23 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

23 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 4 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 nights

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.
On the 25th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, stop by The Craft House Old Quarter - Souvenirs & Gifts Shop, see Off-Road Tours, and steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Hanoi is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Hanoi is 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 4 nights

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.
Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Tran Thi Ly Bridge in Da Nang, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, find something for the whole family at Hoi An Memories Land, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hoi An travel planning tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Hoi An by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Hoi An are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manila.
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Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Manila, Philippines — 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by SM Mall of Asia and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Manila Ocean Park. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Intramuros, walk around Fort Santiago, then stroll around Rizal Park, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum.

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You can fly from Hoi An to Manila in 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hoi An to Manila. In September, daily temperatures in Manila can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Boracay.
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Boracay, Philippines — 4 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at White Beach, don't miss a visit to Willy's Rock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mangrove Nursery.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Manila to Boracay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Manila in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Boracay: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
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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 7th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then stop by Lucy Henna, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Ho Chi Minh City in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Boracay in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

Charming City

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.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then get in on the family fun at Fly Phnom Penh, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at National Museum, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, view the masterpieces at Lotus Space, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market.

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Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pub Street, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, then delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, and finally look for gifts at Soieries du Mekong.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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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 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and finally admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong. On your second day here, stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, make a trip to Vat Visounarath, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and finally don't miss a visit to Wat Manorom.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Siem Reap in October, Luang Prabang is little chillier at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Vientiane.
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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.
On the 15th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Wat That Luang Neua, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), and finally walk around Mekong Riverside Park.

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Fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vientiane are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
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.
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Laos travel guide

3.9
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.
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