37 days in Asia Itinerary

37 days in Asia Itinerary

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37 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo, United States
Fly:  28​h
1
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
6
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Kalamazoo, United States

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nai Harn Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Freedom Beach and Patong Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai), Chalong (Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) & Big Buddha Phuket) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, and get great views at Karon View Point.

To find out how to plan a trip to Patong, use our trip itinerary maker.

Kalamazoo, USA to Patong is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Patong due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kalamazoo in September, expect Patong to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon View Point, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Nai Harn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©

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 10th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, head outdoors with Nature cambodia, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally view the masterpieces at Lotus Space.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh day trip planner .

Getting from Patong to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

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

4
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.
Let the collections at Cambodia Landmine Museum and Angkor National Museum capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Beng Mealea and War Museum Cambodia. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Wat Pho and The Grand Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Mahathat. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), surround yourself with nature on SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bangkok trip planning tool .

Getting from Siem Reap to Bangkok by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Bangkok are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwedagon Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Botahtaung Pagoda, and finally explore the striking landscape at Panthu Mahar.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yangon (Rangoon) visit planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Yangon (Rangoon) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Botahtaung Pagoda ©
Botahtaung Pagoda
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

2
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Mahamuni Image, admire the landmark architecture of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, then admire the striking features of Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bagaya Monastery. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pahtodawgyi.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mandalay trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Yangon (Rangoon) to Mandalay by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Mahamuni Image ©
Mahamuni Image

2
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sulamani Guphaya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple, then contemplate the long history of Bagan Temples, and finally steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Shwe Leik Too, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwezigon Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhammayan Gyi Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Gubyaukgyi Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagan trip site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mandalay to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Dhammayan Gyi Temple ©
Dhammayan Gyi Temple

4
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum. Get some historical perspective at Wat Suan Dok and Wat Phra Singh. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai online tour planner .

Getting from Bagan to Chiang Mai by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. September in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Doi Inthanon
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

3
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter Luang Prabang and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang day trip site .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall

1
night
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Buddha Park, take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vientiane trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Vientiane sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Wat Si Muang ©
Wat Si Muang

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Old Quarter. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple of Literature & National University and Hoa Lo Prison. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary app .

Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

5
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mỹ Sơn and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Imperial City. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoi An: Thien Mu Pagoda (in Hue) and My Khe Beach (in Da Nang). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through The Marble Mountains, and don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip maker site .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in October, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hue, Mỹ Sơn
Highlights from your plan
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Scuba & Snorkeling
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

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