45 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

45 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
Taxi to Koh Samui, Fly to Krabi
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry to Phuket, Taxi to Khao Lak
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Khao Lak, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
+3
Fly to Ngurah Rai, Foot to Denpasar Airport, Bus to Sanur, Ferry to Gili Air
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Gili Air, Indonesia
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry to Bangsal, Taxi to Senggigi, Bus to Lombok International Airport, Foot to Lombok, Fly to Labuan Bajo
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Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hue, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Train to Da Nang, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Zipline. Get some historical perspective at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Si Suphan. Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park to see Doi Inthanon about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suan Dok, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip planner.

Exeter, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Exeter to Chiang Mai. In April, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 7th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bottle Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Mai in April, expect nights in Ko Pha Ngan to be a bit warmer, around 32°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Bophut, Thailand

— 3 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
We've included these beaches for you: Maenam Beach and Chaweng Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Choeng Mon Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Samui Elephant Sanctuary, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Classic International Suits, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Bophut day trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 4 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and The Dive Ao Nang. Visiting Poda Island and Lagoon will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Bamboo Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nopparat Thara Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sai Thai, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Corner.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bophut to Krabi Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Krabi Town, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Ko Lipe, Thailand

— 1 night
With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Ko Lipe, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Sunrise Beach.

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You can ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Lipe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Krabi Town to Ko Lipe is 1 hour. In April in Ko Lipe, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 3 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Get in touch with nature at Long Beach and Koh Rok Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lanta Animal Welfare and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ko Lanta trip builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta takes 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in April, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 20th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and then see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don online trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Khao Lak.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Khao Lak, Thailand

— 2 nights
A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
On the 22nd (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nang Thong Beach, then admire the sheer force of Sai Rung Waterfall, and then kick back and relax at White Sand Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Khao Lak trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Khao Lak in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Khao Lak are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Patong.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Patong, Thailand

— 5 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Relax by the water at Freedom Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Phuket 3D Museum. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, don't miss a visit to Pang Chang Kamala Elephant Camp, get great views at Karon View Point, and squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Patong trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Khao Lak to Patong by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daytime highs in Patong are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gili Air.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:

Gili Air, Indonesia

— 3 nights
Proximity to Lombok makes Gili Air extremely popular with honeymooners and tourists, but the small island is also known for its pristine beaches and excellent snorkeling.
Get in touch with nature at Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Gili Air trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Patong to Gili Air takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Central Indonesia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Gili Air can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Labuan Bajo.

Things to do in Gili Air

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

— 3 nights
A trip to Labuan Bajo, an idyllic fishing village at the northwestern tip of Flores, offers the chance to unwind and experience traditional life without sacrificing comfort.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Tado Village and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pede Beach, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then browse the fresh offerings at TPI Labuan Bajo.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Labuan Bajo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and flight from Gili Air to Labuan Bajo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Labuan Bajo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Hue, Vietnam

— 5 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Perfume River. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue trip planner.

Fly from Labuan Bajo to Hue in 14 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Labuan Bajo to Hue due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Hue are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay May 4 — 9:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Preah Khan and Beng Mealea. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Baphuon Temple and Banteay Kdei. Spend the 13th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ta Som, brush up on your military savvy at War Museum Cambodia, experience rural life at Angkor Silk Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hue to Siem Reap takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In May in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 31°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 15:

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.

Indonesia travel guide

4.2
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.

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.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
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.