23 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 night
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Drive to Thalang Temple, Bus to Phuket, Fly to Denpasar
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Old Quarter and then browse the exhibits of TiredCity Hang Bong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planning app.

Seoul, South Korea to Hanoi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Seoul to Hanoi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Duong Dong.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 3 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Take a break from Duong Dong with a short trip to Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc in Ganh Dau, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cast your line with Phu Quoc Jeep Tour, explore the galleries of The Vietnamese Artists, get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, and relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Duong Dong holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Duong Dong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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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.
On the 1st (Sun), ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Siem Reap.
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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 spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, steep yourself in history at Phimeanakas, make a trip to Pub Street, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap tour planner.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bangkok.
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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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Makut Kasatriyaram Ratchaworavihan, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok route planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and then savor the flavors at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Chiang Mai, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Patong.
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Patong, Thailand — 2 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Bangla Road, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Suit Master, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket, then head outdoors with The Junk Liveaboards, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Patong online trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Patong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in January since evenings lows in Patong dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.
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Ko Lanta, Thailand — 3 nights

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 12th (Thu), test the waters at Warin Spa, look for gifts at The Boss Collection, and then kick back and relax at Long Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ko Lanta online trip itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Lanta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to Denpasar.
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Denpasar, Indonesia — 4 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Explore Denpasar's surroundings by going to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (in Ubud) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Waterbom Bali, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mason Elephant Park, explore the galleries of Nyaman Gallery, and see Off-Road Tours.

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Do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and flight from Ko Lanta to Denpasar in 11 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ko Lanta to Denpasar due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Denpasar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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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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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Thailand travel guide

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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.
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Indonesia travel guide

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Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.
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