37 days in Vietnam, China & Laos Itinerary

37 days in Vietnam, China & Laos Itinerary

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37 days in Vietnam, China & Laos Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Vientiane, Laos
— 3 nights
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Da Nang, Vietnam
— Few hours
shuttle:  1​h
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Hue, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 1 day
train + subway:  1​h 45​min
9
Guangzhou, China
— 3 nights
subway + train:  1​h 45​min
10
Hong Kong, China
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get outdoors at Lantau island and Repulse Bay Beach. For shopping fun, head to IFC mall or Bamboo Scenes. Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's & Casino at Venetian Macao). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, hunt for treasures at Ladies Market, and wander the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong attractions planner .

New York City, USA to Hong Kong is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from New York City to Hong Kong, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Hong Kong reach 85°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Lantau island ©
Lantau island
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Patuxai, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then make a trip to Wat Ho Phra Keo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang). Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vientiane Orchidees.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vientiane visit planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Vientiane takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Vientiane. October in Vientiane sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

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.
Head to Kopnoi Export Promotion Center and The Morning Marketfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Kuang Si Waterfall and Mount Phousi. Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), examine the collection at Royal Palace Museum, take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, and experience rural life at The Living Land Company.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©

few
hours
Da Nang, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

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You can fly from Luang Prabang to Da Nang in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Spas Parks Nature
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

5
nights
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.
The Tran Family Home and Chapel and Quan Kong Temple will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to An Bang Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's still lots to do: stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, view the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Spas
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Perfume River. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Mu Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hue trip maker .

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Kayaking & Canoeing. Popular historic sites such as Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Tired City Bao Khanh.

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Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
day
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong online travel route planner .

Fly from Hanoi to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Hanoi to Hong Kong, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

3
nights
Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Step out of the city life by going to Shamian Island and Yuexiu Mountain. There's much more to do: stop by Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, examine the collection at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, walk around Baiyun Mountain, and snap pictures at Liede Bridge.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guangzhou trip maker tool .

Getting from Hong Kong to Guangzhou by combination of train and subway takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Guangzhou when traveling from Hong Kong in November, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks Nature Museums
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Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Baiyun Mountain ©
Baiyun Mountain
Yuexiu Mountain ©
Yuexiu Mountain

7
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Visit Long Ke Beach and Big Wave Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Turtle Cove Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Hong Kong with an excursion to Coloane in Macau--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. See even more of Hong Kong: browse the different shops at Harbour City, admire the striking features of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dragon's Back.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip planner.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guangzhou in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hong Kong, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Coloane
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Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Long Ke Beach ©
Long Ke Beach

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