44 days in Asia Itinerary

44 days in Asia Itinerary

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44 days in Asia Itinerary

Dallas, United States
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  1​h 45​min
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Paro, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Bagan, Myanmar
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Sukhothai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly:  30​h
Dallas, United States

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hanoi online route maker .

Dallas, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 13 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

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Old Quarter
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4
days
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, museums, classes, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Falls, experience rural life at The Living Land Company, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, and don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Luang Prabang day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hue.

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Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Kuang Si Falls ©
Kuang Si Falls
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©

2
days
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.
On the 8th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs, then contemplate the long history of Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), and finally don't miss a visit to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Hue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Luang Prabang in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Hue, with highs around 72°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) ©
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

4
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: My Son Sanctuary (in Duy Xuyen) and Da Nang (Spas & Wellness, Dragon Bridge, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, look for gifts at Nony Leather, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An online day trip planner .

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

3
days
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.
Spend the 17th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and steep yourself in history at Phimeanakas.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Siem Reap: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

2
days
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.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and finally stroll through Lumpini Park. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Khao San Road.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paro.

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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

4
days
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paro: Thimphu (Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Kuenselphodrang, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taktsang Palphug Monastery, don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, cruise along Chele La Pass, and explore the activities along Paro River.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paro visit planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Paro takes 4 hours. Traveling from Bangkok to Paro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Paro reach 63°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Paro

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Thimphu
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Taktsang Palphug Monastery ©
Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong

3
days
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Yangon (Rangoon) is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Shwedagon Pagoda, stop by Pomelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Botahtaung Pagoda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yangon (Rangoon) trip app .

You can fly from Paro to Yangon (Rangoon) in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bagan.

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Kandawgyi Park ©
Kandawgyi Park
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

2
days
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then delve into the distant past at Bagan Temples.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bagan online route planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

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Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Htilominlo Pahto ©
Htilominlo Pahto

4
days
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 31st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chet Yot (Wat Maha Photharam), and stop by G.G Armani collection.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai day trip planner.

Getting from Bagan to Chiang Mai by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. December in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

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Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep ©
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

3
days
Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sukhothai: Phitsanulok (Chula Mani Temple & Phra Si Ratana Temple (Wat Yai)). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Si Satchanalai Historical Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sukhothai Historical Park, delve into the distant past at Wat Si Chum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Si Hong.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sukhothai itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Sukhothai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January in Sukhothai, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Khao Sok National Park.

Things to do in Sukhothai

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

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Phitsanulok
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Si Satchanalai Historical Park ©
Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Wat Si Chum ©
Wat Si Chum

1
day
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Khao Sok National Park ©
While on tour of Khao Sok National Park, you'll discover a dense jungle, towering karst formations, and a man-made lake.
On the 6th (Sun), make a trip to Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Khao Sok National Park vacation website .

Traveling by car from Sukhothai to Khao Sok National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Khao Sok National Park when traveling from Sukhothai in January, with lows around 72°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Krabi Town.
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Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple ©
Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple

5
days
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Take a break from Krabi Town with a short trip to James Bond Island in Ao Phang Nga National Park, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Railay Beach, head off the coast to Poda Island, look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions, and stroll through Ao Phra Nang.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Krabi Town itinerary planner.

You can drive from Khao Sok National Park to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Krabi Town can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Krabi Town

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Chicken Island, James Bond Island
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)

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