22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
6
Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive + 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, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, explore the ancient world of Baphuon Temple, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Siem Reap online trip itinerary planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Siem Reap is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, don't miss a visit to Central Market, then 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 reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh journey maker app .

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel 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
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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 museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, make a short side trip with Countryside Adventures, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay day trip planning app .

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

Things to do in Halong Bay

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

3
nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, don't miss a visit to Ho Van - Van Mieu, look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi route planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Adventure
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Food Tours
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 15th (Tue): appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and then make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then stop by Hieu Stone.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapa tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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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, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, and experience rural life at The Living Land Company.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang tour planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Sapa to Luang Prabang in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Parks Shopping
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©

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.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Kang, explore the striking landscape at Pha Ngern View Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vang Vieng online route planner .

You can drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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
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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.
On the 21st (Mon), steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buddha Park, then take in the views from Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and finally stop by Mai Savanh Lao.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vientiane vacation planner .

Drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time 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) ©
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park

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