18 days in Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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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
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Phu Quoc
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 nights
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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, and don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang day trip planning tool.

London, UK to Luang Prabang is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Luang Prabang is 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 41°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Halong Bay road trip planner.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Halong Bay by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 1 night
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see what you can catch with Jerry's Jungle Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at Luna Thai Spa, and then learn the secrets of beer at Beer Fridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong trip builder app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Duong Dong by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace, then stop by Lucy Henna, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave. On your second day here, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hue, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then browse the handmade items at Hope Center Hue, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hue driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Classes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, then look for gifts at ChiBa Boutique, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hoi An vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 nights
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 27th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Quarter, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hanoi online visit planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.