43 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

43 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 day
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Mui Ne, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ao Nang, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Wiang Kum Kam, Night Bazaar, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai, and other attractions. On the 2nd (Mon), admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then get a dose of the wild on Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai, and finally hunt for treasures at Night Bazaar. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Flight of the Gibbon, then steep yourself in history at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), and then delve into the distant past at Wiang Kum Kam.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary planning app.

Edmonton, Canada to Chiang Mai is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Indochina Time is 14 hours. In March, Chiang Mai is much hotter than Edmonton - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Huay Xai, Laos

— 1 night
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
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You can drive from Chiang Mai to Huay Xai in 5.5 hours. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xieng Mouane.

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Drive from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March in Luang Prabang, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 2 nights
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vang Vieng online day trip planner.

Drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Buddha Park, Wat Si Muang, Wat Ho Phra Keo, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Buddha Park, take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That Luang Neua, steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vientiane itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Hanoi on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Parks

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Perfume Pagoda, Temple of Literature & National University, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

For photos and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planning tool.

You can fly from Vientiane to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping · Nature

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tomb of Tu Duc, Imperial City, Thanh Toan Bridge, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Royal Tombs and The Mieu Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nine Dynastic Urns and Thai Hoa Palace. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Perfume River.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hue online holiday planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Hue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museum of Trade Ceramics, Hoi An Museum and Japanese Covered Bridge. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cantonese Assembly Hall, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Hoi An Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Trade Ceramics, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mỹ Sơn.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hoi An are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) as well as Da Nang Catheral. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Da Nang Catheral, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Da Nang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Da Nang sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Nang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ba Ho Waterfall as well as Suoi Do Pagoda. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Son Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suoi Do Pagoda, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Da Nang to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Da Lat, Vietnam

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Elephant Falls, Datanla Falls, Dalat Flower Park, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Hang Nga Guest House and Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Dalat Flower Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat tour itinerary website.

Take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Mui Ne.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Mui Ne, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town in the Bình Thuận Province of Vietnam. Your day by day itinerary now includes White Sand Dunes. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Long Tu Temple, then don't miss a visit to White Sand Dunes, and finally explore the striking landscape at Red Sand Dunes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mui Ne online itinerary maker.

Drive from Da Lat to Mui Ne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Mui Ne

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cu Chi Tunnels, Bitexco Financial Tower, Cao Dai Temple, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mariamman Hindu Temple, and finally hunt for treasures at Binh Tay Market. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Killing Fields and S21 Tour, National Museum, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Wat Langka, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and then visit Bassac Lane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then examine the collection at National Museum, then catch all the local highlights with Killing Fields and S21 Tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pub Street as well as Bayon Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Siem Reap itinerary builder site.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Million Toy Museum by Krirk Yoonpun, Wat Na Phra Meru, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Maha That and Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon. Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Khaosan Roadfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan, &more) and Tham Khao Luang Cave (in Phetchaburi). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Upper Terrace, and make a trip to Wat Pho.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bangkok are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Patong, Thailand

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Paradise Beach as well as Old Phuket Town. On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Patong Beach. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, then get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), then take in the pleasant sights at Old Phuket Town, and finally head outdoors with Paradise Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Patong road trip planning site.

You can fly from Bangkok to Patong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, Patong is little chillier than Bangkok - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Ao Nang.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ao Nang, Thailand

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ko Hong as well as Tup Island. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Railay Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ao Nang trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Patong to Ao Nang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Ao Nang can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ao Nang

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ao Ton Sai. Visit Long Beach and Laem Tong Bay for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, head off the coast to Mosquito Island, explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, and stop by Phi Phi Postcard Shop.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don driving holiday website.

Traveling by ferry from Ao Nang to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.

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.

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.

Phan Thiet travel guide

3.4
Landmarks · Nature & Parks · Geologic Formations
An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production. A tour of Phan Thiet makes this evident, with a colorful fleet of boats bobbing around the main harbor, and the scent of the distinctive condiment wafting along city streets. Tourism in Phan Thiet focuses on its many secluded beaches, orange sand dunes, and growing number of luxury and boutique resorts that perch above the golden areas of coast.

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.

Krabi Town travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Islands · Gift & Specialty Shops
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region. The city of about 25,000 people remains the main town in the province. Buddhist temples cling to the rocky landscape, and the town's many luxury spas and retreats draw many visitors. Outside the urban center you'll have the chance to explore the natural abundance of the surrounding national parks. Popular experiences include eco adventure tours into the wilderness or coastal activities like kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling.