51 days in Southeast Asia

51 days in Southeast Asia

Lily Hayes
Make it your trip
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly to Phuket, Bus to Phuket Town
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 7 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 8 nights
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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've added Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hoa Lo Prison, Vietnam Military History Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Thong Nhat Park (Lenin Park).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi online travel planner.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Da Nang.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Da Nang, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
You've now added The Marble Mountains to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Da Nang attractions planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Da Nang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Da Nang are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Hoi An.
Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hoi An Museum, Hoi An Ancient Town, An Bang Beach, and other attractions. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Chien Dan Cham Tower in Tam Ky, approximately Tam Ky away.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and other attractions you added. It doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument and make a trip to Khanh Van Nam Pagoda.

Discover how to plan a Ho Chi Minh City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Phnom Penh.
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre. The adventure continues: stroll around Royal Palace Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Tonle Bati, and admire the landmark architecture of Vattanac Capital Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip planner.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Siem Reap.
Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 6 nights

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.
Pub Street has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Peace Museum of Mine Action.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip planning site.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will leave for Bangkok on the 28th (Thu).
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Bangkok, Thailand — 4 nights

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
You've added Wat Saket, Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram, and other attractions to your itinerary. Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Sukhumvit are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) for their historical value. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of King Prajadhipok Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 4 nights

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zoe in Yellow Chiangmai Thailand as well as Chiang Mai Cabaret Show. Popular historic sites such as Wat Chiang Man and Wat Buppharam are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Suan Dok and Wat Lok Molee. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pha Lat and take an in-depth tour of Chiang Mai National Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Luang Prabang on the 5th (Fri).
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:

Luang Prabang, Laos — 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham and Wat Sensoukharam. Wat Pa Phai and Wat Manorom will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahm Dong Park, pause for some photo ops at Kaysone Phomvihane Monument, get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, and don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Phuket Town.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

Phuket Town, Thailand — 7 nights

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Windmill Viewpoint as well as Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Phuket Town tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Phuket Town takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Phuket Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 16:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 8 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Perdana Botanical Garden, Thean Hou Temple, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and other attractions. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque and Ramayana Cave. Get some cultural insight at Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial and Petaling Street Heritage House. Get out of town with these interesting Kuala Lumpur side-trips: Muzium Warisan Melayu UPM / Malay Heritage Museum (in Sri Kembangan) and Putra Mosque (in Putrajaya). There's still lots to do: walk around KLCC Park, examine the collection at Orang Asli Craft Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Maha Vihara, and don't miss a visit to Kwai Chai Hong.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur visit website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Phuket Town to Kuala Lumpur in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 24:

Vietnam travel guide

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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

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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.

Thailand travel guide

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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.

Laos travel guide

3.9
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

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.

Malaysia travel guide

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An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.