17 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

17 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

— 2 nights

Garden City of the East

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Inya Lake, then appreciate the history behind Shwedagon Pagoda, and then walk around Kandawgyi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some photo ops at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, then hunt for treasures at Bogyoke Aung San Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Botahtaung Pagoda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sule Pagoda.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yangon (Rangoon) road trip planning site.

Halifax, Canada to Yangon (Rangoon) is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Halifax to Yangon (Rangoon). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Bangkok, Thailand

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and then browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip planner.

Getting from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bangkok by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bangkok. In March in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.
On the 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Independence Palace, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning website.

Fly from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and finally stop by TiredCity Hang Bong. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, browse the exhibits of Lotus Space, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally stroll around Royal Palace Park. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Cambodia Fire Range, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh day trip tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, and finally stop by Ambre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Pub Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, then delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Break.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip planning tool.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, then get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, and finally look for gifts at Ma Te Sai. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Siem Reap in March, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Luang Prabang. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Myanmar travel guide

3.8
Monuments · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.

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.

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.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
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.

Laos travel guide

3.8
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.