21 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus + Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive + Bus:  4 h
4
Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h
5
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

4
nights
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.
You've added Perfume Pagoda, Vietnam National Museum of History, One Pillar Pagoda, and other attractions to your itinerary. Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Flag Tower. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. On the 31st (Fri), you're off to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

1
night
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
You've added Tam Coc, Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Cuc Phuong National Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tam Coc and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuc Phuong National Park, and then stroll through Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Endangered Primate Rescue Centre
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
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Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves
Cuc Phuong National Park ©
Cuc Phuong National Park
Endangered Primate Rescue Centre ©
Endangered Primate Rescue Centre

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cat Ba Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quan Lan Temple and Long Tien Pagoda. Get in touch with nature at Tien Ong Cave and Hon Ga Choi Island. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Ba Vang Pagoda (in Uong Bi) and Minh Chau beach (in Quan Lan). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay online route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay takes 7 hours. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Quan Lan, Ba Vang Pagoda, Cat Ba Island
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Minh Chau beach ©
Minh Chau beach
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island
Quan Lan Temple ©
Quan Lan Temple

1
night
Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cat Cat village as well as Fansipan Mountain. On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain and then make a trip to Cat Cat village.

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Traveling by combination of car and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Sapa Culture Museum ©
Sapa Culture Museum
Cat Cat village ©
Cat Cat village

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Royal Palace Museum, UXO Lao Visitors Centre, Wat Xiengthong, and other attractions. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and Wat Xieng Mouane are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Luang Prabang online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Luang Prabang in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Vientiane on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong

5
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
You've now added Patuxai to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Wat Ho Phra Keo. Lao National History Museum and Wat That Foon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum and take in the spiritual surroundings of Phat Tich Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vientiane online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in February, Vientiane is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Wat Ho Phra Keo ©
Wat Ho Phra Keo
Lao Textile Museum ©
Lao Textile Museum

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