15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hualien, Taiwan
— 1 night
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 1 night

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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.
Get outdoors at MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Mount Phousi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and Whisky Village. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, learn about all things military at UXO Visitors Centre, and examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang online trip itinerary maker.

Chicago, USA to Luang Prabang is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Luang Prabang hover around 37°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, then stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, then browse the exhibits of D&C Art Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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You can fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©

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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.
On the 7th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach, then contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and finally admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An online tour planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

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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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, then pick up some local products at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market, and finally sample some tasty brews at Private Tours By Local Guides.

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You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then relax and rejuvenate at Magic Fingers.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
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Magic Fingers ©
Magic Fingers

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with Aotutour.com, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, ponder the world of politics at People's Committee Building, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally wander the streets of Ho Chi Minh City's Book Street.

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Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Wildlife · Tours · Transportation · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien ©

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Pure Aroma spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tzu Chi Foundation, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chishingtan Scenic Area, and finally delve into the distant past at Shen'an Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hualien online travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hualien takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hualien. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Shen'an Temple ©
Shen'an Temple
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Tzu Chi Foundation ©
Tzu Chi Foundation

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Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 15th (Thu), take a stroll through Ximending, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taipei online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hualien to Taipei takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ximending
Ximending
Lungshan Temple ©
Lungshan Temple
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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