27 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

27 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

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27 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly + Taxi:  13​h 15​min
1
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
6
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h
8
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  45​min
9
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Tokyo, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): Head underground at Son Doong Cave, then Head underground at Paradise Cave, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave). Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Son Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and finally explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder tool .

Tokyo, Japan to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dam Chuon Huong Quan.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Hue trip planner .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Hue are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns

2
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Po Nagar Cham Towers and Suoi Do Pagoda. Get some cultural insight at Bac Thanh Church and Long Thanh Photo Studio. Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Ba Ho Waterfall.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hue to Nha Trang in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho Waterfall
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ta Prohm and Preah Khan are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beng Mealea and Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver. Spend the 12th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap holiday builder app .

You can fly from Nha Trang to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Saket, delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Chatuchak Weekend Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, then look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Siem Reap to Bangkok by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. August in Bangkok sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine, stroll through Bottle Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and finally kick back and relax at Salad Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Bangkok to Ko Pha Ngan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

2
nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

Phuket Town ©
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and finally get outside with Nai Harn Beach. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Phuket Town tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Phuket Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 28°C in Phuket Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Nai Harn Beach, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP)
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): stop by The Tiger Collections, kick back and relax at Kantiang Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, and finally head outdoors with Pirate Kayak Adventures.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ko Lanta trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Lanta in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, kick back and relax at Maya Bay, then step off the mainland to explore Ko Phi Phi Le, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don vacation planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

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nights
Bophut, Thailand

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Maenam Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, and finally get your game on at Samui Football Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Chaweng Beach, then stop by Classic International Suits, then identify plant and animal life at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bophut day trip app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Bophut takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ko Phi Phi Don in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 31°C in Bophut. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary

4
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.
Visiting Thai Elephant Home and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park (in Mae Rim). It doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai itinerary planner .

Getting from Bophut to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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