21 days in Asia Itinerary

21 days in Asia Itinerary

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21 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  3​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
New Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha tho Da Minh, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Bitexco Financial Tower ©
Bitexco Financial Tower

3
nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Photography Tours. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), examine the collection at Ancient House, and contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Taipei.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Photography Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

4
nights
New Taipei, Taiwan

New Taipei ©
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shifen Waterfall Walk Area and Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple). You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Taipei: National Palace Museum (in Shilin) and Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple) (in Wenshan). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Taipei 101, examine the collection at New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and don't miss a visit to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Taipei trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Hanoi to New Taipei in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to China Standard Time is 1 hour. In January in New Taipei, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in New Taipei

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Taipei
Highlights from your plan
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Shifen Waterfall Walk Area ©
Shifen Waterfall Walk Area
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

3
nights
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu ©
A holiday inĀ Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Climbing Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Kota Kinabalu side-trips: Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club (in Tuaran) and Kundasang War Memorial (in Kundasang). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island, engage your brain at Marine Aquarium and Museum, get outside with Mantanani Paradise, and have fun at Sabah Indoor Climbing Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu day trip planning tool .

Fly from New Taipei to Kota Kinabalu in 4.5 hours. While traveling from New Taipei, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Kota Kinabalu, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, Kundasang War Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club ©
Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club
Climbing Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Art In Paradise. There's lots more to do: tee off at The Els Club Teluk Datai, browse the exhibits of Batik Village, snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, and stroll through Pasir Tengkorak Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Langkawi online route builder .

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Langkawi in 4.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Langkawi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Els Club Teluk Datai ©
The Els Club Teluk Datai
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Art In Paradise ©
Art In Paradise

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Bowonniwet Vihara. Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet in Ayutthaya, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bangkok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Langkawi to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to Bangkok. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Langkawi in January, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

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