23 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

23 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to Noi Bai International, Fly to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Get some cultural insight at Ba Thien Hau Temple and Ho Chi Minh City's Book Street. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pineapple Beach (Bai Dua) and Front Beach. There's lots more to do: stop by Pham Ngu Lao Street, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Dong Khoi Street, and brush up on your military savvy at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip maker.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
On the next day, head off the coast to Cam Nam Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hoi An Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Ha Ha - Art In Everything, then explore the world behind art at Cotic, and finally admire the masterpieces at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An road trip tool.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, expect nights in Hoi An to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Hue, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Hon Chen Temple, then contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, see Off-Road Tours, then delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, then Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

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Traveling by car from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), then steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, and finally take a stroll through Ta Hien Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hanoi route builder.

Traveling by flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Sapa, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, then cruise along Deo Tram Ton, and finally make a trip to O Quy Ho Mountain Pass. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Terraced Rice Fields in Shin Chai Village, take a stroll through Giang Ta Chai Village, then don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapa trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Sapa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Neighborhoods

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 2 nights

Temple Town

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'll discover tucked-away gems like Pre Rup and Baphuon Temple. Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver and Ta Som will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: try for a hole-in-one at Angkor Wat Putt, explore the ancient world of Terrace of the Elephants, get reinvigorated at Wayist Spiritual Energy Center, and see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap road trip planning website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Siem Reap in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 3 nights

Charming City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Independence Monument. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Russian Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phnom Udong, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at t Meditation Centre of Kingdom of CambodiaBuddhis, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Darussalam Mosque (Masjid Darussalam).

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh journey planning website.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Singapore.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Singapore, Singapore

— 3 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Popular historic sites such as Emerald Hill and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to City Scoot and Kampong Glam. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Singapore City Gallery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bukit Brown Cemetery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Singapore travel website.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Singapore in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Phnom Penh to Singapore is 1 hour. In April in Singapore, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Tours

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.