50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Taxi to Da Nang, Train to Hue
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive to Wenshan, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Pattaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Taxi to Koh Samui, Fly to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Similan Islands, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Food Tours. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower, don't miss a visit to Nguyen Hue Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 1 night
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, indulge in some personalized pampering at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage, and then see what you can catch with John's Tours.

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You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 26th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang route tool.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Nha Trang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. On the 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, test the waters at a local thermal spa, stop by The Timeless Hoi An, and steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien).

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

Hue, Vietnam

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and steep yourself in history at Thai Hoa Palace.

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Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hoi An in December: highs in Hue hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 3 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Han River Bridge. Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency, admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and make a trip to Chùa Linh Ứng.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Da Nang trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Hue to Da Nang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Nang

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 3 nights
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castaway Island and Soi Sim Island. When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba, approximately Cat Ba away. Spend the 10th (Fri) peacefully gliding across the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and get a new perspective on nature at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Da Nang to Halong Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Hanoi to Ninh Binh to see Trang An Grottoes about 1h 55 min away. On the 14th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hai Ba Trung Temple.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planning tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Sapa, Vietnam

— 2 nights
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ho Chi Minh Friendship Monument and Sapa Lake. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, make a trip to Quang Truong Square, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sapa trip planning site.

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Sapa

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Royal Park Rajapruek. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Doi Mon Cham (in Mae Raem) and Mon Jam (in Mae Rim). Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on Elephant Special Tours. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai tour planning app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Sapa to Chiang Mai in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Chang (Monastery of the Elephant), Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, &more). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Wat Saket, stroll around Lumpini Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), and explore the wide array of goods at Terminal 21.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Chiang Mai in December, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Pattaya, Thailand

— 4 nights

Resort City

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ramayana Water Park and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pattaya: Si Racha (Khao Kheow Country Club & Khao Kheow Open Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise Pattaya, examine the collection at Anek Kuson Sala (Viharnra Sien), stop by Ama Fashion, and browse the different shops at Terminal 21 Pattaya.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pattaya driving holiday planning website.

You can take a shuttle from Bangkok to Pattaya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Bophut, Thailand

— 2 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 1st (Sat), play a few rounds at Koh Samui Golf Academy, relax and rejuvenate at Anodas Spa, then don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, then look for gifts at New Top Collection Suits, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chinese Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Scuba and Tours, stroll through Cobra Show Thailand, then make a trip to Wat Sila Ngu Temple, then relax in the rural setting at We Green, and finally get great views at Lad Koh View Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bophut road trip app.

Getting from Pattaya to Bophut by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Pattaya in December, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 2 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), get great views at Railay View Point, and then head off the coast to Poda Island. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Ko Hong, head off the coast to Tup Island, and then head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krabi Town online tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bophut to Krabi Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bophut in January, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Krabi Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 5th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Khlong Chak Waterfall, kick back and relax at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), then stroll through Diamond Cliff Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Khlong Khong Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Khao Mai Kaew Cave, then take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, and finally stop by The Boss Collection.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Lanta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Similan Islands.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Similan Islands, Thailand

— 1 night
Divers across the globe come to the Similan Islands to holiday.
On the 7th (Fri), head off the coast to Ko Tachai Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Head Rock.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Similan Islands trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ko Lanta to Similan Islands. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Similan Islands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Phuket Town, Thailand

— 3 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Panwa Cape, then indulge in some personalized pampering at NARA Massage & Spa Phuket, then see some colorful creatures with No Gravity Dive Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuket Elephant Park and then get great views at Khao Rang Hill View Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Phuket Town trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Similan Islands to Phuket Town. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Phu Quoc Island travel guide

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The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.

Ko Samui travel guide

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Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.

Krabi Province travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Visitors usually come back from their holiday in Krabi Province deeply impressed by the region's natural attractions, which include white-sand beaches, extensive coral reefs, numerous waterfalls, caves, and more than 130 islands. The area encompasses some of the most popular destinations floating just off the picturesque Andaman Coast, including the six islands protected as a national park of impressive natural beauty. Most tours of Krabi Province include an exploration of the vertical karst formations jutting from the sea, a dramatic backdrop for water-based adventures. Although mass tourism in the province increasingly exerts pressure, many of the islands here retain a relaxed feel and offer a bit of solitude in a heavenly tropical setting.

Phuket travel guide

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Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.