36 days in Asia Itinerary

36 days in Asia Itinerary

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36 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  20​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Bophut, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Ang Thong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Let the collections at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Vietnamese Women's Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam Military History Museum.

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Seattle, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Seattle to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, then explore the fascinating underground world of Dau Go Cave, and finally Head underground at Dong Thien Cung. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 1st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), don't miss a visit to Phố đi bộ Nguyễn Huệ, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bach Dang, choose your vessel at Saigon Boat Company, then stop by Veritas Bespoke, then look for gifts at Flame Tree by Zakka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu).

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Museums Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally stop by D.Hindley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Serkal Mosque, then shop like a local with Central Market, then don't miss a visit to Phare Ponleu Selpak, and finally contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh planner .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

5
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Angkor Wat and Angkor National Museum. Let the collections at Cambodia Landmine Museum and Jayav Art capture your imagination. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and brush up on your military savvy at War Museum Cambodia.

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Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea

3
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and National Museum. Get outdoors at Batu Caves and Putrajaya Lake. Step out of Kuala Lumpur with an excursion to Putra Mosque in Putrajaya--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, make a trip to Merdeka Square, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur trip site .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in February, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Putrajaya, Batu Caves
Highlights from your plan
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia ©
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

4
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Lamai Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Plai Laem and Nautiness Sailing. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach, explore the world behind art at Art-samui, look for gifts at Dao Siam Cosmetics, and stroll through Maenam Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bophut trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Bophut takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February: highs in Bophut hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach

2
nights
Ang Thong, Thailand

Ang Thong ©
As the capital of a province of the same name, Ang Thong boasts a rich history--most notably as an outpost during the war against the Burmese and the birthplace of Nai Dok and Nai Thongkaeo, two of the war's venerated heroes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park. On the next day, get outside with Ko Mae Ko and then step off the mainland to explore Ko Wua Talap Island.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Ang Thong itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Bophut to Ang Thong with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park ©
Ko Mae Ko ©
Ko Mae Ko
Ko Wua Talap Island ©
Ko Wua Talap Island

5
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Thai Elephant Home (in Mae Taeng). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai vacation planning website .

You can fly from Ang Thong to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ang Thong in February, Chiang Mai is slightly colder at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Doi Inthanon, Thai Elephant Home
Highlights from your plan
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
The Grand Palace and Wat Mahathat will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ayutthaya Historical Park and Lumpini Park. Change things up with a short trip to Ayutthaya Ruins in Ayutthaya (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bangkok trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Chiang Mai in February, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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