44 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phnom Penh Itinerary

44 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phnom Penh Itinerary

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44 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Phnom Penh Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 11 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 10 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

12
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Wat Pho. Museum-lovers will appreciate Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Mahathat, & more) and Ancient City (in Samut Prakan). Spend the 9th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket, step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, and wander the streets of Chinatown - Bangkok.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip generator.

Manchester, UK to Bangkok is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Indochina Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Manchester in November, expect Bangkok to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Time Out Fishing Park, Ancient City, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

8
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Escape the urban bustle at Udong Mountain and Mekong River. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, stop by D.Hindley, don't miss a visit to Preah Sisowath Quay, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip builder.

Getting from Bangkok to Phnom Penh by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Shopping Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Udong Mountain
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Central Market ©
Central Market
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

11
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Saigon Boat Company and Bach Dang. Do some cultural sightseeing at War Remnants Museum and Giac Lam Pagoda. Spend the 6th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, wander the streets of Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

10
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Halong Bay and Cat Co 1 Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Halong Bay side-trips: Cat Ba (Monkey Island, Climbing Tours, & more) and Zipline (in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park). Spend the 17th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cat Ba
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Rosa Cruise ©
Rosa Cruise

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