20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  21​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Chiang Man. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Ched Yot. Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, appreciate the history behind Three Kings Monument, hunt for treasures at Night Bazaar, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai route planning website .

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Chiang Mai is 13 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect Chiang Mai to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Wat Pho and Jim Thompson House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and Chao Phraya River. Change things up with a short trip to Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in Saraburi (about 2h 30 min away). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), and browse the eclectic array of goods at Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bangkok route website .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In September in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kbal Spean. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and relax in the rural setting at Angkor Silk Farm.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
On the 27th (Fri), walk around KL Bird Park, then Head underground at Batu Caves, and then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur attractions planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers

4
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Chinatown. Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and The Helix Bridge for their historical value. When in Singapore, make a side trip to see Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Singapore Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Changi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer, and steep yourself in history at Fort Siloso.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Singapore day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 (Wed), tour the water at your own pace with Saigon Boat Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

Plan a Ho Chi Minh City trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Outdoors Transportation
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanoi vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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