15 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

15 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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15 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Cartagena, Colombia
Fly:  31​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Karon, Thailand
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
+3
ferry + taxi + bus + Fly:  7​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Cartagena, Colombia

1
night
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 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, and then meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip itinerary builder tool .

Cartagena, Colombia to Bangkok is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 12 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, buy something for everyone on your list at Ocean Plaza Patong, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, then stop by Dress Men Fashion, then browse the different shops at Jungceylon, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Patong driving holiday app .

Getting from Bangkok to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Patong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Karon.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Shopping Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
nights
Karon, Thailand

Karon ©
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
On the 24th (Tue), get great views at Karon View Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kata Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Nai Harn Beach, get great views at Promthep Cape, then kick back and relax at Rawai Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

Planning Karon trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Karon is very close to Patong. December in Karon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Karon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rawai, Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
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Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach
Kata Beach ©
Kata Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the activities along Maya Bay, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don travel route planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Karon to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Maya Bay ©
Maya Bay
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
On the 27th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City travel planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ho Chi Minh City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

1
night
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, stop by Da Bao Real Leather, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An tour builder website .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December; daily highs in Hoi An reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Spas
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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