21 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

21 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ferry to Male, Fly to Krabi, Bus to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus to Krabi, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly
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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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Duong To, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male

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Krabi Town, Thailand — 3 nights

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
When in Krabi Town, make a side trip to see Phang Nga Bay. in Ao Phang Nga National Park, approximately Ao Phang Nga National Park away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Sea Gypsy Divers, surround yourself with nature on Aonang Elephant Sanctuary, look for gifts at De' MARCO Fashions-Tailor Krabi Aonang, and stroll through PhraNang Cave Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Krabi Town trip itinerary builder app.

Male, Maldives to Krabi Town is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of ferry, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Male to Krabi Town is 2 hours. Traveling from Male in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 28°C in Krabi Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 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.
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of the Dead, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Siem Reap takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Phnom Penh.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Central Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then stroll around Royal Palace Park, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then look for gifts at Cambodian Handicraft Association, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally find something for the whole family at Fly Phnom Penh.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Phnom Penh day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then stop by The Craft House Central Nguyen Hue, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

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 May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Duong To.
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Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Duong To, Vietnam — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Jerry's Jungle Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at LunaThaiSpa, and then savor the flavors at Beer Fridge.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Duong To day trip app.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong To in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hoi An.
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Side Trips
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally browse the exhibits of Gallery 180. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hoi An driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Duong To to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Hue.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Hue, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the artistry at Hope Center Hue, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue driving holiday app.

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. In May in Hue, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.
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Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Classes
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 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.
On the 18th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, stop by Maroon, explore the activities along West Lake, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hanoi tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Luang Prabang.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Luang Prabang, Laos — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, and finally identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at Ma Te Sai, then wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy, then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally stroll around 100 Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Luang Prabang online travel planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
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.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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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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