26 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

26 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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26 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Huay Xai, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Luang Namtha, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
7
Nong Khiaw, Laos
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
9
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
10
Bac Ha, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
12
Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
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.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Glang-Viang Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Suan Dok Gate. Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Mae Taeng--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Rescue Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and explore the world behind art at Baan Tipmanee.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai road trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in February, expect Chiang Mai to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Baan Tipmanee, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park

2
nights
Pai, Thailand

Pai ©
Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Conserve Natural Forests and then take in the views from Pai Memorial Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Love Strawberry Pai, then don't miss a visit to Wat Nam Hoo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra That Mae Yen.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pai online attractions planner .

Drive from Chiang Mai to Pai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Pai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Pai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Conserve Natural Forests ©
Conserve Natural Forests
Wat Phra That Mae Yen ©
Wat Phra That Mae Yen
Pai Memorial Bridge ©
Pai Memorial Bridge

2
nights
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Doi Mae Salong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, and then don't miss a visit to Wat Rong Khun.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Rai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pai to Chiang Rai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Pai in February, plan for little chillier days in Chiang Rai, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Doi Mae Salong ©
Doi Mae Salong
Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun

2
nights
Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office, and then make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Huay Xai trip builder website .

Drive from Chiang Rai to Huay Xai in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Luang Namtha on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks Wildlife
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Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

2
nights
Luang Namtha, Laos

Luang Namtha ©
The largest city of its province, Luang Namtha rests on the banks of the Nam Tha river, providing a starting point for treks into its surrounding mountain valleys.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Nam Dee Waterfall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nam Ha NPA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of The Handicraft Village Ban Pieng Ngam.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Namtha trip planner .

You can drive from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Nam Dee Waterfall ©
Nam Dee Waterfall

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and then identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Luang Namtha to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©

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hours
Nong Khiaw, Laos

Nong Khiaw
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Green Discovery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nong Khiaw trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Dien Bien Phu.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Outdoors
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1
night
Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam

Dien Bien Phu
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the history at Bunker of Colonel de Castries and then witness the site of a historic battle at A1 Hill.

Plan my day in Dien Bien Phu using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Nong Khiaw to Dien Bien Phu in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Dien Bien Phu

Historic Sites
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A1 Hill
A1 Hill
Bunker of Colonel de Castries ©
Bunker of Colonel de Castries

2
nights
Sapa, Vietnam

A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, look for gifts at Indigo Cat, then don't miss a visit to The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), and finally take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapa trip planner .

You can drive from Dien Bien Phu to Sapa in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Bac Ha.

Things to do in Sapa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sapa Culture Museum ©
Sapa Culture Museum
Giang Ta Chai Village ©
Giang Ta Chai Village

1
night
Bac Ha, Vietnam

Bac Ha ©
To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bac Ha online trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Sapa to Bac Ha in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Bac Ha

Historic Sites
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Hoang A Tuong's Castle ©
Hoang A Tuong's Castle

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. On the next day, look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner .

You can drive from Bac Ha to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Cat Ba, Vietnam

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cat Co 1 Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cat Ba Island and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Halong Bay (Long Tien Pagoda & Hon Ga Choi Island).

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Cat Ba trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus takes about 2.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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