38 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

38 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Pulau Weh, Indonesia
— 1 night
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Banda Aceh, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly to Kualanamu International Airport, Drive to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
— 1 night
Taxi to Binjai, Train to Medan
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Medan, Indonesia
— 1 night
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Padang, Indonesia
— 1 night
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Ubud, Indonesia
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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.
Head to Siam Paragon and Khaosan Roadfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Maha That. Change things up with a short trip to Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration) in Ayutthaya (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bangkok journey builder website.

Marrakech, Morocco to Bangkok is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Bangkok is 7 hours. When traveling from Marrakech in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Bangkok, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Rescue Park and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 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 5th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ho Chi Minh Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then wander the streets of Old Quarter, and finally explore the galleries of Empty Wall Gallery.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Hanoi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Marble Mountains. Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to My Khe Beach in Da Nang--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, stop by Yaly Couture, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hoi An journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Vietnam Silver House, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City route planning app.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, stop by Artisans Angkor, and learn about all things military at War Museum Cambodia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Patong.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Patong, Thailand

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jungceylon and The Phuket Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Patong Inn Art. Step out of Patong with an excursion to Nai Harn Beach in Nai Harn--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, look for gifts at P & C Jewelry, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Patong using our trip planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Patong in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pulau Weh.

Things to do in Patong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pulau Weh, Indonesia

— 1 night
Thick jungle crowns Pulau Weh, a small volcanic island perched just off the northern tip of Sumatra.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Iboih Beach, see some colorful creatures with Monster Divers, and then relax and rejuvenate at Flying Elephant Yoga.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pulau Weh trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Patong to Pulau Weh. In September in Pulau Weh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Banda Aceh.

Things to do in Pulau Weh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Banda Aceh, Indonesia

— 2 nights

Porch of Mecca

The relaxed, relatively peaceful atmosphere and viable tourism industry in Banda Aceh attests to the city's resilience in rebuilding after over 160,000 people were killed in the 2004 tsunami.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at PLTD Apung 1, enjoy the sand and surf at Lampuuk Beach, then stroll through Lhoknga Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baitul Musyahadah Mosque. On your second day here, walk around Taman Putroe Phang, relax and rejuvenate at Ocean Spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rahmatullah Mosque, then kick back and relax at Ulee Lheue Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Siron Mass Grave.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Banda Aceh day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pulau Weh to Banda Aceh. In September, daytime highs in Banda Aceh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bukit Lawang, Indonesia

— 1 night
Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get outside with Sumatra Jungle Life, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bukit Lawang trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Banda Aceh to Bukit Lawang with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Bukit Lawang are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Medan.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Medan, Indonesia

— 1 night
The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Tjong Yong Hian Gallery, then buy something for everyone on your list at Sun Plaza, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally see the interesting displays at Upside Down World.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Medan trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Bukit Lawang to Medan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Medan

Museums · Shopping · Spas

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Sat), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, stroll around KLCC Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kinokuniya Book Stores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around KL Bird Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, then take a stroll through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and finally browse the different shops at Pavilion KL.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

You can fly from Medan to Kuala Lumpur in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Medan to Kuala Lumpur is 1 hour. September in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Padang.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Padang, Indonesia

— 1 night

Porch of Medina

The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head outdoors with Lubuk Nyarai.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Padang sightseeing planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kuala Lumpur to Padang. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Padang due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, expect nights in Padang to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ubud.

Things to do in Padang

Outdoors

Ubud, Indonesia

— 4 nights
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nusa Dua Beach and Joe's Gone Diving. Relax by the water at Pandawa Beach and Geger Beach Nusa Dua Bali. Venture out of the city with trips to Mason Elephant Park (in Tegalalang), Sanur (Jamu Wellness, Junior Bean Bags, &more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Denpasar). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, Head underground at Elephant Cave, and take in the pleasant sights at Campuhan Ridge Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Ubud trip builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Padang to Ubud with the Route module. Traveling from Padang to Ubud, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Ubud sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Singapore.

Things to do in Ubud

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Singapore, Singapore

— 4 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jurong Bird Park and Merlion Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chinatown and Madame Tussauds Singapore. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Clarke Quay, enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, wander the streets of Little India, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Singapore trip planner.

Fly from Ubud to Singapore in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In October, daytime highs in Singapore are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

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Sumatra travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Sumatra, the largest island wholly in Indonesia, embraces wildness to the point that the region is steeped in myths and legends. Jungles here teem with orangutans, tigers, rhinos, and elephants, while smoldering volcanoes create an otherworldly environment. In the towns, cultural landmarks of religious and historical importance sit alongside new feats of impressive engineering, entertainment attractions, and tourist-focused shopping districts.