18 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Train to Da Nang, Fly to Siem Reap
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Kuta, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Literature & National University and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, get to know the fascinating history of Ba Dinh Square, hit the best photo ops around with Vietnam in Focus - Photo Tours and Workshops, and view the masterpieces at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 5th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally take in the views from Truong Tien Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hue

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 nights

Temple Town

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.
Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum, and delve into the distant past at Pre Rup.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hue to Siem Reap takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hue in December; daily highs in Siem Reap reach 86°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 1 night

Charming City

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 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Silver Pagoda.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh attractions planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 11th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Kuta.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Kuta, Indonesia

— 4 nights
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Visit Kuta Beach - Bali and Pandawa Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tanah Lot Temple and Jimbaran Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kuta: Ubud (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary & Spas & Wellness). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Sanur, take a stroll through Kuta Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Nusa Dua Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Jalan Legian.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kuta trip maker.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuta by flight takes about 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuta due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Kuta can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kuta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

Bali travel guide

4.1
World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.