Posted By : Threeland Travel / Travel Guide (Top Tips & advice)
If you seeking an epic culture-adventure tour with a remarkable experience but not too touristy, Vietnam and Cambodia are the ideal places for you. Two weeks are an replete amount of time for a picture-perfect journey that touches some of the most alluring and illustrious places on the map of Cambodia and Vietnam Holiday Packages. Below I have shared a customed-itinerary with travel tips for getting the captivating highlights of both countries.
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK OF THE ITINERARY
Below is a suggestion of a 2-week itinerary from Cambodia to Vietnam:
Day 1: Arriving Siem Reap – Sightseeing (D)
Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple Tour (B/L)
Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple Tour (B/L)
Day 4: Siem Reap – Bus to Phnom Penh – sightseeing in Phnom Penh (B/D)
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Sightseeing – Bus to Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel (B/L)
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Flight to Hanoi – City tour (B/L)
Day 9: Hanoi – Tam Coc – Thung Nham – Ninh Binh (B/D)
Day 10: Ninh Binh – Halong – Overnight on the Boat (B/L/D)
Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)
Day 12: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Following is a basic introduction and in-depth details and recommendation:
DAY 1: SIEM REAP ( 3 DAYS )
Siem Reap is considered as an awe-inspiring starting point of this journey. On the first day, you might need a short rest to freshen up and release jet-lag, so take it easy to wander or just do some roaming trip on a tuk-tuk around the city if you feel like it. Senteurs d’Angkor, War Museum, Angkor Night Market, Pub Street … are worth-noting places to visit.
Journey to discover the temples in Siem Reap
It’s must be a big missing if you don’t gear up the exploration of Angkor complex temple: Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. You need to pay attention that there are 3 different types of tickets: 37 USD, 62 USD and 72 USD respectively to 1-day, 3-day or 7-day tour. Free entrance is available for children under 12, and there are no student discounts. An important thing to note is that tickets must be kept carefully. Should they be lost, you will receive a 100 to 300 USD fine. Bear in mind that the clothing you are wearing should simple and polite as well as possible.
- Accommodation: Kouprey Hotel, New Riverside, Ibis Style Hotel,..
- Transportation: Tuk-tuk, taxi, …
- Food: Amok, Nom Banh Chok, Khmer curry, …
DAY 4: PHNOM PENH ( 2 DAYS )
Phnom Penh – renowned as the city retains its traditional Khmer and colonial styles with French villas and large tree-line sidewalk, such a great for sightseeing. Strolling around Phnom Penh, you can easily dip into the influence of French architecture along with the famous snack culture, art performances and their friendly inhabitants. Sites like Royal Palace Compex, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Prison, National Museum, etc are definitely worth seeing.
Phnom Penh - Pilgrimage to the Buddha Land
- Accommodation: Kravan Hotel, Lotus Blanc Resort, King Grand Boutique, Sokha Hotel Phnom Penh & Residence, etc
- Transportation: Tuk-tuk, taxi
- Food: Num Plae Ai, Bai Sach Chrouk, Mi Char
DAY 6: HO CHI MINH CITY ( 2 DAYS )
Let’s go-ahead to the next destination: Ho Chi Minh City – the “New York” of Vietnam. There are 2 ways you can get it here: by bus or by plane, they won’t make much of an impact on your travel energy. Just bear in mind to bring along your paper such as visa, ID,… if you don’t want to get trouble. As soon as you set foot in here, you will receive a warm welcome from swarms of endless motorbikes. Don’t be freaked out, just take a small break in order to skip the rush hours, and here we go. I bet you cannot experience all the highlights of a vibrant city within one short day.
Ho Chi Minh City - A "Economic Tiger" of Vietnam
Take the river bus, ride through Thu Thiem Tunnel, witness the panorama on the Sky Deck of Vietnam’s tallest building: Landmark 81,…Another option for you is stroll around the hustle-bustle road and then indulge in the infamous black (or brown) coffee while watching the busy Bui Vien Walking Streets, or grab a quick bite of the world-renowned “Banh mi” from a trolley or just enjoy the peaceful nightlife. Those seemingly trivial things actually accumulate into something that can only be found here, in Ho Chi Minh city.
There are also some sites that you cannot miss, such as the Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Cu Chi Tunnel, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, My Tho - the homeland of coconut and family factories with local products like coconut candy, rice paper,….
Mekong Delta with Floating Market
Besides, The Mekong Delta should be your priority choice on the second day. Spend the whole day on these waters, you will observe how the floating markets works, all trading, and even daily activities all happen on boats. Having a bowl of bun (rice noodle) in the midst of all the busy trading, all happen on the water, is an unforgettable experience.
- Accommodation: Liberty Park View, Aristo Hotel, Bay Saigon, Muong Thanh Centre, etc
- Transportation: Taxi, Cyclo
- Food: Banh mi, Pho, bun rieu, coffee.
DAY 8: HANOI ( 1 DAY )
Hanoi is conceivable as the best representation of what Vietnam included. From marvelous natural views on the suburbs to the metropolitan area and busy streets downtown, with a prominent of Hanoi Old Quarters. The influence of French architecture, combining with its own, creates a beauty that solely Hanoi can truly possess. Some of the visitors might say Hanoi is just a small version of Ho Chi Minh City, but that’s where they are wrong. Both cities have their respective signatures, which distinguished one another. The best way to prove this is none other than to travel yourself.
Hanoi - A dynamic and modern city
Hanoi does not lack sites to see, from well-known places such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, The Grand Opera House … to lesser-known such as Hoa Lo Prison, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Museum of Ethnology, … But don’t forget how to truly experience Hanoi.
Real Hanoi Street Food Experience
A walk around Hoan Kiem Lake during the weekends (if you can), observe the normal-day life of the Vietnamese, chat a bit with some locals, … Or just rent a motorbike and ride around the city. Try some local food, especially than an authentic bowl of bun cha and of course, pho. It would not even be a bad idea to check in some bars or pubs at Tay Ho to see if there is someone from your country as well. Try to make the most of Hanoi in order to make the perfect ending for the travel.
- Accommodation: Hotel Le Carnot, Super Hotel, JW Marriot Hotel, Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi, etc
- Transportation: Taxi, motorbike, bike
- Food: Pho, Bun cha, Banh cuon, Wonton noodle, sweet soup, …
DAY 9: NINH BINH ( 1 DAY )
Not far from the bustling capital of Hanoi, but Ninh Binh always gives visitors a strange and peaceful feeling. Visitors can travel to Ninh Binh in all seasons of the year, but an ideal time is from January to March on the lunar calendar.
Thung Nham Bird Park - New destination in Ninh Binh
Thung Nham Bird Park, located in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, is one of the destinations full of cultural, spiritual, landscape and biodiversity elements. Besides the interesting feeling when sitting on a boat, admiring the lagoon, visitors can also explore the wildlife of nearly 40 species of birds with about 50,000 children.
Tam Coc View from above
Let’s move on to the next destination: “Tam Coc” - means "three caverns", including Ca cave, Hai cave and Ba cave. All three caves are formed by the Ngo Dong river stabbing through the mountain. Tam Coc is the first cruise line to be exploited in Tam Coc - Bich Dong tourist area. Ca cave is 127 m long, through a large mountain, its mouth is over 20 m wide. In the cave, the climate is quite cool and there are many stalactites hanging down with various shapes.
- Accommodation: Emeralda Resort, Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort, Ngoc Anh Hotel Ninh Binh
- Transportation: Taxi, motorbike, bike
- Food: Steamed rice, Seared fish salad, Boiled mountain snail, Hoa Lu Goat, etc
Day 10: HA LONG BAY ( 1 DAY )
Without many presentations, this Wonder of the World is already too famous to give an introduction. But not doing so won’t do it justice. Activities here in Ha Long are abundant. You can relax on a fancy cruise ship, discover the spectacular caves, grottoes, and islands. Out in the waters, you can go kayaking, fishing, visiting floating villages, or see all it has to offer on a seaplane … If you crave for some excitements, then Sunworld and Tuan Chau are places to be.
Hạ Long Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Accommodation: Wyndham Legend Ha Long, Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long, Royal Lotus
- Transportation: Taxi, Motorbike, Bike
- Food: Seafood
SOME TIPS FOR A GREAT JOURNEY
- Take a look at your passport expiration date, and also as a safety precaution prior to every international travel.
- The currency exchange rate in Vietnam and Cambodia:
1 USD = 23,245 VND = 4,045 KHR
- Look up information regarded to travel warnings or advisories
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