Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand Seven Days Solo Travel Itinerary

Two months ago, I was asked to help prepare a Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand seven days travel itinerary. Long term travelers might say seven days is too short for three countries. They would tell you to concentrate on one country and see more of that country. And I agree. With this type of itinerary, you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road, going from one country to the next. Also, you need to start your sightseeing early in the morning. There is a high chance that you will end up tired after the trip.

But not everyone can afford to go on long vacations because of work. So for all of you who are in this kind of situation, I hope you find this tri-country seven days solo travel itinerary useful.

Since I am based in the Philippines and most of my blog readers are from the Philippines, the flight schedules for this itinerary were based on the flights coming from Manila, Philippines. You can still follow this itinerary if you are coming from a different country. You just might need to tweak the schedule for your first and last day. Also, the assumption here is that you are traveling on a backpacker budget.

Option 1: Fly to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with Cebu Pacific at 10:20 PM and spend a night in Phnom Penh

For this itinerary, you leave Manila the night before your first day. You will arrive at Ho Chi Minh (HCM) at 12:25 AM. Take a rest and start the tour in the morning. Only Cebu Pacific flies direct from Manila to HCM in the evening. Flight time is 3 hours 5 minutes and leaves Manila at 10:20 PM.

When you get to Cambodia, you will spend a night in Phnom Penh. You will have a day to check out the capital city the next day and will travel to Siem Reap in the evening.

Day 0

22:20             Fly from Manila to Ho Chi Minh
00:25             Land in Ho Chi Minh
01:00             Hostel check-in

Recommended hostels: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels, City Poshtel Hostel

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 1

08:00             Saigon Central Post Office
08:30             Notre Dame Cathedral
08:45             Reunification Palace/Independence Palace
10:00             War Remnants Museum
11:30             Lunch
12:30             Cu Chi Tunnels Tour 
19:00             Arrival back at downtown Ho Chi Minh and have dinner

Related post: Backpacking Southeast Asia First Stop: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Day 2

08:00            Mekong Delta Tour:
                               Vinh Trang Pagoda
                               Ben Tre Island
                               Coconut candy factory
                               Boat tour
                               Honey and fruit tasting at Unicorn Island 
17:00             Ben Thanh Market
18:00             Walk to Ho Chi Minh Square (check out Cafe Apartment, Ho Chi Minh Monument and People's
                               Committee Building)
20:00             Dinner

Day 3

08:30              Travel by bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
16:30              Arrive in Phnom Penh
17:00              Check-in at the hostel
19:00              Visit the night market and have dinner

Recommended hostel: Onederz Hostel Phnom Penh

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 4

08:00              City Tour:
                              Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
                              Royal Palace
                              Silver Pagoda
                              Wat Phnom
18:00              Watch sunset at the Riverside
19:00              Walk to the Independence Monument
20:00              Have dinner
22:00              Go to bus station
23:00              Travel by bus to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 5

05:00              Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia
05:30              Early check-in at the hostel; freshen up
08:00              Angkor Wat Tour

Angkor Wat


17:00              End of the tour; rest at the hostel
19:00              Visit the night market and have dinner

Recommend hostel: Onederz Siem Reap

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 6

08:00              Travel by bus to Bangkok, Thailand
16:30              Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand
17:30              Check-in at the hostel
18:30              Visit Chinatown and have dinner

Recommended hostels: Warm Window Silom; Nappark Hostel @Khao San

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

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Walked from my hostel to Chinatown which is about 3.1km away because I'm crazy like that. It was sooo hot, but managed to reach my destination without giving up. When I got there, I was already hungry. Luckily I found an airconditioned local restaurant. After having lunch, I continued wandering around the area. But the heat was too much to bear, so I decided to go malling instead. I thought Asiatique was an airconditioned mall so I booked a Grab bike to the mall. Didnt research prior so I didnt know that it is actually an open air mall. After checking out the shops, I decided it's the perfect time for ice cream so i went to Swensens. While enjoying my ice cream, I got a call from my ex-officemate who has been living in Bkk for almost 10 years. She said that her class is already finished. We agreed to meet at Central World. Took the free boat shuttle to BTS then BTS to Siam. She showed me the school where she was teaching, which is located at the 14th floor of Central World. We had dinner at The Terrace while catching up. After the meet up, I checked out Chatuchak Market. There were so many things I wanted to buy, but settled with a pair of earrings, because it isn't very wise to be carrying a lot when you are backpacking. . . . . . #bangkok #chinatown #thailand #travelthailand #travelbangkok #southeastasia #southeastasiabackpacking #solotravelthailand #femalesolotravelthailand

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Day 7

08:00              City Tour:
                              Grand Palace
                              Wat Phra Kaew/Temple of Emerald Buddha
                              Wat Pho/Temple of Reclining Buddha
                              Wat Arun/Temple of Dawn
16:00              End of the tour; go back to the hostel to get bags
17:00              Leave for airport
21:20              Flight from Bangkok to Manila with AirAsia

Option 2: Fly to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with Cebu Pacific at 10:20 PM and head straight to Siem Reap when you get to Cambodia

This itinerary is similar to option 1. The only difference is that when you get to Cambodia, you only spend a few hours at Phnom Penh. You will travel to Siem Reap in the evening.

Day 0

22:20             Fly from Manila to Ho Chi Minh
00:25             Land in Ho Chi Minh
01:00             Hostel check-in

Recommended hostels: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels, City Poshtel Hostel

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 1

08:00             Saigon Central Post Office
08:30             Notre Dame Cathedral
08:45             Reunification Palace/Independence Palace
10:00             War Remnants Museum
11:30             Lunch
12:30             Cu Chi Tunnels Tour 
19:00             Arrival back at downtown Ho Chi Minh and have dinner

Related post: Backpacking Southeast Asia First Stop: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Day 2

08:00            Mekong Delta Tour:
                               Vinh Trang Pagoda
                               Ben Tre Island
                               Coconut candy factory
                               Boat tour
                               Honey and fruit tasting at Unicorn Island 
17:00             Ben Thanh Market
18:00             Walk to Ho Chi Minh Square (check out Cafe Apartment, Ho Chi Minh Monument and People's
                               Committee Building)
20:00             Dinner

Day 3

08:30              Travel by bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
16:30              Arrive in Phnom Penh; leave bags at the bus station
17:00              Check out riverside and Independence Monument
19:00              Visit the night market and have dinner
22:00              Go to bus station
23:00              Travel by bus to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Related Post: Backpacking Southeast Asia Second Stop: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 4

05:00              Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia
05:30              Early check-in at the hostel; freshen up
08:00              Angkor Wat Tour
17:00              End of the tour; rest at the hostel
19:00              Visit the night market and have dinner

Recommend hostel: Onederz Siem Reap

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 5

08:00              Travel by bus to Bangkok, Thailand
16:30              Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand
17:30              Check-in at the hostel
18:30              Visit Chinatown and have dinner

Recommended hostels: Warm Window Silom; Nappark Hostel @Khao San

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 6

08:00              City Tour:
                              Grand Palace
                              Wat Phra Kaew/Temple of Emerald Buddha
                              Wat Pho/Temple of Reclining Buddha
                              Wat Arun/Temple of Dawn
17:00              Visit Terminal 21 Mall or Asiatique Mall

Day 7

08:00              Shopping at Pratunam Market
15:00              End of the shopping; go back to the hostel to get bags
17:00              Leave for airport
21:20              Flight from Bangkok to Manila with AirAsia

Option 3: Fly to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with PAL or Vietnam Airlines at 6:55 AM

For this itinerary, you leave Manila early in the morning and you will start your tour immediately after checking-in at the hostel. There are only two airlines with a direct flight from Manila to Ho Chi Minh in the morning, Philippine Airlines and Vietnam Airlines. Flight time is 2 hours 35 minutes and leaves Manila at 6:55 AM.

Then when you get to Cambodia, you spend a night at Phnom Penh and will have a day to check out the capital city before traveling to Siem Reap.

Day 1

06:55             Fly from Manila to Ho Chi Minh
08:30             Land in Ho Chi Minh
09:30             Hostel check-in
11:00             Saigon Central Post Office 
11:45             Notre Dame Cathedral 
12:00             Lunch 
13:00             Reunification Palace/Independence Palace
14:30             War Remnants Museum
17:00             Go back to hostel to freshen up
18:30             Dinner

Recommended hostels: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels, City Poshtel Hostel

BOOK HOSTEL HERE

Related post: Backpacking Southeast Asia First Stop: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Day 2

08:00            Mekong Delta Tour:
                               Vinh Trang Pagoda
                               Ben Tre Island
                               Coconut candy factory
                               Boat tour
                               Honey and fruit tasting at Unicorn Island 
17:00             Ben Thanh Market
18:00             Walk to Ho Chi Minh Square (check out Cafe Apartment, Ho Chi Minh Monument and People's
                               Committee Building)
20:00             Dinner

Day 3

08:30              Travel by bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
16:30              Arrive in Phnom Penh
17:00              Check-in at the hostel
19:00              Visit the night market and have dinner

Recommended hostel: Onederz Hostel Phnom Penh

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 4

08:00              City Tour:
                              Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
                              Royal Palace
                              Silver Pagoda
                              Wat Phnom
18:00              Watch sunset at the Riverside
19:00              Walk to the Independence Monument
20:00              Have dinner
22:00              Go to bus station
23:00              Travel by bus to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 5

05:00              Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia
05:30              Early check-in at the hostel; freshen up
08:00              Angkor Wat Tour
17:00              End of the tour; rest at the hostel
19:00              Visit the night market and have dinner

Recommend hostel: Onederz Siem Reap

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 6

08:00              Travel by bus to Bangkok, Thailand
16:30              Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand
17:30              Check-in at the hostel
18:30              Visit Chinatown and have dinner

Recommended hostels: Warm Window Silom; Nappark Hostel @Khao San

BOOK YOUR HOSTEL HERE

Day 7

08:00              City Tour:
                              Grand Palace
                              Wat Phra Kaew/Temple of Emerald Buddha
                              Wat Pho/Temple of Reclining Buddha
                              Wat Arun/Temple of Dawn
16:00              End of the tour; go back to the hostel to get bags
17:00              Leave for airport
21:20              Flight from Bangkok to Manila with AirAsia

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