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

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

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 Nha Trang Beach. 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
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

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 Dinh 1 Da Lat. 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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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

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 Scuba & Snorkeling. 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: Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban), Tam Ky (Chien Dan Cham Tower & Ky Anh Tunnel) and Da Nang (OASIS ART GALLERY & My Khe Beach). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hainan Assembly Hall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hoi An road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Da Lat to Hoi An takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hoi An are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

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 Minh Mang. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thai Hoa Palace. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, and make a trip to Nha Luu Niem Danh Nhan Phan Boi Chau.

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 · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

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 · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

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 Bai Tu Long Bay will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Halong Bay (Sung Sot Cave & Hạ Long Bay). 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

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

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 · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

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 Chua Tran Quoc for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Literature & National University and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. 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. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, and have fun at Authentic Bat Trang.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi online road trip planner.

Getting from Cat Ba to Hanoi by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:

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 Preah Khan. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup, contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, and examine the collection at Angkor National Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap day trip planning website.

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. In April in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

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 Wat Ounalom. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mekong River. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Statue of King Sisowath, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh online travel planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Your inner history buff will appreciate Cao Dai Temple and Mariamman Hindu Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Ben Duoc Memorial Temple. See some other sides of Ho Chi Minh City: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, steep yourself in history at Cholon Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and don't miss a visit to 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

Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

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.