How Many Days Should You Spend on a Vietnam-Cambodia Tour?

angkor wat temple, reflection, Vietnam-Cambodia Tour itinerary

For travellers looking for a mix of spectacular scenery, rich culture, great food, and overwhelming hospitality, there’s nothing quite like Vietnam and Cambodia tours. Vietnam’s stunning beauty and intriguing history make it a great destination for new travellers.

There is, literally, much to see. From its majestic national parks to its verdant mountains and picturesque coastlines, Vietnam offers an exciting mix of culture and adventure for travellers looking for an action-packed vacation.

Cambodia, on the other hand, offers a unique escapade with its immaculate beaches, Instagram-worthy jungle temples, and gregarious people.

Put the two together and you’ve got yourself a Southeast Asian experience that’s one for the books. However, crafting the best experience requires a solid itinerary.

So what’s the ideal number of days to spend in this multi-country tour?

The answer largely depends on your schedule, budget, and interests. To help you out, we took it upon ourselves to suggest three of the best tours with different price points, durations, sights to see, and activities.

This should allow you to gauge which tour iteration is best for you!

The Must-Sees in Vietnam and Cambodia

Your Vietnam-Cambodia tour might take you to a variety of places, but here are some locations that are great to have in your travel itinerary as a first-time visitor.

Consider these destinations when selecting a tour so you’re guaranteed a fulfilling experience.

Vietnam

1. Ha Long Bay

ha long, Vietnam-Cambodia Tour itinerary

First on the list is Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam. With over 16,000 limestone islands in over 1,500 km2, go scuba diving, join a kayak expedition, hiking, or rock climbing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. The Cu Chi Tunnels

An expansive labyrinth of 120 km tunnels is one of Ho Chi Minh’s most popular attractions. Once a hideout for Viet Cong-era soldiers, these tunnels are perfect for history-hunters.

Try your hand at firing an M16 rifle or sample meals that soldiers partook years ago.

3. Phu Quoc

Gorgeous white-sand beaches, an expansive line-up of palm trees, and top resorts make this island off the coast of Cambodia a popular tourist attraction.

4. Ho Chi Minh

Sitting on the banks of Saigon River, the Northern Capital of Hanoi features a smattering of shops, bars, and nightclubs. Visit the War Remnants Museum for your daily dose of history or go on a souvenir extravaganza at the Ben Than markets.

5. Hue

There’s no better place to gawk over architecture than Hue. Head to the Imperial City and gawk over temples, gardens, and tombs. The city also hosts the famous Hue Festival – an annual celebration of Vietnamese art, food, and culture.

Cambodia

6. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

angkor wat temple, reflection, Vietnam-Cambodia Tour itinerary

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1992 by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Angkor Wat’s ancient temples are adorned with ornate sculptures that are perfect additions to your social feeds. Once the sun sets, head to the popular Pub Street where a variety of bars light up for you to explore.

7. Phnom Penh

For a quick dip into history, Phnom Penh gives you access to the National Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Cambodia’s capital city offers an intriguing look into the country’s dark past.

8. Bousra Waterfall

For those who want to rough it out, Sen Monorom in the Mondulkiri province offers a great camping spot and a view of the Bousra waterfalls, a body of water hailed as one of Cambodia’s most stunning.

9. Bokor National Park

Bokor-National-Park, Vietnam-Cambodia Tour itinerary

This verdant park offers a sampling of Cambodia’s lush nature. The ride to the park is already an adventure, but the gorgeous natural scenery and refreshing mountain air are two of the main reasons to book a visit.

Vietnam-Cambodia Tour Itineraries

7 Days: A Quick but Fulfilling Escapade

For tourists who have limited time and budget to go around and explore, a 7-Day Vietnam-Cambodia Tour offers a great sampling of the cities’ best sights.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Cambodia beaches

The tour begins with an exploration of Ha Long Bay and a visit to the Bay of the Descending Dragon where you will be able to gawk over majestic rock formations, caves, floating villages, and gorgeous beaches.

Beauty and massage services are available on board with chefs hosting a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. The Ha Long Bay cruise culminates with a visit to the limestone grotto.

A visit to Hoi An offers an ocular around the 4th century My Son Holy Land Ruins, the Ancient Capital of Hoi An, the Museum of Trade Ceramics, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and the Old Tam Ky House.

After Hoi An comes Cambodia’s Siem Reap with an excursion to the Tonle Sap lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, and a relaxing stroll around Kompong Phluk.

A full day of touring is fittingly devoted to exploring Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples. A tour guide will be by your side for a much-needed history lesson about the prestige of the temples that surround you.

14 Days: A Balance of History and Adventure

A two-week Vietnam-Cambodia tour will provide you the experience of sleeping in a luxury tented camp while also offering the best time to visit Masai Mara without the throng of usual tourists. Beach-lovers will also enjoy this tour as it offers a relaxing stay at one of Vietnam’s best beaches.

The tour starts with a free day where you can enjoy a Water Puppet Show from the famous Thang Lang Opera House and a feast at Vietnamese Restaurant with French colonial style influences.

The third day begins with a cruise along Ha Long Bay aboard the Calypso Cruiser. Here, sumptuous lunches and delicious drinks will be served while you gawk over the limestone formations. Wake up early to watch the sun rise over the bay, join a Tai Chi session, try kayaking, or go spelunking in Luon cave.

A visit to Hoa Lu offers a chance to learn about various periods in Vietnamese history. You’ll also be visiting the Bai Dinh Temple, Vietnam’s largest temple, and the Trang An Grottoes.

Day 6 will be devoted to exploring the, the Beng Melea Jungle Temple, and the Koh Ker Pyramid. The peak of the pyramid offers majestic sights of Northern Cambodia.

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At Day 7, you’ll be heading to a mountain range situated right smack at the border of Cambodia and Thailand. A bus will take you up the mountainside until you reach the majestic Preah Vihear Temple, considered one of the largest complexes in Cambodia.

Day 8 is devoted to exploring the cultural Temples of Angkor – a trip that will culminate at the top of Pre Rup’s pyramid-shaped temple where you will be able to enjoy the stunning sunset.

Day 11 offers a trip to a UNESCO Heritage site, the My Son Holy Land, and a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

Day 12 is a cultural trip to the Imperial Hue Citadel – the old capital of Vietnam, while Day 13 takes you on a spelunking adventure to the Phang Nha Caves.

Travellers looking for a great mix of culture and adventure with a lot of time to spare will find this tour to be a perfect option.

22 Days: A Comprehensive Tour for Culture-Vultures and Thrill-Seekers

For travellers and adventurers looking for a more comprehensive experience of Vietnam and Cambodia while seeing a vast number of sights and partaking in a wide variety of activities, a 22-day tour is a great option.

Lasting a few days shy of a month, this action-packed adventure allows you to visit Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Sa Pa, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Can Tho, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap.

The trip to Vietnam allows you to experience a luxurious cruise along Halong Bay, a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, a day relaxing at the beach, a trekking adventure to Cat Cat Village at Sa Pa, a sightseeing tour at Hue city, and a 45-minute cruise along the gorgeous Perfume River. You’ll also be visiting colonial Saigon with a boat cruise to Mekong Delta.

This comprehensive tour jam-packed with so many activities will provide you with a full-awareness of Vietnamese history, culture, and food.

Six days will be devoted to exploring Cambodia, namely Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Phnom Penh tour allows you to visit the stunning Silver Pagoda – the Royal Palace that serves as the house of the Khmer royal family, the National Museum, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for some insights on the country’s dark past, and the impressive Choueng Ek Memorial – a pagoda made out of 8,000 human skulls.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

The trip to Siem Reap will not be complete without a visit to Angkor Wat and the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup. Ride a tuk tuk to witness the ancient city of Angkor Thom and visit various picturesque temples and architecture.

These are just some of the most stunning highlights of this 22-day adventure. Those looking for an in-depth understanding of Vietnam and Cambodia while participating in each destination’s most sought-after activities will find everything laid out for them in a tour like this.


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