32 days in Southeast Asia & Kathmandu Itinerary

32 days in Southeast Asia & Kathmandu Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  20 h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
6
Bagan, Myanmar
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
10
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Los Angeles, United States

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, take a stroll through Khaosan Road, look for gifts at Suit Art Bangkok, and browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip maker.

Los Angeles, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Bangkok. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in Bangkok hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
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Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House
Siam Paragon ©
Siam Paragon

5
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, spas, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhadrakali Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kathmandu Durbar Square.

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Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Kathmandu takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. You'll gain 1.2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Kathmandu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in December: high temperatures in Kathmandu hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Climbing Tours
Walking tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
On the 19th (Thu), explore the activities along Chao Phraya River, examine the collection at The National Museum Bangkok, thensteep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time (NPT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 1.2 hours. When traveling from Kathmandu in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Bangkok: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Change things up with a short trip to Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwenandaw Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Mahamuni Image, admire the striking features of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, and take some stellar pictures from Mandalay Hill.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mandalay trip planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Mandalay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Myanmar Time is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bagan.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hsinbyume Pagoda, U Bein Bridge
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Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book ©
Hsinbyume Pagoda ©
Hsinbyume Pagoda

2
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thatbyinnyu Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sulamani Guphaya Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Gubyaukgyi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mya Zedi Temple. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buphaya Paya and then steep yourself in history at Htilominlo Pahto.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bagan road trip website.

You can drive from Mandalay to Bagan in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites
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Thatbyinnyu Temple ©
Thatbyinnyu Temple
Sulamani Guphaya Temple ©
Sulamani Guphaya Temple
Htilominlo Pahto ©
Htilominlo Pahto

4
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
Go for a jaunt from Bagan to Popa to see Mt Popa about 1h 35 min away. Explore Bagan further: explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananda Temple, and steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bagan trip planning tool.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mandalay.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mt Popa
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Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Balloon Rides
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple

1
night
Mandalay, Myanmar

On the 29th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mandalay day trip planning website.

Drive from Bagan to Mandalay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Mandalay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 30th (Mon): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mandalay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Myanmar Time (MMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Step out of Nha Trang to go to Cam Ranh and see Vietnam - Russia Monument, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, cool off at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nha Trang trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Vietnam - Russia Monument
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: The Sanctuary Of Truth (in Pattaya) and Historic City of Ayutthaya (in Ayutthaya). See some other sides of Bangkok: explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), and look for gifts at Raja's Fashions.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Nha Trang to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

The Sanctuary Of Truth, Historic City of Ayutthaya
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Raja's Fashions ©
Raja's Fashions
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) ©
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC)
The Sanctuary Of Truth ©
The Sanctuary Of Truth

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