21 days in Thailand, Hanoi & India Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Krabi Town, Thailand
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Jaipur, India
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New Delhi, India
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chua Tran Quoc and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Hanoi is 12 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 2 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Lok Molee, then steep yourself in history at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), and finally delve into the distant past at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pha Lat, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkchat Meditation Retreat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Wat Suan Dok.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai journey maker.

Fly from Hanoi to Chiang Mai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Krabi Town.
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Krabi Town, Thailand — 2 nights

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Railay Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ao Nang Mosque, then look for gifts at Alex's Fashion, and finally take a memorable tour with Sea Gypsy Divers. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), see the interesting displays at Andaman Cultural Center, then examine the collection at Andaman Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Agnes Catholic Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Massage Corner.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Krabi Town, with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand — 2 nights

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 5th (Sat), kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Baan Sabai Thai Massage, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with ProFun Divers, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Viking Cave, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, enjoy the sand and surf at Loh Dalum Beach, step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, then stroll through Nui Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder website.

Getting from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Patong.
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Patong, Thailand — 2 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jui Tui Shrine, explore the engaging exhibits at Phuket 3D Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Khao Rang Hill View Point, see the interesting displays at Snake Kingdom, then don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, and finally make a trip to Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Bangla Road, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stroll through Banana Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Patong Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Patong day trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Patong, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise Bangkok. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat, examine the collection at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, step into the grandiose world of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Bangkok takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to Jaipur.
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Jaipur, India — 3 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. Get a sense of the local culture at Amber Palace and City Palace of Jaipur. Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Govind Dev Ji Temple, walk around Central Park, and admire the striking features of Jal Mahal.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jaipur trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Jaipur in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Jaipur. While traveling from Bangkok, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Jaipur, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to New Delhi.
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New Delhi, India — 2 nights

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Vrindavan, admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, then contemplate the long history of India Gate, then examine the collection at National Gandhi Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Rajpath, then examine the collection at National Rail Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally examine the collection at Gandhi Smriti.

Make your New Delhi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to New Delhi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in New Delhi, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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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Thailand travel guide

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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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India travel guide

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It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.
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