26 days in Asia Itinerary

26 days in Asia Itinerary

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26 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hat Yai, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
2
Aranyaprathet, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  10​h 30​min
7
Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  21​h 15​min
8
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
+2
Drive + bus + Fly:  5​h
12
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1
night
Hat Yai, Thailand

Hat Yai ©
The fourth-largest Malay city and one of the country's premier shopping and commercial districts, Hat Yai has proved extremely popular among local tourists.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Kho Hong Mountain and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songkhla Central Mosque.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hat Yai route maker tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hat Yai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai. December in Hat Yai sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Aranyaprathet.

Things to do in Hat Yai

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kho Hong Mountain ©
Kho Hong Mountain
Songkhla Central Mosque ©
Songkhla Central Mosque

1
night
Aranyaprathet, Thailand

Aranyaprathet ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): hunt for treasures at Rong Kluea Market, don't miss a visit to Prasat Khao Noi, and then don't miss a visit to Wat Anu Banpot.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aranyaprathet road trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hat Yai to Aranyaprathet. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Aranyaprathet

Shopping
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Prasat Khao Noi ©
Prasat Khao Noi

1
night
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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 5th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ounalom.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Aranyaprathet to Phnom Penh with the Route module. In December in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Ounalom ©
Wat Ounalom

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Preah Khan and Beng Mealea. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Baphuon Temple and Banteay Kdei. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ta Som, steep yourself in history at Eastern Mebon, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip planner .

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
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Baphuon Temple ©
Baphuon Temple
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea
Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 9th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Chua Van Phat - Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, take in the history at Ben Dinh Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Thenday Yuttha Panin Temple, then explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Vinh Nghiem.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Ben Dinh Tunnels ©
Ben Dinh Tunnels
Chua Vinh Nghiem ©
Chua Vinh Nghiem
Sri Thenday Yuttha Panin Temple ©
Sri Thenday Yuttha Panin Temple

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Quan Lan Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Minh Chau beach and Tien Ong Cave. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay visit planning site .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quan Lan
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach

1
night
Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Hang Da Village, then wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village, and then make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Y Linh Ho, then explore the striking landscape of Hoang Lien National Park, then see the interesting displays at Sapa Culture Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sapa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Trails
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Hoang Lien National Park ©
Hoang Lien National Park
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho
The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church) ©

4
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Suoi Do Pagoda and Long Thanh Photo Studio. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bai Dai Beach and Long Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hon Chong, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tong Lam Lo Son Pagoda.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Sapa to Nha Trang in 21.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bai Dai Beach
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Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong
Bai Dai Beach ©
Bai Dai Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Luangprabang Elephant Camp, take in the dramatic scenery at 100 Waterfalls, and then relax in the rural setting at The Living Land Company. On the next day, browse the collection at Luang Prabang Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Manorom.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip planner .

Getting from Nha Trang to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
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Wat Xieng Mouane ©
Wat Xieng Mouane
Wat Sensoukharam ©
Wat Sensoukharam
Wat Manorom ©
Wat Manorom

1
night
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Khan Cave.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Wat That ©
Wat That
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

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Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Tich Temple, make a trip to Wat That Foon, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vientiane Orchidees.

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

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Vientiane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Vientiane

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Phat Tich Temple ©
Phat Tich Temple
Wat That Foon ©
Wat That Foon

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Popular historic sites such as Wat Buppharam and Wat Ban Den are in your itinerary. Wat San Pa Yang Luang and Wat Phakhao Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Lamphun (Wat Phra That Hariphunchai & Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut)) and Wachirathan Falls (in Chom Thong). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkchat Meditation Retreat, see the interesting displays at Ganesh Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Vientiane to Chiang Mai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lamphun, Wat Ban Den, Wachirathan Falls
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Wat Buppharam ©
Wat Buppharam
Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut) ©
Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut)
Wat San Pa Yang Luang ©
Wat San Pa Yang Luang

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