28 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island, Bus to Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Phong Nha, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive
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Khe Sanh, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly to Surat Thani, Bus to Khao Sok National Park
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Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Surat Thani, Thailand
— 1 night
Train to Chumphon, Ferry to Koh Tao
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry to Bangrak, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online route planner.

New York City, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Halong Bay, Vietnam — 1 night

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ti Top Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and finally hunt for treasures at Ha Long Market. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then relax and rejuvenate at Royal Spa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay day trip app.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ninh Binh.
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam — 1 night

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then do some two-wheel cruising with Cheap Motorbike Rental in Ninh Binh.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh trip maker app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by combination of ferry, car, and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Phong Nha.
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Phong Nha, Vietnam — 4 nights

Get in touch with nature at Phong Nha Caves and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Suoi Nuoc Mooc and Magic Fingers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phong Nha: Hang Rục Mon (in Minh Hoa) and Son Doong Cave (in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park).

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha in 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Khe Sanh.
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Khe Sanh, Vietnam — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Khe Sanh Combat Base.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Khe Sanh road trip tool.

You can drive from Phong Nha to Khe Sanh in 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Hue on the 29th (Thu).
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Hue, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Khe Sanh to Hue in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel to Da Nang.
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Da Nang, Vietnam — 1 night

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To plan Da Nang vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 5 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Suan Dok and Wat Lok Molee. Get outdoors at Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden (in Mae Rim) and Wat Tham Pha Plong (in Chiang Dao). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pa Pao, take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Da Nang to Chiang Mai in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Khao Sok National Park.
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Khao Sok National Park, Thailand — 2 nights

While on tour of Khao Sok National Park, you'll discover a dense jungle, towering karst formations, and a man-made lake.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary and then don't miss a visit to Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Tam Nang Waterfall, play a few rounds at Kirinara Golf Course, and then take in the natural beauty of Rommanee Hot Spring.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Khao Sok National Park journey planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Khao Sok National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in January since evenings lows in Khao Sok National Park dip to 72°F. You will leave for Surat Thani on the 7th (Sat).
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Surat Thani, Thailand — 1 night

Literally translated as "City of Good People," Surat Thani ranks as the eighth-largest city in Thailand and the historical seat from which the Sriwijaya kingdom ruled much of Southeast Asia.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Surat Thani tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Khao Sok National Park to Surat Thani in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.
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Koh Tao, Thailand — 3 nights

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ao Tanot Bay and Climbing Tours. Visiting Rocky Bay and Hin Wong Bay will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sai Daeng Beach, stop by Flipflop and Treacle, get outside with Mango Bay, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Koh Tao itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Tao takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Surat Thani in January since evenings lows in Koh Tao dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 2 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wat Suthat and Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute). Get some historical perspective at Wat Pho and Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), make a trip to Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), take a stroll through Khaosan Road, and see the interesting displays at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok road trip website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Koh Tao in January since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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Thailand travel guide

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Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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