36 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

36 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

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36 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Patong, Thailand
— 10 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 45​min
Pattaya, Thailand
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kep, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Melbourne, Australia

10
days
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nai Harn Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Patong Beach and Karon Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Rawai (Ya Nui Beach & Rawai Beach), Chalong (Phuket Big Buddha & Wat Chalong) and Phang Nga Bay (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kata Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project.

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Melbourne, Australia to Patong is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Patong due to the time zone difference. In February, Patong is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket, Kata Beach, Thalang District, Rawai, Chalong
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

4
days
Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Visit Ko Samae San and Pattaya Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm and Big Buddha. When in Pattaya, make a side trip to see Wat Yansangwararam in Bang Lamung, approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), head off the coast to Koh Lan (Coral Island), admire the natural beauty at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, and take a stroll through Beach road.

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Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Patong to Pattaya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. March in Pattaya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Pattaya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wat Yansangwararam, Ko Samae San
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Pattaya Beach ©
Pattaya Beach
Ko Samae San ©
Ko Samae San
Koh Lan (Coral Island) ©
Koh Lan (Coral Island)

5
days
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Get some cultural insight at Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kbal Spean. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Pattaya to Siem Reap takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Pattaya in March, you will find days in Siem Reap are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

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Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

3
days
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and National Museum. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, stop by D.Hindley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. In March in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Kep.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife
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Aeon Mall ©
Aeon Mall
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
days
Kep, Cambodia

Kep ©
The seaside resort of Kep boasts a relaxed and relaxing atmosphere, and a number of points of interest, both natural and man-made.
Get in touch with nature at Kep Beach and Kep National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kep: Kampot (Dorsu & Bokor Hill Station). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), appreciate the history behind Crab Statue, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kep Butterfly Farm.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kep travel website .

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Kep in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Kep

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kampot
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Kep Beach ©
Kep Beach
Kep National Park ©
Kep National Park
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) ©
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)

3
days
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
Visit Otres Beach and Serendipity Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Independence Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Take a break from Sihanoukville with a short trip to Koh Rong in Koh Rong, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ochheuteal Beach, stop by Unique, and appreciate the history behind Golden Lion.

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Traveling by car from Kep to Sihanoukville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Koh Rong
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Independence Beach ©
Independence Beach

5
days
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Do some cultural sightseeing at War Remnants Museum and Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5. Escape the urban bustle at Front Beach and Long Thanh Golf Club. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, contemplate the long history of The Independence Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Giac Lam Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City visit planning tool .

Getting from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trips

Long Thanh Golf Club, Front Beach
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Front Beach ©
Front Beach
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

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