17 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Athens, Greece


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2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing site .

Athens, Greece to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Indochina Time is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Athens in May; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An attractions planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then browse the different shops at Big C Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hue tour planner.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo) and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

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Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, make a trip to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

4
nights
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, and look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

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