36 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

36 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southeast Asia trip planner

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Visit Old Quarter and Kim Lien Pagoda for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, view the masterpieces at Empty Wall Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and explore the galleries of TiredCity Hang Bong.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Hanoi is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at Indigo Fabric, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally identify plant and animal life at Luangprabang Elephant Camp. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra Singh. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Mengrai Kilns, get great views at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Buak Krok Luang.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luang Prabang in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Chiang Mai, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Grand Palace and Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit).

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bangkok planning site.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Bangkok. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 2 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 8th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bai Tắm Sao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Long Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple, then look for gifts at 555 King Mart, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong trip planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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 10th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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 12th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then examine the collection at National Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally look for gifts at Bodia Cambodian Apothecary (Riverside).

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Phnom Penh online road trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In January in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, make a trip to Pub Street, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Siem Reap attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 3 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kantiang Bay and Long Beach. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Khlong Dao Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Lanta Animal Welfare, and get to know the fascinating history of Lanta Old Town.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Siem Reap to Ko Lanta takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 21st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Loh Dalum Beach, then Head underground at Viking Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, kick back and relax at Nui Beach, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don online holiday planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Patong, Thailand

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get some historical perspective at Big Buddha Phuket and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Patong Beach and Karon Beach. Go for a jaunt from Patong to Ko He to see Banana Beach about 3 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, try out the rides at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket, tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patong Mosque.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Patong trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Singapore, Singapore

— 5 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Visit Tanjong Beach and East Coast Park for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Thian Hock Keng Temple and Sultan Mosque. Go for a jaunt from Singapore to Sentosa Island to see Sentosa Boardwalk about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Chinatown, see the interesting displays at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Siloso, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Palawan Beach.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Singapore trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Singapore takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Patong to Singapore due to the time zone difference. In January in Singapore, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31: