61 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

61 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bagan, Myanmar
— 5 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 6 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 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
— 5 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Patong, Thailand
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Bagan, Myanmar — 5 nights

The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Change things up with a short trip to Mt Popa in Popa (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhammayan Gyi Temple, steep yourself in history at Htilominlo Pahto, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagan travel route builder.

Pune, India to Bagan is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Pune to Bagan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Chiang Mai.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Mae Ya Waterfall (in Mae Chaem), Wachirathan Falls (in Chom Thong) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai tour itinerary website.

Fly from Bagan to Chiang Mai in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Myanmar Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang, Laos — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, and make a trip to Vat Visounarath.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chiang Mai in December; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Halong Bay, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Luang Prabang to Halong Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 4 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.
On the 19th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hanoi tour planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 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 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hoi An.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Da Nang to see Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 6 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau) and Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park (in An Thoi). The adventure continues: cast your line with Truly Vietnam Travel, browse the different shops at The Vietnamese Artists, contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, and get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ.

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You can fly from Hoi An to Duong Dong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda, contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City travel planner.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Phnom Penh.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Fly Phnom Penh, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then stop by Phka Kn'jay Fashion Boutique, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Phnom Penh journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 6 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.
Spend the 9th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Pub Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip site.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration) & Wat Maha That). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok travel route site.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.
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Ko Lanta, Thailand — 3 nights

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 19th (Thu) with a shark diving experience. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, explore the galleries of Lanta Art, look for gifts at The Boss Collection, and take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Lanta in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand — 5 nights

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, sightseeing, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Ao Ton Sai, stroll through Laem Tong Bay, and head off the coast to Ko Bida Nok.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Patong.
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Patong, Thailand — 6 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phuket Elephant Park (in Pa Khlok). The adventure continues: make a trip to Bangla Road, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Green Elephant Sanctuary Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Patong day trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:

Myanmar travel guide

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Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.
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Thailand travel guide

3.8
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.
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Laos travel guide

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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.
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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.
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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.
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