55 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

55 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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55 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  13​h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
train:  13​h 30​min
2
Aswan, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
4
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
6
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sandakan, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kota Kinabatangan, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Sandakan, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
10
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
11
Mae Sot, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Myawadi, Myanmar
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
13
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
14
Nyaungshwe, Myanmar
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
15
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
16
Mae Sot, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
17
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
18
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
19
Huay Xai, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
20
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
End: Luang Prabang, Laos

2
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Khan Al-Khalili, Cairo Citadel and Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, & more) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairo trip planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Cairo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cairo. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect Cairo to be warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

2
nights
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
You've now added Abu Simbel Temple Complex to your itinerary. On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple and then steep yourself in history at Nubian Village. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aswan trip builder website .

You can fly from Cairo to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cairo in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Aswan, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Highlights from your plan
Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Nubian Village ©
Nubian Village

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Hod Hod Soliman Hot Air Balloons has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, enjoy unforgettable views with Hod Hod Soliman Hot Air Balloons, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, and then explore the ancient world of Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II).

Discover how to plan a Luxor trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aswan to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Luxor can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

4
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and The Heavenly Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hurghada: Sharm El Sheikh (Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh & Scuba & Snorkeling). It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Sharm El Naga.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hurghada online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Luxor in November since evenings lows in Hurghada dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Sharm El Sheikh
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sharm El Naga ©
Sharm El Naga

1
night
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Ibn Tulun.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Hurghada to Cairo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in November, expect nights in Cairo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Highlights from your plan
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Mosque of Al-Azhar ©
Mosque of Al-Azhar
Cave Church ©
Cave Church

4
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jalan Alor, Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur, Perdana Botanical Garden, and other attractions. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, and walk around KLCC Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Cairo to Kuala Lumpur in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cairo to Kuala Lumpur. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in November: high temperatures in Kuala Lumpur hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Batu Caves
Highlights from your plan
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
KLCC Park ©
KLCC Park

5
nights
Sandakan, Malaysia

Sandakan
Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
You've now added Turtle Island Park to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sandakan using our trip planner.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kota Kinabatangan.

Things to do in Sandakan

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Turtle Island Park ©
Turtle Island Park
Turtle Island Park ©
Turtle Island Park

2
nights
Kota Kinabatangan, Malaysia

Kota Kinabatangan ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gomantong Cave Sandakan and Sandakan Rainforest Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kota Kinabatangan route builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sandakan to Kota Kinabatangan. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabatangan

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sandakan
Highlights from your plan
Sandakan Rainforest Park ©
Sandakan Rainforest Park
Gomantong Cave Sandakan ©
Gomantong Cave Sandakan

1
night
Sandakan, Malaysia

Sandakan
For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sandakan online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Kota Kinabatangan to Sandakan with the Route module. You will leave for Bangkok on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Patong Beach and then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket and then get great views at Promthep Cape.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Phuket Town online trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Sandakan to Phuket Town with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Sandakan to Phuket Town is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off toMae Sot.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Patong, Promthep Cape
Highlights from your plan
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
nights
Mae Sot, Thailand

Mae Sot ©
Mae Sot is a city in western Thailand that shares a border with Burma to the west. On the 24th (Sun), snap pictures at Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, don't miss a visit to Hilltribe Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Thai Wattanaram.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Mae Sot trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Phuket Town to Mae Sot. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Myawadi.

Things to do in Mae Sot

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wat Thai Wattanaram ©
Wat Thai Wattanaram
Hilltribe Market ©
Hilltribe Market
Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge ©
Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge

4
nights
Myawadi, Myanmar

Myawadi
To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Myawadi day trip website .

Myawadi is just a stone's throw from Mae Sot. In November, daily temperatures in Myawadi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll set off for Yangon (Rangoon) on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Myawadi

Fun & Games Casinos

3
nights
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Change things up with a short trip to Shwemawdaw Paya in Bago (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Shwedagon Pagoda, stop by My-Hoya Gem and Jewelry Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swe Taw Myat Pagoda, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yangon (Rangoon) road trip site .

Getting from Myawadi to Yangon (Rangoon) by car takes about 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nyaungshwe.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shwemawdaw Paya
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

3
nights
Nyaungshwe, Myanmar

Nyaungshwe ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Inle Lake and Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nyaungshwe: Taunggyi (Indein Village, Sagar Village, & more) and Spas (in Kalaw).

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nyaungshwe travel route planner.

Getting from Yangon (Rangoon) to Nyaungshwe by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Nyaungshwe

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Taunggyi, Yadana Man Aung Pagoda, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Inle Lake ©
Inle Lake
Indein Village ©
Indein Village
Floating Gardens ©
Floating Gardens

2
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
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 6th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanda Muni Paya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Shwenandaw Monastery and then admire the landmark architecture of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mandalay tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nyaungshwe to Mandalay in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mae Sot.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Mae Sot, Thailand

Mae Sot ©
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Unity Temple and then make a trip to Wat Mani Phraison.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mae Sot journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mandalay to Mae Sot. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Mae Sot

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wat Mani Phraison ©
Wat Mani Phraison

2
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
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 9th (Mon), stroll through Elephant Rescue Park, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pan Tao, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and finally examine the collection at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).

Before you visit Chiang Mai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Mae Sot to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

3
nights
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Pra That Pukhao. Venture out of the city with trips to Mae Fa Luang (Hall of Inspiration & Doi Tung) and 212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น (in Chiang Saen). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Wat Rong Khun, make a trip to Wat Phra Singh, admire the masterpieces at Baan Dam Museum, and take in the natural beauty of Pong Phra Bat Hot spring.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Rai travel site .

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Chiang Rai is a bit cooler than Chiang Mai - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chiang Saen, Mae Fa Luang
Highlights from your plan
Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun
Baan Dam Museum ©
Baan Dam Museum

2
nights
Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Wat Chomkao Manilat and then make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Huay Xai journey planner .

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Huay Xai takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for Luang Prabang on the 15th (Sun).
Highlights from your plan
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

2
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Luangprabang Elephant Camp and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip planning tool .

Getting from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. December in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

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