22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h
7
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Vang Vieng, Laos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap online trip builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Siem Reap is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Spas
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Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Angkor Thom ©
Angkor Thom

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Cong Vien 30-4.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing planner.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Food Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Tours
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Adventure
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Temple of Literature & National University ©
Temple of Literature & National University

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.
On the 15th (Tue), appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and then don't miss a visit to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then stop by Hieu Stone.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapa day trip website.

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Tours
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Giang Ta Chai Village ©
Giang Ta Chai Village

2
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, get advice or help at The Living Land Farm, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang travel site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Luang Prabang takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

1
night
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng ©
Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Kang, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pha Ngern View Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vang Vieng trip maker.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vientiane.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary ©
Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary
Pha Ngern View Point ©
Pha Ngern View Point
Wat Kang ©
Wat Kang

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, hunt for treasures at Morning Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, then walk around Buddha Park, then snap pictures at Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and finally look for gifts at Mai Savanh Lao.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vientiane driving holiday website.

You can drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vientiane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Morning Market ©
Morning Market
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

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