55 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

55 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Manila, Philippines
— 10 nights
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Cebu City, Philippines
— 7 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 20 nights
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Battambang, Cambodia
— 9 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Manila, Philippines

— 10 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manila: Pasay (Resorts World Manila & Runway Manila), Makati (Ayala Triangle Gardens, Greenbelt Mall, &more) and Tagaytay (Picnic Grove, The Pink Sisters Chapel & Convent, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, walk around Rizal Park, and stroll the grounds of Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manila planner.

Halifax, Canada to Manila is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Halifax to Manila is 12 hours. Traveling from Halifax in January, expect Manila to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Manila

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 27:

Cebu City, Philippines

— 7 nights

Queen City of the South

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cebu City: Lapu Lapu (Spas, Lapu Lapu Statue, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Ocean Gems Academy, contemplate the long history of Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, shop like a local with Ayala Mall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Rosario Parish Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cebu City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manila to Cebu City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In January in Cebu City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Cebu City

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 20 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Historic City of Ayutthaya, &more), Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden (in Na Chom Thian) and Pattaya (Walking Street Pattaya, Big Buddha Temple, &more). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, shop like a local with Khaosan Road, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Cebu City to Bangkok in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Battambang.

Things to do in Bangkok

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 23:

Battambang, Cambodia

— 9 nights
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Go for a jaunt from Battambang to Sisophon to see Organikh Project about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Nature Spa, explore the world behind art at Tep Kao Sol Loeum Lorn Gallery, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Battambang online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Bangkok to Battambang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 4:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 nights

Charming City

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.
On the 5th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then view the masterpieces at Lotus Space, and finally contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Fire Range, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and finally don't miss a visit to Kurata Pepper.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Battambang to Phnom Penh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Avalokiteshvara, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Flymindz Art Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Metiseko, view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

Before you visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Cambodia travel guide

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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.

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.