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ajor cities for travel in Southeast Asia consist of:
Thailand : Bangkok, Chiang Mai, PhuketVietnam : Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh CityLaos : Luang PrabangCambodia : Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)Burma(Myanmar) : Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle LakeSingapore : Singapore CityMalaysia : Kuala Lumpur, Genting, Sipadon
If you want to travel to all the major Southeast
Asian cities, it might take you anywhere from one month to three
months. However, you do not need to do all of that at once. It might
drain your energy and your money out, particularly if you do not have a
In this article, we talk about the major tourist
cities mentioned above, summarize their highlights and estimate the
visiting time for each city. Therefore, travelers can pick the city of
their choice, suiting their time and interest.
So let's get started!
I recommend that you allocate a minimum of three
days for Bangkok. There is much to be seen in the city, including the
Royal temples and the famous Grand Palace. You could utilize one of the
days visiting Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi, both of which offer great
sightseeing attractions. Although these places are located outside of
Bangkok, they are not too far away from the Thai capital.
Click here for more programs and activities Bangkok has to offer.
Chiang Mai and Phuket are the other famous
cities of Thailand. Each city might take three to four days, depending
on what you want to do during your visit. Click here for more details.
Hanoi is a famous city
in the north of Vietnam. It is an important city, where you see the
nave side and the developing part together. Here is a two-day program we
suggest for your visit to Hanoi:
Enjoy a half-day tour of the city starting from
the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder
Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts.
The complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose history dates
back to the foundation of Hanoi. Take a trip to the Temple of Literature
- well known as Vietnam's first university - and the History Museum,
displaying an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the
Vietnamese history. Visit the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem and the busling
Don Xuan Market before departing for Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam's
most impressive scenic sites.
Overnight in Halong
Embark on a boat journey for an exploration of the legendary Halong
Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide a fantastic view of
the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone
islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone
karts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful
caves. After a seafood lunch on board, return to Hanoi, stopping en
route at Dong Trieu Pottery Village. Arrive in Hanoi in time to see an
evening performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.
Hoi An, Hue
If you are in Hanoi, you can catch an early morning, flight to Da
Nang in order to visit the rich culture cities in Central Vietnam, Hoi
An and Hue. It should take 2-4 days for sightseeing. Here are my
Day 1 Hoi An
The sightseeing tour of Central Vietnam begins with Hoi An, a town
which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced over the
centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The tranquility
and charm of the town with its low tiled houses and assembly halls
scattered along the small streets make it one of the most delightful
places to visit in Vietnam. After checking into the hotel, we will have
time to stroll around the town to explore the lively central market and
visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the many
temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 2 Hoi An - Hue
The journey continues to Hue, Vietnam's imperial
capital between 1802 and 1945. Along the way, we make a stopover at the
sensational Marble Mountains before arriving in Danang City for a visit
to the Cham Museum, home to Vietnam's largest collection of Cham
treasures. We then follow the road hugging the central coast before
crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass and dropping down to the fishing
villages of Lang Co. On arrival in Hue, we enjoy a cruise on the Perfume
River, stopping at the bustling Dong Ba Market and the beautiful Thien
Mu Pagoda; then we visit the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple
City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet
The sightseeing tour of Hue concludes after a visit to the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.