42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

42 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Da Lat, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ha Long, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, admire the masterpieces at Artinus 3D Art Museum, then examine the collection at FITO Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tan Dinh Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City driving holiday tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in April; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 3 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Po Nagar Cham Towers and Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tong Lam Lo Son Temple Lot and Bac Thanh Church. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suoi Do Pagoda, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and kick back and relax at Nha Trang Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nha Trang itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Da Lat.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Da Lat, Vietnam

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Flowers

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.
Get some historical perspective at Thien Vien Truc Lam and Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Datanla Falls. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at XQ Da Lat Art House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Son Pagoda, and get engrossed in the history at Da Lat King Palace I.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Da Lat day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and My Khe Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Get out of town with these interesting Hoi An side-trips: Tam Ky (Chien Dan Cham Tower & Ky Anh Tunnel), Bang An Tower (in Dien Ban) and OASIS ART GALLERY (in Da Nang). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), and explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hoi An sightseeing planner.

Getting from Da Lat to Hoi An by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Hoi An sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Tomb of Tu Duc. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thai Hoa Palace. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dan Nam Giao, and delve into the distant past at Nine Dynastic Urns.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hue trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. April in Hue sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the activities along Suoi Nuoc Mooc, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, then relax and rejuvenate at Lemon Tree Nail & Spa, and finally relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park travel route planning tool.

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ha Long.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Ha Long, Vietnam

— 3 nights
Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Get some cultural insight at Cua Van Floating Village and Long Tien Pagoda. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bai Tu Long Bay will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Halong Bay (Sung Sot Cave & Hạ Long Bay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Dau Go Cave and take in the views from Pont Bai Chay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ha Long holiday planning tool.

Getting from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ha Long by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Ha Long

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba, Vietnam

— 2 nights
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Viet Hai Village, then step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Ba National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): go for a walk through Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cat Ba trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ha Long to Cat Ba. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 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.
Visit Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chua Tran Quoc and Presidential Palace Historical Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hanoi: Ninh Binh (Trang An Grottoes & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Make the 29th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), get to know the fascinating history of Ba Dinh Square, and admire the artistry at Authentic Bat Trang.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hanoi travel route planning app.

Getting from Cat Ba to Hanoi by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Visiting Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum, steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, and get engrossed in the history at Angkor National Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap in 5.5 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 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Statue of King Sisowath. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mekong River. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ounalom, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh online travel planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Your inner history buff will appreciate Cao Dai Temple and The Independence Palace. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Mariamman Hindu Temple. See some other sides of Ho Chi Minh City: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and don't miss a visit to Bitexco Financial Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder.

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.