20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  20 h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  3 h
4
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Subway:  3 h 30 min
5
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Subway + Fly:  3 h
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  25 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 Phra That Doi Suthep. Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chiang Man. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some photo ops at Three Kings Monument, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ched Yot.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Chiang Mai driving holiday site.

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 13 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and Chao Phraya River. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, and hunt for treasures at Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok day trip planning tool.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, Bangkok is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kbal Spean. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and experience rural life at Angkor Silk Farm.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Bangkok to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

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 23rd (Sat), walk around KL Bird Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Batu Caves, and then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur travel route builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Nature Wildlife

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.
Family-friendly places like Singapore Zoo and Changi Beach will thrill your kids. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Step out of Singapore with an excursion to Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Helix Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

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Traveling by combination of train, flight, and subway from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Singapore can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the water at your own pace with Saigon Boat Company, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then make a trip to The Independence Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker.

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in January, plan for little chillier nights in Ho Chi Minh City, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Transportation Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): 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).

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hanoi tour planning website.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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