20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok road trip planner.

Fortaleza, Brazil to Bangkok is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Fortaleza to Bangkok, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fortaleza in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in December, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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 1st (Sat), examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, then get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally walk around 100 Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xiengthong, and finally stroll through MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip site.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, expect Luang Prabang to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 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 3rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then visit Old Quarter, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at Le Chalet Cafe, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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.
On the 5th (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 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 7th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner.

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. Traveling from Hoi An in January, you will find days in Ho Chi Minh City are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, examine the collection at National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip planner.

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, and finally explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and finally delve into the distant past at Preah Khan.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Patong.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Patong, Thailand

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Bangla Road, and finally browse the different shops at Jungceylon. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Freedom Beach, stop by Suit Master, and then make a trip to Patong Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Patong trip planning website.

Fly from Siem Reap to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

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.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.