23 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
3
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
4
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
5
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
7
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
8
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
9
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic City of Ayutthaya and Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun). Visit The Grand Palace and Wat Pho for their historical value. Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: get great views at Wat Saket, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and look for gifts at St Armani Fashion.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip maker tool.

Boise, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Boise to Bangkok, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Boise in May: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 96°F and lows are around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

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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 5th (Wed): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Ao Tanot Bay.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Koh Tao vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. May in Koh Tao sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, admire the sheer force of Paradise Waterfall, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the dramatic scenery at Phaeng Waterfall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phu Khao Noi. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Khao Ra, kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi, kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Phangan Spirit Distillery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Koh Tao to Ko Pha Ngan by ferry takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
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 8th (Sat), kick back and relax at Choeng Mon Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Maenam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, stop by Classic International Suits, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tamarind Springs Forest Spa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bophut travel planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut in an hour. In May in Bophut, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Maenam Beach, Tamarind Springs Forest Spa
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Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary

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Phuket Town, Thailand

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices and Bang Tao Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Flying Hanuman and Freedom Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Green Elephant Sanctuary Park (in Choeng Thale), Spas (in Karon) and Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, find something for the whole family at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), and get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Phuket Town day trip site.

You can fly from Bophut to Phuket Town in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bophut in May since evenings lows in Phuket Town dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Patong, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, Flying Hanuman, Spas
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Flying Hanuman ©
Flying Hanuman
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices ©
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices
Green Elephant Sanctuary Park ©
Green Elephant Sanctuary Park

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 13th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, relax and rejuvenate at Baan Sabai Thai Massage Koh Phi Phi, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Loh Dalum Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, kick back and relax at Nui Beach, then stroll through Long Beach, then head off the coast to Ko Phi Phi Le, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Ko Bida Nok.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in May, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Shark Diving
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

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Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, enjoy the sand and surf at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in 1.5 hours. In May in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Shark Diving
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Preah Khan and Ta Som. You'll explore and learn at Cambodia Landmine Museum and Jayav Art. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and examine the collection at Angkor National Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Lanta to Siem Reap in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 96°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Ta Som
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Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

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Nha Trang, Vietnam

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui, browse the exhibits of Long Thanh Photo Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Parish Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nha Trang sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Nha Trang in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang

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