27 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

27 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.
Step out of Chiang Mai to go to Mae Wang and see Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai travel itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in March, with highs in Chiang Mai at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

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Observation Deck
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
4.4

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Maha That). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), make a trip to The 4 Kings' Phra Maha Chedi, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Bangkok. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Must see
Wat Pho
4.6
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Historic Site
The Grand Palace
4.1

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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Natural Kite Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan online journey builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Bangkok in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Ko Pha Ngan, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.8
Beach
Salad Beach
4.2

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Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Patong is known for shopping, beaches, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, stroll through Freedom Beach, and practice your aim at Game Space Laser Battle.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Patong day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Patong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 28°C in Patong. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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Landmark
Bangla Road
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Spa
Spas
4.2

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Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, and then look for gifts at The Tiger Collections. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then step off the mainland to explore Koh Rok Island.

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Getting from Patong to Ko Lanta by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. In April, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Must see
Shark Diving
4.9
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.7

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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 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Long Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.8

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ho Chi Minh City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, train, and car. In April in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Must see
Food Tours
4.8
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Landmark
Cu Chi Tunnels
4.3
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History Museum
War Remnants Museum
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Hoi An, Vietnam

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then steep yourself in history at The Old House of Phun Hung, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, expect nights in Hoi An to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Shopping · Nature · Museums

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Food Tours
4.9
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World heritage site
Hoi An Ancient Town
4.4
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Spa
Spas
4.7

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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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature
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Cave
Paradise Cave
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World heritage site
Phong Nha Caves
4.6

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Quarter, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Nature
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Neighborhood
Old Quarter
4.4

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