40 days in Middle East & Asia Itinerary

40 days in Middle East & Asia Itinerary

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40 days in Middle East & Asia Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  10​h
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
6
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  3​h
8
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
11
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h
12
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
13
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
14
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
15
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

3
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Make the 14th (Wed) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and look for gifts at Gold Souk.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai driving holiday site .

Manchester, UK to Dubai is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Manchester to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in August; daily highs in Dubai reach 49°C and lows reach 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Dubai

Tours Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Dubai Fountains ©
Dubai Fountains
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Khao San Road. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok holiday maker app .

Fly from Dubai to Bangkok in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Bangkok is 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, then delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Phnom Bakheng. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Cambolac Art For The People, look for all kinds of wild species at Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, then delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, then explore the ancient world of Terrace of the Leper King, and finally delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap tour planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Thom ©
Angkor Thom

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then get some fabulous bargains at Factory Outlet Store. On the next day, examine the collection at National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Central Mall, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the history behind Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh route planner .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 23rd (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the next day, take a stroll through Saigon, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

3
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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 & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 27th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery.

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

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

1
night
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue attractions planning app .

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. August in Hue sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
You've now added Halong Tours Booking to your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Halong Tours Booking ©
Halong Tours Booking
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vientiane trip planning site .

You can fly from Hanoi to Vientiane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Patuxai ©
Patuxai

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nights
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vientiane to Vang Vieng takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Spas
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Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Spas & Wellness
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

3
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

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.
Spend the 7th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip maker tool .

Drive from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Falls ©
Kuang Si Falls
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©

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nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

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 Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep about 1h 15 min away. On the 10th (Tue), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, look for gifts at G.G Armani collection, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai road trip app .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Walking tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Spas & Wellness

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nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, tour the pleasant surroundings at KLCC Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Kinokuniya Book Stores, then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batu Caves. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, stop by Happy Creations, admire the striking features of Sultan Abdul Samad Building, don't miss a visit to Merdeka Square, then identify plant and animal life at KL Bird Park, and finally appreciate the history behind ‘Torana’ Gate.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kuala Lumpur vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur. In September in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Central Market Kuala Lumpur ©
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Go for a jaunt from Singapore to Sentosa Island to see Universal Studios Singapore about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Singapore Zoo, appreciate the history behind Merlion Park, wander the streets of Chinatown, and admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Singapore vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Singapore sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens

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