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Trip List by jacqkellie

Vietnam and Cambodia in 9 Days

Jul 5, 2009  Low-budget sightseeing/culture trip in Vietnam and Cambodia. Inspired by reading too many guidebooks online.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 15 votes

May 19-27. Cities we visited were Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. This list shows our itinerary, plus alternative scenario aka "we could have done this instead" portion.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Singles, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Day 1 - after arriving in HCMC, we had lunch and went on a walking city tour at District 1. Sights included the Post Office, Notre Dame, Reunification Hall, War Remnants Museum, and the Ho Chi Minh City Museum before catching a water puppet show at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre.

    Day 2 - Booked a trip to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh province and the Cu Chi Tunnels.

  • 2. War Remnants Museum (Nha Trung Bay Toi Ac Chien Tranh)
    War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Rather one-sided, but should not be missed. Admission less than a dollar.

  • 3. Cao Dai Temple
    Cao Dai Temple, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Temple lovers would find this delightful to visit.

  • 4. Cu Chi Tunnel(Ben Dinh)
    Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Make sure you get a good guide!

  • 5. Phnom Penh
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Day 3 - took bus from HCMC, arrived in Phnom Penh around 2pm. Visited Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum, walked around Sisowath Quay (unfortunately, riverside was closed due to flooding), caught a documentary about the history of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

    Day 4 - Visited the National Museum and Wat Phnom before taking afternoon bus to Siem Reap. Arrived at Siem Reap around 6pm.

    ALTERNATIVE SCENARIO: We should've used the rest of Day 4 to tour the Royal Palace, visit the Central Market, enjoy one more night at Phnom Penh, then took first bus out to Siem Reap on morning of Day 5.

  • 6. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
    Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    A haunting and sombering experience on the devastating history of Cambodia under the rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. This museum MUST NOT BE MISSED!

  • 7. Siem Reap
    Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province

    Day 5 - Tonle Sap Floating Village cruise, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat Nights

    Day 6 - 11 hour bus ride back to HCMC

    ALTERNATIVE SCENARIO: If we'd taken morning bus to Siem Reap on Day 5, we'd have arrived noontime. Then spend afternoon at Ta Prohm, then Angkor Wat, then stay until night time for Angkor Wat nights.
    Day 6 will be dedicated to Bantay Srei, Roulos Group (both on outskirts of Siem Reap), and Angkor Thom.
    Head back to HCMC on Day 7.

  • 8. Angkor Wat
    Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province

    Amazing. There's no other word for it.
    The Angkor Wat Nights is a pretty interesting experience too.

  • 9. Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Day 7 - Jade Emperor Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market, Cholon District, Mariamman Hindu Temple
    Day 8 - Dai Nam Amusement Park (the temple area was very much worth the trip, but the amusement park per se could still use a lot of improvement; if you haven't done the Mekong River Cruise, don't miss it!)
    Day 9 - Fly back home
    ALTERNATIVE SCENARIO:
    Day 8 - booked a Mekong River Cruise day trip
    Day 9 - last minute shopping before flying home