22 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

22 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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22 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United Kingdom
foot + Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  18​h 30​min
End: Birmingham, United Kingdom


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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 3rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), then stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), then explore the historical opulence of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat.

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Birmingham, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Birmingham to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in September: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

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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
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): head outdoors with Haad Yuan Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chaloklum, then experience rural life at Purina Sheep Farm, then stroll through Hat Sadet Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khao Tham.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ko Pha Ngan driving holiday site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Haad Yuan Beach ©
Haad Yuan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hat Sadet Beach ©
Hat Sadet Beach

2
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.
On the 7th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, kick back and relax at Choeng Mon Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk). On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Secret Buddha Garden, then get great views at Lad Koh View Point, and then take a stroll through Fisherman’s Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bophut online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bophut are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Ko Samui
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Big Buddha ©
Big Buddha
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Secret Buddha Garden ©
Secret Buddha Garden

3
nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mongkol Nimit. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then indulge your taste buds at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Restaurant.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Phuket Town trip maker tool .

Getting from Bophut to Phuket Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Phuket Town, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

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.
Get some historical perspective at Ba Thien Hau Temple and Wat Chantarangsay. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Dong Khoi Street, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Phuket Town to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Wat Chantarangsay ©
Wat Chantarangsay

3
nights
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.
Mỹ Sơn and Precious Heritage by Rehahn are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Da Nang to see Stand-Up Paddleboarding about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: make a trip to The Marble Mountains and view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An day trip planning app .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) ©
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)

2
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Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Thai Hoa Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bach Ma National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Hue sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Sat), Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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