18 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  21​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  8​h 30​min
3
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  19​h
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Los Angeles, United States


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3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes One Pillar Pagoda, Vietnam Military History Museum and Ngoc Son Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of Literature & National University and Hoa Lo Prison. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hanoi online travel planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Go for a jaunt from Halong Bay to Hanoi to see Halong Bay Cruises about 4 hours away.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay vacation planning site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Halong Bay Cruises
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Halong Bay Cruises ©
Halong Bay Cruises

2
nights
Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ta Phin Village and Sapa Culture Museum. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fansipan Mountain, pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village, and look for gifts at Hieu Stone.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sapa online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Ta Phin Village ©
Ta Phin Village
Sapa Culture Museum ©
Sapa Culture Museum

3
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rajadamnern Thai Boxing Stadium, Historic City of Ayutthaya and Chatuchak Weekend Market. Visit Wat Pho and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and wander the streets of Khao San Road.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Bangkok in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Historic City of Ayutthaya
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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ko Phi Phi Le, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices and Naka Market. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Phuket Town trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Phuket Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Phuket Town are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ko Phi Phi Le, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices
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Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

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