25 days in Thailand, Vietnam & India Itinerary

25 days in Thailand, Vietnam & India Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chua Tran Quoc and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Joseph's Cathedral and Kim Lien Pagoda. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hanoi road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Washington DC to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hue.
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Hue, Vietnam — 2 nights

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hon Chen Temple, then steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, and finally don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and finally learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and finally admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, browse the exhibits of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkchat Meditation Retreat, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Wat Suan Dok. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pha Lat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ched Yot, take some stellar pictures from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chiang Man, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip app.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Chiang Mai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. Traveling from Hoi An in December, you will find days in Chiang Mai are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sai Thai, then stop by Alex's Fashion, and finally see some colorful creatures with Sea Gypsy Divers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Andaman Cultural Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ao Nang Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Agnes Catholic Church, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Corner.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Krabi Town trip website.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 73°F in Krabi Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, relax and rejuvenate at Baan Sabai Thai Massage, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with ProFun Divers, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Viking Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, kick back and relax at Loh Dalum Beach, step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, then kick back and relax at Nui Beach, and finally make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time 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.
On the 15th (Tue), get great views at Karon Viewpoint, examine the collection at Shell World Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), then examine the collection at Phuket 3D Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khao Rang Hill View Point. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patong Mosque, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Patong itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. December in Patong sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly 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 17th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), examine the collection at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Suthat. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, then admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise Bangkok, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok holiday builder app.

You can fly from Patong to Bangkok in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Jaipur.
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Jaipur, India — 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and Shila Devi Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Photography Tours and Amber Palace. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Govind Dev Ji Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jaipur itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Bangkok to Jaipur in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Jaipur is minus 1.5 hours. When traveling from Bangkok in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Jaipur: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to New Delhi.
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New Delhi, India — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at ISKCON Temple Delhi and Rajpath. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gandhi Smriti and Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. Change things up with a short trip to ISKCON Vrindavan in Vrindavan (about 2h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Hauz Khas Village, examine the collection at National Gandhi Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Modern Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our New Delhi trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Jaipur to New Delhi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in New Delhi are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to 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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