23 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

23 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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23 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
train + Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
2
Kampot, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Battambang, Cambodia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Budapest, Hungary


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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.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip itinerary maker .

Budapest, Hungary to Phnom Penh is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Budapest to Phnom Penh, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in January, with highs in Phnom Penh at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Kampot.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours Fun & Games Museums
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Walking tours
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

2
nights
Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot ©
The riverside town of Kampot mixes evocative colonial architecture and a wealth of nearby natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the views from Old Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Crab Statue, then relax in the rural setting at Sothy's Pepper Farm, and finally relax in the rural setting at La Plantation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bokor National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kampot trip planner .

Drive from Phnom Penh to Kampot in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Kampot

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kep
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Bokor National Park ©
Bokor National Park
La Plantation ©
La Plantation
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 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Serendipity Beach and then stroll through Otres Beach. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Wat Leu Temple and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sihanoukville trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kampot to Sihanoukville takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Battambang.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Serendipity Beach ©
Serendipity Beach

2
nights
Battambang, Cambodia

The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Battambang Bat Caves and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, then contemplate the long history of Wat Banan Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampong Pil Pagoda.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Battambang trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sihanoukville to Battambang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Battambang, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Food Tours
Battambang Bat Caves ©
Battambang Bat Caves
Spas

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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've now added Angkor Wat to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Battambang to Siem Reap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Battambang, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Siem Reap, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Spas
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Photography Tours
Angkor Thom ©
Angkor Thom
Banteay Srei ©
Banteay Srei

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison and then take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and finally view the masterpieces at Tired City Hang Bong.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hanoi itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Siem Reap to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Imperial City, don't miss a visit to Luc Bo Culture Space, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Perfume River, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hue visit planning website .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. February in Hue sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, then look for gifts at Buffalo Leather Shop, and finally take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Dragon Bridge, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Hoi An sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

3
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 10th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, stroll around Cong Vien 30-4, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip planning site .

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. When traveling from Hoi An in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Spas
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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