20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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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 15th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of A Dong Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Tired City Hang Gai.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi travel route builder app.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Hanoi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Hoi An.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 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 19th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip tool.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 nights

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 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Siem Reap takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hoi An in December, expect nights in Siem Reap to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Duong Dong.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 5 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Duong Dong side-trips: Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau) and Bai Tắm Sao (in An Thoi). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cao Dai Temple, contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Vietnamese Artists.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong journey builder site.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Duong Dong in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 4 nights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Selangor (Pantai Remis Kuala Selangor, Sky Mirror, &more) and Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (in Shah Alam). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, stroll through Batu Caves, and admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur sightseeing planner.

Getting from Duong Dong to Kuala Lumpur by flight takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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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Phu Quoc Island travel guide

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Beaches · Fishing Charters & Tours · Spas
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.
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Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.
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