20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  21​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Chiang Man. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Ched Yot. Spend the 5th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, hunt for treasures at Night Bazaar, appreciate the history behind Three Kings Monument, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai route site .

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Chiang Mai is 13 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Chiang Mai at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Grand Palace and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Pho and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). When in Bangkok, make a side trip to see Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in Saraburi, approximately 2h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and hunt for treasures at Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok road trip planning app .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kbal Spean. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and experience rural life at Angkor Silk Farm.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip planner .

You can fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, and then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. In July in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers

4
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Sentosa Boardwalk for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple, wander the streets of Chinatown, and steep yourself in history at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Singapore visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. July in Singapore sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Singapore

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Fri), choose your vessel at Saigon Boat Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 1 hour. In July in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Tours Transportation
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online holiday planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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