18 days in Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Ong Lang, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sapa, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  9​h 30​min
6
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower, stop by Metiseko, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Ong Lang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

1
night
Ong Lang, Vietnam

Ong Lang ©
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ho Quoc Temple, make a splash at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Ong Lang sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Ong Lang in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ong Lang

Beaches Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc ©
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Ong Lang to Halong Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Adventure
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and then explore the galleries of TiredCity Hang Bong.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

1
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Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley, take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, and then take in the awesome beauty at Y Linh Ho.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapa tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Y Linh Ho ©
Y Linh Ho

1
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Sapa to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March in Hue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Historic Sites
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Photography Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs

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Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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.
On the 21st (Sat), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then stroll through My Khe Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hoi An are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Da Nang
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Food Tours

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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 Made in Cambodia Market. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, don't miss a visit to Phimeanakas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hoi An in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Siem Reap, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

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