15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, and finally stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy, then identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang journey planner.

London, UK to Luang Prabang is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from London in October, expect Luang Prabang to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sung Sot Cave. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bai Tu Long Bay and Dau Go Cave. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, stroll through Ti Top Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Luang Prabang to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
On the 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then wander the streets of Old Quarter, then take in the exciting artwork at Klimt Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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.
On the 8th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, then see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and finally stop by Yaly Couture. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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 10th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. October in Hue sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 1 night
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): experience rural life at The Duck Stop, then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 1 night

Pearl of the Far East

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.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then see the interesting displays at Drink Vietnam, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City online route builder.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Taipei, Taiwan

— 2 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 14th (Wed), wander the streets of Ximending, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple, then get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Taipei 101.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Taipei online day trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in October, expect nights in Taipei to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
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.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.