43 days in Asia Itinerary

43 days in Asia Itinerary

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43 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  17 h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 15 min
3
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Maret, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  10 h 30 min
8
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
11
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
13
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Dublin, Ireland


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4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Do your shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market and Khaosan Road. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Pattaya (Pattaya Beach & Jomtien Beach). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), wander the streets of Chinatown - Bangkok, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bangkok attractions planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Bangkok is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in July: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pattaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

4
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra Singh. Change things up with a short trip to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Wattana Art Gallery, look for gifts at Mengrai Kilns, and explore the galleries of Glang-Viang Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chiang Mai online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. July in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Tha Pae Walking Street, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

6
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine and Wat Phu Khao Noi. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Salad Beach and Mae Haad Beach. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Secret Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Maret.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mae Haad Beach ©
Mae Haad Beach
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi

2
nights
Maret, Thailand

Maret ©
Maret, a bustling area on the island of Koh Samui, offers an abundance of activities and small settlements along a stretch of attractive coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): wander the streets of Fisherman’s Village, stop by Classic International Suits, then enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, and finally get your game on at Lazgam Laser Games Koh Samui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach), then make a trip to Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Maret online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ko Pha Ngan to Maret in 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Maret

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bophut, Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai
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Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fisherman’s Village ©
Fisherman’s Village

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Rubin Cloth Shop or Big C Market. Take a break from the city and head to The Marble Mountains and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Imperial City in Hue, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Maret to Hoi An with the Route module. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hue, The Marble Mountains
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

4
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison will appeal to history buffs. Head to TiredCity Hang Bong and Bui Mai Hien Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of Hanoi to go to Ninh Binh and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, buy something for everyone on your list at D&C Art Gallery HQ, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and explore the galleries of Empty Wall Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary website .

Fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, look for gifts at Hieu Stone, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley and then take a stroll through Ta Phin Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sapa trip planner .

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hon Ga Choi Island ©
Hon Ga Choi Island
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ben Thanh Market or Drink Vietnam. Visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and The Independence Palace for their historical value. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, browse the exhibits of Vietnam Silver House, take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

4
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Head to Angkor Artwork E&T Stocker and OFF TRACK Accessories - handmade, fair, uniquefor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get engrossed in the history at Escape Break.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

3
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kuang Si Waterfall and Mount Phousi. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, and examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

1
night
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): Head underground at Tham Nam (Water cave), then look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Wat That ©
Wat That

2
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
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 17th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Luang Neua, and finally stop by Mai Savanh Lao. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, then admire the sheer force of Vientiane Orchidees, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vientiane online journey maker .

Getting from Vang Vieng to Vientiane by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Ho Phra Keo ©
Wat Ho Phra Keo

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