Southeast Asia Final Itinerary

Since I’m jetting off to Southeast Asia soon, I wanted to share with you our itinerary. We are covering a lot of ground on our 3ish weeks there! It’s going to be exhausting, but amazing. What were some of your must see things in the below places?

November 28 – Fly out of Toronto Pearson Airport to Bangkok (connection in Hong Kong)
November 29 – Arrive in Bangkok
November 30 – Bangkok
December 1 – Bangkok (Overnight train to Chiang Mai)
December 2 – Chiang Mai
December 3 – Chiang Mai (Overnight at elephant camp)
December 4 – Chiang Mai
December 5 – Chiang Mai
December 6 – Chiang Mai (Fly to Laos)
December 7 – Luang Prabang (Kuang Si waterfalls)
December 8 – Luang Prabang (Overnight boat tour)
December 9 – Luang Prabang (Fly to Vietnam)
December 10 – Hanoi
December 11 – Ha Long Bay boat trip
December 12 – Ha Long Bay boat trip (back to Hanoi)
December 13 – Hanoi (Fly to Cambodia)
December 14 – Cambodia
December 15 – Cambodia
December 16 – Cambodia
December 17 – Cambodia (Fly to Krabi)
December 18 – Krabi (Ferry to Koh Phi Phi)
December 19 – Koh Phi Phi
December 20 – Koh Phi Phi
December 21 – Koh Phi Phi
December 22 – Koh Phi Phi (Ferry to Krabi)
December 23 – Krabi (Island hopping)
December 24 – Krabi (Fly to Bangkok)
December 25 – Fly home to Toronto

Only 1 week till we leave!


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  • Reply
    Jinny singh
    December 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Hello Lauren, I’m planning to go to Thailand in June 2017. I’m jinny from India and it’s my 1st time solo backpacking outside my country. Need little information and guidance to go for it like how to start, what should be my budget for 3 weeks(hostels, food, and adventures sports etc.)?, where to go?, how to plan moves from one place to another. Thanku in advance and I’m looking forward to get some Good advice from you.

    • Reply
      December 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Jinny! That’s so exciting. You’ll be happy to hear that Southeast Asia is super easy to travel alone, especially Thailand. To learn more about budgeting, you can get an idea from what I spent here: I however didn’t do it the cheapest way possible so you can definitely cut costs in places. I went to the places outlined in this itinerary and didn’t only do Thailand as you can see, so you could probably cover more ground then I did. I would however for sure go to Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Koh Phi Phi. Two things to note in Chiang Mai – don’t go to the tiger temple or ride elephants as it’s inhumane. I also flew between cities mainly, but there are lots of options – overnight buses, trains, etc. Just do some research online and you’ll find everything you need 🙂

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    April 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Lauren! I’ll be taking off for an 11 day quick adventure through Thailand at the end of the month. I’m planning on a similar itinerary to yours, I want to do Bangkok to Chiangmai then to ko Samui or koh phi phi tbd! How did you go about arranging the overnight train from bangkok? I want to make sure I’m able to do it but I’ve read that you need to book ahead of time. Also, any specific recommendations on elephant camp tours? I’m thinking of a full day one but definitely want a humane experience!
    Love your stuff, keep it up! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for reaching out. You’re going to love Thailand. For the train, we went to the train station earlier that day to buy our ticket. However, you can also go the day before if your schedule allows you too and if you’re nervous about not getting a ticket. However, you won’t be visiting in peak tourism time (November-February) like I was so you should be fine going earlier the day of. For elephant tours I’d suggest the Elephant Nature Park as it’s one of the most humane in Chiang Mai. If your schedule allows, do the overnight tour. It’s expensive but they keep it to a small, exclusive group and you get a lot more time with the elephants (and believe me, you’ll want more time). I have some posts on my blog about the Elephant Nature Park so check them out if you want to know more!

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    August 11, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Hi Lauren
    I am starting to plan now my trip thru Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand but honestly I am just so confused at the moment. i don’t know where to start and how o find things as accommodation, activities, destinations, transport, etc. Looks like in your itinerary you visited most of the interesting tings and i would like to know, if possible, how you did it. Like in the specific, if you till have a cop of your detailed plan with names of hostel etc. It will help me a lot, as i do have 4 jobs at the moment so it is hard to have the time to do it all by my self. I can just take inspiration from your trip.

    • Reply
      August 11, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Hi Santhel. I don’t have a comprehensive plan but basically I did research on a route that made the most sense. I booked my flights, buses or trains/transportation between each country and then from there I started looking for hostels/hotels. Basically I used Hostel World or or Agoda for those and just ensured I looked at a) the reviews and b) the locations of each place so I was in a convenient spot in each town/city. Then after those were booked I started looking at what there is to do in each place. For the most part I didn’t book too many activities in advance with the exception of: Halong Bay tour, Maya Bay Overnight tour and the Elephant Nature Park overnight stay. Other than that I just waited until I was there and asked locals what to do and booked them day of. Hope that kind of helps!

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    Coralie Hainsworth
    May 11, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Hi everyone. I am planning on coming to Thailand solo. I have never done a trip like this before. I will be coming for 2 wks and want to see and do as much as possible. If anyone could help me figure out where the best places to stay and where to go that would be so helpful. Thank you so much.

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      June 3, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Hey Coralie! You’ll love it. There’s so much to see and do in Thailand that you won’t see everything in 2 weeks, however, I’d recommend Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and then one or two of the islands. I did Koh Phi Phi!

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