17 days in United Arab Emirates, Thailand & Colombo Itinerary

17 days in United Arab Emirates, Thailand & Colombo Itinerary

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17 days in United Arab Emirates, Thailand & Colombo Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  10 h
3
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
5
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for shopping, theme parks, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, look for gifts at Dubai Gold Souk, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, and make a splash at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Dubai journey builder tool .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airports are Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. In August, daytime highs in Dubai are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Shopping Parks
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then find something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center. On your second day here, make a trip to The Corniche, then steep yourself in history at Heritage Village, then browse the different shops at Marina Mall, and finally appreciate the history behind The Founder's Memorial.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Abu Dhabi, expect temperatures between 50°C during the day and 37°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The Corniche ©
The Corniche

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nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step out of Patong with an excursion to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Karon Beach, don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Patong online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Abu Dhabi to Patong takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Patong due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Abu Dhabi in August, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Patong: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, spas, adventure, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Ao Plai Laem, enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, and experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Ko Pha Ngan in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium ©
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium

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Koh Tao, Thailand

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 26th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koh Tao are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok online journey maker .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Urban Island and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip site .

You can fly from Bangkok to Colombo in 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In August in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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