12 days in Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi Itinerary

12 days in Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi Itinerary

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Kep, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, and then contemplate the long history of Phimeanakas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at DSK the workshop, then steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, then explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Elephants.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip planner.

Phoenix, USA to Siem Reap is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Siem Reap is 14 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in August; daily highs in Siem Reap reach 90°F and lows reach 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then examine the collection at National Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kep.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Kep, Cambodia

— 2 nights
The seaside resort of Kep boasts a relaxed and relaxing atmosphere, and a number of points of interest, both natural and man-made.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kep National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): experience rural life at Sothy's Pepper Farm, then view the masterpieces at Black Cat Kep, and then head off the coast to Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island).

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kep online road trip planner.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Kep by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Kep

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then stop by LiA Saigon, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kep to Ho Chi Minh City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping
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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On your second day here, make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then wander the streets of Old Quarter.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hanoi online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Cambodia travel guide

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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.

Vietnam travel guide

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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.