56 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

56 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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56 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  10​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hua Hin, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Ko Chang, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
7
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
10
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 5 nights
ferry:  45​min
11
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
12
Patong, Thailand
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Perth, Australia

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic City of Ayutthaya and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). Let the collections at Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Ancient City (in Samut Prakan), Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya Ruins & Wat Mahathat) and Woodland Muangmai (in Nakhon Chai Si). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chatuchak Weekend Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok tour itinerary maker app .

Perth, Australia to Bangkok is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Bangkok, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in November, you will find days in Bangkok are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hua Hin.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Ancient City, Woodland Muangmai
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

3
nights
Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin ©
The seaside town of Hua Hin serves as a popular coastal retreat for Bangkok residents and international tourists.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand and Phraya Nakhon Cave. Huay Mongkol Temple and The Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Banyan Golf Club, kick back and relax at Hua Hin Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Khao Noi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hua Hin trip app .

You can drive from Bangkok to Hua Hin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ko Chang.

Things to do in Hua Hin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
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Phraya Nakhon Cave ©
Phraya Nakhon Cave
Huay Mongkol Temple ©
Huay Mongkol Temple
Hua Hin Beach ©
Hua Hin Beach

1
night
Ko Chang, Thailand

Ko Chang ©
Ko Chang means "Elephant Island" and, though elephants are not indigenous to the island, visitors certainly see plenty of them on tours of protected reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Klong Plu Waterfall and then kick back and relax at Khlong Prao Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Chang travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hua Hin to Ko Chang takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ko Chang

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Klong Plu Waterfall ©
Klong Plu Waterfall
Khlong Prao Beach ©
Khlong Prao Beach

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Explore hidden gems such as Cambodia Landmine Museum and Angkor National Museum. Spend the 12th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, examine the collection at Peace Museum of Mine Action, delve into the distant past at Pre Rup, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ko Chang to Siem Reap takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Cambodia Landmine Museum ©
Cambodia Landmine Museum
Angkor National Museum ©
Angkor National Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Phong Nha Caves and Suoi Nuoc Mooc. Step out of the city life by going to Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Botanic Garden. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Siem Reap to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Zipline. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Doi Inthanon. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Chiang Mai in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

5
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Escape the urban bustle at Thong Nai Pan Noi and Bottle Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Salad Beach and Haad Yuan Beach. Spend the 22nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Sugar & Spice, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hat Sadet Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Pha Ngan online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, Ko Pha Ngan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Maenam Beach and Samrong Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Chaweng Beach. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, look for all kinds of wild species at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, stop by Classic International Suits, and have some family-friendly fun at Lazgam Laser Games Koh Samui.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bophut online attractions planner .

Drive from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut in 4 hours. In December in Bophut, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary

5
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and Andaman Cultural Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Phang Nga Elephant Park and Tup Island. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island, stroll through Railay Beach, and stop by VICTORIA Fashion House.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town road trip tool .

Getting from Bophut to Krabi Town by combination of flight and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in December, Krabi Town is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Phang Nga Elephant Park
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Phang Nga Elephant Park ©
Phang Nga Elephant Park
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Poda Island ©
Poda Island

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Laem Tong Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ko Phi Phi Le and Long Beach. There's much more to do: make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, head off the coast to Mosquito Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Loh Moo Dee Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Ton Sai.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don sightseeing planner.

Ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

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

5
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Koh Rok Island. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kantiang Bay and Nui Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, stroll through Long Beach, take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, and look for gifts at The Tiger Collections.

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Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

8
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Phuket Trickeye Museum and Big Buddha Phuket. Explore Patong's surroundings by going to Monkey Hill (in Phuket Town), Rawai (Phuket Golf Leisure & Promthep Cape) and Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, don't miss a visit to Patong Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Phang Nga Bay.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Patong trip planner.

Getting from Ko Lanta to Patong by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Rawai, Karon, Scuba & Snorkeling, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP)
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach

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