26 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

26 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at The Suit Sai Fashion.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bangkok, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in February, expect Bangkok to be much warmer, temps between 91°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 3 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Viti's Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, and make a trip to Pub Street.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 nights

Charming City

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally find something for the whole family at Fly Phnom Penh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, and finally view the masterpieces at Lotus Space.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

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 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Patong, Thailand

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the galleries of The Phuket Gallery, don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Karon Beach, then kick back and relax at Patong Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Patong holiday planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Patong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Patong sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 1 night
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): head off the coast to Ko Phi Phi Le, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don sightseeing planner.

Traveling by ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 3 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 20th (Mon) with a shark diving experience. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm, stroll through Lanta Klong Nin Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and stop by Lanta Animal Welfare.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ko Lanta route planner.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chiang Man.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Lanta to Chiang Mai in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Ko Lanta in February, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 4 nights
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Change things up with a short trip to 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in February, you will find days in Luang Prabang are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a stroll through Old Quarter, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then browse for treasures at 54 Traditions Gallery. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hanoi travel planner.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
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.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.