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What to leave out of itinerary (and adjunct questions)?

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So we are going to have 22 days on the ground in SE ASIA landing BKK 2 Feb. 2017. We have decided for sure we are going to Bagan (3 full days) and Siem Reap (4 full days).

The issue is this: we don't want to be spending too many days flying and transferring, etc. It's not so bad in many of the trips because the airports are close and flights short.

However, we are coming to the conclusion that we're going to have to leave something off and our choices are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai or Luang Prabang.

Right now, we are leaning to leaving out Chiang Rai and heading right to Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai. ur reasoning for this is that both LP and CM are more rural, ad we don't have a lot of interest in staring at the border of 3 countries and we believe the trip to Luang Prabang will be at least somewhat less touristy than Chiang Rai - maybe we are wrong - that's why we are here.

So right now our trip would look like this: BKK>Bagan>Chiang Mai>Luang Prabang>Siem Reap.

If we left out Luang Prabang we would go BKK>Bagan>Chiang Mai>(drive to) Chaing Rai>Siem Reap.

Happy to hear all opinions.

Adjunct question: is there a flight from Chiang Rai right to Luang Prabang without having to go back through BKK? Would love to know about it.

Thanks for any and all advice.

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