23 days in Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fly:  18​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1​h
6
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  16​h 30​min
9
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
10
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: Ljubljana, Slovenia

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Pho and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Visit The Grand Palace and Wat Chaiwatthanaram for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan, & more) and Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), hunt for treasures at Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok route planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Bangkok is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to Bangkok, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in September, things will get much hotter in Bangkok: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Bang Saen Beach
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beng Mealea and Thommanon. Visit Angkor Wat and Preah Khan for their historical value. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip planner .

Getting from Bangkok to Siem Reap by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), look for gifts at Lotus Space, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Phnom Penh itinerary planning site .

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Lotus Space ©
Lotus Space

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.
On the 24th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then wander the streets of Pham Ngu Lao Street, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
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 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, stroll through Jack's Cat Cafe, then view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, and finally contemplate the long history of Cantonese Assembly Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Japanese Covered Bridge, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An attractions planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Cantonese Assembly Hall ©
Cantonese Assembly Hall

2
nights
Da Nang, Vietnam

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Canh Duong Beach and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore and take pictures at Hai Van Pass.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Da Nang trip planner .

You can take a shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Da Nang are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Canh Duong Beach, Hai Van Pass
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

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 30th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Phu Cam Cathedral. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda and then explore the striking landscape of Bach Ma National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hue online trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Da Nang to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Hue, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. On the next day, experience rural life at The Duck Stop, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

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.
On the 5th (Mon), kick back and relax at Cat Co 1 Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and then stroll through Quan Lan Beach. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, then get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Halong Bay travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cat Ba, Quan Lan Beach
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Quan Lan Beach ©
Quan Lan Beach
Cat Co 1 Beach ©
Cat Co 1 Beach
Cua Van Floating Village ©
Cua Van Floating Village

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, wander the streets of Old Quarter, and then view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Hanoi online tour planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong

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