21 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

21 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Chiang Mai
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chiang Rai
— 2 nights
Fly to Suvarnabhumi, Bus to Pattaya
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Pattaya
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Bangkok
— 5 nights
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Chiang Mai

— 5 nights

Rose of the North

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 off the beaten path and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Get some historical perspective at Wat Phra Singh and Wat Suan Dok. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng) and Mon Jam (in Mae Rim). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, stop by Smart Fashion, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip planning site.

Saint Louis, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in December, things will get much warmer in Chiang Mai: highs are around 85°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chiang Rai

— 2 nights
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Oub Kham Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Doi Ngam Muang, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Baan Dam Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Art Bridge Chiang Rai, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Klang Wiang.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Rai travel route planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, Chiang Rai is slightly colder than Chiang Mai - with highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Pattaya

— 5 nights

Resort City

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Step out of the city life by going to Pattaya Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Head to Lanpho Nakluea Market and Ama Fashionfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with a short trip to Nang Ram Beach in Samaesan (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Temple, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Wong Amat Beach, and see the interesting displays at Anek Kuson Sala (Viharnra Sien).

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pattaya trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Rai to Pattaya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chiang Rai in December; daily highs in Pattaya reach 88°F and lows reach 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Bangkok

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Pho and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Rat Praditthan, Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat, explore the historical opulence of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), and shop like a local with Khaosan Road.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a shuttle from Pattaya to Bangkok in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bangkok are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip