55 days in Asia Itinerary

55 days in Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 1 night
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly to Van Don, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Da Lat
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly to Dong Hoi Airport, Drive to Phong Nha
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Phong Nha, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive to Dong Hoi Airport, Fly to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Kampot, Cambodia
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Pattaya, Thailand
— 1 night
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
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Krabi Town, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Sukhothai, Thailand
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Pai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Vang Vieng, Laos
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Vientiane, Laos
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Beijing, China

— 2 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Beijing attractions planner.

London, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Beijing at 36°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Shanghai, China

— 1 night

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
On the 25th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally walk around Fuxing Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in June, expect nights in Shanghai to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks · Historic Sites

Seoul, South Korea

— 2 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, walk around Namsan Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Start your trip to Seoul by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Shanghai to Seoul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shanghai to Seoul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hoi An.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Tokyo to Hoi An in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Hoi An, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, head off the coast to Cat Ba Island, and then head off the coast to Ti Top Island. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Halong Bay takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Da Lat, Vietnam

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Lam Vien Square, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then make a trip to Crazy House.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Da Lat in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then stop by LiA Saigon, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City itinerary planner.

Fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Phong Nha.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Phong Nha, Vietnam

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha trip site.

Explore your travel options from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 1 night
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 13th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Phong Nha to Hanoi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours
Highlights from your trip

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 14th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sapa travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Singapore.
Highlights from your trip

Singapore, Singapore

— 3 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore is known for parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, explore the galleries of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, make a trip to Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, and explore and take pictures at Gardens by the Bay.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Singapore journey maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Singapore in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sapa to Singapore. July in Singapore sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 2 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Kinokuniya Book Stores, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at KL Bird Park, walk around KLCC Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, then admire the landmark architecture of Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Langkawi, Malaysia

— 1 night
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Cenang Beach, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Langkawi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom South Gate, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, and then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to Siem Reap takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to Siem Reap due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kampot.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites

Kampot, Cambodia

— 1 night
The riverside town of Kampot mixes evocative colonial architecture and a wealth of nearby natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Kep National Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Tiny Kampot Pillows, then see the interesting displays at La Plantation, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kampot Art Gallery.

You can plan Kampot trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Kampot takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pattaya.

Things to do in Kampot

Parks · Nature · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Pattaya, Thailand

— 1 night

Resort City

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pattaya Beach, explore the wide array of goods at Big C - Central Marina, then admire the landmark architecture of The Sanctuary Of Truth, then stop by Ama Fashion, and finally make a trip to Walking Street Pattaya.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pattaya journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Kampot to Pattaya with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Pattaya

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Koh Tao, Thailand

— 1 night

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 26th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then look for gifts at Flipflop and Treacle. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Tanot Bay, head off the coast to Koh Nang Yuan, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Aow Leuk Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Koh Tao travel route planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Pattaya to Koh Tao takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Koh Tao can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 1 night
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 28th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach, then kick back and relax at Railay Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Dao Art Gallery. On the next day, stop by Alex's Fashion, stroll through Ao Nang Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), and finally relax and rejuvenate at Body Kneads Thai Massage.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town vacation maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Krabi Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in July, plan for little chillier nights in Krabi Town, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, wander the streets of Khaosan Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip website.

You can fly from Krabi Town to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sukhothai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Sukhothai, Thailand

— 1 night

The rising of happiness

A trip to Sukhothai is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the Thai empire, which began in this city in the 13th century.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Maha That, delve into the distant past at Sukhothai Historical Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Traphang Thong.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sukhothai trip simple and quick.

Fly from Bangkok to Sukhothai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Sukhothai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pai.

Things to do in Sukhothai

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Pai, Thailand

— 1 night
Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Mae Yen, then take in breathtaking views at Pai Canyon, and then make a trip to The Land Split Pai Thailand.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pai trip planner.

Drive from Sukhothai to Pai in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. August in Pai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Pai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Sat), look for gifts at Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai, enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phan Tao, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai online trip maker.

Getting from Pai to Chiang Mai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stop by Queen Design Lao, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip builder site.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 1 night
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 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, then Head underground at Tham Nam (Water cave), and then Head underground at Tham Khan Cave.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vang Vieng sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Vientiane, Laos

— 1 night
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 10th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Lao National History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, then pause for some photo ops at Patuxai, and finally contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Vientiane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Vientiane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vientiane are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Mandalay.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Museums

Mandalay, Myanmar

— 1 night
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda, then admire the striking features of Shwenandaw Monastery, and then admire the striking features of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mandalay trip builder site.

Getting from Vientiane to Mandalay by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Vientiane to Mandalay due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Bogyoke Aung San Market, then appreciate the history behind Shwedagon Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Botahtaung Pagoda and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sule Pagoda.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yangon (Rangoon) travel route planning website.

Getting from Mandalay to Yangon (Rangoon) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Vietnam travel guide

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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.

Malaysia travel guide

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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.

Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
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.

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.