17 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + ferry:  5​h 45​min
2
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 day
+2
ferry + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Patong, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok holiday planner .

Manchester, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Bangkok. Traveling from Manchester in March, things will get much hotter in Bangkok: highs are around 40°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
day
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.
On the 19th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Koh Tao route planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bangkok in March: highs in Koh Tao hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 20th (Wed), stop by Alex's Fashion, then stop by Scandi Fashion, then kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Krabi Town road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Koh Tao to Krabi Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and 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 up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Scandi Fashion ©
Scandi Fashion

1
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Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
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, then stop by Casa Di Moda, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally kick back and relax at Patong Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Patong online journey planner .

You can drive from Krabi Town to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. March in Patong sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Karon
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chet Yot (Wat Maha Photharam).

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Patong in March, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Spas & Wellness

2
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 24th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and finally look for gifts at BOA Bookstore. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the striking features of The Independence Palace, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online tour planner .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ho Chi Minh City, with lows around 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 Historic Sites Museums
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), stroll through Cua Dai Beach, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Hoi An, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

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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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and explore the activities along West Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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