31 days in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

31 days in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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31 days in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  17​h
1
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sayaboury, Laos
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
8
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
12
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) and Royal Palace Museum. Appreciate the collections at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and The Buddhist Archive of Photography. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony, and experience rural life at The Living Land Company.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang travel route builder .

Amsterdam, Holland to Luang Prabang is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Luang Prabang. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sayaboury.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham ©
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

1
night
Sayaboury, Laos

Sayaboury ©
Sayabouru, a northern Laotian town and capital of the eponymous province, remains best known for its main attraction, the Elephant Conservation Center.
On the 5th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Conservation Center.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sayaboury day trip tool .

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Sayaboury in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Sayaboury sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Huay Xai.

Things to do in Sayaboury

Parks Wildlife
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Elephant Conservation Center ©
Elephant Conservation Center

1
night
Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai ©
Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
On the 6th (Mon), make a trip to Wat Chomkao Manilat, look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Experience Office, and then make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Huay Xai trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sayaboury to Huay Xai in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks Wildlife
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Gibbon Experience Office ©
Gibbon Experience Office
Wat Chomkao Manilat ©
Wat Chomkao Manilat

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Wat Ho Phra Keo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vientiane Orchidees, then pause for some photo ops at Wat That Luang Neua, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, then pause for some photo ops at Buddha Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Phou Khao Khouay National Bio-Diversity.

Plan a Vientiane trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Huay Xai to Vientiane takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January in Vientiane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tired City Hang Bong and Hanoi Police Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University. Go for a jaunt from Hanoi to Ninh Binh to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam Military History Museum, see the interesting displays at Ancient House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner .

Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda. Museum-lovers will appreciate XQ Hand Embroidery and Green Bamboo Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery in Vinh An (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hue route planner .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
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.
Mỹ Sơn and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Ha Ha - Art In Everything will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Hoi An to go to Da Nang and see Photography Tours, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An itinerary app .

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

3
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Long Thanh Photo Studio and Mai Loc Photo Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum, identify plant and animal life at Hon Ba Nature Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bac Thanh Church.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Independence Palace, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City day trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

3
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Get some cultural insight at Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA) and Ho Quoc pagoda. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Ho Quoc Temple. When in Duong Dong, make a side trip to see Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda in Ganh Dau, approximately 1 hour away.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Wildlife Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc Mushroom, Dinh Nguyễn Trung Trực Pagoda, Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA)
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then view the masterpieces at Lotus Space, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip planner .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Phnom Penh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Viti's Tuk Tuk Driver, make a trip to Phimeanakas, and examine the collection at Angkor National Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Siem Reap road trip site .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

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