3 weeks Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos checklist: Top 10 things to do

Unveil the wonders of Indochina with our ultimate checklist for your 3 weeks Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia adventure. 

From the captivating Angkor temples to the spiritual monasteries of Laos, embark on a journey of discovery and connection. Traverse rice paddies, venture into dense jungles, and cruise through magnificent limestone karsts. Immerse yourself in the bustling city life and drift through the enchanting old quarters. Explore this extraordinary travel region and unlock the mysteries of Indochina. 

Are you planning for your upcoming 3 weeks Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia trip? Read on and don’t miss the chance to tick off the top 10 experiences in this amazing land of ancient charm and natural beauty.

Top 10 experiences cannot be missed on your 3 weeks Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos trip

Indochina beckons with its awe-inspiring and mysterious allure, offering a wealth of historical treasures, vibrant cultures, and breathtaking natural beauty. A 3 weeks Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia journey is a rare and unforgettable opportunity. Delve into the top 10 experiences that await, and let them inspire your itinerary as you navigate through the captivating history, immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures, and bask in the splendor of Indochina’s stunning landscapes. 

From ancient temples and bustling markets to pristine beaches and lush mountains, Indochina promises an extraordinary adventure that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Get ready to be captivated by the wonders that await you in this enchanting land.

Uncover the blend of past and present in Phnom Penh – capital city of Cambodia

Phnom Penh Royal Palace

Phnom Penh, the vibrant capital city of Cambodia, is a captivating destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. As you explore this bustling metropolis, you’ll be immersed in a rich tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavors.Explore the grandeur of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, where intricate architecture and precious artifacts await. Visit the haunting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields, bearing witness to the tragic history of the Khmer Rouge regime. Wander through the bustling Central Market and sample delicious street food at the local night markets. Take a cruise along the Mekong River and watch the sunset over the city’s skyline. With its blend of ancient temples, colonial architecture, and modern developments, Phnom Penh offers a captivating experience for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of Cambodia’s past and present.

Revitalize Cambodian traditional culture in Siem Reap

Siem Reap Angkor Wat

Siem Reap is a captivating destination in Cambodia, renowned for its stunning ancient temples and rich cultural heritage. The most iconic attraction in Siem Reap is the magnificent Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world. Explore the intricately carved temples of Angkor Thom, marvel at the mysterious faces of Bayon Temple, and witness the ethereal beauty of Ta Prohm, engulfed by tree roots. Beyond the temples, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Old Market, sample delicious Khmer cuisine, and experience traditional Apsara dance performances. Siem Reap offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and charm, making it a must-visit destination for travelers exploring Cambodia.

Explore Laos’ ancient capital – Luang Prabang

Nang Sang Khan or Miss Pi Mai Lao take part in Lao New Year procession in Luang Prabang.

Nestled in the lush mountains of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its timeless charm and serene beauty. Explore the city’s ancient temples, such as Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai, adorned with intricate carvings and golden spires. Witness the captivating morning alms-giving ceremony, where saffron-robed monks collect offerings from locals and visitors. Take a boat ride along the Mekong River, visit the cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls, and immerse yourself in the vibrant night market, filled with local handicrafts and delicious street food. Luang Prabang offers a tranquil escape and a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Laos, making it a must-visit destination for any traveler.

Visit the ‘City of Sandalwood’ – Vientiane

Vientiane street foods
Vientiane street foods

Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, one of Asia’s sleepiest capitals, exudes a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere that sets it apart from bustling metropolises. This charming city offers a unique blend of traditional Lao culture and French colonial influences, evident in its architecture, cuisine, and way of life. Explore the city’s historic landmarks, such as the grand Pha That Luang and the tranquil Wat Sisaket. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque riverfront promenade, visit vibrant markets, and savor delectable Lao dishes. Vientiane’s slow-paced lifestyle and tranquil ambiance provide a delightful escape, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the city’s charm and embrace its unhurried beauty.

Learn about Vietnam 1000 years of history in Hanoi 

Hanoi cyclo tour
Hanoi cyclo tour

Immerse yourself in the enchanting city of Hanoi, Vietnam’s cultural and historical capital. Explore the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, where vibrant markets, ancient temples, and traditional architecture blend seamlessly. Don’t miss a visit to the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, a serene oasis in the heart of the city. Experience the rich history of Hanoi through visits to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the fascinating Museum of Ethnology. Indulge in the city’s renowned street food scene, savoring dishes like pho and banh mi. Hanoi offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern energy, making it a must-visit destination for any traveler.

“One Touch” to nature experience in Halong Bay 

Halong Bay is a mesmerizing destination in Vietnam that offers breathtaking natural beauty and a touch of serenity. The iconic limestone karsts rising out of the emerald waters create a picturesque setting that is truly awe-inspiring. One of the best ways to experience Halong Bay is through a cruise. Embarking on a cruise allows you to immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere while sailing through the karst formations, exploring hidden caves, and witnessing stunning sunsets. You can indulge in activities like kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing on the sundeck, surrounded by the majestic scenery. The cruise experience in Halong Bay is not only a feast for the eyes but also a touching encounter with nature’s wonders, leaving you with unforgettable memories of this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Experience the life of Vietnamese Royalties in Hue 

Inside The Citadel. Imperial Forbidden City. Hue, Vietnam / Source: Smoke666 - YayImages
Inside The Citadel. Imperial Forbidden City. Hue, Vietnam / Source: Smoke666 – YayImages

Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, is a city steeped in history and charm. Explore the majestic Hue Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at the intricate architecture of the Imperial City and its palaces, temples, and gardens. Take a boat ride along the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Hue. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage by sampling delicious Hue cuisine, known for its unique flavors and royal influences. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness a traditional Hue royal music performance, a captivating display of ancient melodies and graceful dances. Hue offers a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s royal past, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and cultural explorers.

Let your hair down in the tranquil city of Hoi An

Hoi An, a charming ancient town in Vietnam, offers a magical experience steeped in history and beauty. Take a leisurely stroll along the lantern-lit streets, marveling at the well-preserved architecture and atmospheric ambiance. Explore the bustling riverside market, where you can shop for exquisite local crafts, tailor-made clothing, and delicious street food. Immerse yourself in the rich culture by participating in a lantern-making workshop or learning traditional Vietnamese cooking. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and the ancient temples that dot the town. Hoi An is also renowned for its pristine beaches, where you can unwind and soak up the sun. This enchanting town is a must-visit destination, offering a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Living the robust movements of the city that never sleep – Ho Chi Minh City 

Ho Chi Minh city landscape view in sunset
Ho Chi Minh city landscape view in sunset

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is a bustling metropolis that offers a vibrant mix of history, culture, and modernity. Explore the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, reflecting its French colonial past. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum. Indulge in the vibrant street food scene, where you can savor delicious banh mi and pho. Discover the bustling markets, including the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can shop for souvenirs and local handicrafts. Experience the energy of the city’s nightlife at rooftop bars and live music venues. Ho Chi Minh City is a captivating destination that offers a multitude of experiences for travelers to enjoy.

Experience the colorful local life in the Mekong Delta 

Mekong Delta is a mesmerizing region in southern Vietnam that offers a unique and enchanting experience. Explore the intricate network of waterways, lush rice paddies, and picturesque villages that define this captivating landscape. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture as you interact with friendly villagers and sample delicious regional cuisine. Take a boat ride along the Mekong River, visit floating markets, and witness the traditional crafts and industries that thrive in the delta. Discover the fascinating ecosystem of the region, home to diverse wildlife and lush tropical vegetation. Whether it’s cycling through scenic paths, exploring coconut candy workshops, or enjoying a peaceful homestay, the Mekong Delta promises an unforgettable adventure filled with beauty, tranquility, and cultural immersion.

Final thoughts

Indochina is a treasure trove of wonders and mysterious destinations that offer unique experiences. From exploring the ancient temples of Angkor to immersing in the spirituality of Laos monasteries, the region has something for every traveler seeking adventure and connection. Whether you want to wander through rice paddies, navigate through thick jungles, cruise along limestone karsts, or embrace the energy of bustling cities, Indochina has it all.

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