18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Krabi, Bus to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus to Krabi, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Krabi Town, Thailand

— 2 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Krabi Town is known for beaches, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Railay Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), see some colorful creatures with Sea Gypsy Divers, and enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town day trip app.

Paris, France to Krabi Town is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Paris to Krabi Town due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Krabi Town at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, then contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and finally explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and finally explore the ancient world of Preah Khan.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Siem Reap in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, look for gifts at The House of Saigon, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Independence Palace, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip tool.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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 31st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, then wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy, then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally walk around 100 Waterfalls. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, then examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang travel route planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Luang Prabang, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chet Lin, then take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in January, you will find days in Chiang Mai are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 5 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, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho.

Plan my day in Bangkok using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

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 · 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.

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.

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.