42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 7 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
5
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
10
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  6 h
End: Vientiane, Laos

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cu Chi Tunnels as well as Dong Khoi Street. You'll explore and learn at War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace. Get some cultural insight at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market and get a taste of local nightlife at The World of Heineken.

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

Christchurch, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17- hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Christchurch to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Christchurch in July: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. You'll set off for Phnom Penh on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Nightlife Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The World of Heineken ©
The World of Heineken
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

4
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.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Genocidal Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace and Wat Phnom. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Central Market and appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Preah Khan, Thommanon, Baphuon Temple, and other attractions you added. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ta Prohm and Angkor National Museum. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Siem Reap tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Da Lat.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

Side Trip

Ta Som
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

3
nights
Da Lat, Vietnam

Da Lat ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dalat Train Villa & Cafe, Valley of Love and Statue Of Golden Buddha. Get a sense of the local culture at Linh Phuoc Pagoda and The French Quarter. There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Da Lat online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Da Lat takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Dalat Market ©
Dalat Market
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Dalat Train Villa & Cafe ©
Dalat Train Villa & Cafe

3
nights
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ba Ho Waterfall, Chocolate Factory Nha Trang and Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang. On the 22nd (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): savor a delicious cup with Chocolate Factory Nha Trang and then stroll through Nha Trang Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nha Trang day trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Da Nang.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang

3
nights
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ba Na Hills SunWorld, Hai Van Pass, Lotte Mart, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to The Marble Mountains and My Khe Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Da Nang driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nha Trang to Da Nang by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Hai Van Pass
Highlights from your plan
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thanh Ha Terracotta Park, Hoi An Night Market and An Bang Beach. The adventure continues: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hoi An vacation maker site.

Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Hoi An Night Market ©
Hoi An Night Market

3
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thuan An Beach as well as Bach Ma National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc. Get some historical perspective at Thien Mu Pagoda and Tomb of Minh Mang.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chua Tran Quoc as well as Lotte Observation Deck. Museum-lovers will appreciate TiredCity Hang Bong and Vietnam Military History Museum. Visit Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum for their historical value. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and take an in-depth tour of Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hanoi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You will leave for Halong Bay on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison

4
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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.
You've now added Halong Lavender Cruises to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Hạ Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and Cua Van Floating Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Cat Ba Island in Cat Ba (about 54 minutes away). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave and step off the mainland to explore Ti Top Island.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Halong Lavender Cruises ©
Halong Lavender Cruises
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

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