16 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

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 (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then take in the exciting artwork at Aitch Space, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Perth in December since evenings lows in Ho Chi Minh City dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Duong Dong.
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Duong Dong, Vietnam — 2 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
On the 18th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with Bee Bee Travel and then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get in on the family fun at Happy Farm PQ, then learn the secrets of beer at Beer Fridge, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Vietnamese Artists.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hoi An.
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 180. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hoi An takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. December in Hoi An sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.
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Hue, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hoi An, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hue, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.
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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.
On the 23rd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 nights

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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and don't miss a visit to Pub Street.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap vacation app.

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 December in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 3 nights

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 28th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, walk around Diamond Island Park, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally stop by A.N.D. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Sosoro Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Phnom Penh journey tool.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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Cambodia travel guide

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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.
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