21 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Fly + bus:  3​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar


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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. Popular historic sites such as Temple of Literature & National University and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pho Linh Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Hang Bong, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar to Hanoi is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hue attractions planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

3
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.
Visit An Bang Beach and My Khe Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit Mỹ Sơn and The Tran Family Home and Chapel for their historical value. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
The Tran Family Home and Chapel ©
The Tran Family Home and Chapel

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bayon Temple and Angkor Thom are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, admire the landmark architecture of Banteay Kdei, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, and steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Siem Reap: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Shopping
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Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, see the interesting displays at National Museum, look for gifts at Lotus Space, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Serkal Mosque.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh trip planning app .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

3
nights
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Duong Dong ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ho Quoc pagoda and Cao Dai Temple. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ong Lang Beach and Vung Bau Beach. When in Duong Dong, make a side trip to see Sao Beach in An Thoi, approximately 34 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Duong Dong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Con Dao Islands.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

Con Dao Islands ©
On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Van Son Pagoda, then contemplate the waterfront views at An Hai Lake, and then kick back and relax at Bãi Đầm Trầu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Dung Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Con Dao Islands trip planner .

Fly from Duong Dong to Con Dao Islands in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Con Dao Islands

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bãi Đầm Trầu ©
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Van Son Pagoda ©
Van Son Pagoda
Ong Dung Beach ©
Ong Dung Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, browse the exhibits of The Independence Palace, and then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Con Dao Islands to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Food Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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