53 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

53 days in Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 6 nights
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Khao Lak, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 7 nights
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Taxi to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak Pier Koh Samui, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Suvarnabhumi
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Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 7 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Lok Molee and Wat Phan Tao. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim), Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Sirithan Waterfall (in Chom Thong). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip planner.

London, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Chiang Mai. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 37°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Khao Lak.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Khao Lak, Thailand

— 5 nights
A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
Get outdoors at White Sand Beach and Phang Nga Elephant Park. Let the collections at Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery and International Tsunami Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Khao Lak to go to Ban Ta Khun and see Cheow Lan Lake, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 9th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Cashmere Suit, take in the dramatic scenery at Sai Rung Waterfall, and get a dose of the wild on Beautiful Khao Lak Joy & Fun.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Khao Lak online travel route planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Khao Lak by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Khao Lak sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Thailand

— 7 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Green Elephant Sanctuary Park and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Monkey Hill and Siam Safari. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phuket Town: Rawai (Promthep Cape & Yanui Beach), Patong (Off-Road Tours & Freedom Beach) and Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bang Tao Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Khao Rang Hill View Point, get great views at Karon View Point, and stop by Nordic Fashion.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Phuket Town tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Khao Lak to Phuket Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 2 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Ao Ton Sai, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Ko Bida Nok, then head off the coast to Ko Phi Phi Le, then take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave, and finally stroll through Loh Lana Bay.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 4 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Long Beach and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. Get in touch with nature at Koh Rok Island and Kantiang Bay. Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 24th (Wed) with a shark diving experience. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, explore the fascinating underground world of Tiger Cave, look for gifts at The Boss Collection, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta trip maker tool.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Ko Lipe, Thailand

— 2 nights
With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
On the 27th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunrise Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Bundhaya Resort Spa. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Ko Lipe, then kick back and relax at Pattaya Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Lipe online trip builder.

Ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe in 4 hours. Traveling from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Ko Lipe can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Krabi Town, Thailand

— 6 nights
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Massage Corner and Ko Hong. Take a break from the city and head to The Dive Ao Nang and Khlong Muang Beach. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at De' MARCO Fashions, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Nang Snake Show, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Phra Nang.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Krabi Town itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ko Lipe to Krabi Town is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Krabi Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Bophut, Thailand

— 7 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Plai Laem and Tamarind Springs Forest Spa. Get in touch with nature at Samui Elephant Sanctuary and Maenam Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bophut: Buddha’s Footprint Temple (in Na Mueang) and Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach) (in Maret). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Lamai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bophut trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Krabi Town to Bophut in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 2 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Salad Beach, then kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and then stroll through Bottle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by ferry from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan takes an hour. December in Ko Pha Ngan sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Ayutthaya, Thailand

— 3 nights
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Wat Maha That and Portuguese Settlement will appeal to history buffs. Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon and Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, admire the striking features of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rat Praditthan, and steep yourself in history at Historic City of Ayutthaya.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Ayutthaya trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Ayutthaya in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Ayutthaya, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Hue, Vietnam

— 7 nights
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Tombs and Hue War Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bao Quoc Temple, take an in-depth tour of Hue Cultural Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hue online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Ayutthaya to Hue takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ayutthaya in December: high temperatures in Hue hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.