My three week travel itinerary for Southeast Asia includes Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bangkok and Koh Lanta), Laos (a slow boat cruise down the Mekong and Luang Prabang) and Cambodia (Siem Reap). Great inspiration for your own travel planning!
If you’re a regular reader you will know that I went on an incredible trip to Southeast Asia during December and January. We spent three weeks travelling around Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. It really was a trip of a lifetime! I relied heavily on travel guides and travel blogs whilst planning the trip so I thought I would share our Southeast Asia itinerary with you so that I can help you plan your own travel itinerary!
At the beginning of last year my husband and I created a list of destinations around the world we most want to visit and then ranked them in order of importance to us. Always have a plan people. And a spreadsheet. Always have a spreadsheet.
I’m a travel itinerary planner, it’s almost as fun for me as the trip, so I thought it would be useful to share for those who don’t like travel planning as much as me.
Our travel list contains a mixture of short haul and long haul destinations, and in April last year we ticked Morocco off that list. We decided we would do a blow-out trip at the end of the year too. After having such an amazing time in Indonesia on our honeymoon, countries in Southeast Asia ranked very highly on our list.
We wanted to travel Southeast Asia, well as much of it as we could! We were very lucky that we could both take off three weeks over Christmas and New Year, and with the three Bank Holiday’s we maximised our annual leave and only needed to use 13 days of holiday! Boom.
There are so many places to visit in Southeast Asia and we tried to fit as much in as possible without stretching ourselves – it was a holiday after all! I think our trip was the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, luxury and affordable. Basically we had THE BEST TIME.
Southeast Asia Travel Itinerary
We flew straight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. We had a total of 5 nights in this northern Thai city. The main reason we were here was for trekking as it’s such a great base to do it from. We spent our first two nights in the Old Town which we loved. The street food here was the best on our whole trip!
We then went on a 2 day trek. We booked it there and chose a small group with just walking, no elephants or rafting. I’ll be sharing the full experience soon. It was hard but incredible! Afterwards we stayed in the Nimman area of Chiang Mai for 2 nights, which is basically the new town and full of little coffee shops and bars, with lots of shopping.
Some friends were staying with family in Chiang Rai whilst we were here so we spent two lovely days with them. We didn’t explore much but we did see the incredible white temple Wat Rong Khun.
We booked a slow boat to take us on a two day trip down the Mekong River. There were about 12 of us on the boat, with a one night stopover in a small village on the banks of the river. It was a beautiful way to see the country at a slow pace.
This French colonial town on the Mekong River is small and filled with little cafes, shops and restaurants and there are many beautiful hotels and spas around here. A very relaxing place and lots of good food.
We only spent 3 days in Siem Reap and Cambodia as a whole. We only really came to see the incredible Angkor Wat. I had mixed feelings about Siem Reap at the beginning (Pub Street is horrible), but ended up having some of the best times of our trip there!
Hmmmm. Not sure about this one. But not for the reasons you may think. Big cities don’t intimidate me, I’m a London girl. But I just didn’t fall in love with Bangkok. Lots of good cocktails though!
Oh ma ghhhhhad. Para-dise. I almost don’t want to big it up too much because I don’t want it to turn into Phuket. But Koh Lanta is incredible. It’s super chilled but with a little summin’ summin’. Y’know? Like this. See. Told you.
It may come as no surprise, but Bangkok was definitely the lowlight of our trip. We just didn’t click.
I actually can’t just pick one moment from our three week Southeast Asian adventure, so I’m going to cheat and give you two!
– Doing the trek. I felt such an achievement when we got dropped back off to the hotel. I couldn’t believe I’d done it. It was hard for me (super unfit) and also I hate insects and I’ve never gone camping apart from at festivals which doesn’t really count. So this was a big deal for me and I loved it!
– Koh Lanta. Just the whole damn place. When we were on our scooter exploring the island I felt truly happy and carefree. What a wonderful feeling.
So there we have it. That was our Southeast Asia Itinerary. I miss it already. What’s your favourite place in Southeast Asia? Are you planning a trip anytime soon? Can I come with you!?
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