23 days in Asia Itinerary

23 days in Asia Itinerary

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23 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  25​h
1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Bagan, Myanmar
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mae Fa Luang, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Chiang Saen, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 1 night
8
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, then Head underground at Batu Caves, then see the interesting displays at Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara), view the masterpieces at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, then get curious at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, then have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Chicago to Kuala Lumpur. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Kuala Lumpur hover around 92°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, Batu Caves
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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia ©
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
National Mosque (Masjid Negara) ©
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)

2
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, then admire the striking features of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, then admire the striking features of Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung), and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mandalay day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Mandalay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Mandalay due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bagan.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwezigon Paya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananda Temple, then steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda, and finally delve into the distant past at Bagan Temples. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Dhammayan Gyi Temple, get some fabulous bargains at Shwe La Yaung Lacquerware Shop, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhammayazika Pagoda.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bagan itinerary builder .

Drive from Mandalay to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Shwezigon Pagoda ©
Shwezigon Pagoda
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Shwesandaw Pagoda ©
Shwesandaw Pagoda

2
nights
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), examine the collection at Oub Kham Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun, view the masterpieces at Art Bridge Chiang Rai, then explore the world behind art at Baan Dam Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple), take a stroll through Longneck Karen Village, then take in the natural beauty of Pong Phra Bat Hot spring, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Rai tour itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Bagan to Chiang Rai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in February, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mae Fa Luang.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple) ©
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple)
Baan Dam Museum ©
Baan Dam Museum

1
night
Mae Fa Luang, Thailand

Mae Fa Luang ©
The green mountains of Mae Fa Luang sit on the Thailand-Myanmar border, in Thailand's far northern reaches.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Doi Tung Royal Villa, examine the collection at Hall of Inspiration, then make a trip to Watphrathat Doi Tung, then take in the awesome beauty at Doi Tung, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mae Fah Luang Garden.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mae Fa Luang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Mae Fa Luang takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Mae Fa Luang can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chiang Saen.

Things to do in Mae Fa Luang

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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Doi Tung ©
Doi Tung
Doi Tung Royal Villa ©
Doi Tung Royal Villa
Hall of Inspiration ©
Hall of Inspiration

1
night
Chiang Saen, Thailand

Chiang Saen ©
A calm, reserved town along the Mekong River, Chiang Saen entices those interested in early East Asian history.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at 212 House of Opium (Museum), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pra That Pukhao, get engrossed in the history at House of Opium, contemplate the waterfront views at Nong Bua Luang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pa Sak Historical Site, and finally make a trip to Wat Pra Dhat Pha-Ngao.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Saen online trip builder .

You can drive from Mae Fa Luang to Chiang Saen in 2 hours. February in Chiang Saen sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Chiang Saen

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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1
night
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya ©
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Ram, take a stroll through Ayutthaya Ruins, then explore the ancient world of Wat Mahathat, then examine the collection at Thai Boat Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic City of Ayutthaya. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Praya River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Muang, then delve into the distant past at Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wat Chaiwatthanaram.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ayutthaya trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Chiang Saen to Ayutthaya with the Route module. Traveling from Chiang Saen in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 75°F in Ayutthaya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wat Muang
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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Angkor National Museum and Cambodia Landmine Museum. You'll explore and learn at One Eleven Gallery and Jayav Art. Spend the 14th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Siem Reap trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Ayutthaya to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in February, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

3
nights
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Visiting The Marble Mountains and Cua Dai Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Da Nang: Hoi An (An Bang Beach & Buffalo Leather Shop) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen).

Discover how to plan a Da Nang trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Siem Reap to Da Nang by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Siem Reap in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Da Nang: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hoi An, Mỹ Sơn
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Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Step out of the city life by going to Singapore Zoo and Palawan Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Peranakan Museum. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Chinatown, get curious at The Gem Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Helix Bridge, and stop by That CD Shop.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Singapore trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Da Nang to Singapore by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Singapore Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Da Nang in February, expect Singapore to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum ©

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