38 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

38 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

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38 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  10​h 30​min
3
Sapa, Vietnam
— 3 nights
4
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
7
Mui Ne, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
12
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hanoi holiday planner .

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Hanoi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tien Ong Cave, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, then snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Adventure Nature
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muong Hoa Valley and Walking tours. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sapa using our trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Halong Bay to Sapa in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Tours
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Walking tours

2
nights
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda, Head underground at Mua Caves, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda, then get to know the fascinating history of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, and finally make a trip to Hoa Lu Temples. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm and then explore the fascinating underground world of Trang An Grottoes.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ninh Binh day trip site .

Traveling by car from Sapa to Ninh Binh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda

2
nights
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 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Mieu Temple, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally indulge your taste buds at Hue Local Farmer's Direct Sales Store. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, don't miss a visit to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon), then delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally make a trip to Tu Dam Pagoda.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In June, daytime highs in Hue are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Food Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

4
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maya Design and Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain). Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to Han River Bridge in Da Nang--about 42 minutes away. On the 2nd (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and steep yourself in history at Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Mui Ne.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Maya Design ©
Maya Design
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) ©

2
nights
Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne ©
Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town in the Bình Thuận Province of Vietnam. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to White Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Sand Dunes, have some family-friendly fun at Trampoline Club "Impulse", then look for all kinds of wild species at Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), and finally make a trip to Mui Ne Harbor. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Long Tu Temple, then kick back and relax at Mui Ne Beach, then don't miss a visit to Forgotten Land Sand Sculpture Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mui Ne trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hoi An to Mui Ne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Mui Ne

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phan Thiet
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Red Sand Dunes ©
Red Sand Dunes
White Sand Dunes ©
White Sand Dunes
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) ©
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stop by The Craft House Original - Souvenir & Gift Shop, then take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha tho Da Minh, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. On the next day, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip maker app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Samai Distillery. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lotus Space, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally stop by A.N.D.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh road trip site .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Samai Distillery ©
Samai Distillery

6
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Angkor National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, explore the ancient world of Beng Mealea, and learn about all things military at War Museum Cambodia.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap day trip planner .

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Photography Tours
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat

3
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Samui Elephant Sanctuary. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Samui Football Golf Club, take in the dramatic natural features at Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bophut trip planner.

Getting from Siem Reap to Bophut by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Bophut, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Chinese Temple
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Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) and James Fashion International. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, Ayutthaya Ruins, & more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Saket, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and make a trip to Wat Pho.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online holiday planner .

You can fly from Bophut to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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