54 days in Asia Itinerary

54 days in Asia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanchanaburi, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sukhothai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huay Xai, Laos
— 2 nights
Bus to Oudomxay, Taxi to Nong Khiaw
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Nong Khiaw, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sam Neua, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha-Ngan
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Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand
— 1 day
Drive
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Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand — 5 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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and buy something for everyone on your list at Asiatique The Riverfront.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip planner.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Bangkok is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Victoria Falls in August, you will find days in Bangkok are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are warmer (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanchanaburi.
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Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:

Kanchanaburi, Thailand — 2 nights

The capital city of an eponymous province, Kanchanaburi is a pleasant town with lively markets and a good selection of restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Bridge Over the River Kwai, examine the collection at The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through ElephantsWorld.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kanchanaburi trip planner.

Drive from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kanchanaburi are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ayutthaya.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Ayutthaya, Thailand — 4 nights

Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Change things up with a short trip to Bang Pa In Palace in Bang Pa-in (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Maha That, get to know the fascinating history of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet.

Plan trip to Ayutthaya with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. August in Ayutthaya sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Khao Yai National Park.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand — 2 nights

The oldest national park in Thailand--and a World Heritage Site to boot--Khao Yai National Park impresses visitors with its waterfalls, mountainous terrain, and abundant monsoon forest.
When in Khao Yai National Park, make a side trip to see Farm Chokchai in Pak Chong, approximately Pak Chong away. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Khao Yai National Park. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching, don't miss a visit to Primo Piazza Khao Yai, admire the sheer force of Haew Narok Waterfall, and explore the fascinating underground world of Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Khao Yai National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ayutthaya to Khao Yai National Park takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sukhothai.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Sukhothai, Thailand — 2 nights

The rising of happiness

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Si Satchanalai Historical Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Si Hong, delve into the distant past at Wat Si Chum, then explore the ancient world of Sukhothai Historical Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Maha That.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sukhothai road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Khao Yai National Park to Sukhothai takes 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chiang Mai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 2 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.
Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, get great views at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner.

You can drive from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Pai.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Pai, Thailand — 4 nights

Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
Pai is known for nature, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the views from Boon Ko Ku So Bridge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pai Hot Springs, and take in breathtaking views at Pai Canyon.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pai vacation app.

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Pai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chiang Rai.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

Chiang Rai, Thailand — 2 nights

Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Chiang Rai is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Wat Rong Khun, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Huay Pla Kang, and make a trip to Wat Phra Singh.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Rai tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Pai to Chiang Rai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Huay Xai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Huay Xai, Laos — 2 nights

Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Huay Xai is known for wildlife, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office, don't miss a visit to Project Kajsiab Laos, and steep yourself in history at Fort Carnot.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Huay Xai trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Chiang Rai to Huay Xai by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 7th (Thu), you're off to Nong Khiaw.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Nong Khiaw, Laos — 3 nights

Nong Khiaw is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for gifts at Ban Lue Handicrafts Center, get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, get outside with Green Discovery, and Head underground at Patok Cave.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nong Khiaw trip website.

Getting from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw by combination of bus and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sam Neua.
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Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Sam Neua, Laos — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Pathet Lao Caves.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sam Neua trip builder website.

Drive from Nong Khiaw to Sam Neua in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Luang Prabang on the 13th (Wed).
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Luang Prabang, Laos — 3 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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, and stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang vacation planner.

You can fly from Sam Neua to Luang Prabang in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or 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 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vang Vieng.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Vang Vieng, Laos — 3 nights

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.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, Head underground at Tham Chang, explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, and explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vang Vieng travel tool.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vientiane.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Vientiane, Laos — 5 nights

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Vientiane is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, take in the views from Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market.

You can plan Vientiane trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:

Bangkok, Thailand — 1 night

City of Angels

Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by Khaosan Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, then browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and finally look for gifts at GMC Style @ Amarin Plaza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok road trip website.

Fly from Vientiane to Bangkok in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ko Pha-Ngan.
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Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand — 1 day

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for gifts at Pet Tawan Silver Jewelry, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Salad Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha-Ngan trip builder app.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha-Ngan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or ride a ferry. September in Ko Pha-Ngan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Khao Sok National Park.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand — 1 night

While on tour of Khao Sok National Park, you'll discover a dense jungle, towering karst formations, and a man-made lake.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary.

Start your trip to Khao Sok National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Ko Pha-Ngan to Khao Sok National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ko Pha-Ngan in September, plan for little chillier nights in Khao Sok National Park, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Phuket Town.
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Parks · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Phuket Town, Thailand — 2 nights

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stop by New Era's Vienna, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, then get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket, and finally sample the fine beverages at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ban Ko Si Rea, make a trip to Bangla Road, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Phuket Town travel planner.

Traveling by car from Khao Sok National Park to Phuket Town takes 3 hours. In September in Phuket Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Krabi Town.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Krabi Town, Thailand — 3 nights

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): head off the coast to Poda Island, head off the coast to Chicken Island, and then discover the deep blue sea with Sea Gypsy Divers. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), then stop by De' MARCO Fashions-Tailor Krabi Aonang, then kick back and relax at Railay Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Dao Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Phuket Town to Krabi Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Krabi Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Houaphanh Province travel guide

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National Parks · Caves
Houaphanh province is a province of eastern Laos. As of 2015 it had a population of 289,393 people. Its capital lies at Sam Neua.Houaphanh Province covers an area of. The province is bordered by Vietnam to the north, east and southeast, Xiangkhouang Province to the south and southwest, and Luang Prabang Province to the west. The terrain is rugged, with dense mountainous forest forming much of the province, particularly on the western side. The main road running through the province is Route 6. The principal rivers are the Song Ma, which flows from and into Vietnam, passing the village of Ban Muang-Et, and the Nam Sam, which the towns of Sam Neua and Sam Tai lie on.The province is the home to the Viengxay caves, an extensive network of caves used by the Pathet Lao, and the Hintang Archaeological Park, one of the most important pre-historic sites in northern Laos, dotted with standing megaliths.Houaphanh is one of the poorest areas of Laos but has dramatic scenery and fine textile traditions.HistoryThe province was home of the Bồn Man Kingdom since the 14th century. Following a Vietnamese invasion in 1478 led by Vietnamese King Lê Thánh Tông, it became Trấn Ninh Territory of the Đại Việt Kingdom with the capital at Sầm Châu . The area was known as Hua Phan Tang Ha Tang Hok, "the fifth and the sixth province," and listed by Auguste Pavie as "Hua Panh, Tang-Ha, Tang-Hoc."

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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.
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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.
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