58 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

58 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 7 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
Fly to Phuket, Ferry to Ko Lanta
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 1 night
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Khao Lak, Thailand
— 2 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
— 3 nights
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Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 7 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vietnamese Women's Museum. On the 8th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi online trip builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Hanoi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 13:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bitexco Financial Tower and Climbing Tours. On the 14th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

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Getting from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 6 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Angkor National Museum. Spend the 21st (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, brush up on your military savvy at War Museum Cambodia, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 5 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Long Beach. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Koh Rok Island, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Lanta Animal Welfare, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nui Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta tour planning app.

Getting from Siem Reap to Ko Lanta by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

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

Ko Lipe, Thailand

— 1 night
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 29th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Ko Lipe, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunrise Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ko Lipe vacation maker site.

Ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Lipe can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 4 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Poda Island and Bamboo Island. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Railay View Point, step off the mainland to explore Tup Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), and enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Krabi Town trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 3 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint and Loh Dalum Beach. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, explore the striking landscape at Viking Cave, kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, and stroll through Ao Ton Sai.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don road trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2 hours. January in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Patong, Thailand

— 5 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Green Elephant Sanctuary Park and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Venture out of the city with trips to Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong), Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn) and Promthep Cape (in Rawai). There's lots more to do: stroll through Freedom Beach, get great views at Karon View Point, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Patong trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong by ferry takes about 3 hours. January in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Khao Lak.

Things to do in Patong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Khao Lak, Thailand

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at White Sand Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Khao Lak trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Patong to Khao Lak takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Khao Lak, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 3 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Haad Yao Beach. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Mae Haad Beach, stroll through Salad Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ko Pha Ngan itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Khao Lak to Ko Pha Ngan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Classes
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Bophut, Thailand

— 3 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 discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Take a break from Bophut with a short trip to Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach) in Maret, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Classic International Suits, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at Anodas Spa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bophut itinerary maker website.

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute). Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Na Chom Thian, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, and walk around Lumpini Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bophut to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Bophut in January, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siam Rice Thai Cookery School and Walking tours. Spend the 29th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, and contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in January, with lows around 19°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

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.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

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.