36 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

36 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

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36 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
plane:  1​h 30​min
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
train:  12​h 30​min
6
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
11
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
12
Pattaya, Thailand
— 3 nights
13
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Deluxe Vietnam Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, stop by Indigo Store, browse the exhibits of 54 Traditions Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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 27th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Lan Ha Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Co 1 Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, and finally don't miss a visit to Cua Van Floating Village.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay visit planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Lan Ha Bay ©
Lan Ha Bay

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Cua Dai Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hoi An Ancient Town and Old House of Tan Ky. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip planner .

Getting from Halong Bay to Hoi An by combination of bus, train, and taxi takes about 22.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Outdoors Tours
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

2
nights
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang ©
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 31st (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Namaka Jewelry, then kick back and relax at My Khe Beach, then see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, and finally take in the views from Dragon Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Da Nang trip itinerary planning site .

Da Nang is very close to Hoi An. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ©
Spas & Wellness

2
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Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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 (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Green Bamboo Art Gallery and then look for gifts at Healing the Wounded Heart Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the activities along Perfume River, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Da Nang to Hue takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas & Wellness

2
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Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Alexandre Yersin Museum, stroll through Nha Trang Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Son Pagoda, and finally look for gifts at XQ Hand Embroidery. On your second day here, do sightseeing your way with Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nha Trang trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hue to Nha Trang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam ©
Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam
Long Son Pagoda ©
Long Son Pagoda
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach

2
nights
Da Lat, Vietnam

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through The French Quarter, play a few rounds at Dalat Palace Golf Club, then make a trip to Hang Nga Guest House and Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to Crazy House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Da Lat day trip planning app .

You can drive from Nha Trang to Da Lat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Golf
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Dalat Market ©
Dalat Market

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Head to Ben Thanh Market and Flame Tree by Zakkafor plenty of shopping. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Fri) at Dam Sen Water Park. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by ManGii Shoes.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ho Chi Minh City trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Theme Parks Spas Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) ©
Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda)

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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 12th (Sat): look for gifts at JUNGLE &jardin and then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. On your second day here, look for gifts at D.Hindley, then hunt for treasures at Central Market, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally wander the streets of Bassac Lane.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip website .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Central Market ©
Central Market
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm. Visit Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom, look for gifts at Very Berry -Handmade in Cambodia, experience rural life at Angkor Silk Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip builder website .

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 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
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Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

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nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and Chao Phraya River. Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragonfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), identify plant and animal life at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), and wander the streets of Khao San Road.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
On your second day here, take a stroll through Beach road, explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise, then kick back and relax at Jomtien Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pattaya trip builder tool .

You can drive from Bangkok to Pattaya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Pattaya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
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CentralFestival Pattaya Beach ©
CentralFestival Pattaya Beach
Jomtien Beach ©
Jomtien Beach
Pattaya Beach ©
Pattaya Beach

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): browse the different shops at CentralWorld, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), then browse the range of quality goods at Terminal 21, and finally wander the streets of Sukhumvit.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Pattaya to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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CentralWorld ©
CentralWorld
Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple) ©
Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) ©

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