35 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

35 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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35 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
3
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
7
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
8
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
9
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
10
Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom


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3
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Change things up with a short trip to Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc in Ganh Dau (about 38 minutes away).

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Duong Dong day trip planning website.

London, UK to Duong Dong is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Duong Dong due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Duong To, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
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Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Archipelago Anthoy ©
Archipelago Anthoy

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City day trip app.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Da Lat, Vietnam

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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Bao Loc, admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Da Lat trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nha Tho Bao Loc
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

3
nights
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.
Hue is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, make a trip to Luc Bo Culture Space, browse the exhibits of Truc Chi Garden, and browse the different shops at Big C Market.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay by combination of taxi, flight, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

4
nights
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, explore the activities along West Lake, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

4
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
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, don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak, get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong

3
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Vientiane is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, browse the different shops at Talat Sao, and examine the collection at Lao Textile Museum.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vientiane tour planner.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Vientiane by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Vientiane, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

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