20 days in Thailand & Kobe Itinerary

20 days in Thailand & Kobe Itinerary

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20 days in Thailand & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
4
Kobe, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h
End: Calgary, Canada

4
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.
Do your shopping at Mengrai Kilns and The Suvannabumi Art Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, view the masterpieces at Noina Art Studio, admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Tha Pae Walking Street.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Chiang Mai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tha Pae Walking Street, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

3
nights
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Rong Khun and Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd and Choui Fong Tea Plantation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Rai: Chiang Saen (212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น & Golden Triangle Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), stroll around Singha Park, don't miss a visit to Wat Huay Pla Kang, and explore the world behind art at Baan Dam Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Rai trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in April: high temperatures in Chiang Rai hover around 39°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chiang Saen, Singha Park, Choui Fong Tea Plantation
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5
nights
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.
Wat Pho and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Grand Palace and Wat Maha That. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Pattaya (Walking Street Pattaya, The Sanctuary Of Truth, &more) and Historic City of Ayutthaya (in Ayutthaya). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, view the masterpieces at YELO House, take an in-depth tour of Wang Derm Palace, and visit Khaosan Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip maker site.

Fly from Chiang Rai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Chiang Rai in April, with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

6
nights
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Site of Miyama Batttery. Get a sense of the local culture at Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Nishi no Maru. Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en, Otemae Street, &more), Naruto (Otsuka Museum of Art & Uzu no Michi) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, get some fabulous bargains at Rinku Premium Outlets, and steep yourself in history at House of Line.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe day trip planning tool.

Getting from Bangkok to Kobe by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Kobe. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in April: high temperatures in Kobe hover around 20°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Himeji, Izumisano, Wakayama, Naruto, Tamba Toji Brewery Museum
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

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