60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Paro, Bhutan
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Jaipur, India
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Step out of Colombo to go to Waikkal and see See Lanka Travels, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 3rd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Colombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Colombo. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 4 nights

City of Angels

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 shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Bangkok takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Bangkok is 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 5 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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, make a trip to Pub Street, admire the sheer force of Kbal Spean, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 3 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.
On the 18th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Old Quarter, enjoy some diversion at Authentic Bat Trang, make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi journey planner.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 nights
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 4 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School, admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and stop by Mengrai Kilns.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luang Prabang in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chiang Mai, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

— 2 nights

Garden City of the East

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the activities along Inya Lake, appreciate the history behind Shwedagon Pagoda, and then stroll around Kandawgyi Park. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sule Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Botahtaung Pagoda, and finally appreciate the history behind Chaukhtatgyi Buddha.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Yangon (Rangoon) road trip planning website.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Yangon (Rangoon) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Chiang Mai to Yangon (Rangoon), you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Dhaka City.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Dhaka City, Bangladesh

— 2 nights

Rickshaw Capital of the World

One of the most congested and busiest cities in the world, Dhaka has a great deal to offer for everyone's taste.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): ponder the world of politics at National Parliament House, then contemplate the long history of Lalbag Fort, then admire the striking features of Star Mosque (Tara Masjid), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Dhaka.. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take an in-depth tour of Bangladesh National Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dhaka City trip planner.

Fly from Yangon (Rangoon) to Dhaka City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Dhaka City is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Dhaka City

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

Paro, Bhutan

— 2 nights
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
On the 3rd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paro Taktsang, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and then relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Paro trip planner.

You can fly from Dhaka City to Paro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dhaka City to Paro is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 5 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Make the 9th (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Make the 7th (Wed) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Universal Crafts.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Paro to Kathmandu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Bhutan Time to Nepal Time is minus 0.2 hours. Traveling from Paro in February, expect Kathmandu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:

Jaipur, India

— 5 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, see Off-Road Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Nahargarh Fort, and identify plant and animal life at Elefriend.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jaipur travel route builder website.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Jaipur in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Nepal Time (NPT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -0.2 hour difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in February, things will get a bit warmer in Jaipur: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 15:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 2 nights
Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
On the 16th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan and then steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, walk around Rudaki Park, then don't miss a visit to Haji Yaqub Mosque, and finally explore the ancient world of Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dushanbe day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Dushanbe takes 10.5 hours. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Tajikistan Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In February, Dushanbe is cooler than Jaipur - with highs of 14°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 1 night

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 18th (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at Silver Rain Spa Salon and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tashkent trip builder website.

Fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tashkent

Baths · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 2 nights
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Konorchek Canyons and then steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bishkek tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bishkek takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Bishkek. In February, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 2 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): hike along Left Talgar Gorge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kazan Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and then hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Almaty driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bishkek to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Almaty are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 2 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Geokdepe, identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and then make a trip to Gypjak Mosque.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat trip maker website.

Getting from Almaty to Ashgabat by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from East Kazakhstan Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, Ashgabat is a bit warmer than Almaty - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.

Explore your travel options from Ashgabat to Istanbul with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ashgabat in February since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 29:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
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.

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.

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

Myanmar travel guide

3.8
Monuments · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.

Bangladesh travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Some of Asia's longest rivers run through Bangladesh, forming the world's largest and most fertile delta. In addition to the Ganges, sacred to Hindus, hundreds of other waterways rank among the top tourist attractions in Bangladesh, offering access to lengthy beaches, islands, coral reefs, and the biggest mangrove forest in the world. In this densely populated country, giant urban centers house many different ethnic groups, creating a patchwork of cultures that makes this part of the world so intriguing to tourists. Consider beginning your tour of Bangladesh in Dhaka, a hectic city packed with old temples and swanky eateries serving a growing population of international expats.

Bhutan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.

Nepal travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Tajikistan travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Parks · History Museums
Caravans loaded with goods passed through Tajikistan when the ancient Silk Road ran through this country; today, it is one of the world's poorest and least explored nations. Devastated by the civil war of the 1990s, Tajikistan tourism has recently bounced back, as the country's unspoiled mountain landscapes attract a growing number of daring climbers and adventurous travelers. Picturesque highland villages welcome foreign explorers searching for an authentic Central Asian experience in a place seemingly frozen in time. Roads are practically nonexistent in many places and public transport unreliable, but the hospitable Tajiks treat visitors with such warmth and kindness you're not likely to mind the lack of amenities and modern distractions.

Uzbekistan travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.

Kyrgyzstan travel guide

4.1
Bodies of Water · National Parks · Flea Markets
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.

Kazakhstan travel guide

4
Parks · Lookouts · Churches
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.

Turkmenistan travel guide

3.8
Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.