18 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Madrid, Spain

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City
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.
Visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and People's Committee Building for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and Pham Ngu Lao Street. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at FITO Museum, admire the masterpieces at Artinus 3D Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tan Dinh Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Cao Minh.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary app .

Madrid, Spain to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Ho Chi Minh City is 6 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in November: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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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 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and then stop by Lotus Space.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh travel route planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Preah Khan and Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, steep yourself in history at Ta Som, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Banteay Kdei.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Siem Reap trip builder site .

Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
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Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

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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.
To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Siem Reap to Hanoi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh

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night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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 14th (Thu), Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Tien Pagoda.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Long Tien Pagoda ©
Long Tien Pagoda

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for gifts at Tired City Hang Bong and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Dam Chuon Huong Quan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, steep yourself in history at Nine Dynastic Urns, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally stop by Healing the Wounded Heart Shop.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hue trip builder website .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. November in Hue sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

1
night
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Reaching Out Arts and Crafts.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hoi An trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Non Nuoc Beach
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Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Thermal Spas

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like War Remnants Museum and FITO Museum. Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Dong Nai Culture And Nature Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Back Beach in Vung Tau (about 1h 40 min away). Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City some more: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in panoramic vistas at Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ho Chi Minh City using our trip planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoi An in November, expect nights in Ho Chi Minh City to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dong Nai Province, Back Beach
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Back Beach ©
Back Beach
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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