51 days in Southeast Asia

51 days in Southeast Asia

Lily Hayes

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Drive to Bavet border Bus station, Bus to Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Bus
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly to Phuket, Bus to Phuket Town
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 10 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
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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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi tour planner.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. You'll set off for Hoi An on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Hoi An vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Classes
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and take in the spiritual surroundings of Phuoc An Hoi Quan.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 3 nights

Charming City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes A.N.D, Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre and Embargo Craft Beer Bar.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh day trip site.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. July in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Shopping · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Banteay Kdei as well as Kompong Khleang Floating Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 24:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 4 nights

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.
You've added Supreme Collection, Something Different Tours, Zira Spa, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai route builder.

Getting from Siem Reap to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Classes · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tamarind Cooking School, Spa Burasari Luang Prabang and Shompoo Cruise. Do some cultural sightseeing at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Get in touch with nature at Kuang Si Waterfall and Nahm Dong Park. Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, stroll through Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, get engrossed in the history at Heuan Chan Heritage Luang Prabang, and take in nature's colorful creations at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden.

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

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bangkok.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 4 nights

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.
You've added Wat Thewa Sangkharam, Chill Out Bar, River Kwai, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Jim Thompson House. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), take in panoramic vistas at King Power Mahanakhon, and look for gifts at Damanino Bespoke.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bangkok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Bangkok takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Bangkok sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Phuket Town, Thailand

— 10 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Your list of things to see and do now includes AKA Thailand Muay Thai, MMA Fitness, Bangtao Dive Center, Bangtao Beach Tailor Eleganza Fashion, and other attractions. Patong Inn Art and Big Buddha Phuket are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Yon Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Phuket Town route website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Phuket Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Phuket Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 16:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 4 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Taman Negara Day Tour, Walking tours, Thean Hou Temple, and other attractions. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arulmigu Sri Ramalinga Eeswarar Temple and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Royal Malaysia Police Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur vacation planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Phuket Town to Kuala Lumpur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phuket Town to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. In August in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

Singapore, Singapore

— 4 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Clarke Quay, Singapore Joo Chiat Food Walk, Joo Chiat/Katong, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Peranakan Houses. Visiting East Coast Park and The Southern Ridges will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Chinatown, take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery Singapore, and get engrossed in the history at Asian Civilisations Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Singapore tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Singapore can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

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.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
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.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Laos travel guide

3.8
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.

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.

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
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.