15 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Tokyo Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Patong, Thailand
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Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (54°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Da Nang.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

Da Nang, Vietnam

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Ti Tin. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Da Nang online day trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Da Nang in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, wander the streets of Old Quarter, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip maker website.

Getting from Da Nang to Hanoi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stop by Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai online holiday planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Patong, Thailand

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices, then kick back and relax at Patong Beach, and then look for gifts at Thai Benjarong by Siam Ceramic Handmade. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Bangla Road, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Patong trip planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Patong in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in December since evenings lows in Patong dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, then contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Wat Saket, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bangkok road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Patong to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

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.

Thailand travel guide

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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.

Phuket travel guide

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Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.