34 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Japan Itinerary

34 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Train
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Train to Da Nang, Taxi to Hoi An
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kennin-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Uji (Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Mimurotoji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujinomori Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Bergen, Norway to Kyoto is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bergen to Kyoto. Traveling from Bergen in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are much warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Meiji Jingu Shrine and Enoshima Island. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more) and Enoshima Sea Candle (in Fujisawa). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at Arigato Japan Food Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) (in Kobe) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Mt. Koya). It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, browse the handmade items at Authentic Bat Trang, look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Literature & National University.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Fly from Osaka to Hanoi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Osaka to Hanoi is minus 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Classes

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Tue), experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. When in Hoi An, make a side trip to see Marian Shrine of the Lady of Tra Kieu in Da Nang, approximately Da Nang away. On the 27th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, explore the wide array of goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts Store Le Loi, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Hoi An are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Cambodia Landmine Museum. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum, don't miss a visit to Banteay Samre, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Made in Cambodia Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap journey planning tool.

Fly from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Off-Road Tours. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, examine the collection at National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Mekong River, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

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

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Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
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.