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. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip 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. Traveling from Lisbon to Hoi An, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lisbon, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Museums Nature

Side Trip

Da Nang
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 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City tour planner.

You can fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In February in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, look for gifts at Ambre, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, then stop by Mai Savanh Lao, and finally snap pictures at Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Morning Market, then appreciate the history behind Buddha Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vientiane trip app .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Vientiane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Siem Reap in February, Vientiane is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow 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, stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Thong, and don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vientiane in February, Luang Prabang is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time 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: wander the streets of Old Quarter, explore the activities along West Lake, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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