19 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

19 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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19 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
2
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
3
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Taxi + Bus + Fly:  7​h
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
8
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket, and finally meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Bangkok, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Bangkok to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Wat Saket ©
Wat Saket

2
nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kua Tien Keng Shrine. On the next day, examine the collection at Phuket Trickeye Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Phuket Town planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Phuket Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. In December in Phuket Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

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Outdoors Tours Adventure

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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Visit Maya Bay and Laem Tong Bay for some beach relaxation. Visiting Ko Phi Phi Le and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Long Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave, make a splash at Aquaride, and see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ho Chi Minh City in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), take in the exciting artwork at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, then contemplate the long history of Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall, and finally take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach, and then look for gifts at Da Bao Real Leather.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January: high temperatures in Hoi An hover around 29°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas
Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) ©

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Imperial City and then make a trip to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

2
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 7th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hanoi online route planner .

Fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
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.
You've now added Hạ Long Bay to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, make a trip to Cua Van Floating Village, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

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Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Museums Neighborhoods
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Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
On the 11th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and then shop like a local with Khao San Road.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip maker .

You can fly from Halong Bay to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

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