40 days in Asia Itinerary

40 days in Asia Itinerary

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40 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Ang Thong, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h 30​min
7
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry:  45​min
8
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Drive + Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
12
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
13
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), stop by El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan, and then view the masterpieces at De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Valley Thailand and then relax in the rural setting at Rai Ruen Rom Organic Farm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Rai travel route planner.

London, UK to Chiang Rai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Chiang Rai. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Chiang Rai hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Elephant Valley Thailand ©
Elephant Valley Thailand
El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan ©
El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community in Chom Thong--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chet Lin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai day trip site .

You can drive from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, get a dose of the wild on SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bangkok route planner.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In July in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Ang Thong, Thailand

Ang Thong ©
As the capital of a province of the same name, Ang Thong boasts a rich history--most notably as an outpost during the war against the Burmese and the birthplace of Nai Dok and Nai Thongkaeo, two of the war's venerated heroes.
On the 13th (Mon), go for a walk through Pha Jun Jaras Viewpoint, take in the dramatic natural features at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Blue Lagoon (Emerald Lake).

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ang Thong vacation planning site .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Ang Thong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ang Thong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Parks Nature
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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park ©
Pha Jun Jaras Viewpoint ©
Pha Jun Jaras Viewpoint
Blue Lagoon (Emerald Lake) ©
Blue Lagoon (Emerald Lake)

3
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Bophut is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stroll through Samui Elephant Sanctuary, have some family-friendly fun at Samui Football Golf Club, and kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bophut travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ang Thong to Bophut. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Food Tours
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by De' MARCO Fashions, enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, and then get outside with Ko Hong. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through PhraNang Cave Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Krabi Town trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Krabi Town when traveling from Bophut in July, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ko Hong
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De' MARCO Fashions ©
De' MARCO Fashions
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Nui Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Tong Bay, and Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don attractions planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. In July in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

3
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Ko Lanta is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, relax in the rural setting at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm, get your game on at Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Wall, and stop by Star Fashion.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
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Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Wall ©
Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Wall
Star Fashion ©
Star Fashion

2
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.
Kuala Lumpur is known for parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, and admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Lanta to Kuala Lumpur in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, car, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ko Lanta to Kuala Lumpur. In July in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Pub Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Siem Reap day trip website .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial City) and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An day trip website .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hue
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Food Tours
Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take a stroll through Old Quarter, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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