19 days in Hanoi, Sapa & Phuket Itinerary

19 days in Hanoi, Sapa & Phuket Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Phuket, Foot to Phuket Town, Bus to Karon
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Karon, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Mai Khao, Thailand
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnamese Women's Museum and Hanoi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Center. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Trang An Grottoes will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hanoi travel route app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hanoi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

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Sapa, Vietnam

— 4 nights
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Shop till you drop at Hemp & Embroidery and Tam Duong Market. Get in touch with nature at Fansipan Mountain and Muong Hoa Valley. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and stop by Hang Da Village.

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Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Karon.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Karon, Thailand

— 5 nights
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Banana Beach and Bang Tao Beach. For shopping fun, head to Nordic Fashion or Jungceylon. Change things up with a short trip to Phuket 3D Museum in Talat Yai (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, don't miss a visit to Patong Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yanui Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Karon trip website.

Getting from Sapa to Karon by combination of bus and flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Karon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mai Khao.

Things to do in Karon

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Mai Khao, Thailand

— 2 nights
The vast stretches of beach in Mai Khao, once a nesting area for the giant leatherback turtle, are home to various aquatic and relaxation activities.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), then stroll through Naiyang Beach, then stop by James Bespoke Suit, and finally kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach.

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You can drive from Karon to Mai Khao in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mai Khao can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mai Khao

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.