15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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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
— 1 night
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, and finally stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, wander the wide-open spaces of Laos Buffalo Dairy, then identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang journey planner.

London, UK to Luang Prabang is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from London in October, expect Luang Prabang to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and Long Tien Pagoda. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sung Sot Cave will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, kick back and relax at Ti Top Beach, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, and explore the fascinating underground world of Dau Go Cave.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Luang Prabang to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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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.
On the 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, then wander the streets of Old Quarter, then take in the exciting artwork at Klimt Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Temple of Literature & National University ©

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, then see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and finally stop by Yaly Couture. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Nature & Wildlife Tours
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

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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 10th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. October in Hue sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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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 12th (Mon): experience rural life at The Duck Stop, then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then see the interesting displays at Drink Vietnam, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City online route builder.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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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 14th (Wed), wander the streets of Ximending, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple, then get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Taipei 101.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Taipei online day trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in October, expect nights in Taipei to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Lungshan Temple ©
Lungshan Temple

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