13 days in Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia Itinerary

13 days in Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia Itinerary

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13 days in Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Beijing, China
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 day
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
7
Pattaya, Thailand
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Beijing, China

2
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.
On the 12th (Sun), look for gifts at Metiseko, take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at The Independence Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Beijing, China to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in January, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 89°F and lows at 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

1
day
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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 14th (Tue): Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

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Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi attractions planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Hanoi

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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong

1
day
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 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then admire the striking features of Central Market.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Phnom Penh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum, then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, and finally look for gifts at OFF TRACK Accessories - handmade, fair, unique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, then contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Escape Break.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap day trip planner .

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally explore the activities along Chao Phraya River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Khaosan Road, then examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bangkok travel route planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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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night
Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pattaya Beach, kick back and relax at Jomtien Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Walking Street Pattaya.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Pattaya vacation planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Bangkok to Pattaya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in January, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Pattaya

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Jomtien Beach ©
Jomtien Beach
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple
Pattaya Beach ©
Pattaya Beach

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nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): browse the exhibits of Glang-Viang Gallery, delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally see the interesting displays at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai tour itinerary builder website .

Fly from Pattaya to Chiang Mai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Pattaya in January, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Spas

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