21 days in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

21 days in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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Start: Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Kathmandu, Nepal

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Step out of the city life by going to Kuang Si Waterfall and Kuang Si Butterfly Farm. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, expand your horizons at Big Brother Mouse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, and get advice or help at The Living Land Farm.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Luang Prabang journey planning tool.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Luang Prabang is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time (NPT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 1.2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kathmandu in April: high temperatures in Luang Prabang hover around 41°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally stop by Veritas Bespoke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, choose your vessel at Saigon Boat Company, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally catch a live performance at Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater).

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Ho Chi Minh City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Transportation Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Saigon Boat Company ©
Saigon Boat Company
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cua Dai Beach and The Marble Mountains. Get a sense of the local culture at Hoi An Ancient Town and Mỹ Sơn. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, look for gifts at Yaly Couture, hunt for treasures at Central Market, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, you will find days in Hoi An are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Marble Mountains, Mỹ Sơn
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), capture your vacation like a pro with Vietnam in Focus - Photo Tours and Workshops, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Old Quarter.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi journey maker site.

Fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then hunt for treasures at Central Market, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Russian Market, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Phnom Penh takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

2
nights
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville ©
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stop by Samudera. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Phsar Leu Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Otres Beach, then kick back and relax at Serendipity Beach, and finally stop by Q&A Book Cafe.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sihanoukville trip planner.

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Ochheuteal Beach ©
Ochheuteal Beach
Serendipity Beach ©
Serendipity Beach

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, and finally steep yourself in history at Phimeanakas. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at The Victory Gate, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and then delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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