This post is to show you how we narrowed down our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam after tons and tons of browsing and interacting with travelers who have been there earlier. This travel itinerary (it was rather hectic due to lack of time) for Cambodia and Vietnam in 8 days should help you with all the necessary information before you zero down on the places you would like to visit.
We tried adding offbeat places than the regular ones to have a peaceful, non-crowded experience. For Eg: Hanoi was knocked out of our list though our return flight was from there. Yes, we do not regret not going to Hanoi after visiting the other places in Vietnam. A lot of people still don’t know about Hue and Hoi An and these places – my oh my -what beauty and amazing stories they have in store for us to carry back home.
Quick Info on Cities Covered
Flew from Chennai, India
When: August 2016
Cambodia: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Hué (pronounced as Huway) and Hoi An (our favorite)
Cambodia: Multiple options, read more about getting a Cambodian Visa
Vietnam: Applied 4 weeks ahead of our travel date through VFS, India
Other cities you could consider apart from the cities mentioned above
Cambodia – Sihanoukville (beaches), Kampot (Bokor National Park)
Vietnam – Ninh Binh, Nha Trang, Sapa, Hanoi (Ha Long), Da Nang.
Hotels we stayed in:
Ho Chi Minh City: Elios Hotel (brilliant location)
Hue: Hotel Serene Palace Hotel (Room was excellent!)
Hoi An: Ving Hung Library Hotel (this was my favorite of all the properties we stayed in)
Our travel guide at Siem Reap: San Park – firstname.lastname@example.org – +855 12788354
Our travel guide (car) at Vietnam right from Da Nang Airport pick up to dropping us back – VM Travels
Total cost for two (includes all kinds of Travel, Visa, Hotels, Entrance Fees, Food and Shopping): ₹1,85,000 / US $2700 odd.
Are you planning a trip to Cambodia or Vietnam? Have any questions that are unanswered? Ask away in the comment section below.