20 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Luang Prabang Itinerary

20 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
6
Koh Rong, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: San Francisco, United States

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 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation and then make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Luang Prabang is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Francisco to Luang Prabang. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Luang Prabang hover around 91°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm

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 inner history buff will appreciate Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Suan Dok Gate. Visiting Elephant Rescue Park and Thai Elephant Home will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Mae Rim (Maerim Elephant Sanctuary & Maerim Shooting Range). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for gifts at The Lost Book Shop.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Thai Elephant Home
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park

3
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nopparat Thara Beach and Koh Lao Lading. Get in touch with nature at Poda Island and Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), walk around Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, stop by De' MARCO Fashions, and head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Krabi Town online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Poda Island ©
Poda Island

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Maha That. Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet & Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and get great views at Wat Saket.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner.

Getting from Krabi Town to Bangkok by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Bangkok sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Preah Khan and Ta Som. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Cambodia Landmine Museum, explore the ancient world of Pre Rup, steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple, and stop by Artisans Angkor.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koh Rong.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
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Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea
Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan
Baphuon Temple ©
Baphuon Temple

2
nights
Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong ©
A slice of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Koh Rong stands out as one of Cambodia's premier beachside escapes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Long Set Beach, then kick back and relax at Coconut Beach, and then get your game on at Kohrong Blob Jump.

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

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Siem Reap to Koh Rong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koh Rong

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Long Set Beach ©
Long Set Beach
Koh Rong ©
Koh Rong

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