35 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

35 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
5
Ha Giang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
9
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
10
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
12
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h
13
Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
14
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Brussels, Belgium

1
night
Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
On the 29th (Sun), make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Experience Office, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Carnot. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Huay Xai travel route planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Huay Xai is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Huay Xai. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat
Fort Carnot ©
Fort Carnot

3
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, and get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang in 7.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

1
night
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
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 4th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Nam (Water cave), Head underground at Tham Chang, then explore the striking landscape at Tham Chang Cave, then explore the activities along Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Kang. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That and then look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng day trip planning site.

Drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Tham Chang Cave ©
Tham Chang Cave

3
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
On the 6th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at King Setthathirath Statue, contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That Luang Neua, ponder the world of politics at Presidential Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Khao ワット タットカオ, and finally walk around Chao Anouvong Park. On your second day here, make a trip to Patuxai, appreciate the history behind Black Stupa (That Dam), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, then walk around Mekong Riverside Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Lao National History Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Vientiane trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Vang Vieng to Vientiane by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Vientiane sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

2
nights
Ha Giang, Vietnam

On the 9th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then make a trip to Pao's House. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Thon Tha Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ha Giang road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Vientiane to Ha Giang with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ha Giang

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), learn about all things military at Vietnam Military History Museum, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip maker.

You can drive from Ha Giang to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Nature Parks
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Walking tours
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Perfume River, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally don't miss a visit to Hue Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hue trip builder app.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
On the 16th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Dat Thanh Shoe Shop, then stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch ©
Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch

2
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui and then make a splash at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Vinpearl Land Nha Trang ©
Vinpearl Land Nha Trang
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 20th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, stop by Metiseko, then admire the striking features of Wat Chantarangsay, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. In December in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

1
night
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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 22nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

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

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at U Yan We Hpaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwezigon Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Bagan Temples. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bagan attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Siem Reap to Bagan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Siem Reap to Bagan due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Shwezigon Pagoda ©
Shwezigon Pagoda

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nights
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Step out of Yangon (Rangoon) to go to Pabedan and see Bogyoke Aung San Market, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll around Kandawgyi Park, stroll the grounds of Taukkyan War Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind Chaukhtatgyi Buddha.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yangon (Rangoon) trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Bagan to Yangon (Rangoon) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trip

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Kandawgyi Park ©
Kandawgyi Park
Sule Pagoda ©
Sule Pagoda

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