31 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

31 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 9 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
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Pak Beng, Laos
— 1 night
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 night
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 1 night

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 15th (Tue), wander the streets of Dong Khoi Street, then don't miss a visit to Benthanh Street Food Market, then make a trip to Nguyen Hue Street, and finally stop by Buom Boutique. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Phnom Penh.
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Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

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 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, look for gifts at Ginger & Grace, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally find something for the whole family at Fly Phnom Penh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then examine the collection at National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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.
Spend the 21st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap travel route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 9 nights

Pearl of the Far East

On the 25th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City some more: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City day trip tool.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Hanoi.
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Find places to stay Nov 23 — Dec 3:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 5 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 5th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hanoi holiday planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang, Laos — 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Pak Beng.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Pak Beng, Laos — 1 night

On the 10th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Mekong Elephant Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pak Beng online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Luang Prabang to Pak Beng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Chiang Mai.
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Wildlife · Parks
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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 11th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pa Pao, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ched Yot, then take some stellar pictures from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner.

You can drive from Pak Beng to Chiang Mai in 7.5 hours. December in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.
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Historic Sites · Spas
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Bangkok, Thailand — 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok trip builder site.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, Bangkok is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. You'll set off for Ho Chi Minh City on the 13th (Tue).
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

On the 13th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Vietnamese History, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then wander the streets of Pham Ngu Lao Street, and finally look for gifts at Saigon Jane T-Shirt Shop. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ho Chi Minh City Museum, then make a trip to Notre Dame Square, and then browse the different shops at Saigon Square 1.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
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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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Laos travel guide

3.9
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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