30 days in Japan, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

30 days in Japan, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Ferry to Koh Tao
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry to Bangrak, Fly to Phuket
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit planner.

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Parks

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip site.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch. On the next day, examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hoi An route maker.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Hoi An takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kyoto in September, with highs in Hoi An at 91°F and lows at 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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 12th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chiang Man.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai day trip app.

Getting from Hoi An to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. In September, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, look for gifts at Tom's Fashion, and admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bangkok online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Koh Tao trip planner.

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. In September, daily temperatures in Koh Tao can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Highlights from your trip

Patong, Thailand

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step out of Patong with an excursion to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at New Era's Vienna, take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, and hunt for treasures at Sai Nam Yen Market.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Patong vacation planner.

Getting from Koh Tao to Patong by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Patong when traveling from Koh Tao in September, with lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, gain some tasty knowledge on Saigon Vibes Tour, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

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Traveling by flight from Patong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 2 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): cast your line with Jerry's Jungle Tours, then relax in the rural setting at Happy Farm PQ, then don't miss a visit to Cao Dai Temple, and finally indulge your taste buds at Beer Fridge. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, experience rural life at Phu Quoc Mushroom, then relax and rejuvenate at Luna Thai Spa, and finally stop by All Good Things Phu Quoc.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Duong Dong road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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 26th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay tour builder site.

Getting from Duong Dong to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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: take a stroll through Old Quarter, admire the artistry at Authentic Bat Trang, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online journey maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

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.

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.