17 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  15​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h
2
Karon, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h
5
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Madrid, Spain

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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Pho and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Popular historic sites such as The Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan, & more), Erawan Museum (in Samut Prakan) and Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Maha But Temple - Mae Nak Shrine, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Bangkok day trip website .

Madrid, Spain to Bangkok is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Madrid in December, with highs in Bangkok at 36°C and lows at 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Karon.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Bang Saen Beach, Erawan Museum
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kata Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Karon vacation maker site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Karon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December in Karon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve. Museum-lovers will get to explore War Remnants Museum and The Sun 2 Artgallery. Take a break from Ho Chi Minh City with a short trip to Buu Long Mountain in Bien Hoa, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at FITO Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, explore the ancient world of Wat Chantarangsay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Karon to Ho Chi Minh City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Buu Long Mountain
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
FITO Museum ©
FITO Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

3
nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Gems Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then wander the streets of Old Quarter, then don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip app .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Cua Van Floating Village. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quan Lan Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quan Lan, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Halong Bay to Bangkok by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks Wildlife
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