9 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

9 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 day
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 1 day
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.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hanoi using our trip planner.

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

Things to do in Hanoi

Nightlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planning app.

Getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. 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

Parks · Nature
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Hue, Vietnam

— 1 night
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, more things to do, 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 train; or take a bus. 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 drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

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Da Nang, Vietnam

— 1 night

City of Bridges

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.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Da Nang day trip planning website.

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

Things to do in Da Nang

Nightlife · Parks · Nature
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Luang Prabang, Laos

— 2 nights
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 day by day itinerary now includes Icon Klub, Sky Garden Bar and Dao Fah Night Club. 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. On your second day here, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang route planner.

Traveling by flight from Da Nang to Luang Prabang takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nightlife · Museums
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Vientiane, Laos

— 3 nights
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 3 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

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Nightlife
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.