16 days in Thailand & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

16 days in Thailand & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Karon, Thailand
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Thai Farm Cooking School as well as Amazing Trekking Tour. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Chicago to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Chicago in December; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 85°F and lows reach 64°F. On the 26th (Thu), you're off to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bangkok, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Karon.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites

Karon, Thailand

— 3 nights
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
On the 28th (Sat), get great views at Karon View Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kata Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take some stellar pictures from Nai Harn Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Karon day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Karon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 5 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes HCM Cooking Class as well as Mekong Delta Day Tours. Spend the 1st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, look for gifts at Buom Boutique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, and admire the striking features of Central Post Office.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Karon to Ho Chi Minh City takes 7 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 by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Classes

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.