26 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
3
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Fly + Bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time is 12 hours. In August, Chiang Mai is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

3
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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bangkok using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Bangkok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

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)

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.
On the 11th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Koh Tao vacation planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August in Koh Tao, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and look for gifts at Armani Fashion.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Patong journey app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Koh Tao to Patong takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Patong, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Patong

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, then delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, and finally stop by Muoy Chorm Fashion Designer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pub Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Patong to Siem Reap in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh journey maker website .

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach and then make a trip to The Marble Mountains. On the next day, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An 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. In August, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

6
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.
On the 26th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), get a tailor-made plan with Travel Agent Hanoi, take a stroll through Old Quarter, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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