16 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
4
Phonsavan, Laos
— 2 nights


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3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Hue to Dong Ha to see Vinh Moc Tunnel about 2h 30 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Imperial City, don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, and enjoy some diversion at Hope Center Hue.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip itinerary builder website.

Portland, USA to Hue is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Portland in December; daily highs in Hue reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Vinh Moc Tunnel
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan 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 explore the galleries of The Independence Palace.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder tool.

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 °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan 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 7 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 °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Tours
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

2
nights
Phonsavan, Laos

Phonsavan ©
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, thenstop by Hmong Sunday Market, thenget engrossed in the history at MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of The Plain of Jars.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Phonsavan trip maker app.

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

Things to do in Phonsavan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Plain of Jars ©
The Plain of Jars
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre ©
MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre

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