37 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

37 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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37 days in Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 15 min
2
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
3
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
4
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
7
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
12
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Paris, France

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, stop by John Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Rajamontean, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai online travel planner .

Paris, France to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get much warmer in Chiang Mai: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

4
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Natural Kite Park, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, Ko Pha Ngan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Tours
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C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Natural Kite Park ©
Natural Kite Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Koh Tao online day trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Bophut.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chaweng Beach, stop by Classic International Suits, get your game on at EasyFly - Indoor Skydiving, then get your game on at Lazgam Laser Games Koh Samui, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bophut road trip tool .

Traveling by ferry from Koh Tao to Bophut takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Pagoda Khao Hua Jook
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
EasyFly - Indoor Skydiving ©
EasyFly - Indoor Skydiving

3
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Take a break from Krabi Town with a short trip to Ko Hong in Ao Luek, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Railay Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), view the masterpieces at Dao Art Gallery, and take a peaceful walk through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Bophut in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Krabi Town, with highs around 39°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ko Hong
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

5
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.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loh Dalum Beach, kick back and relax at Loh Moo Dee Beach, and make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You will leave for Khao Yai National Park on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

2
nights
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Khao Yai National Park ©
The oldest national park in Thailand--and a World Heritage Site to boot--Khao Yai National Park impresses visitors with its waterfalls, mountainous terrain, and abundant monsoon forest.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get outside with Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching and then explore the striking landscape of Khao Yai National Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Haew Narok Waterfall, then make a trip to Primo Piazza Khao Yai, and then have some family-friendly fun at Pete Maze.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Khao Yai National Park holiday maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ko Phi Phi Don to Khao Yai National Park. February in Khao Yai National Park sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bangkok.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Khao Yai National Park
Highlights from your plan
Khao Yai National Park ©
Khao Yai National Park
Haew Narok Waterfall ©
Haew Narok Waterfall
Pete Maze ©
Pete Maze

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Wat Maha That (in Ayutthaya) and Pattaya (Walking Street Pattaya, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket, and admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Khao Yai National Park to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daytime highs in Bangkok are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Wat Maha That
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then make a trip to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi attractions planner.

Getting from Bangkok to Hanoi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hue day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Hue are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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 26th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and finally browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Dragon Bridge, then browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hoi An route tool .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Da Nang
Highlights from your plan
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas

3
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.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hoi An, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 26°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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