53 days in Asia Itinerary

53 days in Asia Itinerary

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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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George Town, Malaysia
— 4 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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Battambang, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 3 nights
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Bagan, Myanmar
— 4 nights
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Mandalay, Myanmar
— 4 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 6 nights
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Pokhara, Nepal
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Langkawi, Malaysia

— 2 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Get some cultural insight at Art In Paradise and Wat Wanararm. Escape the urban bustle at The Els Club Teluk Datai and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cenang Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Langkawi Geopark, view the masterpieces at Batik Village, and explore the gorgeous colors at Pulau Payar Marine Park.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Langkawi trip itinerary maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Langkawi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Langkawi is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Langkawi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

George Town, Malaysia

— 4 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Food Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kapitan Keling Mosque and Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around George Town: Alor Setar (Kedah Royal Museum, Zahir Mosque, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Habitat Penang Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng), wander the streets of Chulia Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Suffolk House.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our George Town tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to George Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Batu Caves and National Mosque (Masjid Negara). Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pantai Remis will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuala Lumpur: Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (in Shah Alam), Sasaran Beach (in Kuala Selangor) and Port Dickson (Muzium Tentera Darat & Teluk Kemang). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thean Hou Temple, stop by Little India Brickfields, examine the collection at Museum of Illusions, and admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

Traveling by car from George Town to Kuala Lumpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from George Town to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Popular historic sites such as Ta Prohm and Terrace of the Elephants are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, delve into the distant past at Ta Som, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and examine the collection at Cambodia Landmine Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. January in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Battambang, Cambodia

— 2 nights
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the galleries of HUMAN Gallery - Joseba Etxebarria Photography, admire the masterpieces at Tep Kao Sol Loeum Lorn Gallery, view the masterpieces at Sangker Gallery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Nature Spa, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baha’i House of Worship, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Battambang day trip planning website.

Getting from Siem Reap to Battambang by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Siem Reap in January: highs in Battambang hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Wat Phnom. Royal Palace and National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phnom Penh: Kampong Chhnang (Ondong Rossey & Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, revel in the low prices at Factory Outlet Store, and stop by Bassac Lane.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh road trip planning tool.

Getting from Battambang to Phnom Penh by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Battambang in January, you will find days in Phnom Penh are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Vientiane, Laos

— 3 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Escape the urban bustle at Vientiane Orchidees and Long Vien Golf Club. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Patuxai. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, examine the collection at Lao Textile Museum, walk around Buddha Park, and pause for some photo ops at Wat That Luang Neua.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vientiane trip planner.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Vientiane by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Phnom Penh in January: high temperatures in Vientiane hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Kuang Si Butterfly Farm. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Xiengthong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Step out of Luang Prabang to go to Nong Khiaw and see 100 Waterfalls, which is approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sensoukharam, take a stroll through Whisky Village, and see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip website.

Getting from Vientiane to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Vientiane in January since evenings lows in Luang Prabang dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

— 3 nights

Garden City of the East

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Botahtaung Pagoda and Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shwedagon Pagoda and Swe Taw Myat Pagoda. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Pomelo, and wander the streets of Yangon Chinatown.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yangon (Rangoon) trip app.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Yangon (Rangoon) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Luang Prabang to Yangon (Rangoon) due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Shopping

Bagan, Myanmar

— 4 nights
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Popular historic sites such as Ananda Temple and Gubyaukgyi Temple are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Balloon Rides and Pyathadar Hpaya. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mya Zedi Temple, contemplate the long history of Thet Kya Muni, and admire the landmark architecture of Salay House.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bagan trip maker site.

You can fly from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mandalay.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Mandalay, Myanmar

— 4 nights
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Visit Shwenandaw Monastery and Shwe In Bin Monastry for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book and Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Mandalay: Inn Wa (in Amarapura), Mingun (Pahtodawgyi Pagoda & Sat Taw Yar Pagode) and U Min Thonze Caves (in Sagaing). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pahtodawgyi, appreciate the history behind Mahamuni Image, admire the landmark architecture of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, and don't miss a visit to Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mandalay tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bagan to Mandalay in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 6 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Kopan Monastery. Nyatapola Temple and 55 Window Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kathmandu side-trips: Bhaktapur (Peacock Shop, Changu Narayan, &more) and Indreshwar Mahadev Temple (in Panauti). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Thamel, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namo Buddha Temple.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Mandalay to Kathmandu takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mandalay to Kathmandu, you'll gain 0.8 hours due to the time zone difference. In February in Kathmandu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pokhara, Nepal

— 3 nights

Lake City

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peace Temple and Barahi temple. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, Head underground at Gupteswar Gupha, take an in-depth tour of Gurkha Memorial Museum, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pokhara trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kathmandu in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Pokhara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pokhara

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

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.

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.

Myanmar travel guide

3.8
Monuments · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.

Nepal travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.