22 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h
8
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

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.
Step out of Hoi An to go to Da Nang and see Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An tour itinerary website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Hoi An is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. While traveling from Lisbon, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Museums Nature

Side Trip

Da Nang
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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 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then browse the exhibits of Truc Chi Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

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

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 10th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hue in February; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 39°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Food Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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.
On the 12th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and don't miss a visit to Pub Street.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Spas
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ong Teu, then stop by Mai Savanh Lao, and finally snap pictures at Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, stroll around Buddha Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vientiane sightseeing planner.

Getting from Siem Reap to Vientiane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Siem Reap in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Vientiane, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Patuxai ©
Patuxai

3
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, make a trip to Vat Visounarath, and stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Luang Prabang road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vientiane in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Luang Prabang, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

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

4
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, don't miss a visit to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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