38 days in Asia Itinerary

38 days in Asia Itinerary

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38 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
Fly:  29​h
1
Kuta, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Ubud, Indonesia
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
6
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
10
Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
11
Ngapali, Myanmar
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  37​h
End: Durham, United States

3
nights
Kuta, Indonesia

Kuta ©
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pandawa Beach and Balangan Beach. When in Kuta, make a side trip to see Padang Padang Beach in Pecatu, approximately 44 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sanur Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kelan Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kuta road trip planning app .

Durham, USA to Kuta is an approximately 29-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Durham to Kuta, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Kuta is a bit warmer than Durham - with highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ubud.

Things to do in Kuta

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pecatu, Tanah Lot Temple, Pantai Sanur, Seminyak Beach
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Pandawa Beach ©
Pandawa Beach
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Balangan Beach ©
Balangan Beach

4
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Get outdoors at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Mt Batur. Visit Ulun Danu Bratan Temple and Tirta Empul Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Ubud: Elephant Safari Park (in Tegalalang) and Jatiluwih Green Land (in Tabanan). Pamper yourself for a day on the 26th (Sat) at some of the top local wellness centers. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Threads of Life, take in the pleasant sights at Campuhan Ridge Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saraswati Temple, and Head underground at Elephant Cave Ubud.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ubud sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kuta to Ubud in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in May, and nighttime lows around 76°F. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks Spas Nature

Side Trips

Tabanan, Tirta Empul Temple, Mason Elephant Park, Mt Batur
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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple
Mt Batur ©
Mt Batur

4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
You'll explore and learn at Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). The Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya Ruins & Wat Mahathat). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, and look for gifts at Rajawongse Clothier.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ubud to Bangkok in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Ubud to Bangkok, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ubud in May, expect nights in Bangkok to be about the same, around 81°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 96°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

5
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Freedom Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ao Sane. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Patong: Rawai Beach (in Rawai), Wat Chalong (in Chalong) and Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Surin Beach, don't miss a visit to Patong Beach, stop by Casa Di Moda, and get great views at Karon View Point.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Patong trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Patong in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June in Patong, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rawai, Phuket Town, Karon, Surin Beach
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Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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 Cambodia Landmine Museum and Preah Khan. Shop till you drop at SUSU and Colors of Cambodia. Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom South Gate, examine the collection at Angkor National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Patong to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

3
nights
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville ©
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
Step off the beaten path and head to Otres Beach and Ochheuteal Beach. Relax by the water at Independence Beach and Serendipity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sihanoukville: Kampot (Dorsu & Tiny Kampot Pillows). There's still lots to do: stop by Tapang's and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sihanoukville tour planner .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kampot
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Serendipity Beach ©
Serendipity Beach
Ochheuteal Beach ©
Ochheuteal Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

You can fly from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. June in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

4
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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 off the beaten path and head to Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch and Friendly Shoe Shop. Visiting Non Nuoc Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary (in Duy Xuyen) and My Khe Beach (in Da Nang). And it doesn't end there: stop by Reaching Out Arts and Crafts, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, stroll through An Bang Beach, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. June in Hoi An sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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 21st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), then explore the activities along West Lake, and finally take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

2
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Bagan Temples, then contemplate the long history of Shwesandaw Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Gubyaukgyi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bagan itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Bagan in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ngapali.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites
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Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Shwesandaw Pagoda ©
Shwesandaw Pagoda

1
day
Ngapali, Myanmar

Ngapali ©
Combining traditional rural charms with an ever-growing beach resort vibe, the fishing village of Ngapali stands out as a highlight of Myanmar's west coast.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kanthaya Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ngapali Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ngapali trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bagan to Ngapali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ngapali

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ngapali Beach ©
Ngapali Beach

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