27 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

27 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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27 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
4
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Con Son, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
10
Champasak Town, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Da Nang Museum in Da Nang, approximately Da Nang away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, browse the exhibits of Cotic, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Hoi An driving holiday planning site .

Brisbane, Australia to Hoi An is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brisbane to Hoi An. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hoi An, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Da Nang
Highlights from your plan
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Phong Nha Caves and Son Doong Cave. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hoi An to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

For maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, then don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, and finally look for gifts at Caruso Lao. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xieng Thong, and then look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Museum-lovers will appreciate Escape Break and Angkor National Museum. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap online trip maker .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

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 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh road trip app .

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
National Museum ©
National Museum

3
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
We've included these beaches for you: PTA Travel and Thom Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Ong Lang Beach and Khem Beach. Go for a jaunt from Duong Dong to An Thoi to see Sao Beach about 34 minutes away.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Duong Dong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
Highlights from your plan
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Mui Ganh Dau Beach ©
Mui Ganh Dau Beach

1
night
Con Son, Vietnam

Con Son ©
Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ong Dung Beach and then kick back and relax at Bãi Đầm Trầu.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Con Son day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Con Son takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Con Son

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then explore the galleries of The Independence Palace, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally examine the collection at Drink Vietnam. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) and then pedal to the sights with Bike Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Con Son to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

3
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.
Visiting Bolaven Plateau and Don Daeng Island will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Champasak Town: Pakse (Wat Luang Temple, Tad Yuang Waterfalls, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Wat Phu and look for gifts at Chez Maman.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Champasak Town trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Champasak Town. In October, daily temperatures in Champasak Town can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Champasak Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pakse, Bolaven Plateau
Highlights from your plan
Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Don Daeng Island ©
Don Daeng Island

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