25 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

25 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Drive to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak Pier Koh Samui, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dong Hoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Bus to Ha Long Quang Ninh, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Vientiane
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
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Drive to Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, Bus to Udon Thani, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 2 nights

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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

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Linton, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Linton in January, with highs in Bangkok at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Bophut.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Bophut, Thailand

— 2 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Classic International Suits, then meet some fierce fish with CSI: SAMUI Dive School, and then play a few rounds at Koh Samui Golf Academy.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bophut route tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Bophut in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Bangkok in January, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 3 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Salad Beach, let little ones run wild at Phangan Jorkyball, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine, and get outside with Khao Ra.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan by ferry takes about an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then take in the exciting artwork at Soyn, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ho Chi Minh City, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Da Bao Real Leather.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, expect Da Nang to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hue planning app.

Getting from Da Nang to Hue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Dong Hoi, Vietnam

— 2 nights
The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, then make a trip to Phong Nha Caves, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and then kick back and relax at Nhat Le Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dong Hoi online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Dong Hoi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, then admire the artistry at Authentic Bat Trang, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally take in the exciting artwork at A Dong Art Gallery.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Getting from Dong Hoi to Hanoi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Classes · Nature

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

— 1 night
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for gifts at Minh Trang Handmade, and then make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Vientiane, Laos

— 1 night
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua, stroll around Buddha Park, hunt for treasures at Morning Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally make a trip to Patuxai.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vientiane trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Vientiane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Vientiane

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stop by Mesimu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and flight from Vientiane to Chiang Mai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Ko Samui travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.