38 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

38 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 4 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
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Drive to Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, Bus to Udon Thani, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 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 28th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at A Dong Art Gallery, and explore the galleries of TiredCity Hang Bong.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi road trip planning tool.

Linton, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Linton to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, experience rural life at Tra Que Minty Garden, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

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Getting from Hanoi to Hoi An by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

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.
On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, stop by LiA Saigon, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 4 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kuala Lumpur is known for parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, walk around KLCC Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur road trip planning tool.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Patong.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

Patong, Thailand

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
When in Patong, make a side trip to see Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong, approximately Chalong away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Bangla Road, let little ones run wild at Kidzoona, identify plant and animal life at No Gravity Dive Center, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Pearl Spa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Patong online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Patong by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Patong. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Patong

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

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 15th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Fly Phnom Penh, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, examine the collection at National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip maker site.

You can fly from Patong to Phnom Penh in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

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 18th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, look for gifts at SALASUSU Flagship Store, and see Off-Road Tours.

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Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, stroll through MandaLao Elephant Conservation, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, and don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, stroll around Buddha Park, then take in the views from Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and finally stop by Mai Savanh Lao. On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ong Teu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, then take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vientiane sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Vientiane, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Mae Win to see Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 26th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chiang Mai trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Vientiane to Chiang Mai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

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: make a trip to Wat Pho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok visit planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
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.

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.

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.