20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Chiang Man are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Phra Singh. Spend the 3rd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Wat Ched Yot, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the history behind Three Kings Monument, and hunt for treasures at Night Bazaar.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai journey maker tool.

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Chiang Mai at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Bangkok, Thailand

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and Chao Phraya River. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Pho and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip app.

Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.
Visit Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Bayon Temple and Banteay Srei. Spend the 11th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom, experience rural life at Angkor Silk Farm, and admire the sheer force of Kbal Spean.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.
On the 12th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at KL Bird Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batu Caves, and then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Singapore, Singapore

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Singapore Botanic Gardens and Fort Siloso. Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Sentosa Boardwalk for their historical value. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Singapore Zoo, contemplate the long history of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, and examine the collection at The Intan.

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Traveling by car from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Singapore are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 17th (Thu): choose your vessel at Saigon Boat Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City route tool.

Getting from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Outdoors · Transportation · Tours

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

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Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature