16 days in Chiang Mai & Vientiane Itinerary

16 days in Chiang Mai & Vientiane Itinerary

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16 days in Chiang Mai & Vientiane Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + bus + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Vientiane, Laos
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Elephant Rescue Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Chang Khlan Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Mae Taeng (Thai Elephant Home, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more), Wat Mahawan Woramahawihan (in Lamphun) and Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park (in Mae Rim). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, and steep yourself in history at Suan Dok Gate.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai journey maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Chiang Mai is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Chiang Mai, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mae Taeng, Wat Mahawan Woramahawihan, Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home

8
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lao National History Museum and Icat Gallery. Visiting Vientiane Orchidees and Dansavanh Golf & Country Club will get you outdoors. Step out of Vientiane with an excursion to Nam Ngum Dam in Thalat--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Phou Khao Khouay National Bio-Diversity, examine the collection at Lao People's Army Museum, play a few rounds at Long Vien Golf Club, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That Khao ワット タットカオ.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vientiane tour builder site .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Vientiane by combination of flight, bus, and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Nam Ngum Dam
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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Lao National History Museum ©
Lao National History Museum
Wat Ho Phra Keo ©
Wat Ho Phra Keo

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