56 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

56 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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56 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + taxi + ferry:  9​h 15​min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 45​min
6
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
7
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
11
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
13
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  13​h 15​min
14
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Hanoi, Vietnam


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3
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, wildlife, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Phong Nha Caves.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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.
On the 7th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at The Flag Tower, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hue day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

5
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang (Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture & Food Tours), Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho). Make the 10th (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass, Mỹ Sơn
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for nature, wildlife, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and make a splash at Aquaride.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Ko Phi Phi Don in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Hoi An in June, you will find days in Ko Phi Phi Don are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Maya Bay ©
Maya Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

5
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Patong: Phang Nga Bay (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Armani Fashion, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Patong road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket, Phang Nga Bay.
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

5
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, try for a hole-in-one at Phangan Adventure MiniGolf, pick up some new kitchen skills with C&M Learn Thai Culture, and have some family-friendly fun at Phangan Football Golf Club.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan vacation maker .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Ko Pha Ngan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Patong in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 32°C in Ko Pha Ngan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games
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C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach

2
nights
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Koh Tao vacation tool .

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park), Wat Phra That Hariphunchai (in Lamphun) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong). Spend the 1st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and have some family-friendly fun at Chiangmai Speedkart.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai day trip site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Chiang Mai takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Wat Mahathat (in Ayutthaya) and Ancient City (in Samut Prakan). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, get to know the resident critters at Safari World, explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bangkok trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In July in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trips

Ancient City, Wat Mahathat
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

5
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
Explore Duong Dong's surroundings by going to Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau) and An Thoi (May Rut Island & Gam Ghi Island).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip planner .

Fly from Bangkok to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, An Thoi, Ham Ninh Pier, Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda
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Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Spend the 18th (Thu) on your motorcycle at Countryside Adventures. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City travel planning website .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Trails Adventure
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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 19th (Fri): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay online trip planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

5
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), wander the streets of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi tour itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): head off the coast to Koh Rok Island, stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare, and then stop by The Tiger Collections. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ko Lanta online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Hanoi to Ko Lanta in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Tiger Collections ©
The Tiger Collections

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