50 days in Asia Itinerary

50 days in Asia Itinerary

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50 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  15 h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Chanthaburi, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Trat, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
4
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h
5
Koh Rong, Cambodia
— 7 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  7 h 30 min
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
8
Don Det, Laos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Pakse, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
10
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
12
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 45 min
13
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
14
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
15
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
16
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Brussels, Belgium

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.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and The Grand Palace will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Bang Saen Beach and Chao Phraya River. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, and take a stroll through Sukhumvit.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok journey planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Bangkok is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Bangkok, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in March, things will get much hotter in Bangkok: highs are around 40°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chanthaburi.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bang Saen Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
Chanthaburi, Thailand

Chanthaburi ©
A small town on the east coast of Thailand and the capital of the eponymous province, Chanthaburi offers an interesting cultural and architectural mix due to Chinese and Vietnamese settlement and the French occupation that took place between 1893 and 1905.
Khao Khitchakut National park and National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Kung Wiman Beach and Kung Krabane Wildlife Reserve. Step out of Chanthaburi to go to Na Yai Am and see Noen phraya, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ao Krating, take in the waterfront at King Taksin The Great Shipyard, stroll through Chao Lao Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khao Sukim.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chanthaburi online visit planner .

Drive from Bangkok to Chanthaburi in 3.5 hours. March in Chanthaburi sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Trat.

Things to do in Chanthaburi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tha Mai, Na Yai Am, Ao Krating, Khao Khitchakut National park
Highlights from your plan
Khao Khitchakut National park ©
Khao Khitchakut National park
Chao Lao Beach ©
Chao Lao Beach
Kung Wiman Beach ©
Kung Wiman Beach

2
nights
Trat, Thailand

Trat ©
Trat is a town in Thailand, capital of Trat Province and the Mueang Trat district. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get outside with Salakphet Mangrove Walkway, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Buppharam or Wat Plai Klong, then admire the local landmark of Yuttanavi Memorial Monument at Ko Chang, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Trat Museum, then see the interesting displays at Chao Por Lak Muang Trat Shrine, and then make a trip to Residanggamport Residence.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Trat attractions planner.

You can drive from Chanthaburi to Trat in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trat

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Laem Ngop
Highlights from your plan
Chao Por Lak Muang Trat Shrine ©
Chao Por Lak Muang Trat Shrine
Trat Museum ©
Trat Museum
Residanggamport Residence ©
Residanggamport Residence

2
nights
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville ©
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
Take a break from the city and head to Otres Beach and Serendipity Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Krom Temple and Classic Car Showroom & Jewelry Boutique. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Phsar Leu Market, and look for gifts at Samudera.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sihanoukville sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Trat to Sihanoukville in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Koh Rong.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Serendipity Beach ©
Serendipity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
nights
Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong ©
A slice of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Koh Rong stands out as one of Cambodia's premier beachside escapes.
Get outdoors at Sok San Beach and Jungle zoo. Step off the beaten path and head to Koh Rong and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: get your game on at Kohrong Blob Jump.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Koh Rong road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong takes 2 hours. You will leave for Phnom Penh on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Koh Rong

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sok San Beach ©
Sok San Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Rong ©
Koh Rong

3
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amazing Cambodia and Cambodian Creations. For shopping fun, head to D.Hindley or Russian Market. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Friends 'n' Stuff, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall, and hunt for treasures at Central Market.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip maker website .

Do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight from Koh Rong to Phnom Penh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In March, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Shopping Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Russian Market ©
Russian Market
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Central Market ©
Central Market

2
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at Mademoiselle Thyda, then look for gifts at Mekong Quilts, and finally stop by Very Berry -Handmade in Cambodia. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Angkor National Museum ©
Angkor National Museum
Spas & Wellness

5
nights
Don Det, Laos

Don Det ©
Take a break from the city and head to Tat Somphamit Waterfalls and Khone Phapheng Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Don Khone Island and Li Phi Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Don Det itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Siem Reap to Don Det. You will leave for Pakse on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Don Det

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Don Khone, Nakasong Pier
Highlights from your plan
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls ©
Tad Somphamit Waterfalls
Don Khone Island ©
Don Khone Island
Old French Railway Bridge ©
Old French Railway Bridge

2
nights
Pakse, Laos

Pakse ©
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 1st (Mon): look for gifts at Dream Weavers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pha Bat, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Pha Suam Waterfall. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Tad Yuang Waterfalls, make a trip to Pakse Chinese Temple, then don't miss a visit to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, and finally don't miss a visit to The Chinese Vat SopSe - Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pakse online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Don Det to Pakse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Pakse can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Pakse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tad Pha Suam Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall ©
Tad Pha Suam Waterfall
Dream Weavers ©
Dream Weavers
Phu Salao, Golden Buddha ©
Phu Salao, Golden Buddha

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 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, relax in the rural setting at Mulberries, then stop by Lao Textiles, and finally steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang). On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vientiane Orchidees.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vientiane online travel route builder .

You can fly from Pakse to Vientiane in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pakse in April, Vientiane is slightly colder at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

3
nights
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 5th (Fri): head outdoors with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Vang Vieng road trip planner.

Getting from Vientiane to Vang Vieng by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll ©
Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to St. Joseph's Cathedral and then look for gifts at Chula fashion showroom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Craft-Link, look for gifts at Indigo Store, then stop by Phuc Loi Shop, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, and finally stop by The Bookworm Hanoi.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Vang Vieng to Hanoi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
54 Traditions Gallery ©
54 Traditions Gallery

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
On the 10th (Wed), Head underground at Paradise Cave, admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at The Duck Stop and then kick back and relax at Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop, then stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop, then explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum of Royal Antiquities, then look for gifts at Anh Silk, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hue day trip site .

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April in Hue, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Shopping Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Perfume River ©
Perfume River

2
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.
On the 14th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, look for gifts at Bibi Silk, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cua Dai Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by Buffalo Leather Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An journey planning website .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Thermal Spas

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.
On the 16th (Tue), look for gifts at Dominique Saint Paul Saigon, then make a trip to Dong Khoi Street, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally stop by Flame Tree by Zakka. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Veritas Bespoke, look for all kinds of wild species at Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, then look for gifts at Villa Royale Antiques and Tea Room, and finally stop by Thuy Design House.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Hoi An, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dong Khoi Street ©
Dong Khoi Street
Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve ©
Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve

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