56 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

56 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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56 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 4 nights
ferry:  45​min
3
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
12
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
13
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
14
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Patong: Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Patong online itinerary builder .

Istanbul, Turkey to Patong is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Indochina Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect Patong to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Buddha Phuket, Karon Beach, Phang Nga Bay.
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

4
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, kick back and relax at Loh Dalum Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, and don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. December in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Shark Diving
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

5
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Ko Lanta is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, head off the coast to Koh Rok Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, and stop by The Boss Collection.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ko Lanta journey planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shark Diving
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
The Boss Collection ©
The Boss Collection

5
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Lanta to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

3
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip builder site .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

4
nights
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

Plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hue journey maker app .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Hue is a bit cooler than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park route planner .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

5
nights
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, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, push the limits with an extreme tour, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi day trip planning tool .

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

4
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang). The adventure continues: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Make your Hoi An itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Hanoi to Hoi An by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas

5
nights
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.
Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, get your game on at VR1 -Thonglor Virtual Reality cafe Bangkok, admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Hoi An in January, expect nights in Bangkok to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

5
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for wildlife, beaches, spas, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at C&M Learn Thai Culture, get your game on at Phangan Football Golf Club, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ao Plai Laem.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Bangkok in January, Ko Pha Ngan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium ©
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Koh Tao vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Koh Tao are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang), Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, relax in the rural setting at Wongwan Strawberry Farm, and look for gifts at Shiraz Jewelry Co Ltd.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Chiang Mai in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Koh Tao in February, Chiang Mai is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Doi Inthanon, Wongwan Strawberry Farm, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

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