20 days in Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Honda Agent Hoang Quoc Viet, Bus to Van Don Airport, Fly to Hoi An
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. On your second day here, stop by Cao Minh Saigon, then look for gifts at Le Saigonais, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Nha Trang.
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Nha Trang, Vietnam — 2 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.
On the 21st (Fri), make a splash at VinWonders Nha Trang and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Nagar Cham Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Maximark Shopping Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Long Son Pagoda, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nha Tho Nui, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nha Trang Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nha Trang trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Halong Bay.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Halong Bay, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay. On your second day here, Head underground at Sung Sot Cave, then head off the coast to Ti Top Island, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Halong Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Nha Trang to Halong Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hoi An.
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Nature · Parks

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 25th (Tue), make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then steep yourself in history at The Tran Family Home and Chapel.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hoi An tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Halong Bay to Hoi An by combination of ferry, car, bus, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hue.
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Hue, Vietnam — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the views from Truong Tien Bridge, contemplate the long history of Imperial City, and then hit the road with Le Family Rider. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then admire the masterpieces at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River, and finally view the masterpieces at Green Bamboo Art Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hue day trip planning app.

You can drive from Hoi An to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. July in Hue sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Hanoi.
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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: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Hue to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Siem Reap.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Prasat Neang Khmau and then steep yourself in history at Preah Ko.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap route planner.

Fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. August in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 1 night

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 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, look for gifts at D.Hindley, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh travel planning website.

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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Cambodia travel guide

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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.
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