49 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

49 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive to Dong Hoi Airport, Fly to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly
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George Town, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Bayan Lepas, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights

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Bangkok, Thailand — 1 night

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, and then shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), look for gifts at R.Boss Bespoke, then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok travel route tool.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. December in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 nights

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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, stop by Prolung Khmer Pottery and Weaving Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Pub Street.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Siem Reap online travel planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, admire the striking features of Central Market, and stop by D.Hindley.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

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 2nd (Mon), witness the site of a historic battle at Ben Dinh Tunnels and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City travel route app.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.
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Da Lat, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Wed), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then don't miss a visit to Crazy House. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat journey maker.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Nha Trang.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get in on the family fun at VinWonders Nha Trang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang road trip site.

You can drive from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Hoi An.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Theme 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nha Trang to Hoi An by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Da Nang.
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Da Nang, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Tue), snap pictures at Dragon Bridge and then make a trip to Lady Buddha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and then stop by Namaka Jewelry.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Da Nang trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. January in Da Nang sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hue.
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Hue, Vietnam — 3 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.
Spend the 12th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hue trip maker website.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hue in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phong Nha.
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Phong Nha, Vietnam — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Phong Nha to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.
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Halong Bay, Vietnam — 3 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.
On the 19th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 2 nights

On the 21st (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Authentic Bat Trang and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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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 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Bamboo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ma Te Sai, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of 100 Waterfalls.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip builder tool.

Fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vang Vieng trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vientiane.
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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 27th (Fri): walk around Mekong Riverside Park, 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 get engrossed in the history at Lao National History Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Patuxai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vientiane journey maker tool.

Getting from Vang Vieng to Vientiane by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vientiane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, admire all the interesting features of Batu Caves, and then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Kwai Chai Hong, walk around KLCC Park, and then stroll through KL Bird Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur online tour builder.

You can fly from Vientiane to Kuala Lumpur in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vientiane in January, with highs in Kuala Lumpur at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to George Town.
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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 31st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, then look for gifts at Batek-Lah Collection, and then contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Chew Jetty and then see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read George Town trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to George Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Bayan Lepas.
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Bayan Lepas, Malaysia — 3 nights

A modern counterpoint to traditional Georgetown, Bayan Lepas serves as a Free Industrial Zone on Penang and hosts the island's international airport.
Bayan Lepas is known for spas, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Snake Temple, make a trip to Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, and explore the galleries of Penang War Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayan Lepas tour planner.

Bayan Lepas is just a stone's throw from George Town. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Bayan Lepas. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Cameron Highlands.
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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia — 3 nights

Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
Cameron Highlands is known for parks, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get behind the scenes at Boh's Tea Centre, experience rural life at Big Red Strawberry Farm, examine the collection at Time Tunnel Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Mossy Forest.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cameron Highlands trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Bayan Lepas to Cameron Highlands takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Singapore.
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Singapore, Singapore — 3 nights

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo, wander the streets of Chinatown, stroll around Singapore Botanic Gardens, and make a trip to Orchard Road.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Singapore tour planner.

Fly from Cameron Highlands to Singapore in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 29°C.
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Penang Island travel guide

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Pearl of the Orient
Penang Island blends historical elements with natural exploration. Long a place of trade between Asian kingdoms and European colonial powers, the island's varied history and cultural influences are seen in a range of historical and cultural sites around its main urban centers, from British forts and factories to Chinese shophouses and narrow market streets. Outside of the towns, the island offers palm-lined beaches, sprawling native jungles, and agricultural land, which is known for providing the island with the fresh produce used in its thriving cuisine.
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