43 days in Rio de Janeiro & Southeast Asia Itinerary

43 days in Rio de Janeiro & Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly
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Seminyak, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 day
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Tan Son Nhat
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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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.
Do your shopping at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas and Shopping Leblon. Visiting Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seminyak.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Pantai Sanur and Kuta Beach - Bali. When in Seminyak, make a side trip to see Mason Elephant Park in Tegalalang, approximately Tegalalang away. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Nacivet Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery, stop by Makassi, and admire the masterpieces at Purpa Fine Art Gallery Seminyak.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seminyak road trip planning app.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Seminyak in 29 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 11 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Seminyak

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Singapore, Singapore

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Shop till you drop at Orchard Road and Little India. Singapore Botanic Gardens and Peranakan Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo and look for all kinds of wild species at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Singapore online trip planner.

You can fly from Seminyak 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 February, daily temperatures in Singapore can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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 4th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of National Museum, then look for gifts at Happy Creations, then look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, then wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Get outdoors at Railay Beach and Ao Nang Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach, look for gifts at VICTORIA Fashion House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), and hike along Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Krabi Town online journey maker.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi Town in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi Town. Expect slightly colder evenings in Krabi Town when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the water at your own pace with La Moet Phuket, then make a trip to Big Buddha Phuket, and then stop by Alex Fashion House. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and then browse the different shops at Jungceylon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Patong road trip app.

You can drive from Krabi Town to Patong in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Patong, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.
Get some historical perspective at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra Singh. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Mengrai Kilns.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Patong in February since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Do your shopping at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Rubin Cloth Shop. Appreciate the collections at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and Cotic. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang in Da Nang, approximately Da Nang away. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Central Market, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, browse the exhibits of Ly Ly Art Gallery, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hoi An driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Hoi An takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and taxi. When traveling from Chiang Mai in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hoi An: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hoi An

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Ninh Binh, Vietnam

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 17th (Sun), Head underground at Trang An Grottoes.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hoi An to Ninh Binh in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hoi An in February, with highs in Ninh Binh at 24°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. Take a break from the city and head to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, learn about all things military at Vietnam Military History Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ho Chi Minh Museum, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Ninh Binh to Hanoi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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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.
On the 21st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks

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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.
Do your shopping at Ben Thanh Market and Coeverything. Get some historical perspective at The Independence Palace and Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, examine the collection at Ho Chi Minh City Museum, and view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City tour builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. February in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites

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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 Wat Phnom. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Royal Palace will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving House in Kandal Steung (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, and view the masterpieces at Din Art Gallery.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh trip planning app.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In February in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Get some historical perspective at Angkor Thom and Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, explore the galleries of One Eleven Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Angkor Artwork E&T Stocker.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap day trip website.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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 on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nightlife

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Wat Saket will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.

Krabi Province travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Visitors usually come back from their holiday in Krabi Province deeply impressed by the region's natural attractions, which include white-sand beaches, extensive coral reefs, numerous waterfalls, caves, and more than 130 islands. The area encompasses some of the most popular destinations floating just off the picturesque Andaman Coast, including the six islands protected as a national park of impressive natural beauty. Most tours of Krabi Province include an exploration of the vertical karst formations jutting from the sea, a dramatic backdrop for water-based adventures. Although mass tourism in the province increasingly exerts pressure, many of the islands here retain a relaxed feel and offer a bit of solitude in a heavenly tropical setting.

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.

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.