31 days in Thailand, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

31 days in Thailand, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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31 days in Thailand, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
Train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1​h
2
Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 1 night
Train:  9​h 30​min
3
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Ferry:  9​h
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Bus:  7​h 30​min
9
Pakse, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
11
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
12
Karon, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  17​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

1
night
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 5th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Bang Saen Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), and then don't miss a visit to Wat Phra Pathom Chedi.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok online route maker .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Bangkok is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. In March, Bangkok is much warmer than Dusseldorf - with highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Bang Saen Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
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 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Wat Thammikarat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Ram, then explore the ancient world of Wat Maha That, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Na Phra Meru.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Ayutthaya tour builder app .

Take a shuttle from Bangkok to Ayutthaya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Ayutthaya, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wat Thammikarat ©
Wat Thammikarat
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Wat Phra Ram ©
Wat Phra Ram

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Saen Muang Ma Luang. Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Rescue Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, examine the collection at Philatelic Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ayutthaya in March, plan for little chillier nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 24°C. You will leave for Chiang Rai on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Wat Rong Khun has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun, then stroll through Doi Mae Salong, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pong Phra Bat Hot spring, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Rai trip builder tool .

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chiang Mai in March; daily highs in Chiang Rai reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Doi Mae Salong ©
Doi Mae Salong
Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun

1
night
Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Wat Chomkao Manilat and then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Huay Xai trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Huay Xai takes 2.5 hours. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, then make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, and then look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xieng Thong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): Head underground at Tham Chang, explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang, and finally don't miss a visit to Wat That. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Nam (Water cave), then Head underground at Lusi and Pha Poak Caves, then explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Vang Vieng trip builder .

Drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Lusi and Pha Poak Caves ©
Lusi and Pha Poak Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Lao Textile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, and finally contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vientiane road trip planning site .

Drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Wat Ho Phra Keo ©
Wat Ho Phra Keo

3
nights
Pakse, Laos

Pakse ©
Resting at the meeting point of the Se Don and Mekong rivers, Pakse provides the ideal starting point from which to begin your discovery of southern Laos.
Wat Phu and Wat Pha Bat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tad Tayicseua and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pakse: Tad Champee (in Paksong) and Wat Muang Kang Temple (in Champasak Town). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Bolaven Plateau, admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, and make a trip to Dao Heuang Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pakse online holiday planner .

You can fly from Vientiane to Pakse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champasak Town, Paksong, Bolaven Plateau, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Wat Muang Kang Temple ©
Wat Muang Kang Temple

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Angkor Wat and Baphuon Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, don't miss a visit to Phimeanakas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap tour planner.

Drive from Pakse to Siem Reap in 8.5 hours. March in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

2
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.
Find out how to plan Phnom Penh trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Karon.
Highlights from your plan
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

5
nights
Karon, Thailand

Karon ©
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yanui Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Wat Suwan Khiri Khet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Karon's surroundings by going to Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai) and Phuket Town (Khao Rang Hill View Point & Monkey Hill). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bang Tao Beach, kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach, take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket.

To find out how to plan a trip to Karon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Karon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Karon sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Phuket, Patong, Yanui Beach
Highlights from your plan
KokChang Safari Elephant Trekking ©
KokChang Safari Elephant Trekking
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach

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