16 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Pattaya, Thailand
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Madrid, Spain

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through My Khe Beach and then stop by Da Bao Real Leather. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge.

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Madrid, Spain to Hoi An is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Madrid to Hoi An. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Hoi An hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
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.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the exciting artwork at Soyn, admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City day trip planning website .

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoi An in December, you will find days in Ho Chi Minh City are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

2
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 12th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Nang Beach, step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea). Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Railay View Point, head off the coast to Tup Island, then head off the coast to Poda Island, and finally kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Krabi Town using our trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Krabi Town by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Poda Island ©
Poda Island

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, stroll through Patong Beach, then get great views at Nai Harn Beach, and finally get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Patong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Krabi Town to Patong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Nai Harn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

1
night
Pattaya, Thailand

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise Pattaya, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pattaya holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Pattaya in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Pattaya, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple
Art in Paradise Pattaya ©
Art in Paradise Pattaya

3
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 hidden gems such as Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Maha That, Historic City of Ayutthaya, & more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), make a trip to Wat Pho, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok journey planner .

You can take a shuttle from Pattaya to Bangkok in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in December, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

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