20 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Luang Prabang Itinerary

20 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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20 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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


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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): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, don't miss a visit 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.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Luang Prabang itinerary maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Luang Prabang is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 91°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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.
Get in touch with nature at Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thai Elephant Home and Elephant Rescue Park. Change things up with a short trip to Maerim Shooting Range in Mae Rim (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), explore the historical opulence of Suan Dok Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, and delve into the distant past at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip builder app .

Fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and Poda Island. We've included these beaches for you: Nopparat Thara Beach and Koh Lao Lading. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island, stroll through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai), and stop by de' MARCO Fashions.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Krabi Town holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Maha That. Explore hidden gems such as Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Saket. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet & Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Bangkok online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish up 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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. Do some cultural sightseeing at Beng Mealea and Ta Som. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Preah Khan, see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum, steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap holiday planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. October in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 16th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Long Set Beach, then explore the activities along Coconut Beach, and then get your game on at Kohrong Blob Jump.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Koh Rong trip builder site .

Getting from Siem Reap to Koh Rong by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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 time for travel back home.

Things to do in Koh Rong

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

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