16 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Sen Monorom, Cambodia
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Athens, Greece


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3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Walking tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and One Pillar Pagoda. Spend the 18th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder site .

Athens, Greece to Hanoi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Athens to Hanoi, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lan Ha Bay and then tour the water at your own pace with Full Moon Party Tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Wildlife Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Full Moon Party Tour ©
Full Moon Party Tour
Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): wander the streets of Saigon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally have fun at Body Shape - Gym Thao Dien. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sen Monorom.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

1
night
Sen Monorom, Cambodia

The capital and only major settlement in the vast, verdant Mondulkiri province, Sen Monorom manages to retain a laid-back, rural charm, in spite of an increase in development.
On the 26th (Fri), make a trip to Phnom DoKramom and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sen Monorom trip planner .

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Sen Monorom in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Sen Monorom

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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 (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and then stop by Lotus Space. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Mekong River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and finally wander the streets of Bassac Lane.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh online visit planner .

Take a bus from Sen Monorom to Phnom Penh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Wat Phnom ©
Wat Phnom

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thommanon. Get some historical perspective at Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, look for gifts at Louise Loubatieres, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

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