17 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Japan Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Japan Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights

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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 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda). On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, thenlet your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner.

Dunedin, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 21-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dunedin to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Phnom Penh.

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Royal Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Phare Ponleu Selpak.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums
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Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

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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 20th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate the long history of Phimeanakas.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap journey planning tool.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Siem Reap sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

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

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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 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then wander the streets of Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Temple of Literature & National University ©

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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 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, thensteep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, thenadmire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue day trip planning website.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

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nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Gion, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planning app.

Fly from Hue to Kyoto in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In April, Kyoto is cooler than Hue - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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