56 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Bangkok Itinerary

56 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Bangkok Itinerary

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56 days in Cambodia, Vietnam & Bangkok Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sapa, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
7
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
8
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h
10
Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
11
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Kampot, Cambodia
— 10 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  4​h
15
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
16
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  16​h 45​min
End: Bendigo, Australia

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ba Thien Hau Temple and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Song Be Golf Resort and Dong Nai Culture And Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ho Chi Minh City: Vung Tau (Fishing Charters & Tours & Back Beach). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, wander the streets of Saigon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Vung Tau, Song Be Golf Resort, Dong Nai Culture And Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mỹ Sơn and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Popular historic sites such as Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Bang An Tower are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) (in Son Tra Peninsula) and Da Nang (3D Museum Art in Paradise Danang, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, and admire the striking features of Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November, you will find days in Hoi An are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn, Bang An Tower
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Kayaking & Canoeing
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) ©

1
night
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 22nd (Fri): browse the different shops at Big C Market, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hue itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Big C Market ©
Big C Market

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Quarter and Chua Tran Quoc. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dao Anh Khanh Studio. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Hue to Hanoi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

5
nights
Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Den Mau and The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church) will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muong Hoa Valley and Y Ty Village. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village.

Start your trip to Sapa by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Hanoi to Sapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lao Cai
Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi driving holiday tool .

Getting from Sapa to Hanoi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Quan Lan Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Venture out of the city with trips to Uong Bi (Ba Vang Pagoda & Yen Tu Mountain), Cat Co 1 Beach (in Cat Ba) and Minh Chau beach (in Quan Lan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take in the views from Pont Bai Chay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Long Tien Pagoda, and wander the streets of Cua Van Floating Village.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay trip maker tool .

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cat Ba, Quan Lan, Uong Bi
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

5
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hoa Lo Prison and Presidential Palace Historical Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hanoi: Dau Pagoda (in Bac Ninh), Trang An Grottoes (in Ninh Binh) and Do Temple (in Dinh Bang). Enjoy Hanoi some more: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Tho Ha Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery, and make a trip to St. Joseph's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi day trip app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dau Pagoda, Do Temple, Tho Ha Village, Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups, Trang An Grottoes
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and Bong Lai Rattan House. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bong Lai Rattan House
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bac Thanh Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Long Thanh Photo Studio, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suoi Do Pagoda, and finally view the masterpieces at DDK's Black & White Photo Gallery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nha Trang trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Nha Trang takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers

4
nights
Da Lat, Vietnam

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Thien Vien Truc Lam and Pine Track Adventures. Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Nha Tho Bao Loc will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll around Datanla High Rope Course, pause for some serene contemplation at Dalat Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Da Lat King Palace I.

Plan trip to Da Lat with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Nha Tho Bao Loc, Pongour Falls
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

1
night
Duong Dong, Vietnam

Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour, then steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, then look for gifts at Taste of Vietnam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cao Dai Temple.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Duong Dong trip site .

You can fly from Da Lat to Duong Dong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Taste of Vietnam, Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Taste of Vietnam ©
Taste of Vietnam

2
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Lotus Space. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Independence Monument. When in Phnom Penh, make a side trip to see Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village in Kampong Chhnang, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, appreciate the history behind Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh attractions planning site .

Fly from Duong Dong to Phnom Penh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In December, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kampot.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang floating village
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

10
nights
Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot ©
The riverside town of Kampot mixes evocative colonial architecture and a wealth of nearby natural highlights.
Get some historical perspective at Prasat Neang Khmau and The Old Royal Cinema. Get in touch with nature at Kep National Park and Hawai Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kampot: Sihanoukville (Room Escape Games, Otres Beach, & more) and Kep (Scuba & Snorkeling, Kep Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at La Plantation, get engrossed in the history at Kampot Museum, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bokor Hill Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sampov Pram.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kampot trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Kampot takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Kampot

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sihanoukville, Kep, Prasat Neang Khmau
Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Kep National Park ©
Kep National Park
Ochheuteal Beach ©
Ochheuteal Beach

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Preah Khan and Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver. Visit Angkor Wat and Baphuon Temple for their historical value. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, examine the collection at Angkor National Museum, explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kampot to Siem Reap in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Siem Reap Province
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Suthat, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and then make a trip to Wat Pho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the activities along Chao Phraya River, examine the collection at Erawan Museum, explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then step into the grandiose world of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bangkok holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Erawan Museum
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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