17 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
plane:  18​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
3
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + taxi + ferry:  9​h 15​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h
7
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
plane:  30​h
End: Porto, Portugal

3
nights
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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, sightseeing, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket, explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, and shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bangkok travel itinerary creator.

Lisbon, Portugal to Bangkok is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Bangkok is 7 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in October, expect Bangkok to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Spas
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Banteay Samre and then delve into the distant past at Beng Mealea. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Leper King, then appreciate the history behind The Victory Gate, then delve into the distant past at Banteay Kdei, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip builder.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea
Food Tours
Terrace of the Leper King ©
Terrace of the Leper King

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh itinerary builder.

Phnom Penh is very close to Siem Reap. In October in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
National Museum ©
National Museum

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Turtle Lake, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phuoc Hai Temple Jade Emperor Pagoda, choose your vessel at Saigon Boat Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then look for gifts at Thuy Design House, and finally look for gifts at Cao Minh Saigon.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City custom trip planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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Saigon Boat Company ©
Saigon Boat Company
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then make a trip to Ba Dinh Square, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Hanoi to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. In October in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
On the 2nd (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phuket Big Buddha, then make a trip to Bangla Road, then stop by Instyle Fashion, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Patong Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Patong itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Big Buddha Phuket
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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