31 days in Vietnam, Malaysia & Maldives Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam, Malaysia & Maldives Itinerary

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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 5 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Baghdad

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Halong Bay, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay online attractions planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Halong Bay is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Baghdad to Halong Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 4 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.
On the 11th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam — 2 nights

Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip planning app.

You can fly from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hue.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hoi An.
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 4 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.
Step out of Hoi An to go to Da Nang and see Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online vacation planner.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 4 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.
On the 26th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, and ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hoi An in January, expect nights in Ho Chi Minh City to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 3 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with Phu Quoc Jeep Tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Kuala Lumpur.
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bondahaven in Kajang (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, walk around KLCC Park, take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, and tour the pleasant surroundings at KL Bird Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur tour itinerary website.

Getting from Duong Dong to Kuala Lumpur by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Duong Dong to Kuala Lumpur. In January in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Male.
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Male, Maldives — 5 nights

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Male: Dune Maldives (in Hulhumale) and Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives (in Vihamanafushi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, pause for some photo ops at Tsunami Monument, and kick back and relax at Rasfannu.

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Do a combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Male in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Male. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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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.
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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.
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Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.
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