17 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Madison, United States
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + taxi + ferry:  7​h
4
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Madison, United States


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1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, then explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi journey builder app .

Madison, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Madison to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
On the 27th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Phong Nha Caves, then admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, see the interesting displays at Ho Chi Minh City Museum, steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll through Laem Tong Bay, kick back and relax at Nui Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loh Moo Dee Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Maya Bay.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Ko Phi Phi Don in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, and then view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Patong trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Patong are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Karon Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bangkok route website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Bangkok sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

4
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Doi Inthanon. Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Mae Wang to see Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bangkok in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 63°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Doi Inthanon
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

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