23 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Chiang Mai Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Chiang Mai Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Chiang Mai Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  22 h
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Pho and Khao San Road. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bangkok journey planning website .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Bangkok is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in July, with highs in Bangkok at 39°C and lows at 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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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
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Suan Dok and Pikanesuan Devalai Chiangmai. Get some cultural insight at Monkchat Meditation Retreat and Wat Sopanaram temple.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip planning site .

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wat Sopanaram temple
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Wat Suan Dok ©
Wat Suan Dok
Monkchat Meditation Retreat ©
Monkchat Meditation Retreat
Wat Sopanaram temple ©
Wat Sopanaram temple

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.
To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay
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.
To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, then examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum, and then kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Hue
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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hue travel route tool .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Hue, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An
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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Outdoors
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4
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Ho Quoc Temple. Visit Starfish Beach and Ong Lang Beach for some beach relaxation.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong road trip planner .

You can fly from Hoi An to Duong Dong in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Sao Beach
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:
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Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok
To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online travel route builder .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Bangkok in 3 hours. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Tours Nightlife
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