21 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam, Luang Prabang & Vientiane Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Bus to Ha Long Quang Ninh, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay Bus Station, Bus to Sapa
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly
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Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
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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.
You've added Perfume Pagoda, Vietnam National Museum of History, One Pillar Pagoda, and other attractions to your itinerary. Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hanoi Flag Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Hanoi online trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Hanoi, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Ninh Binh on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

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Ninh Binh, Vietnam

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
You've added Tam Coc, Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Cuc Phuong National Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tam Coc and then don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuc Phuong National Park, and then stroll through Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ninh Binh journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cat Ba Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quan Lan Temple and Hon Ga Choi Island. Get in touch with nature at Tien Ong Cave and Minh Chau beach. When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Ba Vang Pagoda in Uong Bi, approximately Uong Bi away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda and take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay in 7 hours. You'll set off for Sapa on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

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Sapa, Vietnam

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cat Cat village as well as Fansipan Mountain. On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain and then make a trip to Cat Cat village.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Royal Palace Museum, UXO Lao Visitors Centre, Wat Xiengthong, and other attractions. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and Wat Xieng Mouane are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Luang Prabang online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Luang Prabang in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Vientiane on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:

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Vientiane, Laos

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
You've now added Patuxai to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Wat Ho Phra Keo. Lao National History Museum and Wat That Foon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lao Textile Museum and take in the spiritual surroundings of Phat Tich Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vientiane online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in February, Vientiane is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.