17 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

17 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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17 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
7
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Champasak Town, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, then delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and finally explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip itinerary planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Siem Reap is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in November since evenings lows in Siem Reap dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Thom ©
Angkor Thom

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then look for gifts at La Porte du Cambodge, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

Before you visit Phnom Penh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
National Museum ©
National Museum
Wat Phnom ©
Wat Phnom

2
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.
On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, then stroll around Le Thi Rieng Culture Park, and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In November in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

1
night
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
On the 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tu Dam Pagoda ©
Tu Dam Pagoda

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Walking tours

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.
You've now added The Plain of Jars to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Plain of Jars, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xieng Thong, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

The Plain of Jars Laos
Highlights from your plan
MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

1
night
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
On the 30th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Kang.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vang Vieng online attractions planner .

Getting from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

2
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That Foon, and finally examine the collection at Lao Textile Museum.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vientiane trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Vang Vieng to Vientiane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Champasak Town.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Patuxai ©
Patuxai
Phou Khoun Observation Site ©
Phou Khoun Observation Site

2
nights
Champasak Town, Laos

Champasak Town ©
Near the borders of Thailand and Japan in southern Laos, the small town of Champasak is best known for its UNESCO-protected ruins.
You've now added The Vat Phou Cruises to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Bolaven Plateau. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Wat Muang Kang Temple and then see the top attractions with The Vat Phou Cruises.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Champasak Town online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Vientiane to Champasak Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Vientiane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Champasak Town, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Pakse, Bolaven Plateau
Highlights from your plan
Wat Muang Kang Temple ©
Wat Muang Kang Temple
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau

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