28 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

28 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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28 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
8
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
9
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sun), stop by BOA Bookstore and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip itinerary builder .

Bangkok, Thailand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Fishing Charters & Tours and An Bang Beach will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at The Old House of Phun Hung, and look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hoi An using our trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, things will get little chillier in Hoi An: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to The Duck Stop and Phong Nha Botanic Garden. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

Plan a Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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

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.
Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and go for a walk through Travel Agent Hanoi.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Food Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

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.
Spend the 14th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, and don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Luang Prabang online route planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

4
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.
Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 19th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Siem Reap: highs are around 36°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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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 20th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, and finally contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. On your second day here, examine the collection at National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally stop by A.N.D.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip planner .

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

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

4
nights
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
Attractions like Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc and Ong Lang Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 24th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Vinpearl Safari, look for gifts at PQ LITTLE MART, admire all the interesting features of Phu Quoc Countryside, and enjoy the sand and surf at Galina Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa.

Make your Phu Quoc Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc ©
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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