32 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

32 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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32 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  15​h 30​min
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kanchanaburi, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
7
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  6​h 15​min
11
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + bus:  15​h
12
Cao Bang, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
14
Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Barcelona, Spain

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pak Nam and then take a stroll through Wongwian Yai area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), admire the striking features of Ancient City, tee off at Kiarti Thanee Country Club, then play a few rounds at Thai Country Club, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mongkol Kothawas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok journey planning tool .

Barcelona, Spain to Bangkok is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Barcelona to Bangkok. In October, Bangkok is somewhat warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Golf Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bang Bo, Ancient City, Thai Country Club
Highlights from your plan
Thai Country Club ©
Thai Country Club
Ancient City ©
Ancient City

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night
Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Kanchanaburi ©
The capital city of an eponymous province, Kanchanaburi is a pleasant town with lively markets and a good selection of restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua), take in the awesome beauty at Tham Phu Wa Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Wat Tham Mankhon Thong, then pause for some serene contemplation at Wat Thewa Sangkharam, and finally examine the collection at Bridge Over the River Kwai.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanchanaburi road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kanchanaburi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bangkok.

Things to do in Kanchanaburi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua)
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Temple ( Wat Pa luang Ta Bua) ©
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery ©
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre ©
The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Make your Bangkok itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Thai Elephant Home and Kayaking & Canoeing. Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) will appeal to history buffs. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Mae Rim (Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park & Maerim Elephant Sanctuary), Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pan Tao, and stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip planning website .

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Highlights from your plan
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Phuket Trickeye Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Hill, take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, then sample the fine beverages at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Restaurant, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kua Tien Keng Shrine, then kick back and relax at Patong Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Phuket Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Spas, Patong Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

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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.
On the 5th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, kick back and relax at Loh Lana Bay, see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok, then explore the activities along Maya Bay, then explore the fascinating underground world of Viking Cave, and finally stop by Phi Phi Postcard Shop. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Tong Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Loh Dalum Beach.

Start your trip to Ko Phi Phi Don by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can ride a ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2 hours. November in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

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Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ao Phra Nang, trek along Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail, go for a stroll along the water at Koh Lao Lading, stop by VICTORIA Fashion House, then kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Agnes Catholic Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Tha Lane, take a peaceful walk through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Nang Beach, and finally stroll through Railay Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Krabi Town itinerary app .

Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. November in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Cantonese Assembly Hall, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then admire the striking features of Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the world behind art at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park, steep yourself in history at Bang An Tower, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuc Thanh Pagoda.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An attractions app .

Getting from Krabi Town to Hoi An by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Krabi Town in November: highs in Hoi An hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bang An Tower
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Thermal Spas

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night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hạ Long Bay. On the 12th (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cao Bang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping

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nights
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Popular historic sites such as Bai Dinh Pagoda and Hai Hau Church are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trang An Grottoes and Tran Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ninh Binh: Nam Dinh (Quat Lam Beach, Bui Chu Cathedral, & more) and Thung Nham Bird Garden (in Ninh Hai). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, make a trip to Tam Coc, get to know the fascinating history of Hoa Lu Temples, and identify plant and animal life at Van Long Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Thung Nham Bird Garden, Bai Dinh Pagoda
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Quan Lan Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cua Van Floating Village and Long Tien Pagoda. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Cat Co 1 Beach (in Cat Ba) and Minh Chau beach (in Quan Lan). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay planning app .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Cao Bang.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quan Lan, Cat Ba
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Cao Bang, Vietnam

Cao Bang ©
Cao Bằng is a city in northern Vietnam. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ban Gioc Waterfall as well as Nam Tra Waterfall. On the 15th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Nam Tra Waterfall, Head underground at Nguom Ngao Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Ban Gioc Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cao Bang trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Hanoi to Cao Bang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Cao Bang

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ban Gioc Waterfall ©
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Nguom Ngao Cave ©
Nguom Ngao Cave

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): wander the streets of Old Quarter.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi online trip planner .

You can drive from Cao Bang to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sapa Sisters Trekking Adventures.

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You can drive from Cao Bang to Sapa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Giang Ta Chai Village ©
Giang Ta Chai Village

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hạ Long Bay has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chua Tran Quoc and Hoa Lo Prison. When in Hanoi, make a side trip to see Do Temple in Dinh Bang, approximately 42 minutes away. Explore Hanoi further: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi online travel route planner .

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Do Temple, Hạ Long Bay
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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