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10 Days in Vietnam and Cambodia 2024: Top 6 Itineraries

By RitaUpdated Feb. 27, 2024

Vietnam and Cambodia are a popular combo for those who have limited time in Southeast Asia. You can enjoy Halong Bay, the Mekong Delta and Angkor Wat in one trip.

Is 10 days enough to explore Vietnam and Cambodia? Yes. By bordering each other, you can save time in transportation. With 10 days, you're usually suggested to allocate 3-5 days for Cambodia, mainly focusing on Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Well, Vietnam has more to explore, typically divided into three regions: northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa), central Vietnam (Hoi An, Hue and Da Nang), and south Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc island). For a comfortable tour pace, consider spending 5 to 7 days on just one or two regions.

You can continue reading to explore our well-planned itineraries for inspiration.

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The Cu Chi Tunnels The Cu Chi Tunnels

Itinerary 1: Best of Vietnam and Cambodia

Don't miss this itinerary if you'd like to have a quick taste of the best of Vietnam and Cambodia on your first visit.

You'll travel through Vietnam from the north to the south and conclude your trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The must-sees include picturesque Halong Bay, historical Hoi An, rustic Mekong Delta and great wonder Angkor Wat.

You can see the following outline.

  • Days 1–3: Hanoi and an overnight cruise on Halong Bay
  • Days 4–5: Hoi An, including ancient town walking tour
  • Days 6–7: Ho Chi Minh City with visits to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta
  • Days 8–10: Siem Reap with Angkor Wat
Vietnam and Cambodia tour route

For first-time travelers, your Vietnam trip is not completed without visiting Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.

As the gateway to Halong Bay, you'll have a short stay in Hanoi to explore its old quarter and say hi to locals.

For Halong Bay, an overnight cruise helps you to enjoy the stunning seascape leisurely and escape from the big day-trip groups. For a more exclusive experience, contact us to book a private junk or smaller luxury cruise.

After 3 days in the north, fly to the central city—Hoi An. During your 2-day stay, have a walking tour in its lantern-lit ancient town, indulge in a foodie tour, and cycle through the picturesque countryside.

Continue your trip to Ho Chi Minh City. You'll explore this bustling metropolis with visits to the Vietnam War sites and the vibrant floating markets of the Mekong Delta.

For the last 3 days, cross the border into Cambodia and immerse yourself in the ancient splendor—Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Walk with our scholar to unveil the secrets behind the relics, cycle to less-known temples, and top off your experience with a sunset balloon ride.

This is a tight schedule that includes the top highlights of both countries. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you're suggested to extend 2 more days.

Itinerary 2: Family Getaway with Beach Vacation

If you're travelling with family, this itinerary is specially crafted for you. It perfectly balances historic wonders, educational opportunities and beach fun.

To engage your teenage kids, we specially arranged kid-oriented activities: going through the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City; street food tour, farming activities, a traditional basket boat tour in Hoi An, and a sunset quad bike ride around Angkor Wat.

here is a sample itinerary for your information.

  • Days 1–3: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat, Apsara Dance Show, 1-hour sunset quad bike ride)
  • Days 4–6: Ho Chi Minh City (sampan trip in Mekong Delta, the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels)
  • Days 7–10: beach time in Da Nang with a day trip to ancient Hoi An

If you seek a tranquil beach holiday, you can also consider Phu Quoc Island.

For a longer family holiday, you can check our 14-day Vietnam and Cambodia family tour for inspiration.

Stunning Beaches in Da Nang

Itinerary 3: Romantic Holiday with Historical Immersion

This itinerary well blends history exploration, natural beauty and romantic experiences for couples.

You and your beloved can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences by our exclusive activities. In Siem Reap, you'll attend a blessing ceremony by local monks, take a sunset balloon ride for a panorama view of Angkor Wat, and have sunset drinks near Tonle Sap.

In Hoi An, you can create your Vietnamese dishes together in a cooking class and wear traditional Vietnamese clothing for romantic photos like Vietnamese Newly-webs.

Instead of popular big cruises designed for groups, private junk is more suggested for enjoying quality time alone on Halong Bay.

A classic route is suggested below for your reference.

  • Days 1–2: Phnom Penh (city cyclo trip, the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum, Khmer Puppet Show)
  • Days 3–5: Siem Reap (Angkor walking tour with a local scholar, sunset balloon ride, sunset cocktail on Tonle Sap Lake)
  • Days 6–7: Hoi An (cooking class, sunset boat ride, an evening foodie tour)
  • Days 8–10: Hanoi and Halong Bay

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Floating Village in Tonle Sap

Itinerary 4: Vietnam to Cambodia by Mekong Cruise

If you seek an off-the-beaten-path at a slow pace, look no further than this itinerary.

In this itinerary, you'll indulge yourself in the hidden gems along the Mekong Delta, such as the real on-trade floating markets, rustic life and tranquil river scenery.

With just 14 rooms on the Mekong cruise, you can enjoy more quality intimate time alone and exclusive service, perfect for couples. By cruise, you'll save on frequent transportation and hotel changes.

Here is the well-organized itinerary.

Angkor Temple at Seam Reap
  • Days 1–2: Ho Chi Minh City (city tour with coffee experience, Cu Chi tunnels)
  • Days 3–7: Mekong Cruise (Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Gieng Island, Phnom Penh - Cambodia, Phnom Penh City tour)
  • Days 8–10: Siem Reap with Angkor Wat

If you prefer an in-depth exploration of the Mekong Delta, go further with our 13-day Vietnam-Cambodia Tour with a luxurious Mekong cruise.

Itinerary 5: Northern Vietnam and Siem Reap

This itinerary seamlessly blends outdoor adventure with a leisurely vacation. Beyond Siem Reap, your trip would focus on northern Vietnam, an outdoor paradise.

After discovering the capital, Hanoi, you'll head to the mountain area of Sapa. Home to the minority groups, you can experience their rustic life, trek the highest mountain in Vietnam, or enjoy a short hike among the rice terrace.

Following the energetic exploration, what could be better than winding down on a 3-day Halong Bay cruise? Away from the big groups, you can swim, kayak and bike in the less-beaten area of Halong Bay.

Rice Terrace in Sapa

You can see the brief itinerary:

  • Days 1–2: Hanoi (1-hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter, water puppet show)
  • Days 3–4: Sapa with hiking through hill tribes alongside rustic rice terrace view
  • Days 5–7: Halong Bay (Trung Trang Cave, squid fishing, cooking class, biking around a rustic village near Ha Long Bay)
  • Days 8–10: Siem Reap with Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap boat trip

Itinerary 6: Great for Cultural Immersion

If you are history buffs, this itinerary would be a treat for you. You'll step back in time while exploring the ancient town of Hoi An, the sacred My Son temple complex and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

Beyond the majestic relics, the Halong Bay cruise and beach hours can offer a great escape for active travelers. You can also go for an island-hopping tour from Da Nang with snorkeling experiences.

You can see the brief itinerary:

My Son SancturyMy Son Sanctury
  • Days 1–3: Hanoi and an overnight cruise on Halong Bay
  • Days 4–5: Hoi An, including a day trip to My Son
  • Days 6–7: beach time in Da Nang
  • Days 8–10: Siem Reap with Angkor Wat

How Much Is a 10-Day Vietnam and Cambodia Tour?

Travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia is quite affordable. A private tour will add a little luxury to your dream trip with exclusive and worry-free experiences for your loved one(s). You would usually need to prepare around US$180–250 per day per person. Kids under 10 get 30–50% off.

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