39 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

39 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Drive to Thalang Temple, Fly to Ubud
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Ubud, Indonesia
— 6 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 4 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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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.
Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary in Mae Rim--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man, and take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai visit planner.

London, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Chiang Mai is 7 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bangkok.
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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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bangkok, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Patong.
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Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Patong, Thailand — 3 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Explore Patong's surroundings by going to Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Patong Mosque, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to Bangla Road.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Patong road trip planning app.

Getting from Bangkok to Patong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. January in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand — 3 nights

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, sightseeing, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Tong Bay, and explore the striking landscape at Viking Cave.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don day trip planning website.

Ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.
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Ko Lanta, Thailand — 4 nights

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 31st (Tue) with a shark diving experience. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare, take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town, and experience rural life at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Ko Lanta trip planner.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Ubud.
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Ubud, Indonesia — 6 nights

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ubud: Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Seminyak (Room Escape Games, Off-Road Tours, &more) and Samasta Lifestyle Village (in Jimbaran). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Waterbom Bali, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tanah Lot Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ubud road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Ko Lanta to Ubud takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ko Lanta to Ubud is 1 hour. When traveling from Ko Lanta in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Ubud, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.
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Boracay, Philippines — 4 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Legacy Gym Boracay, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and head off the coast to Crystal Cove Island.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Boracay attractions tool.

Getting from Ubud to Boracay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 11 hours. When traveling from Ubud in February, plan for slightly colder days in Boracay, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
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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 14th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Boracay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 4 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda, see what you can catch with The Savage Dragon's Island Adventures, and kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hoi An.
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 4 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 23rd (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, see Off-Road Tours, and have fun at Authentic Bat Trang.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Thailand travel guide

3.8
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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Indonesia travel guide

4.3
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.
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Philippines travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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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.
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