12 days in Thailand, Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

12 days in Thailand, Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

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12 days in Thailand, Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Chiang Rai, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Pakbeng, Laos
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
5
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Manila, Philippines

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Bangkok is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Bangkok is minus 1 hour. October in Bangkok sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
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 31st (Thu): look for gifts at Shiraz Jewelry Co Ltd, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Spas
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

1
night
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Baan Dam Museum, don't miss a visit to Wat Huay Pla Kang, then admire the striking features of Wat Rong Khun, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and finally stop by El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Rai trip site .

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Chiang Mai in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chiang Rai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Pakbeng.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun
El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan ©
El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan

1
night
Pakbeng, Laos

Pakbeng
Pak Beng is a small village in Laos, on the Mekong River about halfway between the Thai border at Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Laos. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Mekong Elephant Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pakbeng trip website .

Traveling by car from Chiang Rai to Pakbeng takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Pakbeng

Wildlife Parks
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1
night
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, look for gifts at Caruso Lao, then make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xieng Thong, and finally don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip maker site .

Getting from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. November in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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 5th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, examine the collection at Drink Vietnam, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda.

Before you visit Ho Chi Minh City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. November in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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