27 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Philippines Itinerary

27 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Philippines Itinerary

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27 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Philippines Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  26​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  9​h
4
Boracay, Philippines
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
El Nido, Philippines
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + Fly:  11​h 45​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
7
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Ayutthaya Historical Park and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and get outside with SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok online sightseeing planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Bangkok is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Get some cultural insight at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum and Wat Phra Singh. Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Baan Jang Nak - A Museum of Elephant Wood Carvings. When in Chiang Mai, make a side trip to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep, approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 10th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, explore the galleries of Glang-Viang Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bangkok in November since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Baan Jang Nak - A Museum of Elephant Wood Carvings, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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4
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vietnamese Women's Museum and Hanoi Police Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Quarter and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, learn about all things military at Vietnam Military History Museum, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and explore the world behind art at Ho Chi Minh Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online journey planner .

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

3
nights
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Boracay with an excursion to Buruanga Beach in Caticlan--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Balinghai Beach, and make a trip to Willy's Rock.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Boracay online journey maker .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Boracay in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Philippines Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Buruanga Beach, Punta Bunga Beach
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Diniwid Beach ©
Diniwid Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
El Nido, Philippines

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
You'll get in some beach time at Nacpan Beach and Star Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Las Cabanas Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Commando Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, and kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read El Nido driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Boracay to El Nido in 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Las Cabanas Beach ©
Las Cabanas Beach

1
day
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Drink Vietnam, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from El Nido to Ho Chi Minh City in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from El Nido to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Drink Vietnam ©
Drink Vietnam

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nai Harn Beach and Ao Sane. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Phuket Big Buddha. When in Patong, make a side trip to see Phuket Trickeye Museum in Talat Yai, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Patong trip planner .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon, Phuket Town, Rawai, Phuket Art Village
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

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