36 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Luang Prabang Itinerary

36 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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36 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
— 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.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), then browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, and then wander the streets of Khaosan Road.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip app .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Bangkok is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Ljubljana in December: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Erawan Museum
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Raja's Fashions ©
Raja's Fashions
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

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Climbing Tours. Step out of Hanoi to go to Thai Nguyen and see Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, then explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hue road trip site .

Getting from Hanoi to Hue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban), Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Da Nang (3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, Ba Na Hills Golf Club, & more). There's lots more to do: stop by Maya Design, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, and enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can 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:
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): snap pictures at Can Tho Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: 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, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Tarot, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thiền Viện Trúc Lâm Phương Nam.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Can Tho road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Can Tho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hoi An in January, things will get a bit warmer in Can Tho: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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
Cai Rang Floating Market ©
Cai Rang Floating Market

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bãi Đầm Trầu and Ong Dung Beach. Visit Van Son Pagoda and Con Dao Prison for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Con Dao National Park, don't miss a visit to Phu Hai Prison, explore the activities along An Hai Lake, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Fly from Can Tho to Con Son in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. You will leave for Ho Chi Minh City on the 11th (Sat).

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
Con Dao National Park ©
Con Dao National Park

3
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip website .

Fly from Con Son to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 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

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Art in Paradise Pattaya and Madame Tussauds Bangkok. For shopping fun, head to Rajawongse Clothier or Chatuchak Weekend Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, & more), Pattaya (Pattaya Beach, Pattaya City Sign - Viewpoint, & more) and Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi). Explore Bangkok further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, browse the exhibits of Ancient City, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Ancient City, Bang Saen Beach
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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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