20 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

20 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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20 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  17​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
6
Kep, Cambodia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 1 night
train:  5​h 45​min
9
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
10
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dublin, Ireland


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1
night
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 28th (Fri): explore the activities along West Lake, get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, take in the awesome beauty at MotoTours Asia, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi travel route planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Hanoi is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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MotoTours Asia ©
MotoTours Asia
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, then Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Duck Stop.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, kick back and relax at An Bang Beach, then kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, and finally snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at My Khe Beach, kick back and relax at Pham Van Dong Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An itinerary maker website .

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In December in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, then delve into the distant past at Phimeanakas, then explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Terrace of the Leper King, delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, then delve into the distant past at Banteay Kdei, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hoi An, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Siem Reap, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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

1
night
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 5th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, examine the collection at National Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

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Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kep.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

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

1
night
Kep, Cambodia

Kep ©
The seaside resort of Kep boasts a relaxed and relaxing atmosphere, and a number of points of interest, both natural and man-made.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): experience rural life at Sothy's Pepper Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Kep Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), and finally pause for some photo ops at Crab Statue.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kep trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Kep in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Kep

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kep Beach ©
Kep Beach
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) ©
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)
Sothy's Pepper Farm ©
Sothy's Pepper Farm

2
nights
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville ©
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Otres Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ochheuteal Beach, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Phsar Leu Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Independence Beach, then look for gifts at Tapang's, and then stroll through Serendipity Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sihanoukville tour planner .

Traveling by car from Kep to Sihanoukville takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Ochheuteal Beach ©
Ochheuteal Beach
Independence Beach ©
Independence Beach

1
night
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Long Beach, kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach, then explore the activities along Hon Chong, and finally snap pictures at Tran Phu Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang travel planning website .

You can fly from Sihanoukville to Nha Trang in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam ©
Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Cat Ba National Park, then tour the water at your own pace with Full Moon Party Tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nha Trang to Halong Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Full Moon Party Tour ©
Full Moon Party Tour
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

1
night
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
On the 13th (Sun), learn the tricks of the trade with Phu Quoc Countryside, contemplate the waterfront views at Tranh Stream, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Phu Quoc Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Halong Bay to Phu Quoc Island takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Tranh Stream ©
Tranh Stream

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Bach Dang, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then tour the water at your own pace with Indochina Cycling Tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Phu Quoc Island to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Indochina Cycling Tour ©
Indochina Cycling Tour
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

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