59 days in Thailand, Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

59 days in Thailand, Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Vientiane, Laos
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand

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.
Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Wat Maha That (in Ayutthaya) and Pattaya (Walking Street Pattaya & The Sanctuary Of Truth). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Bangkok is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Bangkok, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, you will find days in Bangkok are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Vientiane, Laos

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Go for a jaunt from Vientiane to Thalat to see Nam Ngum Dam about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, hunt for treasures at Morning Market, and make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vientiane online travel planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Vientiane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Vientiane when traveling from Bangkok in November, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, make a trip to Wat Pa Huak, and look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip planning website.

You can fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vientiane in November, Luang Prabang is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, explore the activities along West Lake, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halong Bay: Yen Tu Mountain (in Uong Bi) and Cat Ba Island (in Cat Ba). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Da Nang, Vietnam

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Get out of town with these interesting Da Nang side-trips: Hoi An (Hoi An Ancient Town, Spas, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains and see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Da Nang trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Da Nang in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Hue, Vietnam

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.
Step out of Hue to go to Dong Ha and see Vinh Moc Tunnel, which is approximately 2h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip tool.

Drive from Da Nang to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, make a trip to Phong Nha Caves, and explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City day trip website.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Duong Dong, Vietnam

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: An Thoi (Gam Ghi Island & May Rut Island) and Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda (in Ganh Dau). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, and make a trip to Cao Dai Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong holiday planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phuket Golf Leisure Co., Ltd. (in Rawai). The adventure continues: make a trip to Bangla Road, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach, and kick back and relax at Patong Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Patong sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Patong takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Thailand travel guide

3.8
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.

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

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.

Phuket travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.