21 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Bergen, Norway
Fly:  21​h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
— 1 night
train + taxi:  8​h 30​min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 day
taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
7
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h
8
Di An, Vietnam
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
10
Can Tho, Vietnam
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
12
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
13
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Bergen, Norway

1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi online travel route planner .

Bergen, Norway to Hanoi is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bergen to Hanoi. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Nature Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

2
nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
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 24th (Sun): take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cat Ba Island
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cat Ba Island ©
Cat Ba Island

1
night
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
Plan my day in Ninh Binh using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by combination of ferry and bus takes about 6.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Bai Dinh Pagoda
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

1
day
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
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 28th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave), then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park vacation maker site .

Drive from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

1
night
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hue day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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 30th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, then steep yourself in history at Old House of Tan Ky, and finally admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, then contemplate the long history of The Old House of Phun Hung, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hoi An route maker site .

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

1
night
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang
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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Da Nang online route planner .

Take a shuttle from Hoi An to Da Nang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off toDi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Shopping Outdoors
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1
day
Di An, Vietnam

Di An ©
Dĩ An is a town of Bình Dương Province in the Southeast region of Vietnam, about 20 km north of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): play a few rounds at Song Be Golf Resort and then examine the collection at Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Di An road trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Da Nang to Di An. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Di An

Golf Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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 inner history buff will appreciate The Independence Palace and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Di An to Ho Chi Minh City in an hour. In December in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Can Tho.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Independence Palace ©
The Independence Palace

1
day
Can Tho, Vietnam

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam, then make a trip to Ong Temple, then examine the collection at Museum of Tarot, and finally make a trip to Binh Thuy ancient house.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Can Tho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. December in Can Tho sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Can Tho

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam
Museum of Tarot ©
Museum of Tarot
Ong Temple ©
Ong Temple

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, see the interesting displays at National Museum, view the masterpieces at Lotus Space, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh road trip site .

You can drive from Can Tho to Phnom Penh in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Angkor National Museum and Cambodia Landmine Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, take an in-depth tour of Escape Break, and take in the exciting artwork at Angkor Artwork E&T Stocker.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip maker tool .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Museums Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

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night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) ©
Chao Phraya River ©
Chao Phraya River

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