23 days in Canada, France & Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Canada, France & Thailand Itinerary

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23 days in Canada, France & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly + shuttle:  30​h
1
Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  29​h
3
Meribel, France
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
4
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
5
Ao Nang, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  45​min
7
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bow Falls. For shopping fun, head to Canada House Art Gallery or The Spirit of Christmas. There's more to do: explore the activities along Moraine Lake and take in the exciting artwork at Samson Native Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park travel route builder .

Cape Town, South Africa to Banff National Park is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Banff National Park is minus 9 hours. In December, Banff National Park is colder than Cape Town - with highs of -10°C and lows of -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise

2
nights
Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, then take in the exciting artwork at Our Native Land, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): cruise along Highway 93A and then fly down the slopes at Marmot Basin Ski Area.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jasper National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Banff National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park: temperatures range from -5°C by day to -18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Meribel.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Marmot Basin Ski Area ©
Marmot Basin Ski Area
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon
Athabasca Falls ©
Athabasca Falls

3
nights
Meribel, France

Meribel ©
Visiting Aiguille du Midi and Dragon de l'Altai will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ecole de Ski Oxygene and Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux. Take a break from Meribel with a short trip to Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Les Menuires in Les Menuires, about 40 minutes away.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Meribel day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jasper National Park to Meribel. Traveling from Jasper National Park to Meribel, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jasper National Park in December: highs in Meribel hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Meribel

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Courchevel, Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Les Menuires, Aiguille du Midi
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
SnowLimits Ski School ©
SnowLimits Ski School

2
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Attractions like Choeng Mon Beach and Malibu beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Maenam Beach and Samrong Beach. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, stop by Classic International Suits, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bophut tour itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Meribel to Bophut with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Meribel to Bophut is 6 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Meribel in December, with highs in Bophut at 35°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ao Nang.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
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Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach

2
nights
Ao Nang, Thailand

Ao Nang ©
Head to the resort town of Ao Nang for a holiday by the sea and an exploration of an area where many dive instruction centers offer training necessary to access some of the region's best dive spots.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, then head off the coast to Poda Island, and then stop by VICTORIA Fashion House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and then enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ao Nang travel tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Ao Nang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Bophut in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ao Nang, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ao Nang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Krabi Town
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Poda Island ©
Poda Island

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, then make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary maker .

Ride a ferry from Ao Nang to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. In December in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

3
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Step out of the city life by going to Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Lanta Animal Welfare. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nui Beach will thrill your kids. It doesn't end there: stop by Fashion Point and delve into the lush surroundings at Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta online holiday planner .

Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In December in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach
FashionPoint ©
FashionPoint

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