33 days in Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Fly to Udon Thani, Bus to Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, Drive to Vientiane
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba Town, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Da Nang, Vietnam
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Hue, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Kunming, China
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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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thai Elephant Home and Elephant Special Tours. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai route builder site.

Manama, Bahrain to Chiang Mai is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Manama to Chiang Mai. When traveling from Manama in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chiang Mai: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vientiane.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site, examine the collection at Lao Textile Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, then steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), and finally appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Lao Textiles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, then walk around Mekong Riverside Park, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vientiane trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and car from Chiang Mai to Vientiane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Vientiane sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vang Vieng.
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Vang Vieng, Laos — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Nam (Water cave). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Tham Chang Cave, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vang Vieng online trip builder.

You can drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Luang Prabang.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and MandaLao Elephant Conservation. Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some photo ops at Wat Siphoutthabat Thippharam, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang travel planner.

Getting from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, then get a new perspective on nature at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and then snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Luang Prabang to Halong Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Siem Reap.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, and then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip itinerary site.

Getting from Halong Bay to Siem Reap by combination of ferry and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Phnom Penh.
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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.
On the 13th (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, stop by Cambodian Handicraft Association, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

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Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Walking tours. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, examine the collection at FITO Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In April in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Da Lat.
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Da Lat, Vietnam — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
On the 18th (Tue), pedal to the sights with Bike Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): test the waters at Clover - Spa Da Lat, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nha Trang.
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Nha Trang, Vietnam — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui, then stop by Legendary Chocolatier, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hoi An.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Food Tours. There's lots more to do: stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, admire the striking features of Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Da Nang.
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Da Nang, Vietnam

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.
To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 24th (Mon), you're off to Hue.
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Hue, Vietnam

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hue day trip website.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Kunming.
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Kunming, China — 1 night

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Zhuanxin Wet Market, then admire the majestic nature at Kunming World Expo, and then contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Huating Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park).

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kunming trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Kunming in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Kunming is 1 hour. April in Kunming sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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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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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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