31 days in Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

31 days in Laos & Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+4
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 30 min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Helsinki, Finland


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2
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Vientiane is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), make a trip to Phou Khoun Observation Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and look for gifts at Mai Savanh Lao.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vientiane online holiday maker.

Helsinki, Finland to Vientiane is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Helsinki in September, with highs in Vientiane at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

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.
When in Luang Prabang, make a side trip to see 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw, approximately Nong Khiaw away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, don't miss a visit to Wat Pa Huak, and see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

You can fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

5
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanoi vacation maker.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

3
nights
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.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at The Duck Stop, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, and admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To find ratings and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online travel route planner.

Getting from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by combination of ferry, flight, taxi, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

3
nights
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.
Hue is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, explore the galleries of Truc Chi Garden, and stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hue trip planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Hue, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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.
Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang (Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture & The Gioi Tranh Dep). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jack's Cat Cafe.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Hoi An sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

4
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, browse the different shops at The Vietnamese Artists, and don't miss a visit to Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple).

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Duong Dong road trip tool.

You can fly from Hoi An to Duong Dong in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Happy Farm PQ, Phu Quoc Mushroom, Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho
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Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, browse the exhibits of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Drink Vietnam.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City day trip app.

Getting from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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