40 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

40 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Khao Lak, Thailand
— 1 night
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 4 nights
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Kuta, Indonesia
— 4 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Wat Phra Singh. Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai planner.

London, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Chiang Mai is 7 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Chiang Mai hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 4 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thong Nai Pan Noi and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bottle Beach and Salad Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mae Haad Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Secret Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ko Pha Ngan holiday planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in January since evenings lows in Ko Pha Ngan dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

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 discover tucked-away gems like Maenam Beach and Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach) and Choeng Mon Beach. There's more to do: look for gifts at Classic International Suits and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bophut trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Patong.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Patong, Thailand

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Explore hidden gems such as Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach. Visit Patong Beach and Karon Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get great views at Karon Viewpoint, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Patong trip itinerary site.

Fly from Bophut to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bophut in January since evenings lows in Patong dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Khao Lak.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Khao Lak, Thailand

— 1 night
A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Beach.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Khao Lak day trip website.

Drive from Patong to Khao Lak in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 2 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): look for gifts at De' MARCO Fashions, step off the mainland to explore Poda Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town road trip planner.

You can drive from Khao Lak to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 3 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint and Shark Diving. You'll get in some beach time at Laem Tong Bay and Long Beach. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le and kick back and relax at Nui Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don route planner.

Getting from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 4 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Long Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kantiang Bay and Nui Beach. Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Lanta Animal Welfare and take a leisurely stroll along Saladan Pier.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ko Lanta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Langkawi.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Langkawi, Malaysia

— 4 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll get in some beach time at Tanjung Rhu Beach and Cenang Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Langkawi Sky Bridge and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, delve into the lush surroundings at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Langkawi day trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Langkawi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ko Lanta in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Langkawi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Kuta.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:

Kuta, Indonesia

— 4 nights
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pandawa Beach and Pantai Sanur. Go for a jaunt from Kuta to Ubud to see Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Samasta Lifestyle Village, make a splash at Waterbom Bali, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuta Beach - Bali, and look for gifts at Feather & Find.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kuta online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Langkawi to Kuta in 9 hours. In February in Kuta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Kuta

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 5 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bai Tắm Sao and Long Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Vung Bau Beach and Khem Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Ong Lang Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Mushroom, and make a trip to Sung Hung Pagoda.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong itinerary planner.

Getting from Kuta to Duong Dong by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuta to Duong Dong. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bangkok.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siam Paragon and R.Boss Bespoke. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planner.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Bangkok in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

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.

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.

Indonesia travel guide

4.2
Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

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.