38 days in Thailand, Bali & Vietnam Itinerary

38 days in Thailand, Bali & Vietnam Itinerary

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38 days in Thailand, Bali & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  22​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Ko Samet, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry:  45​min
5
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  8​h
8
Seminyak, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
9
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Bangkok, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Newark, United States

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Rescue Park and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Lamphun (Wat Phra That Hariphunchai & Wat Kukut). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ched Yot, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker .

Newark, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time is 12 hours. In November, Chiang Mai is warmer than Newark - with highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Ko Samet.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lamphun, Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

3
nights
Ko Samet, Thailand

Ko Samet ©
A popular trip from Bangkok, Ko Samet provides a getaway with white-sand beaches, clear waters, and coral reefs teeming with fish.
Take a break from the city and head to Ao Wai and Ao Prao Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ao Cho and Ao Thian. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Ao Wong Duean and stroll through Ao Kiu Na Nok.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chiang Mai to Ko Samet. In November, daily temperatures in Ko Samet can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Samet

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ao Wai ©
Ao Wai
Ao Wong Duean ©
Ao Wong Duean
Ao Prao Beach ©
Ao Prao Beach

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get outdoors at Freedom Beach and Karon Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Nai Harn Beach and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). When in Patong, make a side trip to see Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Like A Boss, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Patong trip itinerary builder app .

Explore your travel options from Ko Samet to Patong with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in November, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Karon, Phuket Town, Nai Harn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

3
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kantiang Bay and Nui Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Lanta Animal Welfare. Spend the 27th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ko Lanta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Patong to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. November in Ko Lanta sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Laem Tong Bay and Nui Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ko Phi Phi Le and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loh Dalum Beach, Head underground at Viking Cave, and kick back and relax at Maya Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

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
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

3
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and Poda Island. Visit Railay Beach and PhraNang Cave Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Bamboo Island, get outside with Motorbike Rental Krabi, look for gifts at Alex's Fashion, and take a peaceful walk through Krabi Elephant Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Krabi Town online holiday planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Krabi Town can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach

4
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thong Nai Pan Noi and Haad Gruad Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Ao Plai Laem will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Salad Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi, kick back and relax at Haad Yuan Beach, and stop by Sugar & Spice.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in December, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seminyak.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Haad Khom ©
Haad Khom

3
nights
Seminyak, Indonesia

Seminyak ©
A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pandawa Beach and Pantai Sanur. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Karang Beach and Dalem Kahyangan Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (in Ubud), Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu) and Pura Dalem Pengembak (in Sanur). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanah Lot Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Krakakoa Chocolate Factory & Store.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Seminyak holiday maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Seminyak in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ko Pha Ngan to Seminyak. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Seminyak

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denpasar, Pandawa Beach, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Dalem Kahyangan Temple, Tanah Lot Temple
Highlights from your plan
Pandawa Beach ©
Pandawa Beach
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Pantai Sanur ©
Pantai Sanur

3
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vung Bau Beach and Ong Lang Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Khem Beach and Archipelago Anthoy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Duong Dong travel route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Seminyak to Duong Dong takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Seminyak to Duong Dong is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Khem Beach ©
Khem Beach
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic City of Ayutthaya and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). Wat Pho and The Grand Palace will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Mahathat, Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana), & more) and Ancient City (in Samut Prakan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Bangkok in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bangkok are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

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