38 days in Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

38 days in Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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Bangkok, Thailand
— 6 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand — 6 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration), Wat Maha That, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok itinerary builder site.

London, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In September, Bangkok is much hotter than London - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Siem Reap.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 6 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.
Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 6th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip builder app.

Fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then stop by Smateria, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally get in on the family fun at Fly Phnom Penh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire the striking features of Central Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 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 13th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Lucy Henna.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City route planner.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 4 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Go for a jaunt from Duong Dong to An Thoi to see May Rut Island about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at LunaThaiSpa, get outside with Sunset Sanato Beach Club, relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, and add some adventure to your tour with Truly Vietnam Travel.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong road trip app.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Da Lat.
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Da Lat, Vietnam — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
On the 19th (Wed), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then don't miss a visit to Crazy House. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Discover how to plan a Da Lat trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Da Lat in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hoi An.
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 nights

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.
Hoi An is known for shopping, sightseeing, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through The Marble Mountains, experience rural life at Tra Que Minty Garden, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An road trip planning site.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Hoi An sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.
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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.
On the 24th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hue road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. October in Hue sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 5 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.
On the 29th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, stop by Tired City Dinh Tien Hoang, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.
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Halong Bay, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Halong Bay vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
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.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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