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

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

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 4 nights
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights

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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 River Rafting & Tubing and Wat Si Suphan. Head to Supreme Collection and Kad Luang - Warorot Marketfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Park Rajapruek.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planning app.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Chiang Mai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to °C. On the 16th (Fri), you're off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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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.
Get outdoors at Bai Tu Long Bay and Hon Ga Choi Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dau Go Cave and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, make a trip to Cua Van Floating Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and kick back and relax at Bai Chay Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Halong Bay takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at My Khe Beach and Rubin Cloth Shop. Do your shopping at Buffalo Leather Shop and Friendly Shoe Shop. Spend the 21st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Non Nuoc Beach, don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, learn the tricks of the trade with Tra Que Water Wheel, and look for gifts at Nony Leather.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Halong Bay to Hoi An takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

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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