18 days in Laos, Chiang Mai & Bangkok Itinerary

18 days in Laos, Chiang Mai & Bangkok Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll around Buddha Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, then pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), and finally appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll around Chao Anouvong Park, then walk around Mekong Riverside Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Lao National History Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vientiane trip itinerary planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vientiane is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Indochina Time is 3 hours. April in Vientiane sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

5
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.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, Head underground at Tham Nam (Water cave), and explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vang Vieng trip planner.

You can drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
ShootUpVV Paintball ©
ShootUpVV Paintball

3
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, get your bearings at The Living Land Farm, and don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham ©
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong

4
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.
Chiang Mai is known for wildlife, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai visit planning app.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas
Walking tours

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.
Step out of Bangkok to go to Ayutthaya and see Wat Maha That, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
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Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Spas

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