30 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

30 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 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
— 2 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
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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.
On the 18th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Ancient House, get a dose of the wild on Asia Travel Legend, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi road trip planning website.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Halong Bay, Vietnam — 3 nights

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Escape the urban bustle at Cat Co 1 Beach and Ti Top Beach. Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery and Long Tien Pagoda are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Quan Lan Temple (in Quan Lan) and Cat Ba (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Spas). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Chay Beach, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, step off the mainland to explore Soi Sim Island, and get a new perspective on nature at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 1 night

On the 24th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hanoi Evangelical Church, soak in some Japanese tradition at La Belle Vie Spa & Wellness, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Kieu Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi day trip tool.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Spas · Baths · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Jack's Cat Cafe will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Phuoc My Beach. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Phap Lam Pagoda in Da Nang, approximately Da Nang away. There's much more to do: expand your horizons at Vy’s Market Restaurant & Cooking School, stop by Tu-Chi Bags, visit The Timeless Hoi An, and examine the collection at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An travel route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Nha Trang.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Nha Trang, Vietnam — 3 nights

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Get a sense of the local culture at Suoi Do Pagoda and Bac Thanh Church. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hon Chong and Long Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Doc Let Beach, cast your line with a fishing tour, and snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip planning site.

You can fly from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by Ho Chi Minh City's Book Street, admire the landmark architecture of People's Committee Building, then take a stroll through Dong Khoi Street, then stop by Pham Ngu Lao Street, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then visit Saigon.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Phnom Penh.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), stop by Bassac Lane, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then view the masterpieces at Lotus Space, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ounalom.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip planner.

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 in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Siem Reap.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Phimeanakas, then contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, then explore the ancient world of Preah Khan, and finally delve into the distant past at Thommanon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Angkor National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wayist Spiritual Energy Center, then take a stroll through Kandal Village, and finally stop by Akka.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap online travel route planner.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Museums
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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 6th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, and then wander the streets of Whisky Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sensoukharam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane, and finally contemplate the long history of Wat Tat Luang.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang driving holiday app.

Fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Siem Reap in October since evenings lows in Luang Prabang dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Chiang Mai.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat San Pa Yang Luang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ton Kwen (Wat Intharawat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkchat Meditation Retreat.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai road trip planning site.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Bophut.
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Bophut, Thailand — 3 nights

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
We've included these beaches for you: Coral Cove Beach and Samrong Beach. Get some historical perspective at Wat Khao Chedi and Laem Sor Pagoda. Venture out of the city with trips to Taling Ngam Muay Thai (in Taling Ngam), Buddha’s Footprint Temple (in Na Mueang) and Maret (Dipabhavan Meditation Centre & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, play a few rounds at Koh Samui Golf Academy, stroll through Cobra Show Thailand, and don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bophut online holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bophut takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Chiang Mai in October, with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Bangkok, Thailand — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get outside with Maxfit Bangkok, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Hua Lumphong, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pathum Wanaram. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Intharawihan, then explore the historical opulence of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), and then partake in some friendly competition at GoSnoop.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bangkok trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Bophut to Bangkok in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

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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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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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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