48 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

48 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 10 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
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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
— 11 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 3 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.
On the 5th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and examine the collection at Drink Vietnam.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City tour website.

Austin, USA to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Austin to Ho Chi Minh City. When traveling from Austin in August, plan for slightly colder days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 10 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hai Van Pass in Phu Tho (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 8th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Pack the 10th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Ba Na Hills SunWorld. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, see Off-Road Tours, see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Plus Spa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Da Nang trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, stroll around Riverview Park, and don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang itinerary planner.

Fly from Da Nang to Luang Prabang in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vientiane, Laos

— 2 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, appreciate the history behind Black Stupa (That Dam), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That Khao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Luang Neua, then stroll around Buddha Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Lao National History Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vientiane visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 11 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim), Pha Dok Seaw Waterfall (in Chom Thong) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Win). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai route tool.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and flight from Vientiane to Chiang Mai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Suwan Dararam Ratchaworawihan, Wat Maha That, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, wander the streets of Khaosan Road, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 2 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, then walk around KLCC Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara), enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip maker app.

You can fly from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Singapore, Singapore

— 10 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Go for a jaunt from Singapore to Sentosa Island to see Sentosa Boardwalk about 32 minutes away. Pack the 12th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Singapore. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay, take in the waterfront activity at Marina Bay, pause for some photo ops at Merlion Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jurong Bird Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Singapore trip website.

You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Singapore are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Laos travel guide

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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.