32 days in Southeast Asia & Kathmandu Itinerary

32 days in Southeast Asia & Kathmandu Itinerary

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32 days in Southeast Asia & Kathmandu Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  20​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
6
Bagan, Myanmar
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  2​h 45​min
9
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
10
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Maha That). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, wander the streets of Khaosan Road, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and surround yourself with nature on SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok driving holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in Bangkok are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House
Siam Paragon ©
Siam Paragon

4
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.
Make the 17th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu tour builder website .

You can fly from Bangkok to Kathmandu in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Kathmandu. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get cooler in Kathmandu: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Kathmandu

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

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kathmandu to Bangkok takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kathmandu to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in December, you will find days in Bangkok are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks 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)

4
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Get out of town with these interesting Mandalay side-trips: Hsinbyume Pagoda (in Mingun) and National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens (in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, snap pictures at U Bein Bridge, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, and take some stellar pictures from Mandalay Hill.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mandalay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Mandalay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, U Bein Bridge, Hsinbyume Pagoda
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Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thatbyinnyu Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sulamani Guphaya Temple, then steep yourself in history at Gubyaukgyi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mya Zedi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buphaya Paya and then contemplate the long history of Htilominlo Pahto.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bagan online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mandalay to Bagan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to 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 ©
Step out of Bagan with an excursion to Mt Popa in Popa--about 1h 40 min away. Explore Bagan further: explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples, steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhammayan Gyi Temple, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bagan route builder .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mandalay trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bagan to Mandalay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Mandalay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Mandalay to Ho Chi Minh City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Nha Trang to Cam Ranh to see Vietnam - Russia Monument about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cool off at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, and look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nha Trang, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vietnam - Russia Monument
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Vinpearl Land Nha Trang ©
Vinpearl Land Nha Trang

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy Bangkok some more: admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory Point, look for gifts at Raja's Fashions, and get great views at Wat Saket.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bangkok trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Nha Trang to Bangkok in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Raja's Fashions ©
Raja's Fashions
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) ©
Wat Saket ©
Wat Saket

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