28 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

28 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Train to Hangzhou East, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 1 night
Ferry
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Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Ferry to Sihanouk Ville, Bus to Kampot
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Kampot, Cambodia
— 1 night
Drive
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly
10
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly to Hangzhou Xiaoshan, Train to Nanjing

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 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.
You've added Fah Lanna Spa - in the Old Town, The Yoga Tree At Arak Road., Wat Phra Singh, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Wat Chiang Man and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan for their historical value. Wat Saen Muang Ma Luang and Wat Dab Pai are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai itinerary site.

Nanjing, China to Chiang Mai is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Nanjing in December, expect Chiang Mai to be warmer, temps between 85°F and 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Icon Klub, Kuang Si Waterfall, Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Wat Xiengthong and Wat Sensoukharam. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Palace Museum and The Buddhist Archive of Photography. There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane, and expand your horizons at Big Brother Mouse.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip site.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, things will get slightly colder in Luang Prabang: highs are around 80°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Vang Vieng, Laos

— 4 nights
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Get some historical perspective at Wat That and Wat Kang. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Khan Cave. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves, head outdoors with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng online tour planner.

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Vientiane, Laos

— 2 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Vientiane Night Market as well as COPE Visitor Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vientiane sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vientiane are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Vientiane

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Angkor National Museum and War Museum Cambodia. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple, explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom, make a trip to Phimeanakas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip planner.

Fly from Vientiane to Siem Reap in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Vientiane in December since evenings lows in Siem Reap dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia

— 1 night
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sihanoukville travel route site.

Getting from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Koh Rong Samloem.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Shopping
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Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

— 2 nights
Located just a 10-minute boat ride from Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem is home to just 300 people--it remains relatively unspoiled by tourism, featuring wide, white-sand beaches and thick swathes of jungle.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at M'Pai Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Saracen Bay Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Koh Rong Light House.

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Traveling by ferry from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem takes 1.5 hours. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kampot.

Things to do in Koh Rong Samloem

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Kampot, Cambodia

— 1 night
The riverside town of Kampot mixes evocative colonial architecture and a wealth of nearby natural highlights.
You've now added La Plantation to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Old Royal Cinema, then experience rural life at La Plantation, then take in the exciting artwork at Black Cat Kep, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kampot trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Koh Rong Samloem to Kampot takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Kampot

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Factory Outlet Store.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh holiday planning website.

Drive from Kampot to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Da Nang.

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Da Nang, Vietnam

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Oasis Art Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and Da Nang Catheral. Take a break from Da Nang with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Hoi An, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Non Nuoc Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, look for gifts at Tabalo Outdoor, and explore the world behind art at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Da Nang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Phnom Penh in January: high temperatures in Da Nang hover around 77°F and lows are around 67°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

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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.

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.

Sihanoukville travel guide

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Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years. The civil war brought about a major disruption in the town's planning, building, and prosperity, and only recently has it started to regain control of its own destiny. Still relatively austere and unattractive in the center, Sihanoukville's appeal comes from its vast stretches of sandy coastline, with numerous small beach towns drawing visitors in with their sometimes relaxed, sometimes hedonistic vibe. Offshore islands provide additional vacation ideas in Sihanoukville.