44 days in Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

44 days in Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

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Pakse, Laos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Don Khong, Laos
— 2 nights
Bus to Pakse Southern Bus Terminal, Fly to Vientiane
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Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Pakse, Laos

— 5 nights

Gateway to Southern Laos

Resting at the meeting point of the Se Don and Mekong rivers, Pakse provides the ideal starting point from which to begin your discovery of southern Laos.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wat Phu (in Champasak Town) and Si Phan Don (in Don Loppadi). There's more to do: take in the views from Lao Nippon Bridge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pakse tour planning app.

Brisbane, Australia to Pakse is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in June, you will find days in Pakse are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are much hotter (30°C). On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel to Don Khong.

Things to do in Pakse

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 10:

Don Khong, Laos

— 2 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Old French Railway Bridge and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tad Somphamit Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Don Khong online route planner.

Drive from Pakse to Don Khong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Don Khong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Vientiane, Laos

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pha That Luang, contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, and finally pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Patuxai, enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then walk around Mekong Riverside Park, and finally hunt for treasures at Morning Market.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vientiane trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Don Khong to Vientiane takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Vang Vieng, Laos

— 3 nights
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.
Vang Vieng is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, soothe aching muscles at Yoga in Vang Vieng, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Vang Vieng online holiday maker.

You can drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of Luang Prabang to go to Nong Khiaw and see 100 Waterfalls, which is approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xiengthong, and don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip maker website.

Getting from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 21st (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Vu Nguyen Family Massage. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Luang Prabang to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hanoi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

Sapa, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Cat Cat village, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley and then make a trip to Quang Truong Square.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
When in Ninh Binh, make a side trip to see Bai Dinh Pagoda in Gia Sinh, approximately Gia Sinh away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stop by Minh Trang Handmade, explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes, and don't miss a visit to Tam Coc.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ninh Binh using our trip planner.

You can drive from Sapa to Ninh Binh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Ninh Binh, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 1st (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, then Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

Plan trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 4 nights
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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

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You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hoi An are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Da Lat, Vietnam

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
Da Lat is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Datanla Falls, make a trip to Crazy House, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Da Lat road trip planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Da Lat in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
When in Ho Chi Minh City, make a side trip to see Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, approximately Tay Ninh away. On the 12th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, look for gifts at The Craft House Central Nguyen Hue, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 3 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Step out of Duong Dong to go to Ganh Dau and see Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Luna Thai Spa, stop by The One Up Store, admire the sheer force of Phu Quoc Waterfall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong day trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
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.