18 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  23​h
1
Koh Rong, Cambodia
— 1 day
+2
ferry + foot + train:  4​h 15​min
2
Kampot, Cambodia
— 1 night
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Battambang, Cambodia
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
8
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

1
day
Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong ©
A slice of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Koh Rong stands out as one of Cambodia's premier beachside escapes.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Long Set Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle zoo, then get your game on at Kohrong Blob Jump, and finally don't miss a visit to Koh Rong.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Koh Rong trip itinerary builder .

Lisbon, Portugal to Koh Rong is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Lisbon to Koh Rong due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kampot.

Things to do in Koh Rong

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Koh Rong ©
Koh Rong

1
night
Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot ©
The riverside town of Kampot mixes evocative colonial architecture and a wealth of nearby natural highlights.
On the 21st (Thu), look for gifts at Tiny Kampot Pillows, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then experience rural life at La Plantation.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kampot trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Koh Rong to Kampot in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Kampot

Outdoors Spas Shopping
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La Plantation ©
La Plantation
Tiny Kampot Pillows ©
Tiny Kampot Pillows
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally make a trip to Kurata Pepper. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then don't miss a visit to Phare Ponleu Selpak, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally stop by A.N.D.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Kampot to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Angkor National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, stop by Prolung Khmer Pottery and Weaving Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Photography Tours

1
night
Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang ©
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Sangker Gallery, browse the exhibits of Tep Kao Sol Loeum Lorn Gallery, look for gifts at La Fabrik, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Battambang Bat Caves.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Battambang trip builder .

Traveling by car from Siem Reap to Battambang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Battambang

Nature Parks Shopping
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Battambang Bat Caves ©
Battambang Bat Caves
Spas & Wellness
Sangker Gallery ©
Sangker Gallery

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
On the 28th (Thu), wander the streets of Saigon, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then try to win big at Club V E-gaming. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Metiseko, have fun at Body Shape - Gym Thao Dien, and then don't miss a visit to Rung Sac Military Base.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City driving holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Battambang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Fun & Games Casinos Spas
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Body Shape - Gym Thao Dien ©
Body Shape - Gym Thao Dien
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Club V E-gaming ©
Club V E-gaming

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Imperial City, make a trip to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon), delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, then steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally don't miss a visit to Tu Dam Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hue day trip website .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March, expect Hue to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

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

3
nights
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 4th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: test the waters at a local thermal spa, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, then explore the galleries of March Gallery, then look for gifts at Maya Design, and finally snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Da Nang trip maker site .

Drive from Hue to Da Nang in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Da Nang are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge
Maya Design ©
Maya Design

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