42 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

42 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Fly to Phuket, Bus to Thalang Temple, Drive to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Ferry to Ko Lanta
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Ferry to Koh Tao
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry to Bangrak, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Drive to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Fly to Phu Quoc International Airport, Drive to Duong Dong
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Fly to Van Don, Bus to Honda Agent Hoang Quoc Viet, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Spend the 11th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School, enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh.

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Montreal, Canada to Chiang Mai is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, things will get much hotter in Chiang Mai: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ko Lanta.
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Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

Ko Lanta, Thailand — 4 nights

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 13th (Tue) with a shark diving experience. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare, kick back and relax at Long Beach, relax in the rural setting at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm, and have fun at Aommy nails.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta travel route planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Ko Lanta by combination of flight, bus, car, and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, Ko Lanta is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Patong.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Patong, Thailand — 5 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, get outside with The Junk Liveaboards, and kick back and relax at Freedom Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Patong travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Krabi Town.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:

Krabi Town, Thailand — 5 nights

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Change things up with a short trip to Phang Nga Bay. in Ao Phang Nga National Park (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Railay Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Nang Beach, and take a memorable tour with Aonang Elephant Sanctuary.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Krabi Town driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Patong to Krabi Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koh Tao.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Koh Tao, Thailand — 1 night

Turtle Island

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
On the 26th (Mon), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koh Tao travel route planner.

Getting from Krabi Town to Koh Tao by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Koh Tao are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Bangkok, Thailand — 4 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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Koh Tao in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bangkok, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Khao Yai National Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand — 2 nights

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 31st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Khao Yai National Park. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Primo Piazza Khao Yai and then surround yourself with nature on Khao Yai Bird Watching Day Trip by Thailand Bird Watching.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Khao Yai National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bangkok to Khao Yai National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Duong Dong.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Duong Dong, Vietnam — 5 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Change things up with a short trip to Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc in Ganh Dau (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get outside with Bee Bee Travel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ong Lang Beach, relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Duong Dong journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Khao Yai National Park to Duong Dong. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 9th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online itinerary builder.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency in Da Nang, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, with highs in Hoi An at 29°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Halong Bay, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, car, and ferry from Hoi An to Halong Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 4 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 15th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Thailand travel guide

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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.
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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.
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