31 days in Istanbul, Nepal & Thailand Itinerary

31 days in Istanbul, Nepal & Thailand Itinerary

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31 days in Istanbul, Nepal & Thailand Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 13 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States


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13
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Discover out-of-the-way places like Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi and Beyoglu. Venture out of the city with trips to Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele) and Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Cilingoz Tabiat Parki. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from New York City in December since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Delmece Yaylasi, Merkez Eyup Sultan Camii, Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

10
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swayambhunath Temple and Kopan Monastery. Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo and Thrangu Tashi Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kathmandu's surroundings by going to Bhaktapur (Changu Narayan, Nyatapola Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa, wander the streets of Thamel, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kathmandu trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Kathmandu in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Kathmandu is 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Kathmandu are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are slightly colder (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bhaktapur, Patan (Lalitpur), Thrangu Tashi Monastery
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Thrangu Tashi Monastery ©
Thrangu Tashi Monastery
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple

2
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.
On the 12th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, then step into the grandiose world of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and finally see the interesting displays at Chatuchak Flower Market.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bangkok attractions site .

You can fly from Kathmandu to Bangkok in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Nepal Time (NPT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, expect Bangkok to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Thai Elephant Home (in Mae Taeng) and Mae Rim (Maerim Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, admire the masterpieces at Baan Tipmanee, steep yourself in history at Suan Dok Gate, and look for gifts at The Lost Book Shop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai tour builder site .

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in January, plan for little chillier nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 62°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Thai Elephant Home, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Baan Tipmanee
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park

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