37 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

37 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Ferry
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Pak Beng, Laos
— 1 night
Ferry
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phoun Hin Boun, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thakhek, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pakse, Laos
— 1 night
Drive
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Don Det, Laos
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Battambang, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rajawongse Clothier and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Go for a jaunt from Bangkok to Ayutthaya to see Wat Phra Sri Sanphet about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok route planning website.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Rescue Park and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Mae Win to see Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, stop by Smart Fashion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkchat Meditation Retreat.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip builder app.

Getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train takes about 13 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Huay Xai, Laos

— 1 night
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Huay Xai route planner.

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Huay Xai in 5.5 hours. On the 25th (Thu), you're off to Pak Beng.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Pak Beng, Laos

— 1 night
To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pak Beng online route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Huay Xai to Pak Beng in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Luang Prabang on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Pak Beng

Wildlife · Parks

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 4 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Xiengthong and Laos Buffalo Dairy. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane.

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Getting from Pak Beng to Luang Prabang by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 3 nights
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Wat That. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Tham Nam (Water cave), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang, explore the striking landscape at Tham Chang Cave, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Vientiane, Laos

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Fri): stroll around Buddha Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Tich Temple, and then examine the collection at Lao Textile Museum. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, then walk around Mekong Riverside Park, then stop by TaiBaan, and finally appreciate the history behind Black Stupa (That Dam).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vientiane vacation maker tool.

Drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Phoun Hin Boun.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Phoun Hin Boun, Laos

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kong Lor Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Kong Lor Cave.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoun Hin Boun sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Vientiane to Phoun Hin Boun takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Thakhek.

Things to do in Phoun Hin Boun

Parks · Nature

Thakhek, Laos

— 2 nights
Thakhek is a town in south-central Laos on the Mekong River and facing Nakhon Phanom across the river in northeastern Thailand. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tham Pha Pa. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Nang Aen Cave and then explore the activities along Tha Falang Lake.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Thakhek trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Phoun Hin Boun to Thakhek takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Thakhek can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Pakse on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Thakhek

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Pakse, Laos

— 1 night

Gateway to Southern Laos

Resting at the meeting point of the Se Don and Mekong rivers, Pakse provides the ideal starting point from which to begin your discovery of southern Laos.
On the 10th (Fri), make a trip to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, make a trip to Pakse Chinese Temple, then don't miss a visit to Chomphet Stone Sculpture Village and Temple Complex, and finally admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pakse trip builder app.

You can drive from Thakhek to Pakse in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Pakse are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Don Det.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks · Nature

Don Det, Laos

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): go for a walk through Don Khone Island. On the next day, take a leisurely stroll along Nakasong Pier, admire the sheer force of Tad Somphamit Waterfalls, and then take in the views from Old French Railway Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Don Det trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pakse to Don Det takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Don Det

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, and finally hunt for treasures at Made in Cambodia Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom South Gate, delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap online visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Don Det to Siem Reap takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Battambang, Cambodia

— 2 nights
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baha’i House of Worship, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at HUMAN Gallery - Joseba Etxebarria Photography and then explore the fascinating underground world of Battambang Bat Caves.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Battambang online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Siem Reap to Battambang by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Battambang

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 nights

Charming City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Battambang to Phnom Penh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Bitexco Financial Tower. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City attractions tool.

Drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.