25 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

25 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dong Hoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Bus to Ha Long Quang Ninh, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Vientiane
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 1 night
Drive to Luang Phabang International Airport, Fly to Linton

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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then appreciate the history behind Khu Ba Si Wichai Monument. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip maker site.

Linton, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Linton to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Linton in January, expect Chiang Mai to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Bophut, Thailand

— 2 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: stop by Classic International Suits, have unforgettable encounters with CSI: SAMUI Dive School, and then tee off at Koh Samui Golf Academy.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bophut trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Bophut in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in January since evenings lows in Bophut dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phu Khao Noi, experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Salad Beach, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at C&M Learn Thai Culture, and then stop by Pet Tawan Silver Jewelry.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ko Pha Ngan, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan in an hour. January in Ko Pha Ngan sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Classes · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Bangkok. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then look for gifts at Lucy Henna, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City vacation planning website.

Fly from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

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.
On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Da Bao Real Leather.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Da Nang trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January; daily highs in Da Nang reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dong Hoi.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Dong Hoi, Vietnam

— 1 night
The pleasant seaside and port town of Dong Hoi sits close to a World Heritage Site national park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, kick back and relax at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach), and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dong Hoi day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hue to Dong Hoi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Dong Hoi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, explore the activities along West Lake, and browse for treasures at 54 Traditions Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Dong Hoi to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

— 1 night
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): Head underground at Mua Caves, then stop by Minh Trang Handmade, and then make a trip to Tuyet Tinh Coc.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh trip site.

Getting from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay road trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That Luang Neua, walk around Buddha Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, and finally don't miss a visit to Patuxai.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vientiane trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Vientiane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January, daytime highs in Vientiane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That and then soothe aching muscles at Yoga in Vang Vieng.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng route planner.

Traveling by car from Vientiane to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Ko Samui travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.