34 days in Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

34 days in Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia sightseeing planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Siem Reap International Airport
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Con Son, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly to Haiphong, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Noi Bai Airport, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Dao Co To, Vietnam
— 1 night
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cambodia Landmine Museum and Angkor National Museum. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip itinerary builder tool.

Newark, USA to Siem Reap is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Newark to Siem Reap due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in May, with highs in Siem Reap at 96°F and lows at 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Lotus Space, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi. Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and look for gifts at amai.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Con Son.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Con Son, Vietnam

— 2 nights

Devil's Island

Taking a vacation in Con Son is like stepping back in time, with the island of around 5,000 people offering a glimpse into what life in Vietnam was like before television and other modern conveniences arrived.
On the 12th (Fri), stroll through Ong Dung Beach, then kick back and relax at Bãi Đầm Trầu, and then explore the activities along An Hai Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Con Dao Prison, take in the spiritual surroundings of Van Son Pagoda, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hang Da Duc Me.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Con Son visit planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Son in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Con Son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nha Trang Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nha Tho Nui and Po Nagar Cham Towers. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Ba Ho Waterfall, stop by Legendary Chocolatier, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nha Trang day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Con Son to Nha Trang takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 4 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at My Khe Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Lady Buddha in Da Nang (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Yaly Couture.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An road trip tool.

Fly from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Thien Mu Pagoda and Royal Tombs. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tomb of Minh Mang. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, don't miss a visit to Hue Temple, and explore the world behind art at Lebadang Memory Space.

To plan Hue vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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. May in Hue sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

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 24th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then Head underground at Son Doong Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, then learn more about the world around you at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, and then take in the views from Bãi Cháy Bridge. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Tien Ong Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cat Co 1 Beach, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

Plan my day in Halong Bay using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chua Tran Quoc and A Dong Art Gallery. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll through Quan Lan Beach, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Dao Co To.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:

Dao Co To, Vietnam

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Co To Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at Van Chay Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dao Co To online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hanoi to Dao Co To. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Dao Co To

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
Highlights from your trip

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.

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.