58 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

58 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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58 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h
2
Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Sukhothai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
10
Champasak Town, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Don Det, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
12
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
13
Battambang, Cambodia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
16
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
17
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
18
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
19
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
20
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
21
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
22
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  10​h 30​min
23
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
24
Hanoi, Vietnam
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pattaya Beach and Bang Saen Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Jomtien Beach will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Bangkok to Pattaya to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, and don't miss a visit to Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat).

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok sightseeing planning tool .

Frankfurt, Germany to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in December, with highs in Bangkok at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Pattaya, Bang Saen Beach
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya ©
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Wat Thammikarat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mahathat, then contemplate the long history of Historic City of Ayutthaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Na Phra Meru.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ayutthaya trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. December in Ayutthaya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites
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Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Wat Thammikarat ©
Wat Thammikarat

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nights
Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai ©
A trip to Sukhothai is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the Thai empire, which began in this city in the 13th century.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Sukhothai Historical Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Maha That, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Traphang Thong, and finally delve into the distant past at Wat Trapang Tong Lang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Wat Chetuphon, then cruise along Green E-bike Sukhothai, then delve into the distant past at Phra Si Ratana Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Si Hong.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sukhothai trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ayutthaya to Sukhothai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sukhothai when traveling from Ayutthaya in December, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Wat Traphang Thong
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Sukhothai Historical Park ©
Sukhothai Historical Park
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Wat Chetuphon ©
Wat Chetuphon

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Get some historical perspective at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Step out of Chiang Mai to go to Lamphun and see Wat Mahawan Woramahawihan, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wat Suan Dok, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip website .

Drive from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Mahawan Woramahawihan
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

2
nights
Pai, Thailand

Pai ©
Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): head outdoors with Yun Lai Viewpoint, don't miss a visit to Wat Nam Hoo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Mae Yen. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Pai Canyon, take in the views from Pai Memorial Bridge, and then relax in the rural setting at Love Strawberry Pai.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pai journey planner .

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Pai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Pai can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Pai

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Yun Lai Viewpoint ©
Yun Lai Viewpoint
Pai Canyon ©
Pai Canyon
Wat Phra That Mae Yen ©
Wat Phra That Mae Yen

2
nights
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 18th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Rong Khun. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Huay Pla Kang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Rai trip builder tool .

You can drive from Pai to Chiang Rai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Chiang Rai, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, then make a trip to Wat Sop Sickharam Luang Prabang, then admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Luang Prabang fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 5.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Pha Ngern View Point. Step out of the city life by going to Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon and Tham Nam (Water cave). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Lusi and Pha Poak Caves, don't miss a visit to Wat That, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng trip planning website .

Getting from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Lusi and Pha Poak Caves ©
Lusi and Pha Poak Caves

1
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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 25th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), pause for some photo ops at Wat That Luang Neua, see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Phat Tich Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vientiane itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Vientiane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Phat Tich Temple ©
Phat Tich Temple

3
nights
Champasak Town, Laos

Champasak Town ©
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bolaven Plateau. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Wat Phu, stop by Chez Maman, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pha Bat, and then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Muang Kang Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Champasak Town trip planner.

Fly from Vientiane to Champasak Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vientiane in December: highs in Champasak Town hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Don Det.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pakse, Bolaven Plateau
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Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Wat Muang Kang Temple ©
Wat Muang Kang Temple

2
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Don Det, Laos

Don Det ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old French Railway Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Nakasong Pier and then get to know the fascinating history of Don Khone Island.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Don Det day trip planning website .

Drive from Champasak Town to Don Det in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Don Det

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Don Khone, Nakasong Pier
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Don Khone Island ©
Don Khone Island
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls ©
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls
Old French Railway Bridge ©
Old French Railway Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Banteay Kdei, steep yourself in history at Ta Som, then delve into the distant past at Banteay Samre, and finally delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Phimeanakas, contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, and then explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Don Det to Siem Reap. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ta Som
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Baphuon Temple ©
Baphuon Temple
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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Battambang, Cambodia

The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Banan Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): browse the exhibits of La Fabrik, explore the galleries of Tep Kao Sol Loeum Lorn Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baha’i House of Worship.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Battambang trip planner .

Getting from Siem Reap to Battambang by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Siem Reap in January: highs in Battambang hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Battambang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Banan Temple ©
Wat Banan Temple
The Baha’i House of Worship ©
The Baha’i House of Worship

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Classic Car Showroom & Jewelry Boutique and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ochheuteal Beach. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Wat Krom Temple, view the masterpieces at Otres Art Studio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Otres Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sihanoukville visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Battambang to Sihanoukville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Ochheuteal Beach ©
Ochheuteal Beach
Wat Krom Temple ©
Wat Krom Temple

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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.
On the 6th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Phnom Penh holiday planner.

You can drive from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and An Quang Pagoda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like War Remnants Museum and Ba Thien Hau Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Ho Chi Minh City: Vung Tau (Christ the King & Vung Tau Beach). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Vinh Nghiem, and examine the collection at FITO Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vung Tau
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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night
Phan Thiet, Vietnam

Phan Thiet ©
An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Mui Ne Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mui Ne Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bai Da Ong Dia Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phan Thiet route planning app .

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) ©
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)
Bai Da Ong Dia Beach ©
Bai Da Ong Dia Beach

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Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), make a trip to The Marble Mountains, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Cantonese Assembly Hall, and then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phan Thiet to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Fishing Charters & Tours
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

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Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tomb of Minh Mang and Thien Mu Pagoda. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Imperial City and Thai Hoa Palace. Step out of Hue with an excursion to Canh Duong Beach in Lang Co--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, make a trip to Nine Dynastic Urns, and browse the exhibits of Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House.

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

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Canh Duong Beach
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ho Van - Van Mieu. Chua Tran Quoc and Temple of Literature & National University will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum, explore the galleries of Tired City Bao Khanh, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi online travel route builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Minh Chau beach.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quan Lan
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Den Mau and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Giang Ta Chai Village and Sapa Culture Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sapa online tour itinerary maker .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Den Mau ©
Den Mau

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi
To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi attractions site .

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 28th (Tue), you're off tohome.

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