22 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + taxi + ferry:  7​h
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
7
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
8
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 day
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Malta

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.
When in Chiang Mai, make a side trip to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep, approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 9th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Chiang Mai road trip site .

Valletta, Malta to Chiang Mai is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. In November, Chiang Mai is somewhat warmer than Valletta - with highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, get outside with Travel Agent Hanoi, and contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi sightseeing planner .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Hanoi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Travel Agent Hanoi ©
Travel Agent Hanoi
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Food Tours
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
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 19th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online travel planner .

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hoi An in November: highs in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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 21st (Sat): stroll through Nui Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Maya Bay. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, make a splash at Aquaride, then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and finally make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

Make your Ko Phi Phi Don itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Ko Phi Phi Don in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or take a bus. November in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Maya Bay ©
Maya Bay
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
On the 23rd (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering 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 see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Jungceylon, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, and finally look for gifts at NEW ERA'S VIENNA.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Patong holiday app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, daytime highs in Patong are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Big Buddha Phuket
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

1
day
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Koh Tao trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Koh Tao takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Koh Tao can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Saket, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. November in Bangkok sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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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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