17 days in Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hue, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 nights

Temple Town

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Preah Khan and Baphuon Temple. Head to Artisans Angkor and Made in Cambodia Marketfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, take an in-depth tour of Angkor National Museum, brush up on your military savvy at War Museum Cambodia, and admire the landmark architecture of Banteay Kdei.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap online visit planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Siem Reap is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dhaka City to Siem Reap, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 nights

Charming City

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 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Russian Market, revel in the low prices at Factory Outlet Store, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally browse the different shops at Central Mall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, look for gifts at Bobo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mekong River.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh road trip planning website.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 3 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Visit Bai Tắm Sao and Khem Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Long Beach and PTA Travel. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach, relax in the rural setting at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple, and stop by From Vietnam Fair Trade & Gift Shop.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Duong Dong tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Duong Dong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 1 night

Pearl of the Far East

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 25th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, see the interesting displays at Drink Vietnam, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take a stroll through Dong Khoi Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 26th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Green Bamboo Art Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, see Off-Road Tours, then admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Hue is a bit cooler than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Tours

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Non Nuoc Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Da Bao Real Leather and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to My Khe Beach in Da Nang, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains.

Plan trip to Hoi An with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 1 night
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 31st (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at K S and Friends Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and then wander the streets of Old Quarter.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.