13 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

13 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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13 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  22​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Newark, United States


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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip maker .

Newark, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 85°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, then make a trip to Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, then make a trip to Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by New Era's Vienna, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Big Buddha Phuket, then browse the different shops at Jungceylon, and then kick back and relax at Patong Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Patong trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Ho Chi Minh City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay travel route builder site .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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