15 days in Thailand, Laos & Malaysia Itinerary

15 days in Thailand, Laos & Malaysia Itinerary

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15 days in Thailand, Laos & Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Bophut, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
6
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
7
Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry:  3 h 15 min
8
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry:  45 min
9
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
10
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Madrid, Spain

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip planner .

Madrid, Spain to Chiang Mai is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Madrid to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in December; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, then make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, then get outside with Cascate, and finally look for gifts at Indigo Fabric.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang attractions planning app .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm

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 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), then identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Bangkok takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Bangkok is a bit warmer than Luang Prabang - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, then experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

1
night
Bophut, Thailand

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 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Choeng Mon Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally stroll through Maenam Beach.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Bophut holiday planner .

You can drive from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach

1
night
Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
On the 29th (Sun), stroll around Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, then kick back and relax at Tanjung Rhu Beach, then take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Langkawi holiday builder website .

You can fly from Bophut to Langkawi in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bophut to Langkawi is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park ©
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

1
night
Ko Lipe, Thailand

With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ko Lipe, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunrise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pattaya Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sanom Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ko Lipe trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Langkawi to Ko Lipe in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunrise Beach ©
Sunrise Beach
Ko Lipe
Ko Lipe

1
night
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Kantiang Bay.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta road trip planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta is minus 1 hour. In December in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ko Bida Nok, then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and finally have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In December in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
On the 2nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Patong Beach, get great views at Nai Harn Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Patong travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. January in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon View Point, Nai Harn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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