43 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

43 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 7 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok journey planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. In March in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chiang Man, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Milano Collection. On the next day, examine the collection at Lanna Traditional House Museum CMU, then enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai route planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Chiang Mai, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

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.
On the 12th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 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.
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, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xiengthong.

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Getting from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Luang Prabang, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap planner.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Siem Reap when traveling from Luang Prabang in March, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then examine the collection at National Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Fire Range and then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip planning tool.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 4 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Take a break from Duong Dong with a short trip to Bai Tắm Sao in An Thoi, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Luna Thai Spa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, sample some tasty brews at Beer Fridge, and contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Duong Dong journey tool.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Duong Dong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City journey planning app.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 4 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
When in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, make a side trip to see Hang Toi (Dark Cave) in Son Trach, approximately Son Trach away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally admire the artistry at Henna Art Hoi An. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuc Thanh Pagoda, then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally stop by Da Phu'o'ng Cloth Shop No 50.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An road trip planning app.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Bophut, Thailand

— 4 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Bophut is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bophut trip planning website.

You can fly from Hoi An to Bophut in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Hoi An in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bophut, with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bophut

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Patong, Thailand

— 7 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Patong: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). On the 9th (Fri), do a day of sightseeing from the water with Faraway Yachting. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach, and kick back and relax at Freedom Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Patong trip planner.

You can fly from Bophut to Patong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in April, Patong is a bit cooler at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 15:

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

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.

Ko Samui travel guide

3.9
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.

Phuket travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.