20 days in Vietnam, China & Bangkok Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam, China & Bangkok Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 7 nights
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Beijing, China

— 2 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): find something for the whole family at Olympic Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang), steep yourself in history at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), then look for gifts at PAPP'S TEA, and finally ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

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Bogota, Colombia to Beijing is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Bogota to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bogota in August, expect Beijing to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, and finally shop like a local with Khaosan Road. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then walk around Lumpini Park, and finally admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bangkok online road trip planner.

Fly from Beijing to Bangkok in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Beijing to Bangkok, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bangkok, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 27th (Fri), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay holiday planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Halong Bay takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 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.
On the 29th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), wander the streets of Old Quarter, examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip builder site.

Traveling by bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Beijing.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Beijing, China

— 7 nights
Spend the 7th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Explore Beijing further: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), examine the collection at The Palace Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

Fly from Hanoi to Beijing in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hanoi to Beijing. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.