51 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

51 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Bus
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Train to Chumphon, Ferry to Koh Tao
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Koh Tao, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Chumphon, Train to Surat Thani station, Bus to Khao Sok National Park
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Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Drive to Surat Thani Airport, Fly to Cam Ranh International Airport / Cam Ranh Air Base, Drive to Phan Thiet
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Phan Thiet, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Train
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Taxi to Da Nang, Train to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Train to Sapa Lao Cai, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Long Bai Chay Bus Station, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Nara, Japan
— 1 day
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Nikko
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Nikko, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 4 nights

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Spend the 19th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkchat Meditation Retreat.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Chiang Mai at 93°F and lows at 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Bangkok, Thailand — 2 nights

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and finally do sightseeing at your own pace with Rent A Scooter Bangkok.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Koh Tao.
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Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Koh Tao, Thailand — 3 nights

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Koh Tao is known for wildlife, adventure, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, step off the mainland to explore Koh Nang Yuan, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan trip to Koh Tao with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Khao Sok National Park.
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Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand — 4 nights

While on tour of Khao Sok National Park, you'll discover a dense jungle, towering karst formations, and a man-made lake.
Get out of town with these interesting Khao Sok National Park side-trips: Cheow Lan Lake (in Ban Ta Khun) and Phang Nga Elephant Park (in Phang Nga). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Wat Sok Tham Phanthurat Temple, hunt for treasures at Takuapa Flea Market, and stroll through Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Khao Sok National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and car from Koh Tao to Khao Sok National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Koh Tao in June, expect little chillier with lows of 75°F in Khao Sok National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Phan Thiet.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 4:

Phan Thiet, Vietnam — 1 night

An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mui Ne Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Red Sand Dunes. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Princess Jewelry, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Phan Thiet holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Khao Sok National Park to Phan Thiet takes 29.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Nha Trang.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Nha Trang, Vietnam — 2 nights

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by XQ Hand Embroidery, then kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, and then get in on the family fun at VinWonders Nha Trang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Phan Thiet to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Hoi An.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, sightseeing, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and stop by Rubin Cloth Shop.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and experience rural life at The Duck Stop.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip site.

You can drive from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.
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Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 nights

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 17th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sapa.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

Sapa, Vietnam — 2 nights

A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Sapa itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Halong Bay, Vietnam — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halong Bay: Cat Ba Island (in Cat Ba) and Ha Long Market (in Ha Long). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and head off the coast to Ti Top Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Sapa to Halong Bay takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, taxi, flight, car, and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Hiroshima, Japan — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Hiroshima in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Kyoto, Japan — 4 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.
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Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Nara, Japan — 1 day

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Nara day trip website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:

Hakone-machi, Japan — 1 night

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, and finally cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Nara to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nara in August; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 77°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Nikko, Japan — 3 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally sample some tasty brews at Katayama Shuzo. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, then walk around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then see the interesting displays at Oya History Museum, and finally make a trip to Tobu Nikko Station.

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Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. In August, daytime highs in Nikko are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Tokyo, Japan — 2 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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