Asia Route: 3-weeks in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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A 3-week Asia route shows you the stunning diversity of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Natural beauty, dynamic megacities and exotic villages will provide you with the most unforgettable experiences whilst traveling in this part of the world. We created this route guide to help you plan your trip, but also to give you some additional places to add to your route through these 3 countries.

Read more: Vietnam Route: 10-days itinerary in Vietnam

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Day 1 – 2: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Once in a lifetime experiences are everywhere in Vietnam, and for us it all started in Ho Chi Minh City. A city described with words as energy, discovery and culture. It’s a chaotic whirl that breathes life to every street corner, market and food stall. It is also a great introduction to the culinary superpower where the Vietnamese cooking has become a fascinating draw for travelers.

Private Food Tour

There are at least one million street-food tours and cooking classes on offer, and your taste palate will have a blast exploring all the incredible flavors. I highly recommend booking a food tour through Saigon Adventure during your visit in HCMC. It is the best  introduction to Vietnamese cuisine and culture, and it is so much fun to experience this on the back of a scooter! Roaming through the craziest of streets in downtown Saigon, right in the middle of a tsunami of scooters and cars.

Read more aboutA nightlife and food tour in Saigon

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Mekong Delta River Tour

If you have time, we also recommend you to spend a day touring and enjoying the scenic speedboat in the tangled maze of rivers found in the Mekong Delta. During this slow tempo day tour, you will visit unique temples, a river market, buffaloes plowing fields, rice paddies and so much more. All this, whilst being surrounded by all the charming local colors and scenic views, as well as experiencing glimpses of rural Vietnam and daily life.

Read more aboutMekong Delta River Tour

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Day 3: Nha Trang, Vietnam

The high-energy beach resort of Nah Trang is a tropical place in a stunning setting. With its turquoise bay, surrounding hills, and the white sanded beach line as far as the eyes can see. Central Nha Trang is a party town at heart, and you can find plenty of restaurants, shopping areas, high-end hotels and clubs at this lively, high-rise place.

Kindly note! If you are not into partying, we would recommend skipping Nha Trang and head directly to Hoi An or Hue instead. Looking back, we would have done this during our 3-week Asia Route.

Read more: 12 Things to do in Nha Trang

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Day 4 – 6: Hoi An, Vietnam 

Lantern-covered streets, colorful shops, romantic restaurants and the river floating by the cobble stoned streets. Hoi An is truly magical. The Old Town of Hoi An boost with historic houses, Chinese temples, warehouses, bars and boutique hotels. There are also plenty of tailor shops to choose from, and you can spend you time at the local market. Either way, I am sure you will love your time in Hoi An just as much as we did.

About Hoi an: Things to do in Hoi An

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Day 7: Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is one of the most ancient capitals in the world. The city is located on the banks of the Red River, surrounded by colonial buildings, pagodas and museums. This is a great place to explore on foot. The city itself is known for its cuisine, vibrant nightlife, handicrafts and architecture. We only used Hanoi as a base for our Halong Bay trip, but you can easily spend 3 – 4 days here during your 3-week Asia Route.

About Hanoi: 10 Things to do in Hanoi

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Day 8 – 9: Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is dotted with more than 1,600 limestone karst and islets. It is a stunning natural wonder in Northern Vietnam. It is also located close to the Chinese border. The tiny islets is covered by forest, and the limestone pillars are rising from the emerald waters of the bay. This is a truly awe-inspiring sight and a vision of beauty. It is not a surprise that this is northern VietnamΒ΄s number one-tourism hub.

Read more: 2 Days in Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Day 11 – 13: Luang Prabang, Laos

One of the highlights during your trip will definitely be the time in Luang Prabang! Visiting this friendly town, where it somehow feels like time has stood still is an experience you will not forget. Endless trekking opportunities, mountain-bike trails, kayaking trips and outstanding natural beauty. It truly has it all and is a must visit during your 3-week Asia Route πŸ™‚

Learn more: 7 Awesome things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos

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Day 14 – 16: Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng is beautiful sunsets, awesome backdrops of cliffs and gorgeous views of green paddy fields. The town itself is no gem, but the scenery surrounding it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Spend a couple of days here, rent a buggy, go water tubing or trekking, or just enjoy the views of Laos most picturesque spots.

Read more: 3 Days in Vang Vieng, Laos

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Day 17: Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane is a very calm and somewhat sleepy capital, and everything seems to move in slow motion here. There are not many must-see attractions, but there are still a couple of activities to invest your time in. From temple-hopping, wandering cultural museums, eating crispy local food or exploring the quirkier sides of the city. Spend 1 night here to cover the main sights, before continuing to Cambodia.

Read more: 7 Things to do in Vientiane, Laos

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Day 18 – 20: Siem Reap, Cambodia

We spent 3 days in Siem Reap during our 3-week Asia Route, which hardly felt enough. Immerse yourself in beautiful culture, try local delicacies such as spiders or scorpions or imagine being Tomb Raider jumping from temple to temple. There are rivers and beaches, cities and villages, forest and land and the friendly locals are just waiting to give you a heartwarming welcome.

Read more: How to spend 3 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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10 Responses

  1. Hi Rikke, thanks for your comment on our blog. Your planned trip looks great. We’ve written about a few of the places you plan to visit in our blogs so they might help with further ideas. We will be covering Vientiane & LP in the next blog.

    Here are a few suggestions. Allow a good 5/6 hours for Ba Na Hills, there is a lot to see there. It’s quite weird but worth it for the Cable car journey & of course the Golden Bridge. It can be cooler up there so take a rain Mac just in case. You can do that & get back for Hoi An in the evening easily. Hoi An is best at night with all the lights & colours so best to maximise the evening/nights there.
    We really liked Nha Trang – there are some great half day snorkelling trips to coral reef. Takes about 45 minutes on the boat. The trip returns by midday/early pm as the sea starts to get rougher, which leaves all afternoon on the beach!

    You can do quite a lot in 3 days at Angkor, Banteay Srei is really beautiful – squeeze it in if you can. Let us know if you want a guide recommendation. Hanoi – worth seeing the Prison & you can do that in 1-2 hours. HCMC – Cholon (Chinatown) is worth visiting. God luck!! Sam & John

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful tips above! This is highly appreciated, and I will definitely check it all out! πŸ™‚

      I am super keen on including a snorkling experience whilst we are in Nha Trang, and even more excited for the Golden Bridge & cable car journey!

      I hope you had a fantastic trip, and I will make sure to read your next blog posts as well πŸ™‚

    1. I am so happy you liked it! We are actually in Laos right now, and heading to Siem Reap in Cambodia next week πŸ™‚ more blogposts are coming, but the internet is not working in my favor.. Let me know if you need any assistance planning your trip, I am happy to help πŸ™‚

  2. I actually had a question about, how to get around, from Laos to Cambodia, what would you recommend? If you have any other great tips about Laos I’d love to read them. I have been to Vietnam for about three weeks, I hope you enjoyed your time there, it was one of my favorite countries to visit.

    1. We are flying from Luang Prabang in Laos to Siem Reap in Cambodia. If you would like to take the bus I think you will have to change buses in Pakse, and the entire trip takes a total of 19-20 hours. We found it easier to just go by plane. However whilst traveling in Laos I would opt for the buses; it is super cheap, clean and comfortable seats πŸ™‚

      If you are planning to do a trip to Vientiane, I would definitely recommend you to visit the COPE museum, Buddha Park and enjoy one of the Herbal sauna experiences!

      I an so jealous that you got to spend 3 weeks in Vietnam! I LOVED it there! We only had 10 days in total so we will have to go back πŸ™‚

      1. 19-20hrs sounds pretty exhausting. Again, Thank you for the great information, and for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. ☺️ you guys are awesome!

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