32 days in Vietnam, Laos & Chiang Mai Itinerary

32 days in Vietnam, Laos & Chiang Mai Itinerary

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Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Huay Xai, Laos
— 1 night
Drive to Luang Namtha, Fly to Vientiane
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Drive
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Vang Vieng, Laos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lao Cai, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Drive to Noi Bai International Airport, Fly to Dong Hoi Airport, Drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 1 night
Bus
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Phan Thiet, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Can Tho, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Chiang Mai is known for wildlife, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and stop by Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai road trip planning website.

London, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Chiang Mai hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. You'll set off for Huay Xai on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
night
Huay Xai, Laos

Overlooking the mighty Mekong River, Huay Xai serves as an important entry and exit point from Thailand into Laos.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Project Kajsiab Laos.

Find out how to plan Huay Xai trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Huay Xai by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Huay Xai

Parks · Wildlife

1
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Vientiane, Laos

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Lao National History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, and finally contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vientiane trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Huay Xai to Vientiane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vang Vieng.

Things to do in Vientiane

Museums · Historic Sites

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Vang Vieng, Laos

Lying 150 km (93 mi) from Vientiane en route to Luang Prabang, and perched on the Song River, Vang Vieng attracts eco-tourists for the bizarre limestone hills surrounding the town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Tham Chang, look for all kinds of wild species at Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vang Vieng road trip planning site.

You can drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors

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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.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, look for gifts at Ma Te Sai, and make a trip to Alms Giving Ceremony.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip builder.

Getting from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

1
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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 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the views from Pont Bai Chay.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Halong Bay by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cuc Phuong National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

2
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Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuc Phuong National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Halong Bay to Cuc Phuong National Park with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cuc Phuong National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, look for gifts at Vietgiftmart, admire the artistry at Authentic Bat Trang, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cuc Phuong National Park to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lao Cai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Lao Cai, Vietnam

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Den Mau. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at The Charm Destination Spa.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lao Cai tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Lao Cai takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Lao Cai

Spas · Historic Sites

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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.
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, explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

Plan trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Lao Cai to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with the Route module. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Luc Bo Culture Space, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hue online holiday planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. January in Hue sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Da Nang, Vietnam

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally stop by Da Bao Real Leather. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Da Nang journey builder app.

You can drive from Hue to Da Nang in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Da Nang can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

1
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Da Lat, Vietnam

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the verdant scenery at Datanla High Rope Course, get outside with Pine Track Adventures, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Xuan Huong Lake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Da Lat tour builder tool.

Fly from Da Nang to Da Lat in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phan Thiet.

Things to do in Da Lat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

1
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Phan Thiet, Vietnam

An emerging coastal getaway, the city of Phan Thiet has always been known for its fishing industry and, in particular, as a center of fish sauce production.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with Jibe's Beach Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Sand Dunes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Phan Thiet day trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Phan Thiet in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phan Thiet

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha tho Da Minh, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Phan Thiet to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Can Tho.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Can Tho, Vietnam

Capital of the West

The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Ho Chi Minh Monument, take in the pleasant sights at Ninh Kieu Wharf, admire all the interesting features of Cai Rang Floating Market, then head outdoors with Hieutour Co., Ltd, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Can Tho travel website.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Can Tho are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Can Tho

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Spas

Laos travel guide

3.8
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.