42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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. Museum-lovers will appreciate War Remnants Museum and The Independence Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5. There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market and join in the after-dark buzz at The World of Heineken.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City travel route planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Christchurch to Ho Chi Minh City. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in July; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. You'll set off for Phnom Penh on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Nightlife Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 11:
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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.
Get some historical perspective at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Royal Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Wat Phnom. There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 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're off to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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 list of things to see and do now includes Preah Khan, Thommanon, Baphuon Temple, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Popular historic sites such as Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Angkor National Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

Side Trip

Ta Som
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:
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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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The French Quarter and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Dalat Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Da Lat trip maker app.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Da Lat in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:
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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. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang vacation maker app.

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 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
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
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 ©

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.
You've added Ba Na Hills SunWorld, Hai Van Pass, Lotte Mart, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to The Marble Mountains and My Khe Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Da Nang online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Da Nang can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hai Van Pass
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach

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. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Other options are to 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're off to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tomb of Minh Mang and Tomb of Tu Duc.

Discover how to plan a Hue trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Hue, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:
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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. Popular historic sites such as Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are in your itinerary. TiredCity Hang Bong and Vietnam Military History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: explore the activities along 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.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi travel route planner.

You can fly from Hue to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Halong Lavender Cruises. Get some cultural insight at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and Cua Van Floating Village. Get in touch with nature at Hạ Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Step out of Halong Bay to go to Cat Ba and see Cat Ba Island, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave and step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
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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