18 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Old Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi holiday planner.

Athens, Greece to Hanoi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Athens to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Hoi An.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hoi An online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Shopping · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

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 19th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phnom Penh.
Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

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 21st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Phka Kn'jay Fashion Boutique, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then admire the landmark architecture of Central Market.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Siem Reap.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 nights

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, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Luang Prabang.
Historic Sites · Spas

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.
When in Luang Prabang, make a side trip to see 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw, approximately Nong Khiaw away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, and admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Siem Reap in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Luang Prabang. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Vientiane.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip

Vientiane, Laos — 2 nights

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
On the 29th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, walk around Buddha Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vientiane day trip planner.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Vientiane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks

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.

Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
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.

Laos travel guide

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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.