50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

50 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Taxi to Da Nang, Train to Hue
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive to Wenshan, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Pattaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Taxi to Koh Samui, Fly to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Similan Islands, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Food Tours. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower, appreciate the history behind President ho Chi Minh Statue, don't miss a visit to Phố đi bộ Nguyễn Huệ, and admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 1 night
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, indulge in some personalized pampering at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage, and then see what you can catch with John's Tours.

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You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
On the 26th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nha Trang Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang route tool.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Nha Trang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. On the 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by The Timeless Hoi An, and steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien).

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Hue, Vietnam

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Thai Hoa Palace, and delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs.

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Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hoi An in December: highs in Hue hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 3 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency. Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Han River Bridge, don't miss a visit to Chùa Linh Ứng, admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Da Nang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castaway Island and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba, approximately Cat Ba away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Da Nang to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Transportation

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanoi: Ninh Binh (Trang An Grottoes & Nature & Wildlife Tours). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, get curious at Vietnam National Museum of Nature, and take in the views from Long Bien Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planning tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Sapa, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ho Chi Minh Friendship Monument and Sapa Lake. There's lots more to do: make a trip to O Quy Ho Heaven Gate, explore and take pictures at Deo Tram Ton, pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church, and take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Sapa trip planner.

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Sapa

Shopping · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Doi Mon Cham (in Mae Raem) and Mon Jam (in Mae Rim). Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on Elephant Special Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Lok Molee, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Chiang Mai Women Correctional Institution Vocational Training Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai tour planning app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Sapa to Chiang Mai in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Chang (Monastery of the Elephant), Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, &more). There's much more to do: get great views at Wat Saket, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), explore the wide array of goods at Terminal 21, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ramayana Water Park and Art in Paradise Pattaya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pattaya: Si Racha (Khao Kheow Country Club & Khao Kheow Open Zoo). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, kick back and relax at Sai Kaew Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and examine the collection at Teddy Bear Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pattaya travel planning website.

You can take a shuttle from Bangkok to Pattaya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bophut, Thailand

— 2 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 1st (Sat), play a few rounds at Koh Samui Golf Academy, relax and rejuvenate at Anodas Spa, then don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, then look for gifts at New Top Collection Suits, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chinese Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Scuba and Tours, stroll through Cobra Show Thailand, then make a trip to Wat Sila Ngu Temple, then relax in the rural setting at We Green, and finally get great views at Lad Koh View Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bophut road trip app.

Getting from Pattaya to Bophut by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Pattaya in December, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 2 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), get great views at Railay View Point, and then head off the coast to Poda Island. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Ko Hong, head off the coast to Tup Island, and then head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krabi Town online tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bophut to Krabi Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bophut in January, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Krabi Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 5th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Khlong Chak Waterfall, kick back and relax at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), then stroll through Diamond Cliff Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Khlong Khong Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Khao Mai Kaew Cave, then take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, and finally stop by The Boss Collection.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Lanta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Similan Islands.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Similan Islands, Thailand

— 1 night
Divers across the globe come to the Similan Islands to holiday.
On the 7th (Fri), head off the coast to Ko Tachai Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Head Rock.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Similan Islands trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ko Lanta to Similan Islands. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Similan Islands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Phuket Town, Thailand

— 3 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Panwa Cape, then indulge in some personalized pampering at NARA Massage & Spa Phuket, then see some colorful creatures with No Gravity Dive Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuket Elephant Park and then get great views at Khao Rang Hill View Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Phuket Town trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Similan Islands to Phuket Town. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Fishing Charters & Tours · Spas
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.

Ko Samui travel guide

3.9
Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.

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.

Phuket travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.