15 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

15 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 1 night
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Da Nang, Vietnam
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Da Lat, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace and then view the masterpieces at Lotus Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Phnom Penh day trip site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Phnom Penh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 2 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.
On the 6th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, and finally look for gifts at Ambre. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pub Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, then contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 2 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.
On the 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online tour builder.

Getting from Siem Reap to Bangkok by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Chiang Rai.
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Chiang Rai, Thailand — 1 night

Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 10th (Sat), make a trip to Tad Kwan Village Park & Waterfall, then stop by El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Rai trip builder app.

Getting from Bangkok to Chiang Rai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in December, with highs in Chiang Rai at 80°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chet Lin, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for gifts at Mesimu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang, Laos — 1 night

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 13th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, then admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Luang Prabang is little chillier than Chiang Mai - with highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): visit Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Da Nang.
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Da Nang, Vietnam — 2 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.
On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and then look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Da Nang holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Da Nang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Da Lat.
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Da Lat, Vietnam — 1 night

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Da Lat online travel route planner.

Fly from Da Nang to Da Lat in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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