22 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Bangkok Itinerary

22 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Bangkok Itinerary

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22 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Bangkok Itinerary

Start: Invercargill, New Zealand
Fly:  19 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
5
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4 h
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Invercargill, New Zealand

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 20th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, then get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City journey maker tool .

Invercargill, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 5 hours. In October in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Nony Leather.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas & Wellness
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, steep yourself in history at Luc Bo Culture Space, then steep yourself in history at Thai Hoa Palace, and finally make a trip to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon). Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mieu Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hue online vacation planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hue are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
The Mieu Temple ©
The Mieu Temple

2
nights
Da Lat, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then hunt for treasures at Dalat Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Pine Track Adventures, explore the activities along Xuan Huong Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Crazy House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Da Lat trip planner .

Fly from Hue to Da Lat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pine Track Adventures ©
Pine Track Adventures
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip website .

Getting from Da Lat to Halong Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the activities along West Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hanoi road trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
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.
On the 31st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally stop by Cambodian Creations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then examine the collection at National Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip planner .

Fly from Hanoi to Phnom Penh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. In October in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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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.
Spend the 4th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate the long history of Phimeanakas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Spas
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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