17 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

17 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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17 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Koh Rong, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  6​h 30​min
5
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
6
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Chennai, India

1
night
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 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum, then get reinvigorated at Wayist Spiritual Energy Center, then explore the ancient world of Preah Khan, and finally delve into the distant past at Pre Rup. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum, delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Elephants, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip builder website .

Chennai, India to Siem Reap is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chennai to Siem Reap. In May, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koh Rong.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Angkor National Museum ©
Angkor National Museum
Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan

2
nights
Koh Rong, Cambodia

A slice of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Koh Rong stands out as one of Cambodia's premier beachside escapes.
On the 4th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Coconut Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Sok San Beach and then kick back and relax at Long Set Beach.

Discover how to plan a Koh Rong trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Siem Reap to Koh Rong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Koh Rong

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Set Beach ©
Long Set Beach
Sok San Beach ©
Sok San Beach

1
night
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.
For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koh Rong to Ho Chi Minh City. In May, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Duck Stop and Ruc Mon Cave. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ruc Mon Cave
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and finally head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Co 1 Beach, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

Plan trip to Halong Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay by combination of taxi, flight, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach
Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat That and Wat Kang. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary and Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Khan Cave, and get outside with Kaeng Nyui Waterfalll.

To find traveler tips, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vang Vieng trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car from Halong Bay to Vang Vieng in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Wat That ©
Wat That
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

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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.
Kuang Si Waterfall has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, then take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mahathat. On the next day, explore the world behind art at The Buddhist Archive of Photography, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xieng Mouane.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip planner.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Wat Sensoukharam ©
Wat Sensoukharam
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©
Wat Xieng Mouane ©
Wat Xieng Mouane

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