29 days in Thailand & Cambodia Itinerary

29 days in Thailand & Cambodia Itinerary

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Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5 h 30 min
5
Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Suthat and Wat Saket. Popular historic sites such as Wat Pho and Ancient City are in your itinerary. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Erawan Museum (in Samut Prakan), Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple (in Chachoengsao) and Wat Phra Pathom Chedi (in Nakhon Pathom). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bangkok trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Bangkok. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in December, with highs in Bangkok at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Samut Prakan, Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple, Wat Phra Pathom Chedi
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Preah Khan and Ta Som. Do some cultural sightseeing at Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and don't miss a visit to Banteay Kdei.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap online tour itinerary 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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

3
nights
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Jed Yod. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pa Sak Historical Site, see the interesting displays at 212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น, see the interesting displays at Hall of Inspiration, then stop by Doi Tung, then see the interesting displays at Oub Kham Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sang Kaew Phothiyan.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Rai trip planning site.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Chiang Rai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Siem Reap in January, expect Chiang Rai to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chiang Saen, Mae Fa Luang, Wat Sang Kaew Phothiyan
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Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong
Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple) ©
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple)
Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) ©

5
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Suan Dok. Get some historical perspective at Wat Phra Singh and Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng (Wat Ban Den & Thai Elephant Home), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Lamphun (Ku Chang-Ku Ma, Wat Mahawan Woramahawihan, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Rescue Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Lamphun, Mae Taeng, Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Wat Tham Pha Plong
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Suan Dok ©
Wat Suan Dok

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Maha That and Wat Maheyong. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ayutthaya: Wat Satue Temple (in Tha Ruea), Bang Pa-in (Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun, Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, &more) and Wat Phraphutthachai (in Saraburi). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kudee Dao วัดโคก, contemplate the long history of Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ayutthaya road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ayutthaya, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bang Pa-in, Wiset Chai Chan, Suphan Buri, Wat Satue Temple, Wat Phra Buddha Badh
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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

5
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Buddha Temple and Walking tours. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ancient Fortress (in Chachoengsao) and Pattaya (Parasailing & Paragliding, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). See some other sides of Bangkok: explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Hua Lumphong, wander the streets of Khaosan Road, and don't miss a visit to Wat Ratchaburana Ratchaworawihan.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bangkok travel planner.

Getting from Ayutthaya to Bangkok by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pattaya, Chachoengsao
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Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) ©
Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple
Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan ©
Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan

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