9 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

9 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

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Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Hanoi, Vietnam


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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 Finnegan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, The Bros Bar, Hanoi Free City Tour, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): raise your glass at The Leprechaun Public House, get a taste of local nightlife at LEVEL10 Bar, join in the after-dark buzz at Soho Bar, then join in the after-dark buzz at Base Bar, then get a taste of local nightlife at Trixie Cafe & Lounge, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Hanoi Rock City.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

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Hanoi Vespa Tours ©
Hanoi Vespa Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
LEVEL10 Bar ©
LEVEL10 Bar

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning app.

Getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of flight, taxi, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

1
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Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asta The Club as well as Brown EYES. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at Asta The Club, get a taste of local nightlife at Brown EYES, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hue holiday builder app.

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 May, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Nightlife Historic Sites
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Brown EYES ©
Brown EYES
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Asta The Club ©
Asta The Club

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night
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Your list of things to see and do now includes OQ Lounge Pub DnD, Red Dragon Pub, Perdu - Cocktail Bar, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): join in the after-dark buzz at Perdu - Cocktail Bar, join in the after-dark buzz at Red Dragon Pub, join in the after-dark buzz at OQ Lounge Pub DnD, join in the after-dark buzz at Sky 21 Bar, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and finally snap pictures at Dragon Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Da Nang day trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Hue to Da Nang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Da Nang

Nightlife Nature Parks
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Sky 21 Bar ©
Sky 21 Bar
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Red Dragon Pub ©
Red Dragon Pub

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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.
You've added Icon Klub, Sky Garden Bar, Baravin ll, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get a taste of local nightlife at Dao Fah Night Club, join in the after-dark buzz at Sky Garden Bar, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Icon Klub. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): get a taste of local nightlife at Baravin ll and then see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum.

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Getting from Da Nang to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nightlife Museums
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Icon Klub ©
Icon Klub
Royal Palace Museum ©
Royal Palace Museum
Sky Garden Bar ©
Sky Garden Bar

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wine 95. On the 9th (Thu), get a taste of local nightlife at Wine 95. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Vientiane Orchidees.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vientiane, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Vientiane are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees

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