23 days in South America & Asia Itinerary

23 days in South America & Asia Itinerary

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23 days in South America & Asia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
8
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  2​h 15​min
9
Maret, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
10
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 4 nights
+4
ferry + taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  36​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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night
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), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online day trip planner .

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, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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

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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: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok day trip site .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Bangkok by flight takes about 27 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Bangkok. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in February: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and then admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, admire the striking features of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and then look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Luang Prabang itinerary site .

You can fly from Bangkok to Luang Prabang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in February, expect Luang Prabang to be slightly colder, temps between 35°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

2
nights
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 1st (Sun), look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Luang Prabang, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 3rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City attractions planning website .

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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hoi An in March: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh visit app .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can 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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, and then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pub Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, then steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

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night
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 8th (Sun), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at May & Co. General Store and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Koh Tao trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Siem Reap to Koh Tao by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. When traveling from Siem Reap in March, plan for slightly colder days in Koh Tao, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Maret.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
May & Co. General Store ©
May & Co. General Store

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Maret, Thailand

Maret ©
Maret, a bustling area on the island of Koh Samui, offers an abundance of activities and small settlements along a stretch of attractive coastline.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): wander the streets of Fisherman’s Village and then stop by Classic International Suits.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Maret day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Koh Tao to Maret in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in March, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Maret

Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Bophut
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Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Fisherman’s Village ©
Fisherman’s Village

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nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ko Bida Nok, enjoy the sand and surf at Loh Dalum Beach, and head off the coast to Mosquito Island.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don journey maker .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Maret to Ko Phi Phi Don in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Maret in March, you will find days in Ko Phi Phi Don are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are little chillier (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

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