17 days in Myanmar, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

17 days in Myanmar, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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Start: Paris, France
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Nyaungshwe, Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
3
Ngapali, Myanmar
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Bagan, Myanmar
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Paris, France

1
night
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mandalay Hill and then make a trip to Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Mandalay Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Shwenandaw Monastery, then admire the landmark architecture of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, and finally appreciate the history behind Mahamuni Image.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mandalay trip itinerary planning site.

Paris, France to Mandalay is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Paris to Mandalay, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nyaungshwe.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book ©
Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book
Mahamuni Image ©
Mahamuni Image

1
night
Nyaungshwe, Myanmar

Nyaungshwe ©
Once the capital of the Shan Kingdom, Nyaungshwe is a vibrant tourist hub of Myanmar.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung, contemplate the waterfront views at Inle Lake, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nyaungshwe online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mandalay to Nyaungshwe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ngapali.

Things to do in Nyaungshwe

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Inle Lake ©
Inle Lake
Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung ©
Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung
Spas

1
night
Ngapali, Myanmar

Ngapali ©
Combining traditional rural charms with an ever-growing beach resort vibe, the fishing village of Ngapali stands out as a highlight of Myanmar's west coast.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stop by Ma Yin Yin, enjoy the sand and surf at Ngapali Beach, then don't miss a visit to Linthar English School, and finally stroll through Kanthaya Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ngapali trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nyaungshwe to Ngapali in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bagan.

Things to do in Ngapali

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ngapali Beach ©
Ngapali Beach
Kanthaya Beach ©
Kanthaya Beach

3
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Explore hidden gems such as Ananda Temple and Dhammayan Gyi Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Shwezigon Pagoda and Shinbinthalyaung Temple. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, steep yourself in history at Winido Temple, explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sulamani Guphaya Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bagan attractions planner.

Drive from Ngapali to Bagan in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Dhammayan Gyi Temple ©
Dhammayan Gyi Temple

1
night
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 26th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xiengthong, then make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, and finally examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Luang Prabang day trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bagan to Luang Prabang in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Bagan to Luang Prabang. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
Royal Palace Museum ©
Royal Palace Museum

4
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Ta Prohm and Baphuon Temple. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, examine the collection at Angkor National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In December, Siem Reap is a bit warmer than Luang Prabang - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Angkor National Museum ©
Angkor National Museum
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

3
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, find something for the whole family at Fly Phnom Penh, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally explore the galleries of Lotus Space. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sosoro Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh journey maker tool.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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