23 days in Bangkok, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

23 days in Bangkok, Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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Train to Brussels, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 day
Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Can Tho, Vietnam
— 1 day
Fly
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
Fly to Brussels, Train to Lille

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Bangkok, Thailand — 1 day

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bangkok vacation maker tool.

Lille, France to Bangkok is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Lille in September, with highs in Bangkok at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Hanoi.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 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 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hanoi online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Halong Bay.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Halong Bay, Vietnam — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then Head underground at Sung Sot Cave.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay route planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. You will leave for Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on the 15th (Thu).
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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 16th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop and then explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hue.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Hue sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoi An.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 1 night

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 19th (Mon): stop by Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Dat Thanh Shoe Shop, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An trip maker website.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Shopping · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 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 21st (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then view the masterpieces at Soyn, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Independence Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Can Tho.
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Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Can Tho, Vietnam — 1 day

The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
On the 23rd (Fri), hunt for treasures at Cai Rang Floating Market, don't miss a visit to Hai Ba Trung Street, then look for all kinds of wild species at Realism Tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Binh Thuy ancient house.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Can Tho travel route planner.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. September in Can Tho sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Duong Dong.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Duong Dong, Vietnam — 4 nights

A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Go for a jaunt from Duong Dong to An Thoi to see Bai Tắm Sao about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage, experience rural life at Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach, and cast your line with Truly Vietnam Travel.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Can Tho to Duong Dong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Phnom Penh.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

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 27th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Central Market, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, stop by Cambodian Handicraft Association, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then get in on the family fun at Fly Phnom Penh, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Duong Dong to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Siem Reap.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

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: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, and test your team's savvy at Escape Break.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Bangkok, Thailand

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 1st (Sat).
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Shopping · Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors
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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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Mekong Delta travel guide

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Flea Markets · Kayaking & Canoeing · Landmarks
Interlaced with rivers and canals feeding rice-growing plains and lush wetlands, the Mekong Delta impresses with its bustling floating metropolis. Tours of the Mekong Delta revolve around boat trips to floating markets and even whole towns on stilts, and trips to tranquil inland villages with slow, traditional lifestyles. As the rice bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta offers foodies plenty to sink their teeth into: tours of rice paddies and orchards, fresh produce from floating stands, and delicious freshwater fish dishes. Other possibilities for a Mekong Delta itinerary include temples with ornate pagodas, wartime bunkers, and mangrove forests sheltering rare waterfowl and migratory birds.
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Phu Quoc Island travel guide

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Beaches · Fishing Charters & Tours · Spas
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.
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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.
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