18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Suvarnabhumi
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Phuket
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok attractions planning website.

Bristol, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Bangkok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Phangan Jorkyball. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Salad Beach and then savor the flavors at C&M Learn Thai Culture.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Classes

Patong, Thailand

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
On the 3rd (Tue), kick back and relax at Patong Beach, then view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, then make a trip to Bangla Road, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with No Gravity Dive Center.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Patong online journey builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Patong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in August, plan for little chillier nights in Patong, with lows around 28°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Batu Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around KLCC Park, explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, and then identify plant and animal life at KL Bird Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Kuala Lumpur takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Patong to Kuala Lumpur. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 7th (Sat), stop by Ambre, then explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, and then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, then don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then look for gifts at LiA Saigon, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City visit app.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to The Marble Mountains, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, then look for gifts at ChiBa Boutique, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip builder site.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hoi An are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 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.
On the 12th (Thu), take a stroll through Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

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.

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
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.

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.

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.