33 days in Asia Itinerary

33 days in Asia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Hue
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Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
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Nong Khiaw, Laos
— 1 night
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Muang Ngoi Neua, Laos
Drive
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Sukhothai, Thailand
— 1 night
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
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12
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 1 night
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13
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then browse for treasures at 54 Traditions Gallery. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi road trip site.

Dallas, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Dallas to Hanoi, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ninh Binh.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Ninh Binh, Vietnam — 3 nights

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Step out of Ninh Binh with an excursion to Bai Dinh Pagoda in Gia Sinh--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lu Temple, don't miss a visit to Tam Coc, and stroll through Van Long Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ninh Binh day trip website.

Drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hue.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

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.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hue visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ninh Binh in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hue, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoi An.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Dragon Bridge & Lady Buddha). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, contemplate the long history of The Old House of Phun Hung, cast your line with a fishing tour, and make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An road trip tool.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Siem Reap.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 4 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 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and enjoy some diversion at Angkor Wat Putt.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap road trip site.

Fly from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hoi An in December, expect nights in Siem Reap to be about the same, around 72°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Luang Prabang.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

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 30th (Mon), examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then get advice or help at The Living Land Farm, and finally steep yourself in history at Wat Manorom. On the next day, make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and finally admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Siem Reap in December, expect Luang Prabang to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nong Khiaw.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Nong Khiaw, Laos — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): head outdoors with Green Discovery, then Head underground at Patok Cave, and then get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nong Khiaw tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Muang Ngoi Neua.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Muang Ngoi Neua, Laos

Your day by day itinerary now includes Muang Ngoi Neua Viewpoint as well as Tad Mok Waterfall. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Mok Waterfall and then get great views at Muang Ngoi Neua Viewpoint.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Muang Ngoi Neua online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi Neua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sukhothai.
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Sukhothai, Thailand — 1 night

The rising of happiness

A trip to Sukhothai is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the Thai empire, which began in this city in the 13th century.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Si Satchanalai Historical Park. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Wat Chang Lom, make a trip to Wat Si Chum, delve into the distant past at Sukhothai Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Maha That, and finally delve into the distant past at Wat Sri Sawai.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sukhothai trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muang Ngoi Neua to Sukhothai. In January, daytime highs in Sukhothai are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Bangkok, Thailand — 4 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, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), and admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Sukhothai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Sukhothai in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Punakha.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Punakha, Bhutan — 1 night

The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple, then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and finally take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Punakha visit planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Punakha in 7 hours. Traveling from Bangkok to Punakha, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Thimphu, Bhutan — 1 night

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, then contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong, and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Simply Bhutan Museum, stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Thimphu trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in January, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paro.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Paro, Bhutan — 2 nights

A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paro trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kathmandu.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
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Kathmandu, Nepal — 3 nights

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Make the 11th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Make the 13th (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a stroll through Thamel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kathmandu day trip planner.

Fly from Paro to Kathmandu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time to Nepal Time, which is usually a -0.2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paro in January, with highs in Kathmandu at 65°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Bhutan travel guide

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Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.
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