16 days in Vietnam, Siem Reap & Phnom Penh Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam, Siem Reap & Phnom Penh Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam, Siem Reap & Phnom Penh Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Bus:  8​h
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Chennai, India

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Terrace of the Elephants, and other attractions you added. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap day trip site .

Chennai, India to Siem Reap is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
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.
Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village
Highlights from your plan
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

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 26th (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) and then do some two-wheel cruising with Countryside Adventures.

Make your Ho Chi Minh City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, then appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, then kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, then steep yourself in history at The Old House of Phun Hung, and finally take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An vacation builder site .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November, you will find days in Hoi An are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Fishing Charters & Tours
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

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.
Visit Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Perfume River. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip 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 November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): Head underground at Trang An Grottoes, then Head underground at Mua Caves, and then make a trip to Bich Dong Pagoda.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Hue to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Hue in December, Ninh Binh is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bich Dong Pagoda ©
Bich Dong Pagoda

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.
On the 5th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, then get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, then make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi online tour planner .

You can take a bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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