18 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

18 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

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18 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Buddha Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, then pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Luang Neua. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, walk around Chao Anouvong Park, then walk around Mekong Riverside Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Lao National History Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vientiane vacation website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vientiane is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Vientiane. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

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

5
nights
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Kang, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lagoon 3, and look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vang Vieng trip planner .

You can drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
ShootUpVV Paintball ©
ShootUpVV Paintball

3
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, look for gifts at Indigo Fabric, and examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

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.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai online travel route planner .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

3
nights
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.
Bophut is known for shopping, historic sites, nightlife, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha, and kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bophut tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bophut by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in April: highs in Bophut hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai
Highlights from your plan
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Scuba & Snorkeling
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary

few
hours
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Bophut to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in May, and nighttime lows around 32°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Tours Nightlife

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