in Mai Khao

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nai Yang, Phuket, Pa Khlok, Wat Sri Sunthon, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP)
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Naiyang Beach ©
Naiyang Beach
Spas

1
night
Ko He, Thailand

Ko He
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Banana Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko He trip itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mai Khao to Ko He. December in Ko He sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Karon.

Things to do in Ko He

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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10
nights
Karon, Thailand

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Change things up with a short trip to Jui Tui Shrine in Talat Nuea (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Bangla Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, stroll through Patong Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Karon sightseeing site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ko He to Karon. In December in Karon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Patong, Phuket Town, Rawai
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

10
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Masjid ul Abrar (in Beruwala), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, stroll around Galle Face Green, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Karon to Colombo in 11 hours. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Negombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Ragama, Kalutara, Masjid ul Abrar
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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