33 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Philippines Itinerary

33 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Philippines Itinerary

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33 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Philippines Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  8​h
1
Manila, Philippines
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
— 1 night
Lexxus Shuttle
5​h 30​min View details
3
El Nido, Philippines
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
— 1 night
Cebu Pacific
6​h View details
5
Pagadian City, Philippines
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
6
Cebu City, Philippines
— 2 nights
Cebu Pacific
6​h View details
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Mekong Express
3​h View details
8
Battambang, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Mekong Express
5​h View details
9
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Giant Ibis
6​h 30​min View details
10
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Private Shuttle + Viet Jet Airlines
2​h 30​min View details
11
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Lotus
15​h View details
12
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
Truly Hagiang
1​h 30​min View details
13
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Vietnam Airlines
9​h 30​min View details
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Manila, Philippines

Manila
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manila trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Manila is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Manila, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Manila to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. You will leave for Puerto Princesa on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Manila

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

1
night
Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa ©
A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): Head underground at Puerto Princesa Underground River.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Princesa itinerary planner.

Fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. November in Puerto Princesa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for El Nido.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Princesa Underground River ©

3
nights
El Nido, Philippines

El Nido
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the El Nido tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Puerto Princesa to El Nido by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa
For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa route planning website .

Traveling by car from El Nido to Puerto Princesa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Pagadian City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Outdoors Tours

6
nights
Pagadian City, Philippines

Pagadian City
Pagadian, officially the City of Pagadian, is located in the Philippine island of Mindanao and the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Sur and the regional center of Zamboanga Peninsula. To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagadian City itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Princesa to Pagadian City. You will leave for Cebu City on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Pagadian City

Nature Parks

2
nights
Cebu City, Philippines

Cebu City
The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cebu City online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pagadian City to Cebu City. In November, daytime highs in Cebu City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You will leave for Siem Reap on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Cebu City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pre Rup, Preah Khan, Angkor Thom, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom, then delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, and finally delve into the distant past at Pre Rup.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap attractions planning app .

Fly from Cebu City to Siem Reap in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cebu City to Siem Reap due to the time zone difference. In November in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan
Angkor Thom ©
Angkor Thom

2
nights
Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Battambang visit planning website .

You can take a bus from Siem Reap to Battambang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh travel route builder website .

Drive from Battambang to Phnom Penh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours Nightlife Shopping

2
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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

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.
To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Hoi An online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hoi An: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 27°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Outdoors

1
night
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ninh Binh journey builder app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hoi An to Ninh Binh in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Hoi An in November, plan for little chillier nights in Ninh Binh, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Outdoors Tours

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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Shopping

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