12 days in Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar Itinerary

12 days in Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
5
Bagan, Myanmar
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
End: Hong Kong, China

1
night
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, and finally make a trip to Wat Sop Sickharam Luang Prabang. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, and finally take a stroll through Whisky Village.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Luang Prabang holiday tool.

Hong Kong, China to Luang Prabang is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong to Luang Prabang, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Luang Prabang, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Wat Sensoukharam ©
Wat Sensoukharam
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Preah Khan and Phimeanakas. You'll explore and learn at Angkor National Museum and Cambodia Landmine Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Luang Prabang in December; daily highs in Siem Reap reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Angkor National Museum ©
Angkor National Museum
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then stroll around Royal Palace Park, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Kurata Pepper, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lotus Space.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koe Htat Gyee Pagoda, then appreciate the history behind Shwedagon Pagoda, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yangon (Rangoon) journey tool.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Yangon (Rangoon) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Phnom Penh to Yangon (Rangoon). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites Spas
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Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Spas
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

1
night
Bagan, Myanmar

The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Pitaka Taik, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagan day trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Bagan

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Pitaka Taik ©
Pitaka Taik

2
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwe In Bin Monastry, then examine the collection at Cultural Museum, Mandalay, then admire the landmark architecture of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mandalay trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bagan to Mandalay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple ©
Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Shwe In Bin Monastry ©
Shwe In Bin Monastry

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