45 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

45 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia visit planner

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Drive
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
Bus to Vientiane, Fly to Pakse
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Pakse, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Bus to Ha Long Bai Chay Bus Station, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 1 night
Bus
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Koh Rong, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, get great views at Wat Saket, and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bangkok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Bangkok reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Wongwan Strawberry Farm (in Samoeng). Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Chiang Mai. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiang Rai, Thailand

— 2 nights
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Huay Pla Kang, then stroll around Singha Park, then admire the striking features of Wat Rong Khun, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple), admire the masterpieces at Baan Dam Museum, and then browse the exhibits of De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Rai day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in November: highs in Chiang Rai hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Huay Xai, Laos

— 1 night
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
On the 11th (Thu), make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Experience Office, and then make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Huay Xai online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Chiang Rai to Huay Xai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Wildlife · Parks

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, and admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang visit planner.

You can drive from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang in 8 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then Head underground at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): Head underground at Tham Chang, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vang Vieng holiday tool.

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Pakse, Laos

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to Dao Heuang Market, then explore the ancient world of Wat Phu, and then look for gifts at Chez Maman. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, then take in the views from Lao Nippon Bridge, and then relax and rejuvenate at Champasak Spa Wellness Center Laos.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pakse day trip tool.

Getting from Vang Vieng to Pakse by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Pakse, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Pakse

Spas · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip maker.

You can drive from Pakse to Hue in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Pakse in November, you will find days in Hue are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Da Nang (Tran Thi Ly Bridge & Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, enjoy some diversion at Henna Art Hoi An, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An vacation builder app.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Old Quarter, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Sapa, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Sun), hike along Si Trekking Sa Pa, look for gifts at Indigo Cat, and then take a stroll through Hang Da Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sapa trip website.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Sapa

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
Take a break from Halong Bay with a short trip to Cat Ba Island in Cat Ba, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, look for gifts at Lucy Henna, and admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Blonde, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, examine the collection at National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh itinerary planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

— 1 night
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
On the 7th (Tue), stop by Unique, stroll through Otres Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sihanoukville tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Koh Rong.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Parks · Beaches · Spas · Outdoors

Koh Rong, Cambodia

— 2 nights
A slice of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Koh Rong stands out as one of Cambodia's premier beachside escapes.
On the 8th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Coconut Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Jungle zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Rong.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Koh Rong itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koh Rong

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife