16 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam & Laos Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  25​h
1
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Phonsavan, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Portland, United States


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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.
Take a break from Hue with a short trip to Vinh Moc Tunnel in Dong Ha, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to The Flag Tower, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hue trip maker tool .

Portland, USA to Hue is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Portland to Hue. Traveling from Portland in December, things will get warmer in Hue: highs are around 72°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

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 museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online day trip planner .

Getting from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hue in December, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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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, wildlife, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Luang Prabang visit planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Phonsavan.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Tours
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MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Vietnam War Memorial, stop by Hmong Sunday Market, then take an in-depth tour of MAG UXO Visitor Information Centre, and finally make a trip to The Plain of Jars.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Phonsavan road trip tool .

Drive from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phonsavan

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

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