40 days in Asia Itinerary

40 days in Asia Itinerary

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40 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  9​h 45​min
1
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
2
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 30​min
10
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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 Sung Sot Cave and Bãi Cháy Bridge. Step out of Halong Bay to go to Cat Ba and see Cat Ba Island, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Halong Bay is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Halong Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Old Quarter Luang Prabang. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath, and examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Parks Nature
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Old Quarter Luang Prabang ©
Old Quarter Luang Prabang

4
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and My Khe Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mỹ Sơn in Duy Xuyen District (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, view the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hoi An online trip builder .

Getting from Luang Prabang to Hoi An by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Luang Prabang in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Hoi An. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

3
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, and delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hue trip itinerary site .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 Food Tours and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City attractions planner .

You can fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hue in January, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours
Walking tours

4
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Sisowath Quay. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, make a trip to Cambodia Post Office, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and see the interesting displays at National Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. February in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Walking tours
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

4
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, browse the different shops at Pavilion KL, get engrossed in the history at National Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Phnom Penh to Kuala Lumpur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phnom Penh to Kuala Lumpur. In February, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Walking tours

3
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, kick back and relax at Cenang Beach, and explore the world behind art at Art In Paradise.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Langkawi vacation site .

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Langkawi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park ©
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach

3
nights
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pidurangala Rock and Gal Vihara. Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Langkawi to Sigiriya in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Langkawi to Sigiriya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

3
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galle Fort and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Galle road trip planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Unawatuna Devol Devalaya
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Spas

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