42 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

42 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Denpasar, Indonesia
— 6 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
— 5 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 3 nights
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Chiang Man. Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Rescue Park and Zipline. Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary in Mae Rim--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai online trip maker.

London, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Chiang Mai at 42°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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Find places to stay May 1 — 6:

Luang Prabang, Laos — 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter Luang Prabang and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kuang Si Waterfall. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Luang Prabang, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Siem Reap.
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Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beng Mealea and Baphuon Temple. Get some historical perspective at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Siem Reap trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Siem Reap, with lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Phnom Penh.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

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 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Phnom Penh trip planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can fly to Hoi An.
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Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Marble Mountains. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and My Khe Beach. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Mỹ Sơn in Duy Phu, approximately Duy Phu away. It doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An route planner.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder tool.

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. In May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Denpasar.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Denpasar, Indonesia — 6 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pandawa Beach and Nusa Dua Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denpasar: Ubud (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary & Saraswati Temple), Balangan Beach (in Kuta) and Geger Beach Nusa Dua Bali (in Nusa Dua). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalem Kahyangan Temple, kick back and relax at Karang Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Bali Scuba.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denpasar online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Denpasar takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Denpasar is 1 hour. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Denpasar, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Singapore.
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Singapore, Singapore — 5 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Take a break from the city and head to East Coast Park and The Southern Ridges. Get some historical perspective at Battlebox and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Jurong Bird Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Gardens by the Bay, browse the exhibits of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and snap pictures at Sentosa Boardwalk.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Singapore trip tool.

Getting from Denpasar to Singapore by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kuala Lumpur.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 1 night

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, Head underground at Batu Caves, and then admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Langkawi.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

Langkawi, Malaysia — 3 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls and Zipline. We've included these beaches for you: Cenang Beach and Tanjung Rhu Beach. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, admire the masterpieces at Art In Paradise, take a peaceful walk through Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge.

Find out how to plan Langkawi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Langkawi are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Patong.
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Patong, Thailand — 4 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nai Harn Beach and Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices. Visit Surin Beach and Karon Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Patong with an excursion to Phuket 3D Museum in Talat Yai--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

Make your Patong itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Langkawi to Patong in 5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to Patong due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Patong are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Chanyawat. Get a sense of the local culture at The Grand Palace and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Maha That & Pridi Banomyong Memorial). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok itinerary planner.

You can fly from Patong to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Thailand travel guide

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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.
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Laos travel guide

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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.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
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.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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Indonesia travel guide

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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.
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Malaysia travel guide

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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.
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