18 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  23​h
1
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
2
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles, United States


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2
nights
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.
When in Halong Bay, make a side trip to see Cat Ba Island in Cat Ba, approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay travel itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Halong Bay is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Los Angeles to Halong Bay, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner .

Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
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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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip planner .

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
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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.
On the 1st (Wed), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Avalokiteshvara, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Museums
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dragon Bridge (in Da Nang) and Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial City). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to The Marble Mountains, stop by Ha Ha - Art In Everything, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, expect nights in Hoi An to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 88°F. On the 6th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hoi An

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hue, Da Nang
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Spas

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