17 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 2 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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Quarter and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chua Tran Quoc and Beer Tastings & Tours. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanoi online trip maker.

New Delhi, India to Hanoi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
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Luang Prabang, Laos — 2 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.
On the 30th (Fri), stop by Queen Design Lao, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Xiengthong, and then make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and then look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang tour planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 5 nights

Temple Town

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Preah Khan and Photography Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Angkor National Museum, delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, and make a trip to Phimeanakas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Luang Prabang in December: high temperatures in Siem Reap hover around 86°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 2 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 6th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage, then savor the flavors at Beer Fridge, then look for gifts at The Storytree Vietnam, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bai Tắm Sao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vung Bau Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Duong Dong journey maker app.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Duong Dong takes 7 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 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thermal Spas and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Duy Phu to see Mỹ Sơn about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. January in Hoi An sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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Laos travel guide

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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.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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