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Vietnam & Cambodia : Whistle-stop Tour
17 day travel itinerary

by TripMapper

Travel into the heart of South East Asia

17 Days
Road Trip
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Take the ultimate adventure through two of the most colourful, captivating cultures in South East Asia.

Start off in Vietnam, by exploring bustling Hanoi, cruising through dramatic scenery in beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay, marvelling at natural wonders in Ninh Binh and soaking up the old-world charm of ancient Hoi An.

In Cambodia, visit the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor and devour delicious traditional Cambodian cuisine.

Both countries have experienced their own harrowing history. On this journey you will develop a deep admiration for the inhabitants of these magical kingdoms.

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Stroll the narrow, winding streets of atmospheric Hoi An, lined with quaint homes and decorated with colourful silk lanterns (Vietnam)
  • Embark on a cruise in beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay, where spectacular sculpted limestone islands rise from serene, turquoise waters (Vietnam)
  • Explore Hue’s walled citadel, discovering lavish palaces and gardens (Vietnam)
  • Boat through the famous Mekong Delta (Vietnam)
  • Motorbike the twists and turns of the iconic Hai Van Pass (Vietnam)
  • Grab a Vietnamese coffee in a cosy cafe in Hanoi's lively Old Quarter (Vietnam)
  • Deviour delicious Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine on fantastic food tours (Vietnam and Cambodia)
  • Flag a tuk tuk and explore the awe-inspiring temples consumed by the jungle at Angkor (Cambodia)
  • Visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek which document Cambodia’s grisly past during the Khmer Rouge’s murderous rule (certainly not a 'highlight' in the usual sense). The museum 'preserves a tragic period in history with the aim to encourage visitors to be messengers of peace'. Be prepared for a profoundly upsetting experience. (Cambodia)

Discover the Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    • TRAVELTravel to Hanoi
    • ACTIVITYExplore the Old Quarter (see notes)
      Hanoi Old Quarter, Hàng Ngang, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • FOODBahn Mi 25
      Bánh Mì 25, Phố Hàng Cá, P, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYHoan Kiem Lake
      Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYWater Puppet Show
      Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Ly Thai To, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • FOODHanoi Street Food Walking Tour (see notes)
  • Day 2

    • OTHERBai Tu Long Bay Cruise (2D/1N)
      Bai Tu Long Bay, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
  • Day 3

    • OTHERBai Tu Long Bay Cruise (2D/1N)
      Bai Tu Long Bay, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYLake Tay Ho (West Lake) & Tran Quoc Pagoda
      Tran Quoc Pagoda, Đường Thanh Niên, Yên Phụ, Tây Hồ, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYHo Chi Minh Mausoleum & Ho Chi Minh Museum
      Ho Chi Minh Museum, Phố Ngọc Hà, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYTemple of Literature
      Temple Of Literature, Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Day 4

    • ACTIVITYFull Day tour - Ninh Binh
      Ninh Bình, Vietnam
  • Day 5

    • ACTIVITYShop at Dong Xuan Market
      Đồng Xuân Market, Dong Xuan, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYPhung Hung Street Art
      Street Murals, Phố Phùng Hưng, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYSt Joseph's Cathedral
      St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Hanoi, Phố Nhà Chung, Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYHoa Lo Prison Museum
      Hoa Lo Prison Relic, Phố Hoả Lò, Tran Hung Dao, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYWatch train pass at Train Street (Lê Duẩn section)
      Ngõ 224 Lê Duẩn, Kham Thien, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYThe National Museum Of Vietnamese History
      National Historical Museum, Đường Trần Quang Khải, French Quarter, Trang Tien, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYExplore the French Quarter
      French Quarter, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • TRAVELFlight : Hanoi to Da Nang
  • Day 6

    • OTHERHire scooter
    • ACTIVITYRide the Hai Van Pass
      Hải Vân Pass, Lăng Cô, Phú Lộc, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
    • TRAVELBus to Hoi An
    • ACTIVITYExplore Hoi An Ancient Town
      Hoi An Ancient Town, Old Town, Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
  • Day 7

    • FOODHidden Gems of Old Hoi An Food Tour
    • ACTIVITYCentral Market
      Central Market, Old Town, Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
  • Day 8

    • ACTIVITYRelax at An Bang Beach
      An Bang Beach, Đường Hai, Cẩm An, Bà Trưng, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
  • Day 9

    • Taxi to Da Nang Airport
    • TRAVELFlight : Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh
      Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Truong Son Street, Tân Bình, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYDistrict 1
      District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYTao Dan Park
      Tao Dan Park, Trương Định, Bến Thành, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYThe Reunification Palace
      The Independence Palace, Nguyễn Du, Bến Thành, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYWar Remnants Museum
      War Remnants Museum, Võ Văn Tần, Vo Thi Sau Ward, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYNotre Dame Cathedral
      Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 10

    • ACTIVITYMekong Delta Tour (see notes)
  • Day 11

    • FOODThe Pho Trail – a morning walking tour
    • ACTIVITYJade Emperor Pagoda
      Jade Emperor Pagoda, Đường Mai Thị Lựu, Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • ACTIVITYBinh Tay Market
      Binh Tay Market, Tháp Mười, Phường 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 12

    • TRAVELBus : Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh (approx. 6-7 hours)
    • ACTIVITYChoeung Ek Genocidal Center
      Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, ផ្លូវជើងឯក, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYTuol Sleng Genocide Museum
      Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, រាជធានី, Saint 113, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Day 13

    • ACTIVITYExplore the Royal Palace
      Royal palace, Samdach Sothearos Boulevard (3), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYSilver Pagoda
      Silver Pagoda, វិថី ឧកញ៉ាឈុន (២៤០, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYNational Museum of Cambodia
      National Museum of Cambodia, Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYWat Phnom
      Wat Phnom, ផ្លូវវត្តភ្នំ, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Day 14

    • TRAVELBus : Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (approx. 6 hours)
    • ACTIVITYBike the Siem Reap countryside (see notes)
    • FOODEvening Food Tour
  • Day 15

    • ACTIVITYCambodian Landmine Museum
      Cambodia Landmine Museum, 67, Phumi Khna, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYMade in Cambodia Market
      Made in Cambodia Market, Oknha Oum-Chhay Street, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYWat Preah Prom Rath City Temple
      Wat Preah Prom Rath, Opposite Temple Coffee & Bakery, Pokambor Avenue, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYPub Street
      Pub Street, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Day 16

    • TRAVELTuk tuk for travelling around the Angkor Archaeological Park
    • ACTIVITYTa Prohm (the “Tomb Raider” temple)
      Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYTa Som
      Ta Som, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYAngkor Thom
      Angkor Thom, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYBayon Temple
      Bayon Temple, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • ACTIVITYAngkor Wat
      Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Day 17

    • TRAVELFlight home from Siem Reap International Airport
      Siem Reap International Airport (REP), National Road 6, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia