18 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

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1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
3
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
5
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights


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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. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple of Literature & National University and Hoa Lo Prison. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi journey builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Hanoi, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Halong Bay.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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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.
Take a break from Halong Bay with a short trip to Halong Bay Cruises in Hanoi, about 4 hours away.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay day trip website.

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Halong Bay Cruises
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Halong Bay Cruises ©
Halong Bay Cruises

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sapa Culture Museum and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fansipan Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, wander the streets of Ta Phin Village, and appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sapa trip builder.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Sapa

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

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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 Historic City of Ayutthaya, Rajadamnern Thai Boxing Stadium and Chatuchak Weekend Market. Get some historical perspective at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and wander the streets of Khaosan Road.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok road trip tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Bangkok in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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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. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Phuket Town trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Phuket Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Phuket Town can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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