12 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

12 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Karon, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and look for gifts at 54 Traditions Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip builder app.

Guwahati, India to Hanoi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Guwahati to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Karon.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Karon, Thailand

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Shop till you drop at Jungceylon and Alex Fashion House. Step out of the city life by going to Patong Beach and Phuket Golf Leisure Co., Ltd.. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Kata Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Karon route site.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Karon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Bangkok, Thailand

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Pho and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Khaosan Roadfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and view the masterpieces at Art Gallery 36.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Karon to Bangkok in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

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

3.8
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
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.