12 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & India Itinerary

12 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & India Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 1 day
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Agra, India
— 1 night
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Jaipur, India
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Jaisalmer, India
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Jodhpur, India
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Bangkok, Thailand — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dev Mandir (Thep Montien), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and finally explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise Bangkok.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Bangkok day trip tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Bangkok is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkchat Meditation Retreat, and finally stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok. On the next day, stroll through Elephant Rescue Park, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pha Lat.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in December, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to New Delhi.
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New Delhi, India — 1 day

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, then examine the collection at National Rail Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Humayun's Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Rajpath.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the New Delhi trip planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to New Delhi in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chiang Mai in December; daily highs in New Delhi reach 27°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Agra.
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Agra, India — 1 night

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Soami Bagh, then explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, and finally examine the collection at Spiritual Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Agra day trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Delhi to Agra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. December in Agra sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Jaipur.
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Jaipur, India — 2 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, browse for treasures at Gems Galaxy, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moti Dungari Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Govind Dev Ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Ganesh Pol Gateway, explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shila Devi Temple, then examine the collection at Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, and finally examine the collection at Jaipur Wax Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jaipur vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Agra to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Jaisalmer.
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Jaisalmer, India — 1 night

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort, then look for gifts at Sattar Cashmere Fair Trade Boutique, then brush up on your military savvy at Jaisalmer War Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Thar Heritage Museum.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jaisalmer trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Jaisalmer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jodhpur.
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Jodhpur, India — 2 nights

Sun City

The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well), explore the galleries of Umaid Heritage Art School, then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and finally steep yourself in history at Phool Mahal.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jodhpur day trip tool.

You can drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Jodhpur, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Thailand travel guide

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Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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India travel guide

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It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.
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