21 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly to Phuket, Bus to Patong
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Rescue Park and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai visit planning site.

Manchester, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Chiang Mai reach 43°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patong.
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Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trips

Patong, Thailand — 2 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Yanui Beach, then make a trip to Big Buddha Phuket, and then kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach.

Plan trip to Patong with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Patong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in April, expect nights in Patong to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. When in Bangkok, make a side trip to see Bang Saen Beach in Chonburi, approximately Chonburi away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and examine the collection at Jim Thompson House.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bangkok trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Siem Reap.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 nights

Temple Town

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 Photography Tours and Cambodia Landmine Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap online trip planner.

Getting from Bangkok to Siem Reap by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Phnom Penh.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

Charming City

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, stroll around Royal Palace Park, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then have fun at Cambodia Shooting Ranges Outdoor Phnom Penh, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Kurata Pepper, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Phnom Penh day trip planning website.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then don't miss a visit to Bitexco Financial Tower, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then stop by Cao Minh Saigon, and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City road trip website.

Drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Hoi An.
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Tours · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 1st (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and then stroll through Non Nuoc Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: test the waters at a local thermal spa, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, look for gifts at Da Bao Real Leather, then contemplate the long history of The Old House of Phun Hung, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip maker app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, expect nights in Hoi An to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.
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Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University. Keep things going the next day: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then wander the streets of Old Quarter.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hoi An to Hanoi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Thailand travel guide

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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.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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