39 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

39 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Mandalay, Myanmar
— 4 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Sukhothai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
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George Town, Malaysia
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like FITO Museum and The Vung Tau War Heroes Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ba Thien Hau Temple and Nha tho Da Minh. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ho Chi Minh City: Vung Tau (Upside Down House & Vung Tau Beach). There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at People's Committee Building, look for gifts at Metiseko, stroll around Le Van Tam Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Thenday Yuttha Panin Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City online tour itinerary builder.

Tokyo, Japan to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 41°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 2 nights

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 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phap Lam Pagoda, admire the masterpieces at Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, and then kick back and relax at Phuoc My Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Da Nang trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at TiredCity Hang Bong and Vietnam National Museum of History. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chua Tran Quoc and Memorial House - Ho Chi Minh. Make the 23rd (Fri) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at B52 Victory Museum, steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at War Museum Cambodia and Cambodia Landmine Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Pre Rup and Baphuon Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Elephants, examine the collection at Angkor National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Phimeanakas.

Plan trip to Siem Reap with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Wat Langka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Serkal Mosque, and then get curious at Kids City. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ounalom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Statue of King Sisowath, then take in the exciting artwork at Din Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Lotus Space, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Mandalay, Myanmar

— 4 nights
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Visit Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple and Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanda Muni Paya and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Mingun (Hsinbyume Pagoda & Pahtodawgyi Pagoda) and Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) (Spas, Anisakan Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bagaya Monastery, make a trip to Skinny Buddha, admire the striking features of Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda, and examine the collection at Cultural Museum, Mandalay.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mandalay trip planner.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Mandalay in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Myanmar Time (MMT) is minus 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Visit Wat Phakhao Temple and Monkchat Meditation Retreat for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wat Buppharam and Wat San Pa Yang Luang. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Lamphun (Wat Phra That Hariphunchai & Wat Chamthewi Temple (Wat Ku Kut)). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, explore the world behind art at Bann Phor Liang Meun, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Mandalay to Chiang Mai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Myanmar Time (MMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Sukhothai, Thailand

— 2 nights

The rising of happiness

A trip to Sukhothai is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the Thai empire, which began in this city in the 13th century.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Wat Chetuphon, then take a memorable drive along Green E-bike Sukhothai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Traphang Thong, and finally delve into the distant past at Wat Trapang Tong Lang. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Phra Si Ratana Temple, then examine the collection at Sangkalok Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Si Hong.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sukhothai trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Sukhothai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in May, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trip

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.
The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat) and Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Assumption Cathedral and The Upper Terrace. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, look for gifts at Harmenstone - Siam Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Intharawihan, and stroll the grounds of Wat Ratchaburana Ratchaworawihan.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sukhothai to Bangkok takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Bangkok sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Patong, Thailand

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham. On your second day here, examine the collection at Phuket 3D Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patong Mosque.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Patong trip maker tool.

Fly from Bangkok to Patong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bangkok in May, things will get a bit cooler in Patong: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Khao Sok National Park.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trip

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

— 1 night
While on tour of Khao Sok National Park, you'll discover a dense jungle, towering karst formations, and a man-made lake.
On the 16th (Sun), make a trip to Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Khao Sok National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Patong to Khao Sok National Park in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Khao Sok National Park are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for George Town.

Things to do in Khao Sok National Park

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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George Town, Malaysia

— 4 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Explore hidden gems such as Penang House of Music and Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kapitan Keling Mosque and St. George's Anglican Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around George Town: Teluk Bahang (Kerachut Beach & Monkey Beach). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng), get engrossed in the history at Sun Yat Sen Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Batu Ferringhi Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the George Town trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Khao Sok National Park to George Town. Traveling from Khao Sok National Park in May, you will find days in George Town are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 23rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Royal Malaysia Police Museum, see the interesting displays at Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Thai Chetawan Temple (Wat Chetawan), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guan Di Temple Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid As-Syakirin, then steep yourself in history at Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, and then examine the collection at MinNature Malaysia.

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

Getting from George Town to Kuala Lumpur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Myanmar travel guide

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Monuments · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.

Phuket travel guide

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Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.

Penang travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Pearl of the Orient
Highly industrialized and urbanized, the island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Although most visitors come for the beaches and fishing villages, no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. Another highlight of Penang tourism are the many festivals, showcasing cultural diversity and offering foreign visitors a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the "Pearl of the Orient."