42 days in Asia Itinerary

42 days in Asia Itinerary

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42 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
2
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + taxi + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
11
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
12
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Bangkok to Ayutthaya to see Wat Mahathat about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), browse the range of quality goods at Mango Mojito Shoes, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip builder tool .

Manchester, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Bangkok is 7 hours. In April, Bangkok is warmer than Manchester - with highs of 41°C and lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

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
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 26th (Sun), kick back and relax at Laem Thian and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Koh Tao road trip tool .

Getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Bangkok in April, plan for little chillier days in Koh Tao, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Patong: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Patong Beach, kick back and relax at Karon Beach, and hit the bull's-eye at Game Space Laser Battle.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Patong online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Koh Tao to Patong in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in April, Patong is little chillier at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket, Phang Nga Bay.
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

4
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 nature, wildlife, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, kick back and relax at Maya Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

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

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, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Siem Reap trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, then examine the collection at National Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh road trip planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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 museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, get out on two wheels at Countryside Adventures, and take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip tool .

Getting from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial City). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online visit planner .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hoi An are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hue, The Marble Mountains
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

3
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

4
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take a stroll through Old Quarter.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi road trip website .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Adventure
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, make a trip to Vat Visounarath, experience rural life at The Living Land Company, and take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Luang Prabang travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Parks Shopping
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai day trip planner.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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