22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h
1
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
5
Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h
7
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then admire the striking features of Dalat Railway Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dalat Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Da Lat itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Da Lat is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Da Lat, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Da Lat

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Fly from Da Lat to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), Head underground at Paradise Cave, and then contemplate the long history of Phong Nha Caves.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

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.
Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Spend the 1st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Make the 2nd (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and don't miss a visit to Trung Hoa Assembly hall.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An road trip planning tool .

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Hoi An are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach

3
nights
Cat Ba, Vietnam

Cat Ba ©
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bai Tu Long Bay and Sung Sot Cave. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Dau Go Cave & Long Tien Pagoda). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cat Ba trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Cat Ba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, then explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), then take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Nung Hill.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi route maker .

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Wat Nong Sikhounmuang. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, then admire all the interesting features of The Living Land Company, and then don't miss a visit to Old Quarter Luang Prabang.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©

5
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Beng Mealea and Preah Khan are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Banteay Samre and Baphuon Temple. Spend the 12th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the landmark architecture of Ta Som, explore the ancient world of Bakong, and see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
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Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea
Baphuon Temple ©
Baphuon Temple

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