18 days in Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam & Siem Reap Itinerary

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Fly
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapa, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus to Ha Noi, Bus to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Ferry to Cat Ba, Fly to Da Nang
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 day
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
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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: visit Old Quarter, take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary maker website.

Kingston, Canada to Hanoi is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time is 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sapa.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Nature
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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 27th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls), take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and finally don't miss a visit to Cat Cat village. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum and then appreciate the views at Muong Hoa Valley.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapa trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.
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Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Paradise Cruises, Indochina Junk and Dragon Legend.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Halong Bay route maker app.

Traveling by bus from Sapa to Halong Bay takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, taxi, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Da Nang.
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Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Da Nang, Vietnam — 2 nights

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the views from Dragon Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Da Nang trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Da Nang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hoi An.
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains.

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Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Food Tours as well as Mekong Trails. On the 4th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on Mekong Trails. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hoi An in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ho Chi Minh City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Siem Reap.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): sample the fine beverages at Georges Distillery Rum Tasting and Making Siem Reap and then make a trip to Pub Street. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Leper King, then steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, then delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Hanoi.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Classes · Shopping
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 1 night

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Hanoi holiday builder website.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to home.
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Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nightlife
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Vietnam travel guide

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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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