50 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

50 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 9 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 7 nights
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Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak Pier Koh Samui, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Bophut, Thailand
— 5 nights
Taxi to Koh Samui, Fly to Krabi Town
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Khao Lak, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam

— 9 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mỹ Sơn and Hainan Assembly Hall. Let the collections at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Museum of Folklore capture your imagination. Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang (My Khe Beach, Thermal Spas, &more). On the 6th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, explore the galleries of 56 Art Gallery, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Tra Que Vegetable Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Hoi An is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Hoi An, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Hoi An is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 6:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 7 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.
Appreciate the collections at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Lok Molee and Wat Phra Singh. Venture out of the city with trips to Sirithan Waterfall (in Chom Thong), Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Hoi An to Chiang Mai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chiang Mai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 13:

Ayutthaya, Thailand

— 3 nights
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic City of Ayutthaya and Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon. Popular historic sites such as Wat Maha That and Portuguese Settlement are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, head outdoors with Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal, and explore the ancient world of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Ayutthaya tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ayutthaya, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi, enjoy the sand and surf at Bottle Beach, and then head outdoors with Khao Ra.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Ayutthaya to Ko Pha Ngan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Bophut, Thailand

— 5 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach) and Chaweng Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Choeng Mon Beach and Maenam Beach. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, tour the pleasant surroundings at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, make a trip to Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bophut route planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 5 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
We've included these beaches for you: Khlong Muang Beach and Nopparat Thara Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and Speed Boats Tours. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Bamboo Island, stop by De' MARCO Fashions, explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai), and relax and rejuvenate at Massage Corner.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town journey builder site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bophut to Krabi Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Krabi Town when traveling from Bophut in December, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Khao Lak.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Khao Lak, Thailand

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to White Sand Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at International Tsunami Museum and Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Khao Lak: Rommanee Hot Spring (in Kapong), Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Phang Nga Elephant Park (in Phang Nga). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic scenery at Sai Rung Waterfall, look for gifts at Cashmere Suit, and make a trip to Pakarang Cape (Lem Hua Krung Yai).

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Khao Lak trip planning website.

You can drive from Krabi Town to Khao Lak in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Phuket Town, Thailand

— 5 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Wat Mongkol Nimit. Visit Nai Harn Beach and Yanui Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Phuket Town: Karon (Spas, Nordic Fashion, &more), Green Elephant Sanctuary Park (in Choeng Thale) and Freedom Beach (in Patong). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Phuket 3D Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bang Tao Beach, and surround yourself with nature on Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Phuket Town sightseeing planner.

Drive from Khao Lak to Phuket Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at Ao Ton Sai, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, then take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Baan Sabai Thai Massage Koh Phi Phi.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don road trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 3 hours. In January in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 4 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Relax by the water at Long Beach and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. Visiting Koh Rok Island and Kantiang Bay will get you outdoors. Spend the 10th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Lanta Animal Welfare, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ko Lanta tour planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta takes 1.5 hours. In January in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Ko Lipe, Thailand

— 3 nights
With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Sunset Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunrise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): head off the coast to Koh Hin Ngam, enjoy the sand and surf at Pattaya Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Bundhaya Resort Spa, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ko Lipe.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Lipe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe takes 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time is 1 hour. January in Ko Lipe sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

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.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
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.