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8-Day Itinerary for Cambodia and Vietnam

Cambodia Vietnam One Week

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.

Inside Angkor Wat

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.

Tunnels Ho Chi Minh City

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)

Visa

Cambodia: Multiple options, read more about getting a Cambodian Visa
Vietnam: Applied 4 weeks ahead of our travel date through VFS, India

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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.

Phong Nha Caves Vietnam

Hotels we stayed in:

Cambodia
Siem Reap: Hotel Villa Medamrei (they pack breakfast for early morning temple visits)
Phnom Penh: Relax Hotel (Being vegetarians, we did not enjoy the breakfast here – was too smelly)

Vietnam
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 – sanpark.angkor@googlemail.com – +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.

Preethika
Founder of Passing Ports, Preethika is a traveler whom you just can't ignore. A juggler between office hours and personal life, nothing gets her more excited than exploring new destinations and cultures. Extremely passionate about going to lesser known places, Preethika started penning down her experiences, and Passing Ports is the result of that love for travel, thus inspiring others to experience a life beyond the rants of our daily lives.

15 thoughts on “8-Day Itinerary for Cambodia and Vietnam

    1. That’s a brilliant idea! Spend two days in Siem Reap, and then cover Beng Mealeah and Prea Vihar the next day. Take the night bus (take a Giant Ibis bus, they are good!) to Phnom Penh. One day in Phnom Penh is good enough. After that, head over to Kampot and Sihanoukville for the last couple of days before getting back.

      Happy to answer any other questions that you may have. Also, I’d recommend you take an eVisa to Cambodia before you leave from here.

  1. Thanks for the post and some useful information. I am solo traveller and backpacker. I am planning for a 2 week budgeted trip to Cambodia sometime between October to December this year and collecting details from experienced travelers. I have few questions for now and hope you could help.

    1. How much approx will it cost in Rupees for a budgeted travel for two weeks in Cambodia (excluding Flight expense of India to Cambodia and back)
    2. What all places do you recommend for this duration including offbeat ones.
    3. Is the expense done in dollars or do I need to convert my rupees to riel?
    4. How do we book hotels there? Hope MMT booking work?
    5. What are you thoughts about flight bookings through AirAsia?

    Thanks,
    Krish

    1. Hey there!
      1. Keep an average of about 3000-7000 INR a day depending on your entry fees, shopping, hotel room etc. 3000 INR can come down if you chose hostels to stay.
      2. Other than Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, check out Battambang, Kampot and Sihanoukville. Also check Ream National park – get a feeling you may like this one.
      3. Dollars
      4. Are you kidding??? This is one of the most touristy destination (Siem Reap) in the world and actually a paradise of backpackers. Let me know if you need help there or check Agoda.com / Booking.com (you could either use these links or the ones on the sidebar of our website, these are affiliate links, and help us earn a small commission 🙂 ).
      5. That’s the best for connectivity 🙂 Make sure you book them when they are on sale!!!

      Please let me know if I have answered to your expectations and ping for more info if need be 🙂

  2. Thanks Preethika and the answers are useful. I will come back to you if there are more questions and hope that’s ok? I will try using the links in your site for booking if that helps you get some commission, after all we should be helping each other 🙂

    1. Hi Cassie. We took VietJet from HCM to Hue, from Da Nang to Hanoi we took Jetstar. Hanoi to KL and back to Chennai, India – we flew Air Asia. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Hi,
    Planning for a 10day trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with family. We are three. My itinerary is
    Ha Long Bay – Hui – Hoi An – Cambodia. Arrival and departure both is in Hanoi by air Asia.

    I am getting a quote from local traveler for a budget of USD1750. Is it worth to consider. (Excluding Visa fees.)
    I am planning to carry Forex Card and Credit card for the trip. How much cash do I need.
    How many days needed for Cambodia.
    For both Vietnam and Cambodia, getting e-visa has no issues both during processing and during travel.

    Appreciate if you can throw some light on this.

  4. What is the process to get Visa for Vietnam? I am planning to go to Vietnam first and then to Cambodia, is it a right choice? And what should we cover in a 20 days trip? Please suggest.

    Thanks in advance

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