43 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

43 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

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Seminyak, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly to Krabi, Ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 day
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Seminyak, Indonesia

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Let the collections at Nacivet Art Gallery and The Gallery capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Purpa Fine Art Gallery Seminyak and Nyaman Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Mason Elephant Park (in Tegalalang), Pantai Sanur (in Sanur) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirta Empul Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuta Beach - Bali, stroll through Seminyak Beach, and stop by Nyaman Boutique.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seminyak holiday site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Seminyak is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Seminyak due to the time zone difference. January in Seminyak sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Seminyak

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): head off the coast to Ko Phi Phi Le, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don tour itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Seminyak to Ko Phi Phi Don in 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seminyak to Ko Phi Phi Don. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
For shopping fun, head to Jungceylon or Alex Fashion House. We've included these beaches for you: Patong Beach and Kata Beach. Go for a jaunt from Patong to Chalong to see Big Buddha Phuket about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with La Moet Phuket, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach, don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Patong attractions planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 3 hours. January in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Theam's Gallery and Angkor Artwork E&T Stocker. Do some cultural sightseeing at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Siem Reap takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and National Museum. Head to Din Art Gallery and Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving Housefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

Before you visit Phnom Penh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
War Remnants Museum and Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Ben Thanh Market and Vietnam ART Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), look for gifts at Xeo Xo Sai Gon, and examine the collection at Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

You can 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 February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Hoi An, Vietnam

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 explore and learn at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Cotic. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and Hoi An Ancient Town. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang (in Da Nang) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, and browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, Hoi An is little chillier than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Hue, Vietnam

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hue trip planner.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Ho Chi Minh Museum and 54 Traditions Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Quarter, explore the galleries of K S and Friends Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University.

Plan my day in Hanoi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xiengthong, and finally look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center. On your second day here, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, and finally admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Bangkok, Thailand

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Pho and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Grand Palace and Khaosan Road. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

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Fly from Luang Prabang to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Luang Prabang in February since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Shop till you drop at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas and Shopping Leblon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Imperial Museum and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Bangkok to Rio de Janeiro in 26 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Rio de Janeiro is minus 10 hours. February in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.

Phuket travel guide

3.9
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.

Cambodia travel guide

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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.

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

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.