55 days in Asia Itinerary

55 days in Asia Itinerary

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Phuket Town, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 6 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 9 nights
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 7 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
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Lhasa, China
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 7 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Phuket Town, Thailand

— 5 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Bees Diving - Chalong and Monkey Hill. Get in touch with nature at Khao Rang Hill View Point and Naiyang Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Phuket Town: Rawai (Rawai Beach & Friendship Beach), Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol (in Ao Luek) and Krabi Elephant Sanctuary (in Krabi Town). And it doesn't end there: stroll through The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), play a few rounds at Phunaka Golf Course, buy something for everyone on your list at Central Phuket, and examine the collection at Phuket 3D Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Phuket Town trip itinerary builder.

Portland, USA to Phuket Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Portland to Phuket Town, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in December, expect Phuket Town to be warmer, temps between 88°F and 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Pho and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Khaosan Roadfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Kasattrathirat Worawihan, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and make a trip to Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat).

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Bangkok road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Phuket Town to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bangkok are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 11:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 9 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Smart Fashion and Mae Hia Fresh Market. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park and Wat Suan Dok. Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Mae Rim (Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden & Mon Jam) and Mae Taeng (Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si) & Wat Ban Den). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Lok Molee, and explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bangkok in January since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 20:

Chiang Rai, Thailand

— 2 nights
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Wat Huay Pla Kang, explore the galleries of Art Bridge Chiang Rai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Wat Klang Wiang, see the interesting displays at Oub Kham Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Rong Khun, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Tham Phra (Buddha Images Cave).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Rai itinerary builder website.

Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in January: high temperatures in Chiang Rai hover around 80°F and lows are around 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Preah Khan and Baphuon Temple. Head to Artisans Angkor and Made in Cambodia Marketfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, examine the collection at Angkor National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Rai to Siem Reap takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Siem Reap is somewhat warmer than Chiang Rai - with highs of 87°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:

Vientiane, Laos

— 1 night
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Lao National History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, make a trip to Wat That Foon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Phat Tich Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pha That Luang, and finally steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vientiane online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Vientiane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Siem Reap in January since evenings lows in Vientiane dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and MandaLao Elephant Conservation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Xiengthong and Wat Xieng Mouane. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, take a stroll through Whisky Village, stop by Ock Pop Tok Store, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip planner.

You can fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Vientiane in January since evenings lows in Luang Prabang dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Lhasa, China

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Drak Yerpa, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, then make a trip to Barkhor Street, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lhasa road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Lhasa takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to China Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Luang Prabang in February, things will get much colder in Lhasa: highs are around 52°F and lows about 28°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

Hong Kong, China

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tsim Sha Tsui and Mai Po Nature Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Dragon's Back and Aberdeen Country Park. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery, take a stroll through Kowloon City, steep yourself in history at Lo Hon Monastery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shek O Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lhasa to Hong Kong in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in February, expect nights in Hong Kong to be much hotter, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 13:

Taipei, Taiwan

— 8 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Step out of the city life by going to YOLO Taiwan and Wufengchi Waterfall. Popular historic sites such as Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Wulai are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Pingxi (Shifen Waterfall & Shifen Waterfall Walk Area), Xiahai Chenghuang Temple (in Ruifang) and Jiaosi Hot Spring (in Jiaoxi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple), browse the different shops at Taipei 101, and appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei online journey planner.

Fly from Hong Kong to Taipei in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Taipei are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 21:

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.

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.

Laos travel guide

3.8
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.

China travel guide

4.4
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.