18 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles, United States
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  21 h 45 min
1
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
3
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry:  45 min
4
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
5
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Khao Lak, Thailand
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
7
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get outside with Haad Yuan Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Leela Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Khao Tham. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Hat Sadet Beach, get outside with Khao Ra, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chaloklum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan online road trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Ko Pha Ngan is an approximately 22- hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Los Angeles to Ko Pha Ngan, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Ko Pha Ngan: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Haad Yuan Beach ©
Haad Yuan Beach
Hat Sadet Beach ©
Hat Sadet Beach
Leela Beach ©
Leela Beach

3
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Popular historic sites such as Chinese Temple and Wat Khao Chedi are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Khun Si Waterfall and Coral Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Bophut to Taling Ngam to see Taling Ngam Muay Thai about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cobra Show Thailand, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, and tee off at Koh Samui Golf Academy.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bophut trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in December, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Taling Ngam, Chinese Temple
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Cobra Show Thailand ©
Cobra Show Thailand
Coral Cove Beach ©
Coral Cove Beach
Khun Si Waterfall ©
Khun Si Waterfall

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don holiday builder site.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Bophut to Ko Phi Phi Don in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Ko Phi Phi Don, with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Mosquito Island ©
Mosquito Island
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

2
nights
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 9th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Monkey School, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Khlong Dao Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Cliff Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai) ©
Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai)
Khlong Dao Beach ©
Khlong Dao Beach
Diamond Cliff Beach ©
Diamond Cliff Beach

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Visit Holy Trinity Church in Phuket and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Green Elephant Sanctuary Park and Malin Plaza Patong. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bang Tao Beach, take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, and kick back and relax at Tri Trang Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Patong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Khao Lak.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Karon, Phuket Town, Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, Bang Tao Beach
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Green Elephant Sanctuary Park ©
Green Elephant Sanctuary Park
Bang Tao Beach ©
Bang Tao Beach
Spas

2
nights
Khao Lak, Thailand

Khao Lak ©
A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Bangsak Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pak Weep Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coconut Beach, and finally get outside with Combat 360X Muay Thai, MMA And Fitness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, see the vivid underwater world at Richelieu Rock, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Armani Suits International.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Khao Lak trip planning website.

Getting from Patong to Khao Lak by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bangsak Beach, Sea Turtle Conservation Centre
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Pak Weep Beach ©
Pak Weep Beach
Spas
Bangsak Beach ©
Bangsak Beach

2
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nha Tho Nui and Suoi Do Pagoda. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Long Beach and Tran Phu Bridge. Take a break from Nha Trang with a short trip to Bai Dai Beach in Cam Ranh, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hon Chong, cast your line with a fishing tour, and look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang trip builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Khao Lak to Nha Trang in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bai Dai Beach
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Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
Bai Dai Beach ©
Bai Dai Beach

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