19 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

19 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

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19 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h 45 min
2
Pattaya, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
4
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  5 h
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
8
Sayaboury, Laos
— 2 nights
9
Sayaboury, Laos
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then explore the activities along Chao Phraya River, and finally stroll around Lumpini Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bangkok online travel planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Auckland to Bangkok, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Bangkok to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are much hotter, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), then look for gifts at Tailor Pattaya - Lalwani Mode Atelier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Temple, and finally make a trip to Walking Street Pattaya.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pattaya road trip planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Bangkok to Pattaya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Pattaya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Pattaya

Historic Sites Shopping
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The Sanctuary Of Truth ©
The Sanctuary Of Truth
Walking Street Pattaya ©
Walking Street Pattaya
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Patong Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Bangla Road. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Phuket Kart, then stop by New Era's Vienna, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Patong travel planner .

Getting from Pattaya to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Spas Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Aow Leuk Bay and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Koh Tao trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Koh Tao takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Aow Leuk Bay ©
Aow Leuk Bay

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Chiang Mai takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Koh Tao in December, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

2
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall and then get your bearings at The Living Land Company. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Queen Design Lao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xieng Thong, then make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, then examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Luang Prabang route planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chiang Mai in December, with highs in Luang Prabang at 31°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong

3
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): appreciate the history behind Buddha Park, pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), then appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua, and finally walk around Mekong Riverside Park. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Chao Anouvong Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vientiane trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Vientiane, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

2
nights
Sayaboury, Laos

Sayaboury ©
Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Conservation Center.

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Drive from Vientiane to Sayaboury in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vientiane in January, you will find days in Sayaboury are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 5th (Tue), you're off toSayaboury.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife Parks
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Elephant Conservation Center ©
Elephant Conservation Center

1
night
Sayaboury, Laos

Sayaboury
To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sayaboury travel itinerary planner.

On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife Parks
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