If you’re looking for authentic experience including breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and savory tropical fruits, then it cannot go wrong with Vietnam and Cambodia – the two paradises in Southeast Asia, promising you a vacation like nowhere else. The only question left is how many day for Vietnam and Cambodia. We’ll help you find the most suitable answer for you, together with a comprehensive collection on best places to visit and what to do in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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For first-timers to these two countries, you should know that there is so much to do and see in Vietnam and Cambodia. From spectacular to gorgeous beaches to beautiful temples, Vietnam and Cambodia are meant for all kinds of trips, exceptionally perfect for family vacation, honeymoon getaway or classic travel.
You need more reason to travel to these two countries at once? The best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia is the same, November to March/April.
Vietnam has its upbeat rhythm of a rapid developing country with its traditional culture still exist in the everyday life. Vietnam is beautiful, this fact has been known for a long time. You can expect a lot of things to do in this country.
Cambodia has to itself a distinctive draw – it’s the country of Theravada Buddhism which is imprinted so deeply in the people’s culture here. Cambodia is also the country of world’s most wondrous man-made wonder on Earth – Angkor Wat. Get your cameras ready for most Instagram-worthy jungle temples at Ta Prohm.
There’s no need to elaborate on the beauties of Vietnam and Cambodia, however, your trip will need a solid itinerary.
So what is the ideal duration for an itinerary of these two beautiful countries?
To answer the question, consider your schedule, budget and interests. We will offer you different tours with different prices, durations, attractions and activities, for different interests.
Best places to visit in Vietnam and Cambodia
Best Places to see in Vietnam
The capital of Vietnam – one of the most ancient capital cities of the world, is a bustling modern city filled with motorbikes, skyscapers and hotels yet at the same time still remember its traditions and historical roots.
Hanoi is where you can find a peculiar mix of the old and the new, the most up-to-date trends in the city’s oldest quarter. Hanoi is also a place with important historical landmarks.
Halong Bay is the most spectacular landscape in Vietnam with thousands of limestone karst islands and islets dotting over the greenish water bay, creating a breath-taking sights of nature. Once visit Halong Bay, you can also visit the nearby Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay which aren’t any less beautiful.
You can visit Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay by booking a day cruise or overnight cruise.
The highland town has to its own a romance feeling with foggy mornings, green pine trees, small lake. Get around Sapa to venture even further for even more spectacular natural landscapes like waterfalls, flower valleys and divine Fansipan mountain peak.
A regular cultural event you can’t miss to attend in Sapa is the fair market and love market which is held weekly. It’s an opportunity to be a part of a local community and to soak up the ethnic cultural atmosphere.
Hoi An is another UNESCO-protected world heritage of important cultural values. Dated back to 15th – 19th century or even earlier, Hoi An was once the most bustling trading port in Southeast Asia back in the time. To this day, Hoi An still preserves its old quarter with the quintessence of Chinese and Japanese architecture.
Experience a dreamy Hoi An nightlife with dimly colorful lanterns, street side delicacies and busting night markets. Thu Bon river makes everything better with its poetic beauty and flower candle lit lanterns.
Around Hoi An lie the rustic local traditional and handicraft villages where your true venture begin! Don’t miss them out.
Da Nang is only about 18km away from Hoi An but it’s a world away from the ancient old town. The city is a modern, upbeat, beautiful beach town of Vietnam, shining vividly with its glimmering bridges. Golden Bridge Ba Na Hills has risen to be the tourism trend of not only Da Nang but also Vietnam in 2018.
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Cultural sites in Da Nang have a great appeal with Marble Mountains, Linh Ung Pagoda, and Museum of Cham Sculpture. Da Nang also has some of the best beaches in Vietnam such as My Khe and Non Nuoc.
Ho Chi Minh City
As the most modern city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is culturally and historically rich. You can easily find the cultural fusion in this beautiful metropolis just by roaming free on the streets: the Chinese styled pagoda, French buildings and the churches of Vietnamese folk regions.
Museum of War Remnants has always been the most worthy attraction of Ho Chi Minh City. Come to this city, it would be a pity if you miss enjoy the local food culture.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Only 40km away from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels rank as the top day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. In short, Cu Chi is the most impressive tunnel system built during Vietnam War to serve the purpose of defeating US troops.
The tunnels offer a great insight into how Vietnamese people deal with one of the most destructive war.
Mekong Delta is such a unique destination for every tourist visiting Vietnam. A vast, lush and beautiful region in the south of Vietnam. With the crisscrossing waterways of the mighty Mekong River, the local people here have developed a way to adapt and prosper on the land of mother river.
Come to Mekong Delta, remember to get on a boat to visit Mekong Delta’s floating markets such as Cai Be and Cai Rang markets.
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Best places to visit in Cambodia
Siem Reap is a major tourist attraction of not only Cambodia but also of all Southeast Asia. The place has so much to offer, from the gentle landscape, historical buildings to the ancient ruins of the old Angkor.
Angkor Wat is the no doubt the most magical man-made religious complex on earth where you can have the most beautiful, divine pictures of sunset.
Ta Prohm, the main setting of the Hollywood masterpiece Tomb Raider, unlike Angkor Wat – the place you can only stand afar to admire, throws into a totally different world with its giant creeper fig trees squeezing the temple walls, hidden smiling faces of Buddha and covered doorways. It’s certainly a place to check out in Siem Reap.
Come to Bayon to bewilder before what seems to be the most impressive religious work where hundreds of giant statues with smiling faces of Buddha can be seen from all directions.
Tonle Sap Lake is the breath of fresh air with a different side of Siem Reap. The lake is rich in both culture and nature with an ecosystem and a community of floating villages. The best way to visit Tonle Sap Lake is the booking a Tonle Sap boat tour with us.
The sleepy captain of Cambodia has its own story to tell. Not as impressive as Siem Reap with the ancient temples and Buddha statues. Phnom Penh is where you can learn about the pain, the lost, the horror of Cambodian people in the time of Pol Pot.
Other places to visit in Phnom Penh are: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum.
The southern coast of Cambodia is just gorgeous with blue skies, white stretching sandy beaches and pristine island.
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Best Vietnam and Cambodia Itineraries
Suitable for: First-timers, family
Activities: city tour, river cruise, floating market visiting, watching sunrise at Angkor Wat…
This is the ideal number of days to spend in Vietnam and Cambodia for first-timers and those who have a limited time budget. With this tour, you can see the two countries in its highlights with best places to go and best things to do.
For shorter Vietnam – Cambodia Tour, trips often starts at the south Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. You start your excursion with a city tour in HCMC and a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels then a wonderful Panorama cruise to Mekong Delta. From Phnom Penh, get to Phnom Penh by express bus and proceed to Siem Reap.
Suitable for: Family, Honeymooners, Cultural Lovers
Activities: city tour, bay cruise, heritage visiting, boat trip…
This 14-day itinerary gives you a more comprehensive experience in Vietnam and Cambodia. This tour is just perfect for family vacation, honeymoon vacation and culture explorers.
Starting from Hanoi, the trip will bring you to all the best places to visit in Vietnam including Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta. The highlight activity is the optional group tour in Hoi An for special experience. From Ho Chi Minh City, you will transfer to the capital of Cambodia by express bus. You will have a full day in Phnom Penh and two full days to explore Siem Reap and one day for optional trip to Tonle Sap.
Suitable for: big groups, family vacation, honeymooners, culture in-depth
Activities: trekking to local markets, cruising, city tour, night train transfer, temple visiting…
Starting from Siem Reap, this 17-day tour is an interesting twist. With 4 days in Siem Reap, you can explore this destination in depth and visit even more temples. Transfer to HCMC, get ready for a boat trip to the less-explored part of Mekong Delta. In Hoi An, you can choose from 4 options for a special experience day trip. Stop at Hue for a change of atmosphere with city tour in historical theme. Get to Hanoi for a Halong Bay Cruise then spend 3 full days in Sapa to discover the local culture.