15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

15 days in Laos, Vietnam & Taiwan Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hualien, Taiwan
— 1 night
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Luang Prabang, Laos

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.
Get outdoors at MandaLao Elephant Conservation and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and Whisky Village. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, learn about all things military at UXO Visitors Centre, and examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang online trip itinerary maker.

Chicago, USA to Luang Prabang is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Luang Prabang hover around 37°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, then stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, then browse the exhibits of D&C Art Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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You can fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

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Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
On the 7th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach, then contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), and finally admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An online tour planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, stop by Tinh Hoa Art Shop, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, explore the historical opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, then pick up some local products at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market, and finally sample some tasty brews at Private Tours By Local Guides.

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You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then relax and rejuvenate at Magic Fingers.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, ponder the world of politics at People's Committee Building, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally wander the streets of Ho Chi Minh City's Book Street.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City travel route site.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Hualien, Taiwan

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Pure Aroma spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tzu Chi Foundation, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chishingtan Scenic Area, and finally delve into the distant past at Shen'an Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hualien online travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hualien takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hualien. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

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Taipei, Taiwan

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 15th (Thu), take a stroll through Ximending, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taipei online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hualien to Taipei takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.