19 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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19 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Pattaya, Thailand
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States


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3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Wat Phra Singh and Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Thai Elephant Home and Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and stop by Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai holiday website .

San Francisco, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Indochina Time is 15 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Chiang Mai hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Thai Elephant Home
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Zipline

1
night
Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the striking features of The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), then explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise Pattaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pattaya online vacation planner .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Pattaya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in January since evenings lows in Pattaya dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Museums Historic Sites
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Art in Paradise Pattaya ©
Art in Paradise Pattaya
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic City of Ayutthaya and Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Appreciate the collections at Jim Thompson House and Pridi Banomyong Memorial. Go for a jaunt from Bangkok to Ayutthaya to see Wat Maha That about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, make a trip to Wat Pho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok journey maker app .

You can take a shuttle from Pattaya to Bangkok in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

2
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): head off the coast to Poda Island, kick back and relax at Railay Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea). Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at PhraNang Cave Beach and then step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Krabi Town trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Krabi Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

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

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nai Harn Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Escape the urban bustle at Freedom Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Chalong (Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) & Big Buddha Phuket). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

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You can drive from Krabi Town to Patong in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Patong, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Rawai, Karon View Point, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and My Khe Beach. Get some cultural insight at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Imperial City. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Thien Mu Pagoda (in Hue). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, with highs in Hoi An at 77°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Hue, Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

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