38 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

38 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Don Khone, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pakse, Laos
— 1 night
Drive
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Phoun Hin Boun, Laos
— 1 night
Drive to Nakhon Phanom, Fly to Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 7 nights
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
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Nong Khiaw, Laos
— 2 nights
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Luang Namtha, Laos
— 2 nights
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Huay Xai, Laos
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Sayaboury, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
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Sam Neua, Laos
— 1 night
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Phonsavan, Laos
— 1 night
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 night
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, make a trip to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, then don't miss a visit to Thap Rua Tower, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Sydney, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Hanoi is minus 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 1 night

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 3rd (Sat), look for gifts at Bibi Silk, stop by Friendly Leather Bags, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain). Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Maya Design, look for gifts at Be Li Tailor, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Da Nang trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Da Nang in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Don Khone.

Things to do in Da Nang

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Don Khone, Laos

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Don Khone Island, snap pictures at Old French Railway Bridge, and then admire the sheer force of Tad Somphamit Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Nakasong Pier.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Don Khone itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Da Nang to Don Khone. You will leave for Pakse on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Don Khone

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Wat Luang Temple, look for gifts at Dream Weavers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pha Bat, then make a trip to Pakse Chinese Temple, then don't miss a visit to Chomphet Stone Sculpture Village and Temple Complex, and finally make a trip to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha.

Make your Pakse itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Don Khone to Pakse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November in Pakse, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Phoun Hin Boun.

Things to do in Pakse

Shopping · Historic Sites

Phoun Hin Boun, Laos

— 1 night
To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoun Hin Boun online vacation planner.

Getting from Pakse to Phoun Hin Boun by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Phoun Hin Boun when traveling from Pakse in November, with lows around 24°C. You will leave for Luang Prabang on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Phoun Hin Boun

Nature · Parks

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 7 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 Big Brother Mouse and Kuang Si Butterfly Farm. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Sae Waterfall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nahm Dong Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang day trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Phoun Hin Boun to Luang Prabang in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In November in Luang Prabang, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Nam (Water cave), Head underground at Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves, and then head outdoors with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Tham Chang, take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lagoon 3.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng vacation planning tool.

Drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nong Khiaw.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Nong Khiaw, Laos

— 2 nights
On the 20th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Patok Cave, then get great views at Viewpoint Nong Khiaw/Ban Sop Houn, and then get outside with Green Discovery.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nong Khiaw trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Nong Khiaw takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nong Khiaw can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Luang Namtha.

Things to do in Nong Khiaw

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Luang Namtha, Laos

— 2 nights
The largest city of its province, Luang Namtha rests on the banks of the Nam Tha river, providing a starting point for treks into its surrounding mountain valleys.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get in touch with nature with Forest Retreat Laos. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Nam Dee Waterfall and then trek along with Discovering Laos!.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Namtha trip planner.

You can drive from Nong Khiaw to Luang Namtha in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Luang Namtha

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Huay Xai, Laos

Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Project Kajsiab Laos and then make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Huay Xai trip planner.

Drive from Luang Namtha to Huay Xai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sayaboury.
Highlights from your trip

Sayaboury, Laos

— 2 nights

Elephant Capital of Laos

Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sayaboury itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Huay Xai to Sayaboury takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. November in Sayaboury sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Vientiane.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Vientiane, Laos

— 5 nights
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Si Muang and Wat Ho Phra Keo. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Vientiane Orchidees. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, don't miss a visit to Phou Khoun Observation Site, walk around Mekong Riverside Park, and pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam).

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vientiane online trip maker.

Drive from Sayaboury to Vientiane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Vientiane are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sam Neua.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Sam Neua, Laos

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): Head underground at Pathet Lao Caves.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sam Neua road trip website.

You can fly from Vientiane to Sam Neua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Sam Neua

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Phonsavan, Laos

— 1 night
A base for explorations, the town of Phonsavan sits surrounded by impressive scenery and offers easy access to an abundance of cultural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars and then get a sense of history and politics at Uxo Lao.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Phonsavan trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Sam Neua to Phonsavan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Supreme Collection, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Lok Molee, and then get your game on at Catmosphere Cat Cafe.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai day trip planning site.

You can drive from Phonsavan to Chiang Mai in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Shopping

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 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.
On the 5th (Wed), look for gifts at Raja's Fashions, stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at State Tower, look for gifts at Rajawongse Clothier, wander the streets of Sukhumvit, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in December since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Laos travel guide

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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.