17 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Ferry to Koh Tao
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 day
Ferry to Bangrak, Fly to Krabi
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 1 day
Shuttle
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Patong, Thailand
— 1 night
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand

— 2 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Bangkok, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Bangkok is warmer than Manchester - with highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Koh Tao, Thailand

— 1 day

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 19th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Before you visit Koh Tao, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bangkok in March: highs in Koh Tao hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 1 day
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for gifts at Alex's Fashion, then look for gifts at Scandi Fashion, then kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Krabi Town online route maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Krabi Town in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in March, expect nights in Krabi Town to be a bit cooler, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Patong, Thailand

— 1 night
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Karon Beach, stop by Casa Di Moda The Fashion House, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally kick back and relax at Patong Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Patong trip itinerary site.

Take a shuttle from Krabi Town to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In March, daytime highs in Patong are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Patong in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Chiang Mai. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and finally look for gifts at BOA Bookstore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Chiang Mai in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ho Chi Minh City, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Cua Dai Beach, then stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An day trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and stop by Old Quarter.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip app.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

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.