36 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Luang Prabang Itinerary

36 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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Start: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Can Tho, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Con Son, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Ljubljana, Slovenia

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), thenadmire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and then wander the streets of Khaosan Road.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok route planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Bangkok is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to Bangkok, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in December, expect Bangkok to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Erawan Museum
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
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Raja's Fashions ©
Raja's Fashions
Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) ©
Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Wat Xiengthong and Wat Xieng Mouane. Step out of the city life by going to MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Luang Prabang Golf Club. When in Luang Prabang, make a side trip to see 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw, approximately Nong Khiaw away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang attractions planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect Luang Prabang to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 17°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). Popular historic sites such as Chua Tran Quoc and Hoa Lo Prison are in your itinerary. Step out of Hanoi with an excursion to Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups in Thai Nguyen--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, cast your line with a fishing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

1
night
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, thenexplore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Hanoi to Hue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Spas
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Cantonese Assembly Hall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Da Nang (3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, Ba Na Hills Golf Club, &more), Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel, and admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Can Tho.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass, Bang An Tower
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Kayaking & Canoeing
Maya Design ©
Maya Design

3
nights
Can Tho, Vietnam

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): snap pictures at Can Tho Bridge. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Can Tho Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pitu Khosa Rangsay, see the interesting displays at Museum of Tarot, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiền Viện Trúc Lâm Phương Nam.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Can Tho itinerary planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Can Tho by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hoi An in January, with highs in Can Tho at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Can Tho

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House, Viet Artisans
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam
Can Tho Beach ©
Can Tho Beach
Bao Tang Quan Khu 9 ©
Bao Tang Quan Khu 9

4
nights
Con Son, Vietnam

Con Son ©
Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
Get outdoors at Bãi Đầm Trầu and Ong Dung Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Con Dao National Park and Hang Duong Cemetary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Van Son Pagoda, make a trip to Phu Hai Prison, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate the long history of Con Dao Prison.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Con Son visit site.

You can fly from Can Tho to Con Son in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Con Son

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, thentake an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Con Son to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Popular historic sites such as Wat Pho and The Grand Palace are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Ancient City. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi), Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan, &more) and Pattaya (Art in Paradise Pattaya, Pattaya Beach, &more). See even more of Bangkok: pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), look for gifts at Rajawongse Clothier, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For ratings and tourist information, read Bangkok vacation planning website.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Bang Saen Beach, Ancient City
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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