50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Taxi to Da Nang, Train to Hue
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly to Haiphong, 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
— 5 nights
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive to Wenshan, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Pattaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Taxi to Koh Samui, Fly to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Similan Islands, Thailand
— 1 night
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Bitexco Financial Tower. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Nguyen Hue Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Duong Dong.
Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Duong Dong, Vietnam — 1 night

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, indulge in some personalized pampering at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage, and then see what you can catch with John's Tours.

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You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nha Trang.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Side Trips

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.
On the 26th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang route tool.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Nha Trang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Hoi An, Vietnam — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. On the 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the pleasant sights at Tra Que Vegetable Village.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An attractions planner.

Getting from Nha Trang to Hoi An by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Hoi An are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Hue.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Royal Tombs. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hoi An, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hue, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Da Nang.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Da Nang, Vietnam — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency, take in the views from Han River Bridge, admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Da Nang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castaway Island and Ha Long Pearl. When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba, approximately Cat Ba away. Spend the 10th (Fri) peacefully gliding across the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and get a new perspective on nature at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Da Nang to Halong Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.
Outdoors · Transportation · Adventure · Tours
Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Vietnamese Women's Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanoi: Ninh Binh (Trang An Grottoes & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Make the 11th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. On the 14th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, don't miss a visit to Long Bien Bridge, engage your brain at Vietnam National Museum of Nature, and explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planning tool.

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 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sapa.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Sapa, Vietnam — 2 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Ho Chi Minh Friendship Monument and Sapa Culture Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Sapa Lake, make a trip to Quang Truong Square, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sapa trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Sapa in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.
Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Side Trip

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 5 nights

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Food Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Doi Mon Cham (in Mae Raem) and Mon Jam (in Mae Rim). Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on Elephant Special Tours. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Lok Molee, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Park Rajapruek, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Sapa to Chiang Mai in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.
Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand — 4 nights

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Saket. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Chang (Monastery of the Elephant), Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), browse the different shops at Terminal 21, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online travel planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in December since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Pattaya.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums
Side Trip

Pattaya, Thailand — 4 nights

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ramayana Water Park and Khao Kheow Open Zoo. Take a break from Pattaya with a short trip to Khao Kheow Country Club in Si Racha, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise Pattaya, make a trip to Pattaya City Sign - Viewpoint, see the interesting displays at Teddy Bear Museum, and get great views at Khao Phra Tamnak (Khao Phra Bat).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Pattaya using our trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Bangkok to Pattaya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Pattaya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bophut.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums
Side Trips

Bophut, Thailand — 2 nights

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 1st (Sat), play a few rounds at Koh Samui Golf Academy, relax and rejuvenate at Anodas Spa, then don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, then look for gifts at New Top Collection Suits, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chinese Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Scuba and Tours, stroll through Cobra Show Thailand, then make a trip to Wat Sila Ngu Temple, then relax in the rural setting at We Green, and finally get great views at Lad Koh View Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bophut road trip app.

Getting from Pattaya to Bophut by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Pattaya in December, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Krabi Town.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas · Tours
Side Trips

Krabi Town, Thailand — 2 nights

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), get great views at Railay View Point, and then head off the coast to Poda Island. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Ko Hong, head off the coast to Tup Island, and then head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krabi Town online tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bophut to Krabi Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bophut in January, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Krabi Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Ko Lanta, Thailand — 2 nights

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 5th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Khlong Chak Waterfall, kick back and relax at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), then stroll through Diamond Cliff Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Khlong Khong Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Khao Mai Kaew Cave, then take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, and finally stop by The Boss Collection.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Lanta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Similan Islands.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Similan Islands, Thailand — 1 night

Divers across the globe come to the Similan Islands to holiday.
On the 7th (Fri), head off the coast to Ko Tachai Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Head Rock.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Similan Islands trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ko Lanta to Similan Islands. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Phuket Town.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Phuket Town, Thailand — 3 nights

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Panwa Cape, then indulge in some personalized pampering at NARA Massage & Spa Phuket, then see some colorful creatures with No Gravity Dive Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuket Elephant Park and then get great views at Khao Rang Hill View Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Phuket Town trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Similan Islands to Phuket Town. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island travel guide

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Beaches · Fishing Charters & Tours · Spas
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.

Ko Samui travel guide

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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.

Krabi Province travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Visitors usually come back from their holiday in Krabi Province deeply impressed by the region's natural attractions, which include white-sand beaches, extensive coral reefs, numerous waterfalls, caves, and more than 130 islands. The area encompasses some of the most popular destinations floating just off the picturesque Andaman Coast, including the six islands protected as a national park of impressive natural beauty. Most tours of Krabi Province include an exploration of the vertical karst formations jutting from the sea, a dramatic backdrop for water-based adventures. Although mass tourism in the province increasingly exerts pressure, many of the islands here retain a relaxed feel and offer a bit of solitude in a heavenly tropical setting.

Phuket travel guide

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Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.