11 days in Vietnam, Bhutan & Thailand Itinerary

11 days in Vietnam, Bhutan & Thailand Itinerary

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11 days in Vietnam, Bhutan & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Patong, Thailand
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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 13th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Old Quarter, and then view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi tour itinerary maker app.

Los Angeles, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong, examine the collection at National Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paro trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Paro takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Bhutan Time is minus 1 hour. In December in Paro, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
National Museum ©
National Museum
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paro to Bangkok takes 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paro to Bangkok. Traveling from Paro in December, expect Bangkok to be much hotter, temps between 87°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Patong trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online travel planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Ho Chi Minh City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Museums Spas
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Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chang Taem, then enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and finally look for gifts at Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Philatelic Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rajamontean, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Dab Pai.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Chiang Mai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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