22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights


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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, view the masterpieces at A Dong Art Gallery, and make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University.

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Detroit, USA to Hanoi is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Detroit to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.
Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Halong Bay, Vietnam — 1 night

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 31st (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.
Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Luang Prabang, Laos — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, don't miss a visit to Vat Visounarath, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip app.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Halong Bay to Luang Prabang in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Siem Reap.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 4 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.
Spend the 6th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, make a trip to Pub Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, and stop by Ambre.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Siem Reap journey maker site.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In January, Siem Reap is somewhat warmer than Luang Prabang - with highs of 87°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to Phnom Penh.
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

Charming City

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.
On the 9th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, find something for the whole family at Fly Phnom Penh, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, stop by A.N.D, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Central Market.

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Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 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.
On the 11th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City vacation maker.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally explore the galleries of Gallery 180. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy some diversion at Henna Art Hoi An, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January; daily highs in Hoi An reach 77°F and lows reach 67°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Vietnam travel guide

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.

Laos travel guide

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.

Cambodia travel guide

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.