60 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

60 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel planner

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Bus
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly to Danang, Train to Hue
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 7 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
— 1 night
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to George Town
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George Town, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 5 nights
Ferry to Bangrak, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at CentralFestival Chiangmai and Mae Hia Fresh Market. Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Suan Dok. Take a break from Chiang Mai with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Mae Taeng, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Chiang Mai Women Correctional Institution Vocational Training Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, make a trip to Wat Pa Pao, and stroll through Elephant Rescue Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai vacation planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in September; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

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.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Wat Manorom, wander the streets of Whisky Village, then look for gifts at Ock Pop Tok Store, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Syrimoungkoun Xaiyaram and then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang attractions app.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Sapa, Vietnam

— 4 nights
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muong Hoa Valley and Den Mau. Get some historical perspective at The Stone Church and Hoang A Tuong's Castle. Change things up with a short trip to The Charm Destination Spa in Lao Cai (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: stop by Giang Ta Chai Village, see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, look for gifts at Indigo Cat, and don't miss a visit to Ta Van Village.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sapa trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Sapa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 6 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.
Do your shopping at Tired City Dinh Tien Hoang and Hang Da Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Get out of town with these interesting Hanoi side-trips: Ninh Binh (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Bich Dong Pagoda). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, don't miss a visit to St. Joseph's Cathedral, and view the masterpieces at Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA).

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hanoi online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 5 nights
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery and Ba Vang Pagoda. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sung Sot Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Quan Lan Temple (in Quan Lan) and Cat Ba Island (in Cat Ba). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, and get some fabulous bargains at Ha Long Pearl.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, visit Other, then admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, then stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Green Bamboo Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Imperial City, then steep yourself in history at Thai Hoa Palace, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Halong Bay to Hue in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Shopping

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and Tra Que Vegetable Village. Visit Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Long An Temple & My Khe Beach) and Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip builder tool.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Head to Artisans Angkor and O.Menge Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Angkor Wat and Preah Khan. Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Baphuon Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Angkor National Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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 Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and Thean Hou Temple. National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque will appeal to history buffs. When in Kuala Lumpur, make a side trip to see The Mines Shopping Mall in Sri Kembangan, approximately Sri Kembangan away. Spend the 14th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, buy something for everyone on your list at Mid Valley Megamall, get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang, and don't miss a visit to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur is 1 hour. October in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

— 1 night

Small Perhentian

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get great views at Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin, then kick back and relax at Long Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay (Teluk Aur), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perhentian Island Mosque.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pulau Perhentian Kecil journey site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

George Town, Malaysia

— 2 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
On the 18th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, then steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hin Bus Depot. On the next day, look for gifts at Jonathanyun Sculptural Jewelry, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapitan Keling Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our George Town day trip planning website.

Getting from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to George Town by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to George Town is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bophut.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Bophut, Thailand

— 3 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Plai Laem and Anantara Spa. Fisherman’s Village and Chinese Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: stroll through Chaweng Beach, look for gifts at New Top Collection Suits, hunt for treasures at Maenam Walking Street, and have unforgettable encounters with CSI: SAMUI Dive School.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bophut online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from George Town to Bophut takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koh Tao, Thailand

— 5 nights

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Sai Daeng Beach. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Jansom Bay, stroll through Sairee Beach, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Koh Tao route planner.

Getting from Bophut to Koh Tao by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Pho and Wat Suthat. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Grand Palace and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), make a trip to Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), take a stroll through Khaosan Road, and stop by Chinatown - Bangkok.

Discover how to plan a Bangkok trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife · Neighborhoods

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.

Thua Thien - Hue Province travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thừa Thiên-Huế is a province in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam, approximately in the centre of the country. It borders Quảng Trị Province to the north and Đà Nẵng to the south, Laos to the west and the East Sea to the east. The province has 128 km of coastline, 22,000 ha of lagoons and over 200,000 ha of forest. There is an extensive complex of imperial tombs and temples in Huế.

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Perhentian Islands travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands

Penang travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Pearl of the Orient
Highly industrialized and urbanized, the island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Although most visitors come for the beaches and fishing villages, no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. Another highlight of Penang tourism are the many festivals, showcasing cultural diversity and offering foreign visitors a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the "Pearl of the Orient."

Ko Samui travel guide

3.8
Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.