23 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
9
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Brisbane, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and finally examine the collection at Drink Vietnam.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Ho Chi Minh City are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and then contemplate the long history of The Flag Tower.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hue travel planner.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December: high temperatures in Hue hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
The Flag Tower ©
The Flag Tower

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the galleries of TiredCity Hang Bong, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hanoi trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Off-Road Tours
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay day trip planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Tours
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hai Van Pass (in Phu Tho) and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Da Nang). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, and relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip builder website.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hoi An by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Tra Que Minty Garden ©
Tra Que Minty Garden
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas

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 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, look for gifts at A.N.D, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally get in on the family fun at Fly Phnom Penh. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Central Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip planning app.

You can fly from Hoi An to Phnom Penh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Phnom Penh is somewhat warmer than Hoi An - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Wat Phnom ©
Wat Phnom

3
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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Ambre, and make a trip to Pub Street.

Make your Siem Reap itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

3
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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, stop by Raja's Fashions, and explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Bangkok are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, look for gifts at Oscar Fashion, stroll through Patong Beach, and get your game on at Phuket Kart.

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

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Shopping Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Big Buddha Phuket
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Jungceylon ©
Jungceylon
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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