36 days in Asia Itinerary

36 days in Asia Itinerary

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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Fly to Van Don, Bus to Honda Agent Hoang Quoc Viet, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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— 5 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 5 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Family-friendly places like Truly Vietnam Travel and Phu Quoc Countryside will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duong Dong: New Life Spa - Suc Song Moi Yoga & Spa (in An Thoi) and Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, look for gifts at From Vietnam Fair Trade & Gift Shop, and make a trip to Cao Dai Temple.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong online attractions planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Duong Dong is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip maker tool.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 1 night

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 18th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, examine the collection at National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh route planner.

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. December in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm will thrill your kids. Spend the 20th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

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

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town and then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hoi An driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Hoi An in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Siem Reap in December, plan for little chillier days in Hoi An, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then relax and rejuvenate at Royal Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Halong Bay trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, car, and ferry from Hoi An to Halong Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Spas · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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.
Kids will enjoy Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Old Quarter. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, stop by Le Chalet Cafe, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Hong Kong, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Lantau island. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), engage your brain at Hong Kong Science Museum, walk around Nan Lian Garden, and examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

Start your trip to Hong Kong by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 4th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planning tool.

Getting from Hong Kong to Hiroshima by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hong Kong to Hiroshima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in January, you will find days in Hiroshima are slightly colder (11°C), and nights are much colder (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Arashiyama. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tokyo Sea Life Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

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.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
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.