34 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

34 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Dong Hoi, Vietnam
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Phong Nha, Vietnam
— 7 nights
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Dong Hoi, Vietnam
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Photography Tours. Make the 4th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Long Bien Bridge, make a trip to Ba Dinh Square, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and browse the exhibits of TiredCity Hang Bong.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planning tool.

Austin, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
On the 8th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hoa Lu Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Lac Dao. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thai Vi Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ninh Binh trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dong Hoi, Vietnam

The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dong Hoi trip planner.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to Phong Nha.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Phong Nha, Vietnam

— 7 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. Explore Phong Nha's surroundings by going to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (Suoi Nuoc Mooc, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Ruc Mon Cave (in Minh Hoa). Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Bong Lai Rattan House.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha journey planner.

Traveling by car from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha takes an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dong Hoi, Vietnam

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dong Hoi itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Da Nang.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Organic Plus Spa, stop by Tabalo Outdoor, and take in the views from Tran Thi Ly Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Nang travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dong Hoi to Da Nang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 4 nights
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Rubin Cloth Shop. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, step off the mainland to explore Cam Nam Island, and browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoi An driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Bitexco Financial Tower. On the 26th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at FITO Museum, ponder the world of politics at People's Committee Building, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Bangkok, Thailand

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Khlong Bang Luang Artist House. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration), Wat Phra Ram, &more). The adventure continues: stop by Stylo's Collection, walk around Benjakitti Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pak Nam, and examine the collection at The Bangkokian Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planning site.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

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