50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 4 nights
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George Town, Malaysia
— 4 nights
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Pattaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Langkawi, Malaysia

— 4 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll get in some beach time at Tanjung Rhu Beach and Cenang Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls and Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave), admire the masterpieces at Art In Paradise, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Underwater World Langkawi.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Langkawi vacation planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Langkawi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Auckland to Langkawi. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Langkawi: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure

George Town, Malaysia

— 4 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Get some cultural insight at Armenian Street and Khoo Kongsi. Get some historical perspective at Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. When in George Town, make a side trip to see Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang, approximately Teluk Bahang away. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fort Cornwallis, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and admire the landmark architecture of Kek Lok Si Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our George Town tour planner.

You can fly from Langkawi to George Town in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Krabi Town.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 5 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tup Island and Railay View Point. We've included these beaches for you: Long Beach and Railay Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Krabi Town side-trips: Shark Diving (in Ko Lanta) and Lanta Animal Welfare (in Ban Sala Dan). There's still lots to do: stop by De' MARCO Fashions, stroll through Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai), head off the coast to Chicken Island, and kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach.

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Traveling by car from George Town to Krabi Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January, daytime highs in Krabi Town are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Patong, Thailand

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Escape the urban bustle at Green Elephant Sanctuary Park and Banana Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monkey Hill and The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Patong: Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn) and Promthep Cape (in Rawai). There's lots more to do: make a splash at Surf House Phuket - Kata Beach, get great views at Karon View Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Patong online tour planner.

Take a shuttle from Krabi Town to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. January in Patong sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Pattaya.

Things to do in Patong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pattaya, Thailand

— 4 nights

Resort City

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wang Sam Sien and Big Buddha Temple. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. When in Pattaya, make a side trip to see Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Si Racha, approximately Si Racha away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise Pattaya, kick back and relax at Pattaya Beach, and browse the different shops at CentralFestival Pattaya Beach.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pattaya day trip planning tool.

Fly from Patong to Pattaya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Preah Khan and Beng Mealea. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, stop by Artisans Angkor, brush up on your military savvy at War Museum Cambodia, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap attractions tool.

Drive from Pattaya to Siem Reap in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Quarter Luang Prabang and Wat Choumkhong. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kuang Si Butterfly Farm. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, steep yourself in history at Wat Tat Luang, and explore the world behind art at The Buddhist Archive of Photography.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January, Luang Prabang is little chillier than Siem Reap - with highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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 28th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Huay Xai online trip builder.

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Rescue Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. January in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vietnamese Women's Museum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Visiting Sung Sot Cave and Quan Lan Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bai Tu Long Bay and Dau Go Cave. Step out of Halong Bay with an excursion to Minh Chau beach in Quan Lan--about 1h 20 min away. On the 6th (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay travel planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trip

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and My Khe Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Step out of Hoi An to go to Da Nang and see Lady Buddha, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An vacation builder app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In February, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Hue are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

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.

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.