16 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  7​h 15​min
4
Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Mua Caves and Quan Lan Beach. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, and contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner .

Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Hanoi is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Mua Caves
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Kuang Si Waterfall and 100 Waterfalls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kuang Si Butterfly Farm and Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong). The adventure continues: experience rural life at The Living Land Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Luangprabang Elephant Camp, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, and finally hunt for treasures at Made in Cambodia Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Siem Reap online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Siem Reap is somewhat warmer than Luang Prabang - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Zipline
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Cat Ba, Vietnam

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Cat Co 1 Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, kick back and relax at Ti Top Beach and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cat Ba trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Siem Reap to Cat Ba in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Ti Top Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Non Nuoc Beach, then don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, then don't miss a visit to Chùa Linh Ứng, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise (3D TRICK ART).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Da Nang travel route planner.

Getting from Cat Ba to Da Nang by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Chùa Linh Ứng ©
Chùa Linh Ứng

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave). On your second day here, Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

Drive from Da Nang to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

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