17 days in Asia Itinerary

17 days in Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Rescue Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Rome to Chiang Mai. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Rome in December; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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Luang Prabang, Laos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang online tour planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chiang Mai in December, with highs in Luang Prabang at 31°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi planner.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Elephants, then explore the ancient world of Preah Khan, then explore the ancient world of Ta Som, and finally delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Pre Rup, then explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, then contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom South Gate.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. December in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Garden City of Lights

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.
On the 27th (Sun), take a stroll through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, engage your brain at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, then admire the striking features of Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara). Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Batu Caves, examine the collection at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thean Hou Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur day trip planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. In December in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Family-friendly places like Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. You'll get in some beach time at Nai Harn Beach and Patong Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of The Phuket Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

Plan my day in Patong using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Patong by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Patong due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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Bangkok, Thailand

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Pho and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and Wat Borom Puttharam. Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet in Ayutthaya, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online travel planner.

Fly from Patong to Bangkok in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Laos travel guide

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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.

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.

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.

Phuket travel guide

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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.