23 days in India, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

23 days in India, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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23 days in India, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17​h
1
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Agra, India
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Kochi (Cochin), India

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Marari Beach (in Mararikulam), Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India (in Kodungallur) and Adi Shancharachaya Temple (in Kalady). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the pleasant sights at Queen's Walkway, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation maker tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Kochi (Cochin) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Kochi (Cochin) are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are warmer (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India, Adi Shancharachaya Temple, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

3
nights
Jaipur, India

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, childrens museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Amber Palace, see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, and don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jaipur travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Jaipur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, expect nights in Jaipur to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
EleSafari ©
EleSafari
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

3
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
When in Agra, make a side trip to see Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Agra trip planner .

You can drive from Jaipur to Agra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Hang Bong, and contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Hanoi in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Agra to Hanoi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoi An attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

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: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap travel route planner .

You can fly from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoi An in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Siem Reap, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Spas
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, hunt for treasures 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 see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City tour builder site .

Getting from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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