43 days in Asia Itinerary

43 days in Asia Itinerary

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43 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Juliaca, Peru
Fly:  37​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
7
Patong, Thailand
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
9
George Town, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Juliaca, Peru

5
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Phra Singh and Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. Step out of the city life by going to Thai Elephant Home and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Saen Muang Ma Luang, and stop by Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder .

Juliaca, Peru to Chiang Mai is an approximately 37-hour flight. Traveling from Juliaca to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Chiang Mai is much warmer than Juliaca - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Thai Elephant Home, Doi Inthanon
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Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong). Visit Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham and Wat Sensoukharam for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in February: highs in Luang Prabang hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Parks Nature
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm

2
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Tich Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, hunt for treasures at Morning Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Luang Neua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Mai Savanh Lao, then stroll around Buddha Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Vientiane vacation builder .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vientiane, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Wat Si Muang ©
Wat Si Muang

3
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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.
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Wat Phnom will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Central Market or Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving House. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Samai Distillery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving House
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

5
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 Baphuon Temple. Visit Ta Prohm and Ta Som for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, delve into the distant past at Pre Rup, and examine the collection at Cambodia Landmine Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap road trip site .

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
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Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic City of Ayutthaya and Big Buddha Temple. Get some historical perspective at Wat Pho and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Maha That & Wat Chaiwatthanaram). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, look for gifts at Raja's Fashions, and shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok trip site .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Big Buddha Temple
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

6
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Big Buddha Phuket are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Nai Harn Beach and Bang Tao Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Walking tours (in Khao Lak), Phang Nga Elephant Park (in Phang Nga) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town). There's lots more to do: stroll through Freedom Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patong Mosque, play a few rounds at Phuket Golf Leisure, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Patong day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Patong when traveling from Bangkok in March, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rawai, Phuket Town, Karon, Phang Nga Elephant Park, Bang Tao Beach
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Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Get outdoors at Cenang Beach and Tanjung Rhu Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Art In Paradise. There's lots more to do: walk around Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Langkawi tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Langkawi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach

4
nights
George Town, Malaysia

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kek Lok Si Temple and Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Armenian Street, stop by 5.4 North, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapitan Keling Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the George Town trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Langkawi to George Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Langkawi to George Town is minus 1 hour. In March in George Town, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Penang Island, Indochine Natural, Kek Lok Si Temple
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:
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Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Armenian Street ©
Armenian Street
Pinang Peranakan Mansion ©
Pinang Peranakan Mansion

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): walk around KL Bird Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Batu Caves, and then admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, then don't miss a visit to KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from George Town to Kuala Lumpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from George Town to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Central Market Kuala Lumpur ©
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves

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