23 days in Vietnam, Myanmar & Luang Prabang Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam, Myanmar & Luang Prabang Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam, Myanmar & Luang Prabang Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Kawthoung, Myanmar
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Brisbane, Australia


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5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chua Tran Quoc and Lotte Observation Deck. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, explore the galleries of Tired City Bao Khanh, and don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip maker tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Hanoi, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park. Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) and Royal Palace Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Luang Prabang with an excursion to 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Falls, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax in the rural setting at The Living Land Company, and identify plant and animal life at Nahm Dong Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip app .

Getting from Halong Bay to Luang Prabang by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

100 Waterfalls
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park ©
Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall

3
nights
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, then take a stroll through China Town Yangon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Shwedagon Pagoda. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yangon (Rangoon) trip planning site .

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Yangon (Rangoon) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue ©
Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

5
nights
Kawthoung, Myanmar

Kawthoung ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kawthoung port and Third Mile Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cockburn Island and ZedetkyiKyun Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kawthoung trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Yangon (Rangoon) to Kawthoung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Kawthoung

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Cockburn Island ©
Cockburn Island

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