35 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Luang Prabang Itinerary

35 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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35 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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 + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Ha Giang, Vietnam
— 5 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h
9
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), look for gifts at Rajawongse Clothier, then browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, and then wander the streets of Khaosan Road.

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

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Bangkok is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Bangkok. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in December: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 36°C and lows are around 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

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Erawan Museum
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Rajawongse Clothier ©
Rajawongse Clothier
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) ©
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
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.
Head to Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and The Morning Marketfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Wat Xieng Thong and That Chomsi Stupa. Go for a jaunt from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw to see 100 Waterfalls about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at MandaLao Elephant Conservation, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip planner .

Getting from Bangkok to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get little chillier in Luang Prabang: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to TiredCity Hang Bong or Empty Wall Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) and Dong Phong Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ha Giang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

5
nights
Ha Giang, Vietnam

Ha Giang ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark and Lung Khuy Cave. Get outdoors at Heritage Tea and Ma Pi Leng Pass.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ha Giang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll set off for Hanoi on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Ha Giang

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lung Khuy Cave
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Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark ©
Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark
Tea House of Baiyue Tribe ©
Tea House of Baiyue Tribe
Lung Khuy Cave ©
Lung Khuy Cave

1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

On the 31st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, get engrossed in the history at Ancient House, then stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi travel route planner.

Getting from Ha Giang to Hanoi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Spas Museums Historic Sites
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Spas
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

3
nights
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Bai Dinh Pagoda and Parish Lac Dao will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Quan Phuong Parish. Get out of town with these interesting Ninh Binh side-trips: Thung Nham Bird Garden (in Ninh Hai) and Quat Lam Beach (in Nam Dinh). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mua Caves, make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Vi Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm.

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Getting from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nam Dinh, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Thung Nham Bird Garden
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Parish Lac Dao ©
Parish Lac Dao

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House, and hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hue trip website .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ninh Binh in January: high temperatures in Hue hover around 27°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

4
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Chuc Thanh Pagoda. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maya Design. Change things up with a short trip to Bang An Tower in Dien Ban (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, steep yourself in history at Cantonese Assembly Hall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Bang An Tower
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Maya Design ©
Maya Design

2
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, then view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio, and finally look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nha Trang trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Hon Chong ©
Hon Chong
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): wander the streets of Ho Chi Minh City's Book Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling 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

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho and then take a stroll through Chinatown - Bangkok.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bangkok online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Suthat ©
Wat Suthat

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