18 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Train to Da Nang, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Kuta, Indonesia
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Popular historic sites such as Temple of Literature & National University and Hoa Lo Prison are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), hit the best photo ops around with Vietnam in Focus - Photo Tours and Workshops, and browse for treasures at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hanoi online trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Hanoi is 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hue.
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Hue, Vietnam — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and finally snap pictures at Truong Tien Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hue trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Hue, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Get a sense of the local culture at Ta Prohm and Phimeanakas. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, steep yourself in history at Krol Ko, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Siem Reap trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Hue to Siem Reap by combination of train and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hue in April; daily highs in Siem Reap reach 42°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 1 night

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 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Silver Pagoda.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Phnom Penh online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. April in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kuta.
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Kuta, Indonesia — 4 nights

Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Tanah Lot Temple and Kuta Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kuta Beach - Bali and Nusa Dua Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kuta side-trips: Ubud (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary & Spas & Wellness). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Sanur, stroll through Pandawa Beach, take a stroll through Jimbaran Bay, and relax and rejuvenate at MOXX ! Spa & Bodytec Seminyak.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kuta day trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuta by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuta is 1 hour. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, expect nights in Kuta to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
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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Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.
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