25 days in Vietnam, Laos & Thailand Itinerary

25 days in Vietnam, Laos & Thailand Itinerary

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Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
5
Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 45 min
6
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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.
On the 18th (Wed), make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, thenstop by Ha Ha - Art In Everything, thentake in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip builder app.

Manchester, UK to Hoi An is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Hoi An, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in November, expect Hoi An to be warmer, temps between 33°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Da Nang
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Spas

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

3
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Get outdoors at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm and Mount Phousi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Wat Xiengthong. Change things up with a short trip to 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, don't miss a visit to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, and take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang travel route planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall

1
night
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phat Tich Temple, make a trip to Patuxai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ong Teu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Luang Neua.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vientiane trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Wat Ho Phra Keo ©
Wat Ho Phra Keo

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night
Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Wat Chomkao Manilat and then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Experience Office.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Huay Xai trip planner.

You can fly from Vientiane to Huay Xai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks Wildlife
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Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

3
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.
Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Suan Dok for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Wat Lok Molee and Wat Phra Singh. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai takes 5.5 hours. November in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Suan Dok ©
Wat Suan Dok

4
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Long Beach and Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea). Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at PhraNang Cave Beach, and head off the coast to Poda Island.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Krabi Town tour app.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Krabi Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ko Lanta
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get outdoors at Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Green Elephant Sanctuary Park and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Banana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bang Tao Beach, explore and take pictures at Patong Beach, and get great views at Karon View Point.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Patong trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Krabi Town to Patong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Banana Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Karon View Point
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Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Green Elephant Sanctuary Park ©
Green Elephant Sanctuary Park

4
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.
The Grand Palace and Wat Pho are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Suwan Dararam Ratchaworawihan, Wat Maha That, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Bangkok takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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