42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ha Long, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 1 night

Pearl of the Far East

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 2nd (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, admire the masterpieces at Artinus 3D Art Museum, then examine the collection at FITO Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tan Dinh Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City driving holiday tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in April; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 3 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Po Nagar Cham Towers and Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tong Lam Lo Son Temple Lot and Suoi Do Pagoda. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Parish Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bac Thanh Church, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nha Trang itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Da Lat, Vietnam

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Get some historical perspective at Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Son Pagoda. Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, view the masterpieces at XQ Da Lat Art House, take an in-depth tour of Da Lat King Palace I, and explore the world behind art at Lam Dong Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Da Lat day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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Hoi An, Vietnam

— 5 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and My Khe Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Tam Ky (Chien Dan Cham Tower & Ky Anh Tunnel), Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban) and OASIS ART GALLERY (in Da Nang). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), and explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An sightseeing planner.

Getting from Da Lat to Hoi An by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Hoi An sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hue, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Tomb of Tu Duc. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thien Mu Pagoda. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dan Nam Giao, and step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 3 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, then relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, and finally relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel route planning tool.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ha Long.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ha Long, Vietnam

— 3 nights
Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Get some cultural insight at Cua Van Floating Village and Long Tien Pagoda. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hạ Long Bay will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Halong Bay (Bai Tu Long Bay & Sung Sot Cave). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Dau Go Cave and take in the views from Pont Bai Chay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ha Long holiday planning tool.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ha Long by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Ha Long

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cat Ba, Vietnam

— 2 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Viet Hai Village, then step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): go for a walk through Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cat Ba trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ha Long to Cat Ba. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 nights
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.
Visit Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Literature & National University and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hanoi: Ninh Binh (Trang An Grottoes & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Make the 29th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and get to know the fascinating history of Ba Dinh Square.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 nights

Temple Town

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.
Visiting Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, examine the collection at Angkor National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. April in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 4 nights

Charming City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Royal Palace. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ounalom, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh route tool.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Your inner history buff will appreciate Cao Dai Temple and Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Cholon Mosque. See some other sides of Ho Chi Minh City: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, admire the landmark architecture of The Independence Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder.

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Golf

Side Trip

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.