18 days in Vietnam, Thailand & Phnom Penh Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Thailand & Phnom Penh Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam, Thailand & Phnom Penh Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, view the masterpieces at Tired City Hang Bong, and contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

3
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.
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 a spin around town with Bike Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor Jade Pagoda, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City vacation planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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 11th (Sat): walk around Royal Palace Park, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then browse the exhibits of Lotus Space, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh day trip planning website .

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. In April, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

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

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chalong (Big Buddha Phuket & Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)). The adventure continues: make a trip to Bangla Road, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Patong trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Patong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Phnom Penh in April, expect nights in Patong to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

4
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 historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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