20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 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.
Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ayutthaya (Wat Maha That & Historic City of Ayutthaya). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok tour itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in September, expect Bangkok to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Vientiane.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Vientiane, Laos

— 1 night
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 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, browse the different shops at Talat Sao, hunt for treasures at Morning Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vientiane day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Vientiane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In September in Vientiane, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, don't miss a visit to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, then stroll through Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, and finally admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall. On the next day, stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sensoukharam.

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Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Spas · Nature · Historic Sites

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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 4th (Mon): wander the streets of Old Quarter, look for gifts at Tired City Dinh Tien Hoang, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

Before you visit Hanoi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Hoi An.

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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.
On the 6th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at The Sa Huynh Culture Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then stroll through The Marble Mountains.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An vacation maker.

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Vietnam ART Gallery, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, look for gifts at Le Saigonais, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Independence Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Central Post Office.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
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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 10th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, examine the collection at National Museum, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then browse the different shops at Zando TTP, and finally steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh travel route builder.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Elephants, then delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap vacation website.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Patong.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Spas
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Patong, Thailand

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Ao Phang Nga National Park (Hongs of Phang Nga, Phang Nga Bay., &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, let little ones run wild at Kidzoona, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Elephant Sanctuary Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Patong online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Patong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Patong

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

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Thailand travel guide

3.9
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

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.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
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.