42 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Battambang, Cambodia
— 1 night
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Con Son, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 6 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at TiredCity Hang Bong and Empty Wall Gallery. Shop till you drop at Nguyen Art Gallery in Hanoi and Thang Long Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: stop by Old Quarter, see the interesting displays at Hanoi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Center, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi travel route builder site.

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major aiports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Xiengthong and Royal Palace Museum. Head to Kopnoi Export Promotion Center and The Morning Marketfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Luang Prabang, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 5 nights

Temple Town

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei. Do your shopping at Thai Zen Spa and Theam's Gallery. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, browse the exhibits of Colors of Cambodia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, and take in the exciting artwork at TRIBE Cambodia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip maker site.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Siem Reap, with lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Battambang, Cambodia

— 1 night
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Romcheik 5 Art Space & Cafe, explore the world behind art at Tep Kao Sol Loeum Lorn Gallery, browse the exhibits of Sangker Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at Nature Spa, then take in the exciting artwork at HUMAN Gallery - Joseba Etxebarria Photography, and finally browse the exhibits of L'Atelier : Architecture Design.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Battambang trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Siem Reap to Battambang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Battambang

Shopping · Museums · Spas

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 5 nights

Charming City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Royal Palace. Shop till you drop at Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving House and Central Market. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, revel in the low prices at Zando TTP, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and see the interesting displays at National Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh travel planner.

Drive from Battambang to Phnom Penh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 5 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Do your shopping at The Vietnamese Artists and Duong Dong Market. Relax by the water at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa and Vung Bau Beach. When in Duong Dong, make a side trip to see Bai Tắm Sao in An Thoi, approximately An Thoi away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach, steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and see what you can catch with PTA Travel.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip builder website.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Duong Dong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Con Son, Vietnam

— 2 nights

Devil's Island

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 9th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Dung Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bãi Đầm Trầu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hang Da Duc Me. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Hang Duong Cemetary, brush up on your military savvy at Con Dao Musuem, and then steep yourself in history at Con Dao Prison.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Con Son journey app.

Getting from Duong Dong to Con Son by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Con Son

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at War Remnants Museum and Drink Vietnam. For shopping fun, head to Ben Thanh Market or Van Hanh Mall. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Binh Tan.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Fly from Con Son to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 6 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cua Dai Beach and Phuoc My Beach. Get some cultural insight at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Cotic. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Da Nang to see My Khe Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and view the masterpieces at ALLEY Artist House.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hoi An online route maker.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Hue, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc. For shopping fun, head to Truc Chi Garden or Gakka Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, savor the flavors at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store, buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June in Hue, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours

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.

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.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.