38 days in Cambodia, Philippines & Vietnam Itinerary

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 5 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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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
— 4 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 5 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 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 27th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daniel English Speaking Tuk Tuk Driver, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap road trip planning website.

London, UK to Siem Reap is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Siem Reap, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get warmer in Siem Reap: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Phnom Penh.
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 3 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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hunt for treasures at Central Market, and take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip planning app.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Princesa.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Puerto Princesa, Philippines — 2 nights

City in the Forest

A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of Stellar Grounds and then explore the activities along Honda Bay. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Babuyan River, stop by Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Tubbataha Reef.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Princesa trip planner.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Puerto Princesa in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Philippine Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Puerto Princesa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Boracay.
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Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
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Boracay, Philippines — 5 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Boracay, enjoy the sand and surf at Diniwid Beach, and stroll through Bulabog Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Boracay travel route tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Puerto Princesa to Boracay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Puerto Princesa in January, expect nights in Boracay to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
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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 11th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker tool.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Ho Chi Minh City in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Boracay in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Duong Dong.
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Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of Duong Dong to go to Ganh Dau and see Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with Phu Quoc Jeep Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Ong Lang Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Duong Dong trip planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Da Lat.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Da Lat route app.

Fly from Duong Dong to Da Lat in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Hoi An.
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Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Da Nang ( Dacotours - Da Nang Travel Agency & The Gioi Tranh Dep). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An vacation builder app.

You can fly from Da Lat to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hue trip planner.

Drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.
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Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 4 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 25th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: stop by Old Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Halong Bay route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.
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Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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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Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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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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