19 days in Philippines, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

19 days in Philippines, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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19 days in Philippines, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Hamilton, Bermuda
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Hamilton, Bermuda

2
nights
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum and Ayala Museum. Get some historical perspective at Fort Santiago and Intramuros. Change things up with a short trip to Greenbelt Mall in Makati (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church, browse the exhibits of Ayala Museum Artist Space, stop by SM Mall of Asia, and get great views at Malate Church.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manila day trip planner .

Hamilton, Bermuda to Manila is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Philippines Time (PHT) is 12 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Hamilton in April: highs in Manila hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Makati, SM Mall of Asia
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SM Mall of Asia ©
SM Mall of Asia
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 9th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online visit planner .

Fly from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Cotic. Shop till you drop at Rubin Cloth Shop and Central Market. Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and have fun at Henna Art Hoi An.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hoi An, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

2
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 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Hang Bong, and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi sightseeing planner.

Fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mengrai Kilns and Glang-Viang Gallery. Spend the 16th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, see the interesting displays at Lanna Traditional House Museum CMU, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai tour planning website .

Fly from Hanoi to Chiang Mai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Popular historic sites such as Wat Pho and The Grand Palace are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, look for gifts at Harmenstone - Siam Center, identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok trip website .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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