12 days in South America & Asia Itinerary

12 days in South America & Asia Itinerary

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12 days in South America & Asia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  27​h
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Karon, Thailand
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  31​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

1
day
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 22nd (Sat), wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip website .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. In February in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

2
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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Bangkok in 27 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Bangkok: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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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
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.
On the 27th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, then admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bangkok to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in February; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 35°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong

1
night
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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.
On the 28th (Fri), make a trip to The Marble Mountains, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hoi An day trip planner .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Hoi An in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Luang Prabang in February, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Hoi An: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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 29th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, and then explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip maker .

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 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Karon.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

1
night
Karon, Thailand

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
On the 3rd (Tue), stroll through Patong Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then make a trip to Bangla Road, and finally look for gifts at Dress Men Fashion.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Karon travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Siem Reap to Karon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Karon can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Patong
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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