25 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Japan Itinerary

25 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Japan Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  21​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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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.
For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Bangkok. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Bangkok hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Tours Nightlife
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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.
Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai visit planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Tours Nightlife
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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku as well as Akihabara. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and Takeshita Street. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Tokyo takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market, Arashiyama and Tenryuji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online visit planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bangkok day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Bangkok takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 2 hours. On the 20th (Tue), you're off toChiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Tours Nightlife
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Get in touch with nature at Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary. Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Siam Insect Zoo (in Mae Rim) and Gems Gallery Chiang Mai (in San Kamphaeng). On the 21st (Wed), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. See some other sides of Chiang Mai: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ched Yot, stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kad Luang - Warorot Market, and admire the masterpieces at Lanna Folklife Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Gems Gallery Chiang Mai, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai ©
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

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night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok
To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok road trip planning website .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Tours Nightlife
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