27 days in Dubai, Turkey & Thailand Itinerary

27 days in Dubai, Turkey & Thailand Itinerary

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Al Fahidi Fort. Escape the urban bustle at La Mer and Al Mamzar Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Heritage Village & Sheikh Zayed Bridge). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kite Beach by Meraas, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Dubai trip tool.

Karachi, Pakistan to Dubai is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Karachi to Dubai is minus 1 hour. In January in Dubai, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
La Mer ©
La Mer

5
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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Dolmabahce Palace. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, and contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Istanbul takes 8 hours. Traveling from Dubai to Istanbul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in January, you will find days in Istanbul are much colder (10°C), and nights are a bit cooler (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia ©
Hagia Sophia
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Phuket Town, Thailand

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Nai Harn Beach and Siam Safari. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Freedom Beach and Yanui Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Karon View Point (in Karon), Spas (in Rawai) and Patong (Patong Beach & New Era's Vienna). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Simba Sea Trips and take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Phuket Town online trip maker.

Getting from Istanbul to Phuket Town by flight takes about 15 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Istanbul to Phuket Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: high temperatures in Phuket Town hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Simba Sea Trips ©
Simba Sea Trips

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Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lanta Animal Welfare and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. Visiting Long Beach and Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest will get you outdoors. Spend the 19th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Koh Rok Island, stop by The Boss Collection, test the waters at Warin Spa, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Lanta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Ko Lanta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 21st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Tong Bay, then kick back and relax at Nui Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, and then Head underground at Viking Cave.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
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Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Shark Diving
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

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Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and Poda Island. Visiting Railay Beach and Bamboo Island will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Mon) peacefully gliding across the water with Krabi Sunset Cruises. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at PhraNang Cave Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Krabi Town tour app.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. In January in Krabi Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
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Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Krabi Sunset Cruises ©
Krabi Sunset Cruises
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island

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Bophut, Thailand

Bophut
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Choeng Mon Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally stroll through Chaweng Beach. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Classic International Suits, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maenam Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Bophut tour planning website.

You can fly from Krabi Town to Bophut in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Krabi Town in January, Bophut is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thansadej Koh Phangan National Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Bottle Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and then stroll through Salad Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan takes an hour. January in Ko Pha Ngan sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©

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.
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, make a trip to Wat Pho, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then stop by R.Boss Bespoke, and finally admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) and then shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bangkok travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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