60 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

60 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Bus
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly to Danang, Train to Hue
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 7 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
— 1 night
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Penang
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George Town, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 5 nights
Ferry to Bangrak, Fly to Suvarnabhumi
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at CentralFestival Chiangmai and Mae Hia Fresh Market. Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Chiang Mai Women Correctional Institution Vocational Training Center. Take a break from Chiang Mai with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Mae Taeng, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, and steep yourself in history at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip maker website.

Brussels, Belgium to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Brussels in September: high temperatures in Chiang Mai hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Wat Manorom, wander the streets of Whisky Village, then look for gifts at Ock Pop Tok Store, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Syrimoungkoun Xaiyaram, and then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Sapa, Vietnam

— 4 nights
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muong Hoa Valley and Den Mau. Get some historical perspective at The Stone Church and Hoang A Tuong's Castle. Change things up with a short trip to The Charm Destination Spa in Lao Cai (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: stop by Giang Ta Chai Village, look for gifts at Indigo Cat, see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, and don't miss a visit to Ta Van Village.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sapa trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Sapa takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 6 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.
Do your shopping at Tired City Dinh Tien Hoang and D&C Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Quarter and Chua Tran Quoc. Get out of town with these interesting Hanoi side-trips: Ninh Binh (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Bich Dong Pagoda). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and take in the exciting artwork at Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hanoi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapa to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 5 nights
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sung Sot Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Quan Lan Temple (in Quan Lan), Ba Vang Pagoda (in Uong Bi) and Cat Ba Island (in Cat Ba). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, get some fabulous bargains at Ha Long Pearl, and snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, visit Other, then admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, then stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Green Bamboo Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Imperial City, then steep yourself in history at Thai Hoa Palace, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Halong Bay to Hue in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and Mỹ Sơn. Visit Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Bang An Tower for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Da Nang (Long An Temple & My Khe Beach). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Vegetable Village, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoi An day trip tool.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 5:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 6 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.
Head to Artisans Angkor and Made in Cambodia Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Angkor Wat and Preah Khan. Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, and steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip builder app.

Getting from Hoi An to Siem Reap by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 11:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 5 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and Thean Hou Temple. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque will appeal to history buffs. When in Kuala Lumpur, make a side trip to see The Mines Shopping Mall in Sri Kembangan, approximately Sri Kembangan away. Spend the 14th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, buy something for everyone on your list at Mid Valley Megamall, get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamek Mosque.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur is 1 hour. October in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:

Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

— 1 night

Small Perhentian

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get great views at Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin, then kick back and relax at Long Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay (Teluk Aur), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perhentian Island Mosque.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pulau Perhentian Kecil journey site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

George Town, Malaysia

— 2 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
On the 18th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, then steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hin Bus Depot. On the next day, look for gifts at Jonathanyun Sculptural Jewelry, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapitan Keling Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our George Town day trip planning website.

Getting from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to George Town by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to George Town is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Bophut, Thailand

— 3 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Plai Laem and Chaweng Beach. Fisherman’s Village and Chinese Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with CSI: SAMUI Dive School, look for gifts at New Top Collection Suits, hunt for treasures at Maenam Walking Street, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Anantara Spa.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bophut online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from George Town to Bophut takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Koh Tao, Thailand

— 5 nights

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ao Tanot Bay and Climbing Tours. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Bay, get great views at Mango Viewpoint, and stroll through Jansom Bay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Koh Tao trip itinerary maker tool.

Ride a ferry from Bophut to Koh Tao in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Koh Tao can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Pho and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Grand Palace and Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Suthat, take in a show at Checkinn99, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Chinatown - Bangkok.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok online trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

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.

Thua Thien - Hue Province travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Architectural Buildings
Thừa Thiên-Huế is a province in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam, approximately in the centre of the country. It borders Quảng Trị Province to the north and Đà Nẵng to the south, Laos to the west and the East Sea to the east. The province has 128 km of coastline, 22,000 ha of lagoons and over 200,000 ha of forest. There is an extensive complex of imperial tombs and temples in Huế.

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Perhentian Islands travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands

Penang travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Pearl of the Orient
Highly industrialized and urbanized, the island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Although most visitors come for the beaches and fishing villages, no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. Another highlight of Penang tourism are the many festivals, showcasing cultural diversity and offering foreign visitors a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the "Pearl of the Orient."

Ko Samui travel guide

3.9
Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.