21 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

21 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

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21 days in Thailand & Laos Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel


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2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Vientiane Orchidees. Museum-lovers will get to explore Lao Textile Museum and Lao People's Army Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, don't miss a visit to Patuxai, get engrossed in the history at Lao National History Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Wat That Luang Neua.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vientiane itinerary builder tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Vientiane is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Vientiane is 5 hours. In December, Vientiane is somewhat warmer than Tel Aviv - with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Icat Gallery ©
Icat Gallery
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Kang.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Vang Vieng tour itinerary website .

Getting from Vientiane to Vang Vieng by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

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.
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and Royal Palace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Xieng Mouane are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sensoukharam, don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, and identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Rescue Park and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Take a break from Chiang Mai with a short trip to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai day trip planning site .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Pai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

2
nights
Pai, Thailand

Pai ©
Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Conserve Natural Forests, then take in breathtaking views at Pai Canyon, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Mae Yen. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Pai Memorial Bridge, then get outside with Yun Lai Viewpoint, then make a trip to Wat Nam Hoo, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pai Siam Gallery.

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You can drive from Chiang Mai to Pai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Pai can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Pai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Conserve Natural Forests ©
Conserve Natural Forests
Pai Canyon ©
Pai Canyon
Wat Phra That Mae Yen ©
Wat Phra That Mae Yen

2
nights
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stop by El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan, stroll through Doi Mae Salong, and then view the masterpieces at De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, then examine the collection at Oub Kham Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Huay Pla Kang.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Rai online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Pai to Chiang Rai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Chiang Rai are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doi Mae Salong ©
Doi Mae Salong
Oub Kham Museum ©
Oub Kham Museum

2
nights
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya ©
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Wat Thammikarat, explore the ancient world of Wat Maha That, then steep yourself in history at Historic City of Ayutthaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kasattrathirat Worawihan. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Ayutthaya National Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suwan Dararam Ratchaworawihan, then explore the ancient world of Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Satue Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ayutthaya trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Rai to Ayutthaya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Chiang Rai in December, expect Ayutthaya to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wat Satue Temple
Highlights from your plan
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon ©
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Wat Pho and Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at The Grand Palace and Ancient City. Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market), stop by Raja's Fashions, and explore the historical opulence of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat).

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok road trip app .

Traveling by shuttle from Ayutthaya to Bangkok takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Samut Prakan
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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