26 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Canberra, Australia

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 nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City travel route planning tool .

Canberra, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Canberra to Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be much warmer, temps between 41°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

3
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, approximately Da Nang away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoi An itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Museums Tours Shopping

Side Trip

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

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 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Market. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue day trip planner .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Hue sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online attractions planner .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University, explore the galleries of TiredCity Hang Bong, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hanoi attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong

3
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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, get engrossed in the history at Escape Break, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, and look for gifts at Ambre.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Siem Reap trip builder.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

4
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, have fun at Cambodia Fire Range, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, and examine the collection at National Museum.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip planning site .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Fun & Games Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

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