23 days in Laos, Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

23 days in Laos, Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

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23 days in Laos, Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
9
Ha Giang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then explore the galleries of Tired City Hang Bong, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi online road 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. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Cat Ba (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Cat Ba Island). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village, and Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

2
nights
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat That.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Vang Vieng sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and car from Halong Bay to Vang Vieng takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tham Nam (Water cave) ©
Tham Nam (Water cave)
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

1
night
Luang Prabang, Laos

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi. On the next day, stop by Caruso Lao, then don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, then admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip planning tool .

Drive from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, and finally explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pub Street, delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom, then explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip itinerary maker website .

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 your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Spas Tours
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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 8th (Wed), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, then explore the galleries of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hoi An attractions planner.

Getting from Siem Reap to Hoi An by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Siem Reap, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hoi An, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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night
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip builder .

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Hue sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, and take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour planning website .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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nights
Ha Giang, Vietnam

Ha Giang ©
Ha Giang is known for nature, scenic drive, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Thon Tha Village and see the interesting displays at Tea House of Baiyue Tribe.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Ha Giang online trip builder .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ha Giang in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Ha Giang

Museums Neighborhoods
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Tea House of Baiyue Tribe ©
Tea House of Baiyue Tribe

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