19 days in Asia Itinerary

19 days in Asia Itinerary

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19 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
End: Bangkok, Thailand

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
When in Chiang Mai, make a side trip to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep, approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, look for gifts at Shiraz Jewelry Co Ltd, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai journey tool .

Bangkok to Chiang Mai is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in December, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

2
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, then examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang vacation maker website .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, expect Luang Prabang to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

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

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, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner .

Getting from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to The Marble Mountains, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planning tool .

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas

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 29th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then stop by Soyn, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (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

3
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, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Siem Reap travel route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Spas
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
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 historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), shop like a local with Khao San Road, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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