49 days in Asia Itinerary

49 days in Asia Itinerary

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Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 3 nights
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
— 3 nights
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 3 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Train to Da Nang, Taxi to Hoi An
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to 162 Ong Ich Khiem, Train to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Pokhara, Nepal

— 2 nights

Lake City

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pokhara trip itinerary planner.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Pokhara is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Pokhara, you'll lose 0.2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in April, with highs in Pokhara at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 3 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Make the 19th (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu online tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Pokhara to Kathmandu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pokhara in April, Kathmandu is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Paro, Bhutan

— 2 nights
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang, explore the activities along Paro River, contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong, and examine the collection at National Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paro tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Kathmandu to Paro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from Kathmandu to Paro, you'll lose 0.2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in April, with highs in Paro at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 3 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), cruise along Dochula Pass, stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, and pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Thimphu tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Thimphu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dhaka City.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Dhaka City, Bangladesh

— 3 nights

Rickshaw Capital of the World

One of the most congested and busiest cities in the world, Dhaka has a great deal to offer for everyone's taste.
Step out of Dhaka City with an excursion to Sonargaon Folk Art and Craft Museum in Sonargaon--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at National Parliament House, steep yourself in history at Sonargaon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Goaldi Mosque, and make a trip to Dhakeshwari Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Thimphu to Dhaka City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Thimphu to Dhaka City, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Dhaka City

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

— 3 nights

Garden City of the East

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Step out of Yangon (Rangoon) with an excursion to Bogyoke Aung San Market in Pabedan--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Shwedagon Pagoda, walk around Kandawgyi Park, get engrossed in the history at Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Botahtaung Pagoda.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yangon (Rangoon) travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dhaka City to Yangon (Rangoon) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dhaka City to Yangon (Rangoon). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Vientiane, Laos

— 3 nights
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 5th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Mekong Riverside Park, appreciate the history behind Black Stupa (That Dam), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat That Khao, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vientiane tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Yangon (Rangoon) to Vientiane in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Vientiane is 0.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Vientiane are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Spas · 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.
Step out of Luang Prabang to go to Nong Khiaw and see 100 Waterfalls, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Tours

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 19th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City attractions site.

Getting from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 3 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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, see the interesting displays at National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Phnom Penh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In May in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kandy road trip planning site.

Fly from Siem Reap to Kandy in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Siem Reap to Kandy. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs & Negombo Beach). Spend the 2nd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, stroll around Galle Face Green, and take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip website.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train; or drive. May in Colombo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Nepal travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

Bhutan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.

Bangladesh travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Some of Asia's longest rivers run through Bangladesh, forming the world's largest and most fertile delta. In addition to the Ganges, sacred to Hindus, hundreds of other waterways rank among the top tourist attractions in Bangladesh, offering access to lengthy beaches, islands, coral reefs, and the biggest mangrove forest in the world. In this densely populated country, giant urban centers house many different ethnic groups, creating a patchwork of cultures that makes this part of the world so intriguing to tourists. Consider beginning your tour of Bangladesh in Dhaka, a hectic city packed with old temples and swanky eateries serving a growing population of international expats.

Myanmar travel guide

3.8
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.

Laos travel guide

3.8
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.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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

4.1
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.

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.