An amalgamation of the old and new, Cambodia steals the hearts of many travelers across the globe. And how can we forget the captivating beauty of Vietnam that adds to the charm of the South China Sea. For those interested in art, history, and culture, Cambodia and Vietnam are the ultimate holiday getaway. Raman and Sudhanshu were thinking of the same when they decided to take their wives on an exciting vacation. Read on and find out how to spend 11 days in Vietnam and Cambodia and make the most of your time.
Vietnam has been on my travel bucket list for long. A country steeped with history, stunning landscapes, cultural highlights, and amazing food. So when my friend Sudhansh asked me to plan a trip, I gladly accepted but planned to include Cambodia. We started browsing for packages and came across TravelTriangle. After a little research, we decided to go for it. And that’s how we started our journey to one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Details Of Our Friends Trip To Vietnam and Cambodia
Trip Type: Friends Trip
Cost: INR 64,135 per person
No. Of People: 4
Duration: 10 Nights 11 Days
Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Airport Transfer, Airfare, VISA, Tours and Sightseeing
Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Airfare, Personal Expenses
A Glimpse Of Our Vietnam Itinerary of 11 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Day 3: Cruise In Halong Bay
Day 4: Disembark cruise and transfer to Da Nang
Day 5: Sightseeing in Da Nang
Day 6: Flight to Siem Reap
Day 7: Tour of Angkor area
Day 8: Visit to Banteay Srei
Day 9: Bus transfer to Phnom Penh
Day 10: Sightseeing in Phnom Penh
Day11: Departure back home
Weather In Vietnam And Cambodia During March
The weather in Cambodia in March is a little hot, yet not too humid. The dry season between October to April is great for tourists who want to enjoy tours and sightseeing. The temperature can go up to 35 degree celsius, however the nights are cooler with an average temperature of 25 degree celsius.
Meanwhile, Vietnam weather in March is colder as temperatures can fall up to 17 degree celsius. The dry and winter season starts from November and last until April. This is a great time to plan a trip to Vietnam if you want to avoid the heat and humidity but while researching our Vietnam Itinerary of 11 days we already got an idea about the same.
Best Experiences From Our 11 Day Trip To Vietnam And Cambodia
If you’re wondering how to spend 11 days in Vietnam and Cambodia, then we have you covered. I just returned from a Cambodian vacation with my friends and my wife. It was all things amazing, right from the moment we landed in Hoi An until we caught our flight back home.
1. Halong Bay: Cruise Day
First up on our Vietnam Itinerary of 11 days was a day spent in a cruise at Halong Bay. What is sightseeing in Vietnam, if it’s not on a cruise? One simply does not miss an overnight stay in the Halong Bay Cruise. We stayed at the Legend White Dolphin Cruise and it was simply amazing. We enjoyed a delicious lunch with some stunning views of the seascape. We also made a stop at Sung Sot Cave and Titov Island for pictures. A sunset party was organized as well on the sundeck for the guests onboard. After a wonderful evening, we head to our rooms to catch up on some sleep.
Waking up on a cruise is an experience of its own. In the morning we went for the Tai Chi exercises which were followed by a mouthwatering breakfast on the deck. Later, we enjoyed kayaking and also visited the Ba Hang fishing village. And as much fun as its way, by the afternoon it was time to bid goodbye to the cruise life.
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2. Da Nang: Upon The Hills, We Go
We caught our flight to Da Nang and checked into our hotel for some rest. The next day out driver picked us up in the morning for a drive to the Ba Na Hills. We took the cable car and were truly mesmerized by the breathtaking sights that we got to witness. Of the many things to do in Vietnam, I would definitely recommend the cable car experience in Da Nang. We also got a panoramic view of the Vong Nguyet hills as well as the famous orchid gardens.
Later in the day, we visited the Golden Hands Bridge and got some amazing photographs there as well. As the sun started to set, we head to the Read Beach Bay for some shopping. This is a great place to pick up those souvenirs as well!
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3. Hoi An: Around The City
Just as we reached Hoi An, we checked into our hotel for a day of rest. The next day, we woke up early and put on our walking shoes because it was time for a city tour! If you plan on spending 11 days in Vietnam, you cannot miss out on the Hoi An City Tour. You haven’t experienced Vietnam until you’ve visited its noisy, vibrant capital city, Hanoi. The traffic-choked streets of the Old Quarter are a riot of color. Navigate the waves of two-wheelers to discover crumbling colonial buildings, street vendors and traditional tubular shops.
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4. Angkor: Sightseeing
After enjoying a few days in Vietnam, it was time for the next adventure. We caught our flight to Siem Reap and spent the rest of the day at leisure. The next day, it was time for some sightseeing in Angkor. I have been fascinated by the Angkor temples since they were used as a backdrop for Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie and when I planned this trip, they quickly became the most anticipated part of our holiday, and they did not disappoint.
From exploring ancient ruins to paying a visit to the Bayon Temple, everything was simply exquisite. And of course, how can we forget the temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural beauty is truly a masterpiece and one of the best places to visit in Siem Reap.
5. Siem Reap: A Visit To Banteay Srei
The next day, we woke up early and made our way to Banteay Srei Temple. It is a very old Shiva Temple and and features some wonderful carvings and decorations. There is a village near the temple as well which is definitely worth a visit. The place itself requires a day of it’s own as there is plenty to see and explore.
6. Phnom Penh: A Glimpse Into The Past
The last few days of our trip as we wanted and had planned as per our Vietnam Itinerary of 11 days, were spent in Phnom Penh where we visited a number of museums and memorials. We learnt a lot about the history of Cambodia and saw many architectural marvels on the excursions we took. From the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum to the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, each place was simply surreal. The 11 days in Cambodia and Vietnam were simply amazing and something we’ll cherish for a long time.
Hotels We Stayed At In Vietnam And Cambodia
We stayed quite a few hotels during our journey, and apart from the fabulous time we had one the Legend White Dolphin Cruise, we also enjoyed out other accommodations. In Hanoi, we stayed at the Era hotel and Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa. Both accommodations were spacious and well-equipped. Meanwhile, in Siem Reap, we stayed at Angkor Holiday Hotel and the Samnang Laor Phnom Penh Hotel. We were quite pleased with our stay at the hotels and would certainly recommend them. Make sure to book in advance if you want to grab the best deals.
Food In Cambodia And Vietnam
One of the best parts of exploring a new country is to enjoy the local cuisine. Cambodian food has plenty of options for non-vegetarians, however, you will also find a few Vegetarian and Indian places. Fish Amok and Lap Khmer are some of the popular dishes here. Vietnam also has a few mouthwatering delicacies for you. Banh Mi is a sandwich you must try when in Vietnam. While you will find other cuisines here as well, don’t miss out on the local specialties.
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Travel Tips From Us, To You
- Do you research and shortlist the places you want to cover
- Carry enough cash on you for emergencies
- Make sure to pack your umbrella and walking shoes
- Carry a bottle of water every time you step out
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
We approached TravelTriangle with a few doubts, but were pleasantly surprised with their service. They handled all out hotel bookings and we were mostly satisfied with all our accommodations. It helps to plenty in advance and have an agent to assist you when traveling abroad and with our customised Vietnam Itinerary of 11 days we had an exclusive experience.
Natural beauty, historical ruins, and luxurious cruises, you name it, and Vietnam has it. Cambodia will surprise you as well with its beautiful temples and delicious food. If you’re wondering how to spend 11 days in Vietnam and Cambodia, then head over to TravelTriangle and customize your very own package!
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Frequently Asked Questions About How To Spend 11 days In Vietnam and Cambodia
What is the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia?
If you are trying to avoid the heat, then November to April is a good time to plan a long trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.
What is Vietnam famous for?
Yes, Bali and Singapore share the same time zone. Apart from its rich history and diverse culture, Vietnam is famous for its museums and temples. Make sure to add at least a few to your itinerary.
How long is the flight from Cambodia to Vietnam?
Depending on the weather, it can take about 1 to 1.5 hours to reach Vietnam from Cambodia via flight.
How many days should I spend in Siem Reap?
I would say, keep at least 2 to 3 days for Siem Reap and this is one of the best places to stay in Cambodia.