17 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba Town, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand — 1 night

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 26th (Mon), admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, then contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Lumpini Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and finally look for gifts at Lucky Armani Suits.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planning site.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. December in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in December, Chiang Mai is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chiang Rai.
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Historic Sites · Spas
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Chiang Rai, Thailand — 2 nights

Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Huay Pla Kang, then walk around Singha Park, then don't miss a visit to Wat Rong Khun, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Clock Tower Chiang Rai and then admire the masterpieces at Baan Dam Museum.

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You can drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, things will get little chillier in Chiang Rai: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Luang Prabang.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Luang Prabang, Laos — 2 nights

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip tool.

Drive from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapa.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Sapa, Vietnam — 3 nights

A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Sapa is known for nature, sightseeing, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sapa route planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Sapa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hanoi.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Shopping
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 2 nights

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 5th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, then look for gifts at Tired City Hang Gai, and then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hanoi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sapa to Hanoi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.
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Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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Halong Bay, Vietnam — 2 nights

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Siem Reap.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and make a trip to Pub Street.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap route planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Siem Reap in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Thailand travel guide

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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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