23 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

23 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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23 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11​h
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
8
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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.
Spend the 3rd (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, look for gifts at Soieries du Mekong, make a trip to Pub Street, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap holiday website .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Siem Reap is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Siem Reap due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, things will get slightly colder in Siem Reap: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Samai Distillery. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then look for gifts at La Porte du Cambodge, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Lotus Space.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Phnom Penh tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, nightlife, wildlife, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Son Doong Cave, admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Phnom Penh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, make a trip to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon), then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, then don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue online journey planner .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts, then stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, admire all the interesting features of The Living Land Company, and don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang online route builder .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Luang Prabang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
The Living Land Company ©
The Living Land Company
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

3
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Spas Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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