16 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

16 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Danang, Train to Hue
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly
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Phonsavan, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive to Luang Phabang International Airport, Fly to Portland

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Hue, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Hue to Dong Ha to see Vinh Moc Tunnel about 2h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, make a trip to The Flag Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, and look for gifts at Tinh Hoa Art Shop.

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Portland, USA to Hue is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Portland to Hue due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Portland in December; daily highs in Hue reach 72°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace.

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You can fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, Ho Chi Minh City is somewhat warmer than Hue - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Luang Prabang, Laos

— 4 nights
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 museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Luang Prabang itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December: high temperatures in Luang Prabang hover around 80°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Phonsavan, Laos

— 2 nights
A base for explorations, the town of Phonsavan sits surrounded by impressive scenery and offers easy access to an abundance of cultural and historic sites.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Vietnam War Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, and then steep yourself in history at The Plain of Jars.

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Getting from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28: