43 days in Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

43 days in Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

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43 days in Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
George Town, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
9
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Patong, Thailand
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
End: Bangkok, Thailand

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Wat Maha That (in Ayutthaya) and The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum) (in Pattaya). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), make a trip to Wat Pho, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok journey site .

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiports are Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

The Sanctuary Of Truth, Wat Maha That
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to 333 Shooting Range Mae Rim (in Mae Rim), Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ton Kwen (Wat Intharawat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, Wat Ton Kwen (Wat Intharawat), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, 333 Shooting Range Mae Rim
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Walking tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

5
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip 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 your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park and then step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

5
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial City) and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

Plan my day in Hoi An using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Halong Bay to Hoi An in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hue, Da Nang
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, explore the activities along Bach Dang, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoi An in March, expect nights in Ho Chi Minh City to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

3
nights
George Town, Malaysia

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Step out of George Town with an excursion to ESCAPE in Teluk Bahang--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, and get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the George Town trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to George Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and ferry. In March, daytime highs in George Town are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in George Town

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Penang Island, Indochine Natural, Laser Battle, Escape Theme Park, Kek Lok Si Temple
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Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion
Escape Theme Park ©
Escape Theme Park

4
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kuala Lumpur is known for parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, walk around KLCC Park, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur travel itinerary planner .

Fly from George Town to Kuala Lumpur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. April in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves

4
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ko Lanta (Shark Diving & Lanta Animal Welfare) and Phang Nga (Sa Nang Manora Forest Park & Phang Nga Elephant Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Railay Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Agnes Catholic Church, stroll through PhraNang Cave Beach, and stop by De' MARCO Fashions.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Krabi Town trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, car, and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Krabi Town are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ko Lanta, Phang Nga
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Shark Diving
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach

6
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Patong trip planner.

Getting from Krabi Town to Patong by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Phang Nga Bay., Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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