Suggested 7-day Itinerary for Vietnam and Cambodia

So I’m finally starting on the Vietnam/Cambodia blogs.  I initially planned to create the suggested itinerary and budget estimate towards the tail end of the series but since I’m slowly beginning to forget details of the trip, I figured I’d do these two first before I forget a lot more.

My trip actually took 9 calendar days from start to finish, but it’s the 7 full days in the middle of it that involves the most activities.  This is just a suggested itinerary.  I intend to create a more comprehensive travel guide in the future with which you can cross-reference when reading this entry.  (Update: I already created the budget estimate.  Click here.)

DAY 0
21:00 – Check in at NAIA 3 (Cebu Pacific)
23:00 – ETD Manila

DAY 1
—–subtract 1 hour upon arrival in Vietnam—–
00:30 – ETA Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
01:30 – Check in at hotel/inn
02:30 – Sleep/rest
06:00 – Breakfast
08:00 – Depart for Cu Chi Tunnels tour with river cruise
15:00 – End of river cruise; arrival in Saigon
15:30 – Late Lunch
16:30 – Free time; Saigon Walking tour
20:30 – Dinner
22:30 – Sleep

DAY 2
05:30 – Breakfast
07:30 – Check out of hotel/inn
08:00 – Board bus (Mekong Express) going to Siem Reap, Cambodia
10:00 – Arrive at Moc Bai (Vietnam)/Bavet (Cambodia) border crossing
11:00 – First stopover at Bavet Municipality
14:00 – Second stopover at Phnom Penh bus terminal to change buses
18:00 – Third stopover at Kampong Thom Province
20:30 – Arrive at Siem Reap
21:00 – Check in at hotel/inn
21:30 – Dinner
22:30 – Sleep

DAY 3
04:00 – Wake up; prepare for Angkor Wat sunrise viewing
04:30 – Meet up with guide
05:00 – Arrive at Angkor Archaeological Park registration center
05:15 – Angkor Wat sunrise viewing
06:30 – Return to hotel/inn for breakfast
07:30 – Resume tour; Depart for Kbal Spean
08:30 – Tour of Kbal Spean
11:00 – Tour Banteay Srei
12:30 – Lunch at Banteay Srei compound
13:30 – Depart Banteay Srei
14:30 – Stopover at Pre Rup
14:50 – Tour Ta Prohm
15:40 – Stopover at Banteay Kdei
15:50 – Tour the Bayon
16:40 – Return to Angkor Wat
17:30 – Depart Angkor Wat
18:00 – Proceed to restaurant (Kulen II) for dinner buffet with Apsara show
21:00 – Return to hotel/inn
22:30 – Sleep

DAY 4
05:30 – Breakfast
07:00 – Meet up with Guide
07:30 – Depart for Beng Mealea
08:30 – Arrive at Beng Mealea registration center
08:45 – Tour Beng Mealea
10:45 – Depart for Koh Ker
11:45 – Arrive at Kuleaen District
12:00 – Lunch
13:00 – Tour Koh Ker
15:30 – Depart for Siem Reap
18:30 – Arrive at Siem Reap
19:00 – Dinner at Old Market Area
21:00 – Return to hotel/inn
22:00 – Sleep

DAY 5
05:30 – Breakfast
06:30 – Check out of hotel/inn
07:30 – Get picked up by service going to bus terminal
08:00 – Board bus (Mekong Express) going back to Saigon, Vietnam
10:00 – First stopover at Kampong Thom Province
14:00 – Second stopover at Phnom Penh bus terminal to change buses
17:30 – Third stopover at Bavet Municipality
18:30 – Arrive at Bavet (Cambodia)/Moc Bai (Vietnam) border crossing
20:30 – Arrive at Saigon
21:00 – Check in at hotel/inn
21:30 – Dinner
22:30 – Sleep

DAY 6
05:30 – Breakfast
06:30 – Check out of hotel/inn
07:15 – Board bus going to Mui Ne
10:00 – Stopover
12:30 – Arrive at Mui Ne
12:45 – Check in at hotel/inn; quick lunch
13:15 – Begin tour – Fairy Stream, White and Red Sand Dunes, etc.
18:00 – End tour
18:30 – Return to hotel/inn
19:30 – Dinner
21:30 – Sleep

DAY 7
06:30 – Breakfast
08:45 – Check out of hotel/inn
09:15 – Board bus going back to Saigon
11:30 – Stopover
14:00 – Arrive at Saigon
14:30 – Late lunch
15:30 – Free time; Saigon walking tour
19:30 – Dinner
20:30 – Free time
22:00 – Check in at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Cebu Pacific)

DAY 7 + 1
01:30 – ETD Saigon
—–Add 1 hour upon arrival in Manila—–
04:30 – ETA Manila

= = = = = = = = = =
This entry is part of the Vietnam-Cambodia series dated November 27 – December 3, 2011:

1. Preview: Contrasting Motorcycle Scenes in Vietnam
2. Preview: Temple-hunting in Cambodia
3. Suggested 7-day Itinerary for Vietnam and Cambodia
4. Budget Estimate for a 7-day Vietnam-Cambodia Tour
5. Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 1 – Arrival in Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, City Tour
6. Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 2 & 3 – A 13-hour bus ride, Angkor Wat at Dawn
7. Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 3 – All-day Temple-hopping in Siem Reap
8. Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 4 – Beng Mealea and Koh Ker
9. Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 5 & 6 – Two bus rides to Mui Ne
10. Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 6 – Mui Ne’s Natural Attractions
11. Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 7 – Last-minute tour of Saigon
12. Vietnam-Cambodia Travel Tips
13. The 24-hour Mui Ne Travel Guide

8 thoughts on “Suggested 7-day Itinerary for Vietnam and Cambodia

  1. Pingback: Suggested 7-day Itinerary for Vietnam and Cambodia | Liquid … | Tour Cambodia

  2. “Suggested 7-day Itinerary for Vietnam and Cambodia |
    Liquid Druid’s travel blog” was in fact a wonderful read and I was in fact extremely pleased to find the blog. Many thanks-Leandra

  3. Hi! Did a travel agency arrange this for you? I thought it would just be most convenient if we got an agency to do all the coordination for the itinerary you just shared given that my parents (who are senior citizens) are the ones traveling. Thanks a lot! – Tet

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