60 days in Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

60 days in Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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Fly to Udon Thani, Bus to Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, Drive to Vientiane
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Vientiane, Laos
— 7 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Train to Da Nang, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly to Haiphong, 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
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore Vientiane's surroundings by going to Nam Ngum Dam (in Thalat) and Mekong River (in Tha Heua). And it doesn't end there: walk around Buddha Park, make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, and take in the views from Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vientiane day trip planning website.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Vientiane is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and car. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:

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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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, and make a trip to Wat Pa Huak.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Vientiane in January since evenings lows in Luang Prabang dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, have fun at Cambodia Fire Range, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Phnom Penh using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Luang Prabang in January, with highs in Phnom Penh at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Fun & Games · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

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Duong Dong, Vietnam

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duong Dong: Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (in Ganh Dau) and Bai Tắm Sao (in An Thoi). There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, cast your line with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, and make a trip to Cao Dai Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Duong Dong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip website.

Fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:

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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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

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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.
When in Hue, make a side trip to see Vinh Moc Tunnel in Dong Ha, approximately Dong Ha away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, go all around town with City Tours, have fun at Hope Center Hue, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hue trip builder website.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to Pub Street.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hue to Siem Reap takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Hue in February, expect Siem Reap to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 15:

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Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoi An: Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang (Food Tours, Dragon Bridge, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuc Thanh Pagoda, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip website.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Hoi An in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Siem Reap in February, you will find days in Hoi An are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:

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Da Lat, Vietnam

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, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, make a trip to Crazy House, and admire the sheer force of Datanla Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Da Lat day trip app.

Getting from Hoi An to Da Lat by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:

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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.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in the views from Pont Bai Chay.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay route website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Da Lat to Halong Bay in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

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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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

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.

Cambodia travel guide

3.9
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.

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.