31 days in Vietnam, Malaysia & Maldives Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam, Malaysia & Maldives Itinerary

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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 5 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Baghdad

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 1 night
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Halong Bay is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 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 3rd (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hanoi day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, and then experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park sightseeing site.

You can fly from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop, steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hue itinerary planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Hue sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 4 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 18th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planning tool.

Getting from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 3 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: add some adventure to your tour with Phu Quoc Jeep Tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cao Dai Temple, head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, and learn the secrets of beer at Beer Fridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip website.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 5 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.
When in Kuala Lumpur, make a side trip to see Bondahaven in Kajang, approximately Kajang away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, buy something for everyone on your list at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur attractions planner.

Fly from Duong Dong to Kuala Lumpur in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Duong Dong to Kuala Lumpur is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Male, Maldives

— 5 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Male: Dune Maldives Diving Center (in Hulhumale) and Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives (in Vihamanafushi). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, stop by Island Bazaar, pause for some photo ops at Tsunami Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rasfannu.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Male day trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Male in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Male is minus 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

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.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.