18 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
4
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Singapore, Singapore


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2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Mỹ Sơn. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Duy Hieu branch, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary website .

Singapore, Singapore to Hoi An is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Mỹ Sơn
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), get advice or help at Friends Gallery, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Falls, and stop by Khinthong Lao Silk.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Luang Prabang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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The Living Land Company ©
The Living Land Company
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Old Quarter Luang Prabang ©
Old Quarter Luang Prabang

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then stop by 54 Traditions Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Nature
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and then make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Love Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, and then pick up some local products at Tam Duong Market.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Sapa online visit planner .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tam Duong Market
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Walking tours
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain

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.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, get a dose of the wild on Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, then Head underground at Paradise Cave, and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip maker tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs. Keep things going the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hue tour planner.

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 July, daytime highs in Hue are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Photography Tours

2
nights
Da Lat, Vietnam

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Pine Track Adventures, then appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Da Lat tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hue to Da Lat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip site .

Getting from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels

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