18 days in Bangkok, Ko Samui & Laos Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Bophut, Thailand
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Vientiane, Laos
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Bangkok, Thailand — 6 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Visit Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Wat Maha That for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Historic City of Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, visit Khaosan Road, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Nak Prok.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in January, expect Bangkok to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bophut.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Bophut, Thailand — 5 nights

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Buddha and KoKo Gallery. Visit Chaweng Beach and Samrong Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bophut: Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach) (in Maret) and Lipa Noi Beach (in Lipa Noi). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Maenam Beach, stroll through Chaweng Noi Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at SALA Spa Chaweng, and make a trip to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Bophut route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Bophut takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February in Bophut, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Vientiane.
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Vientiane, Laos — 1 night

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), pause for some photo ops at Wat That Luang Neua, pause for some photo ops at Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vientiane sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Bophut to Vientiane takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Vientiane when traveling from Bophut in February, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang, Laos — 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Wat Xiengthong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham are in your itinerary. Royal Palace Museum and Wat Tat Luang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and explore the world behind art at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Luang Prabang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Vientiane in February since evenings lows in Luang Prabang dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Ko Samui travel guide

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Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.
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Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.
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