12 days in Chiang Mai, Halong Bay & Hoi An Itinerary

12 days in Chiang Mai, Halong Bay & Hoi An Itinerary

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12 days in Chiang Mai, Halong Bay & Hoi An Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  4​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 4 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Chiang Man. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, buy something for everyone on your list at Kad Luang - Warorot Market, stop by Supreme Collection, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai online travel planner .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Chiang Mai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February, plan for little chillier nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Halong Bay on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
River Rafting & Tubing
Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park ©
Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bai Tu Long Bay and Cua Van Floating Village. Get outdoors at Halong Bay and Bai Chay Beach. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Chiang Mai to Halong Bay takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Beaches
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Non Nuoc Beach and Friendly Shoe Shop. Head to Rubin Cloth Shop and Buffalo Leather Shopfor some retail therapy. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see My Khe Beach in Da Nang, approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, experience rural life at Tra Que Water Wheel, and look for gifts at NONY SHOP.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In February in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

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