9 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

9 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Patong, Thailand
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House and then shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bangkok vacation maker.

New Delhi, India to Bangkok is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Bangkok. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Bangkok are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

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Patong, Thailand

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
On the 13th (Mon), look for gifts at SuitsUs Bespoke, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, then stroll through Patong Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Patong route planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Shopping · Spas · Wildlife
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip maker tool.

Fly from Patong to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Da Bao Real Leather, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town and then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Hoi An is little chillier than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, and then stop by Queen Design Lao.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip maker.

Getting from Hoi An to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Hoi An in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Luang Prabang, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.

Vietnam travel guide

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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.

Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.