20 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly + bus:  12​h
1
Patong, Thailand
— 1 day
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  45​min
3
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
+4
ferry + bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
5
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
7
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
9
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Perth, Australia


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1
day
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Patong Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Perth, Australia to Patong is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Patong is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Patong, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Tiger Collections, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and then head off the coast to Koh Rok Island.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Patong to Ko Lanta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Koh Rok Island ©
Koh Rok Island

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Viking Cave, then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and then explore the activities along Maya Bay. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a splash at Aquaride.

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Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Sugar & Spice, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thong Nai Pan Noi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Pha Ngan by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Salad Beach
Salad Beach
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi

1
night
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 25th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao holiday maker website .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Koh Tao are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bangkok day trip app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Koh Tao in December, Bangkok is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
Chao Phraya River ©
Chao Phraya River

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves, and then Head underground at Tien Son Cave.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel route planning tool .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Bangkok to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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 31st (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and finally don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay online sightseeing planner .

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 on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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