17 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
7
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Madrid, Spain

1
night
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 7th (Thu), stop by Thuy Design House and then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then get out on two wheels at Countryside Adventures, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City travel planning tool .

Madrid, Spain to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Ho Chi Minh City is 6 hours. In November, Ho Chi Minh City is warmer than Madrid - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

3
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.
Visit Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Royal Palace for their historical value. Head to Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving House and Central Marketfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Din Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Heng Naysim Tranditional Cambodian Weaving House
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
On the 12th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, and finally explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom, and then stop by Ashi.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, and then view the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, then stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Siem Reap to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Siem Reap in November: highs in Hoi An hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, view the masterpieces at Truc Chi Garden, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then don't miss a visit to The Flag Tower, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hue route planner.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Bui Mai Hien Gallery, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip planning 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 your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
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 20th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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