18 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  17​h 15​min
1
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
2
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay road trip planning website .

London, UK to Halong Bay is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bãi Cháy Bridge ©
Bãi Cháy Bridge

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, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Food Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Da Nang (Da Nang Museum, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, & more) and Hue (Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial City, & more). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, explore the galleries of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hue
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Spas
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

3
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, stroll around Cong Vien 30-4, and get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip maker .

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Food Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, then examine the collection at National Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh visit planning app .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver.

To find out how to plan a trip to Siem Reap, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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