HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaIndochina Itinerary – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour By Marcos Detourista. Updated on November 18, 2018.How to go on a 1 week Indochina tour. This 2018 travel guide blog includes a sample Thailand-Vietnam-Cambodia itinerary, trip budget, DIY tips & more. The Indochina trail is South East Asia’s most infamous travel route. A popular itinerary crosses 3 countries, namely Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam. It often extends to Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, and Singapore.This trip is very exciting, especially among travelers embarking on their first multi-country journey in the region. I highly recommend it because you’ll be able to see many awe-inspiring sights including the Grand Palace & temples in Thailand, majestic Angkor temples in Cambodia & energetic urban scene in Vietnam. Of course, all the while enjoying the different cultures and cuisines along the way.I’ve followed the Indochina trail and have been to these Southeast Asian countries separately many times. Because of its popularity, the trip is very doable even with little planning.This detailed travel guide will make it even easier to start your adventure. I’ve included important things to prepare and detailed step-by-step tips. Followed by budget estimates, recommended places to stay & extra tips that can help you save money and time.Travel ChecklistBefore we go on with the actual itinerary, here are things that you might need to prepare and bring for a hassle-free trip. I’ll be discussing these items in more detail on the extra tips posted at the end of this guide.Passport & Tourist Visa — The most important thing you need to bring is a passport that must not expire within the next 6 months. Specifically, on arrival in the last country you’ll be visiting (Vietnam, if you follow this itinerary in exact order). Fortunately, Pinoy travelers can enjoy Visa-free travel to all three countries. For short stays, there’s no need to apply for a tourist visa before going.AccommodationsHave your confirmed reservations in hand before arriving. Book your stay online for rock-bottom prices & instant confirmation. Reserve your room as soon as you know you are going because prices rarely go down the closer you are to your trip.Click below to compare prices & read reviews by other travelers.Bangkok hotel reservationSee discountsSiem Reap hotel reservationSee discountsHo Chi Minh hotel reservationSee discountsTours & Attraction ticketsYou can go about the tours independently (a.k.a do-it-yourself or DIY). In case you want to enjoy a guided tour, pre-booking online will save you money, avoid the hassles of exchanging and bringing large amounts of cash. You can even show your tickets as proof that you are traveling as a tourist, at immigration checkpoints. Click below to check prices.Bangkok discountsSiem Reap discountsHo Chi Minh discountsGet P175 OFF Klook booking with promo code “HOLIYAYDTR” — This is on top of existing discounts on the Klook app & website! Promo ends on December 31, 2018. Valid for first-time PH users & P5,000 minimum spend.Book promo hereFlights & transportFlight tickets — This is first thing that immigration officers might ask you to show. You must have a confirmed return plane ticket back to your home country or an onward flight to a country you’re allowed to enter. Book your flights well in advance if you want to grab cheaper fares.Compare airlinesBus & border crossing transfers — This itinerary makes use of land border crossing between Thailand-Cambodia & Cambodia-Vietnam. To maximize your trip, book direct transfers that includes the border crossings. The point-to-point shuttle/bus will save you a lot of time & inconveniences from multiple transfers & scammers at the border.Indochina ItineraryHere’s a sample 5-day itinerary that includes 3 countries and 4 cities in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam.Many of you might be thinking that 5 days is too short to comfortably visit these places. It’s doable, but yes, the trip will be rushed & exhausting especially if you’re used to slow travel. Despite the time constraints, I’ve met many travelers who have done & enjoyed a trip. Nearly all of them have regular working hours/days and can only travel this long by combining weekends, holidays & limited vacation leaves.However long you want to do your trip, you can still use the detailed tips below as a guide. If you can, extend the trip to at least 7 days so that you can enjoy a more relaxed pace. I’ve included a 1-week itinerary & more places to visit in case you do. Leg 1 — ThailandDay 1 — Bangkok8:40 am — Bangkok Airport arrival Suvarnabhumi International Airport near Bangkok, ThailandThere are two airports that serve Bangkok: (1) Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) and (2) Don Muang International Airport. Flights by Thai Airways & most foreign carriers arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Your arrival airport should be indicated on the flight itinerary sent when you booked your plane ticket.Getting to Bangkok city center is easy. If you are traveling light, take the train to avoid getting stuck in traffic.Make sure to click on the “Show more” buttons below to see itinerary details & helpful tips.Philippines-Manila to Bangkok flight & itineraryShow more3:20 am — ETA Manila-NAIA Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)Flight check-in & baggage dropClear Philippine immigration checkpoint.6:20 am — ETD Manila. Manila to Bangkok flight.8:40 am — Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)Clear Thailand immigration checkpoint.Pickup luggage (if any). Clear Thailand customs checkpoint.Exchange currency to Thai Baht (THB) or withdraw at ATM.Pickup WiFi Device or SIM Card pre-ordered online.How to get to Bangkok city center from Suvarnabhumi Airport by train/public transportShow moreFollow the signs to the Airport rail link/train found at the basement level.To Khao San Road, drop off at Makkasan station. Train fare is THB 35 per person. Travel time is 20 minutes. From the exit, ride Bus 556 and drop off at the stop just after Democracy Monument. Bus fare is THB 15 per person. Then, walk 30 meters down to Khao San Road.To Hua Lamphong/MRT, drop off at Makkasan station. Walk/switch to Phetchaburi MRT station. Ride the train to Hua Lamphong MRT station. Train fare is THB 29 per person.To Siam/BTS, drop off at Phaya Thai station. Walk/switch to Phaya Thai MRT station. Ride the train to Siam BTS station.Pre-book Bangkok airport transfer25% OFF Bangkok & Pattaya Airport Transfers10 am — Bangkok hotel check-in10:30 am — Free time Marcos at Jim Thompson House, in Bangkok, ThailandBangkok can get really hot during midday hours. Here are some suggestions on places you can go if you want to beat the Bangkok heat. Choose one that suits the kind of places you want to see: (1) Jim Thompson House, (2) Bangkok mall or (3) Wat Saket (Golden Mount temple), Giant Swing & Wat Suthat.Show moreJim Thompson House — For culture lovers. Houses the impressive art collection of Jim Thompson, an American expat famous for revitalizing the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The site also features traditional Thai-style houses surrounded by cool greeneries.Bangkok mall — You’d want to go here not only for shopping & air-conditioning, most shopping malls in the city also have large food courts that serve a variety of affordable Thai food. Top picks include Siam Paragon, Central World & Platinum Mall.Wat Saket (Golden Mount temple), Giant Swing & Wat Suthat — If the heat is bearable and you want to maximize your sightseeing in Bangkok, these are excellent places to explore near the Grand Palace and Khao San Road.1:30 pm — Grand Palace & Bangkok temples Temple exteriors at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Wat Pho (Temple of the Giant Reclining Buddha) in Bangkok, Thailand River ferry along Chao Phraya in Bangkok, ThailandDon’t miss a visit to the Grand Palace and interesting temples nearby including Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and Wat Pho (Temple of the Giant Reclining Buddha).Bangkok Grand Palace half-day itineraryShow more1:30 pm — Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) — Admission is THB 500 per person. Remember to wear appropriate clothing. Women can wear a dress/short at least down to the knees or long trousers, and a top that covers the shoulders. Men need to wear long pants. No long shorts allowed. Covered footwear is advised, but not required. Don’t fret too much about it because you can rent clothes if the guards find yours inappropriate.Walk from Grand Palace to Wat Pho3:30 pm — Wat Pho (Giant Reclining Buddha Temple) tour — Admission is THB 100 per person.Walk to Tha Tien pier & ride the local ferry to Wat Arun — The ferry costs THB 3 per person.4:30 pm — Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) tour — Admission is THB 100 per person.Go on the ferry back to the other side of the river.5:30 pm — Rest & watch the sunset at the riverside bars/restaurants with a good view of Wat Arun.7 pm — Bangkok at nightBangkok is just as exciting if not more after sundown. Here are some ideas for your last night in Bangkok. Your itinerary will depend on what you like to do.Top things to do in Bangkok at nightShow moreHave a sumptuous dinner while enjoying the night views of the city on one of the Chao Phraya River cruises.Drink & dine at Bangkok’s famous rooftop bars — Including Vertigo – Banyan Tree, Sky Bar, Octave Rooftop Bar, Park Society – Sofitel, Three Sixty – Millennium Hilton & more.Enjoy a buffet with a view at rooftop restaurants — Including Baiyoke Sky Restaurant.Explore the nightlife in Silom & SukhumvitSee the infamous show in PatpongGo mall shopping in Siam — Check out Siam Paragon, Central World, MBK, Gaysorn & Platinum Mall. You can also find cheap bargains at the Pratunam night marketStroll & shop at Asiatique: The Riverfront Mall — Home of the famous Calypso Cabaret showMore Bangkok tours & discounts37% OFF Bangkok Chao Phraya Princess Cruise40% OFF Bangkok Crystal Grill Dinner Buffet40% OFF Bangkok Sky Balcony Buffet36% OFF Bangkok Sky Dining Buffet36% OFF Baiyoke Floating Market Buffet20% OFF Bangkok Siam Niramit Cultural ShowTop tours in case you want to extend your trip in Thailand.Damnoen Saduak Floating Market by Oriental Holiday5% OFF Ayutthaya City Culture Biking Tour18% OFF Bangkok-Erawan Museum & Ancient Siam TourSee more Thailand blogs & guidesBangkok Travel GuideThailand Promo – Up to 44% OFF Tours, Tickets & Travel PackagesDay 2 — Thailand to Cambodia8 am — Bangkok to Siem Reap transportThe land journey from Bangkok to Siem Reap spans a bit over 400 kilometers and usually takes 9 hours. It’ll eat up the better part of your day. To avoid time lost changing buses & potential scams at the book direct transfers that include the border crossing, with a reputable company. The fare is around USD 32 per person per way.Reputable bus companies include Giant Ibis, which offers pickup in Khao San Road, and Transport Co. (Nattakan), which departs from the Morchit (Mochit)-Northern Thailand Bus Station. You also have the option of booking from your hotel/hostel if you want to enjoy pickup directly from there. Or, book online to avoid fully-booked seats.Whatever your decision, it’s important to arrive at the pickup point 1 hour before departure time. Carefully check the schedule, pick-up and drop-off areas. Also, always remember that Pinoys enjoy Visa-free travel in Cambodia. Do not believe anyone who says that you have to pay to cross the border.Bangkok to Siem Reap bus ticketsClick below to see current prices you can book online.See prices5 pm — Siem Reap arrival & hotel check-in6 pm — Siem Reap city at night Apsara Dancers, in Siem Reap, CambodiaSiem Reap isn’t just a gateway to Angkor, it has its own exciting attractions too. There’s a lot of things to do here at night. Watch a traditional Khmer Apsara dance, which is usually packaged with a filling dinner buffet. Then, go shopping & explore Cambodian street food at the night markets. Enjoy the cosmopolitan nightlife along infamous Pub Street. Or, indulge in a relaxing spa/massage.Popular Siem Reap tours & discounts9% OFF Siem Reap Bike Angor Temples TourPHARE The Cambodian CircusSiem Reap Street Food by Night15% OFF Origins Spa Siem Reap17% OFF Rosana Broadway Show in Siem ReapDay 3 — Angkor temples & Siem ReapThe long land travel will be all worth it after you get to see Angkor Wat and other temple ruins in the Ancient City of Angkor. With a 1-day tour from Siem Reap, you can already see most of the major temples. Greet the sunrise at Angkor Wat and spend the whole day exploring other must-see sights in the ancient city including Ta Phrom, the “tomb raider” temple, Bayon and sunset on the top of Phnom Bakheng. 5 am — Start Angkor temples tour Huge trees growing out of Ta Prohm (temple), in Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Sunrise at Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, Cambodia Bayon Temple, in Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Sunset at Phnom Bakheng in Siem Reap, CambodiaDuring your short visit, I recommend that you follow the Little Circuit route. It’s the most popular tour that includes the most impressive temples. You have two options, either going on a join-in tour or hiring your own transport (moto dop, tuk-tuk, or private car). The join-in tours usually include 3 major temples: (1) Angkor Wat, (2) Bayon & (3) Ta Phrom, best suited for solo travelers who are looking to share the cost of transport/guide. If you are traveling in a group, you can hire your own tuk-tuk or private car. The transport charter is recommended if you want to maximize your tour from sunrise to sundown.Angkor Little Circuit DIY itineraryShow more5 am or earlier — ETD Siem Reap hotelBuy Angkor Archaeological Park — 1-Day ticket costs USD 37 per person.5:30 am — Sunrise at Angkor WatSunrise at Angkor WatPrasat KravanTa ProhmBanteay KdeiTa KeoSpean ThmaChau Say TevodaAngkor Thom West GateThommanonPhimeanakasBaphuonBayonAngkor Thom South GateAngkor Wat5 pm — Sunset at Phnom BakhengFor more information on planning your day, check out the Siem Reap Itinerary guide.7 pm — Continue tour of Siem Reap at night Pub Street at night, in Siem Reap, Cambodia10:30 pm — Siem Reap to Phnom Penh night busThe 460-kilometer land journey from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam takes around 13 hours. Although shuttles are faster, I recommend that you take the more comfortable bus. Remember to check out of the hotel/hostel before going on your tour of Angkor to avoid being charged an extra night. Most places will let you keep your bag/luggage at the concierge even after checking out.Siem Reap to Phnom Penh bus ticketsSee pricesDay 4 — Phnom Penh & Cambodia to Vietnam6 am — Phnom Penh ArrivalWhile you are in Phnom Penh, might as well go to some of the city’s famous tourist spots. Almost all bus stations are conveniently near the riverside and interesting places to visit. Allow 3 to 4 hours for your quick tour of Phnom Penh.Phnom Penh half-day city tour Angkor Wat replica at the Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, CambodiaShow morePhnom Penh RiversideRoyal Palace & Silver Pagoda — Admission fee is USD 10 per person.Cambodia National Museum — Admission fee is USD 10 per person.Central Market 12:30 nn — Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh transferBus travel from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam usually takes 6 to 7 hours. Again, go with a reputable bus company like Giant Ibis, Mekong Express or Capitol Tours. The fare is around USD 18 per person per way. The trip from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap passes through the immigration border gates in Bavet (Cambodia side) and Moc Bai (Vietnam side).See pricesSee more Cambodia blogs & guides17 Places To Visit in CambodiaCambodia Promo – Up to 10% OFF Tours, Tickets & Travel PackagesSiem Reap Travel Guide7 pm — Ho Chi Minh Arrival and hotel check-inDrop-off at District 1, the tourist district in Ho Chi Minh.Ho Chi Minh at nightHead to Nguyen Hue Walking Street for a scenic evening stroll. If you’re not ready to call it a night, enjoy cool drinks & sweeping views from one of many rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh. Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), VietnamDay 5 — Ho Chi MinhFormerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh (HCMC) is Vietnam’s most populated and chaotic city. Don’t let that scare you because the most of the major tourist sites & the main hotel/backpacker district are found in one small area — District 1.8 am — Ho Chi Minh city tourStart the day right with Vietnamese breakfast and coffee/tea at the local market or street side stalls. Then, see the city’s surviving French-colonial heritage sites and museums that offer insight into the war-time history/independence movement of the country. Most of Ho Chi Minh’s top sights are located near each other & can be easily visited on a whole or half day walking tour. Ho Chi Minh City Hall in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam Mekong River view from Saigon SkyDeck, in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam Central Post Office Interiors in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam Notre Dame Basilica in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) , VietnamHo Chi Minh walking tour places to visit & things to doShow moreHo Chi Minh City HallSaigon Norte-Dame BasilicaSaigon Central Post OfficeReunification Palace — VND 15,000 admission fee per adult.War Remnants Museum — VND 15,000 admission fee per adult.Saigon’s Lunch LadyJade Emperor PagodaSaigon Skydeck — VND 200,000 admission fee per adult.Saigon guided toursClick below if you want to check prices/book a guided tour of the city.Saigon City Half Day Join-in TourSaigon Half Day Private Tour Popular Ho Chi Minh tours & discountsPlanning to spend 2 days, 3 days or more in HCMC? Check out these online deals.44% OFF Full Day Mekong Delta Excursion from Ho Chi Minh13% OFF Ho Chi Minh City-Cu Chi Tunnels Half-Day Tour11% OFF Phu Quoc Snorkeling And Fishing Tour23% OFF Saigon Cooking Class6 pm — Ho Chi Minh Airport transferFlights arrive at Tan Son Nhat-Ho Chi Minh International Airport (SGN), which is around 45 minutes away from the city center. You can go with the convenient taxi or the more affordable airport shuttle.How to get to Ho Chi Minh Airport from District 1 (HCMC City Center)Show moreBy bus — Ride Bus #109, which has a stop at Pham Ngu Lao street in District 1. The fare is VND 20,000 per person. This route operates from 5:30 am until 1:30 am. You can also go on Bus #49, which also passes by Pham Ngu Lao & popular hotel areas beyond. The fare is VND 40,000 per person. The cheapest way to the airport is via Bus #152, which departs from the bus station near Ben Thanh. This route only runs until 6 pm. The fare is VND 5,000 per person.By Uber, Grab, or taxi — Ride-sharing apps are popular in Vietnam. Make sure to take advantage of them if you want a secure and hassle-free ride. If you want to go with a taxi, metered rates range from VND 150,000 to VND 170,000 per ride.7 pm — Ho Chi Minh Airport arrivalHo Chi Minh to Manila flight & itineraryShow moreFlight check-in & baggage dropClear Vietnam immigration checkpoint.10 pm — ETD Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh to Manila flight.1:45 am — ETA Manila-NAIA Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)Clear Philippine immigration checkpoint.See more Vietnam blogs & guides16 Places To Visit in VietnamHo Chi Minh Travel GuideBudget & ExpensesTo help you set a budget plan, here’s a list of expenses to expect if you follow the Indochina itinerary above. Keep in mind that these are estimates. As you know, actual budgets/expenses may be different depending on a person’s traveling style & time of visit.Indochina budgetBudget traveler. Per person.USD 64Tours & Attractions — Including admission to Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun & Angkor temples. And, shared transport to Angkor Wat.USD 67Transport — Including airport-city center transfers & all long distance transfers. Excluding short city center rides.USD 50Food — Budget street food meals. USD 10 per day/person x 5 days. One meal costs between USD 1 to 3.USD 18Accommodations — Backpacker dorms. USD 6 per night/bed x 3 nights.USD 200Total — Approximately PHP 10,000.The total budget above is for the entire 5 days. I’ve included backpacker budget estimates for food & accommodations to give you an idea of how cheaply you can do this trip. If you have money to splurge on mid-range hotels/food and luxuries, simply use the expenses posted on this page to calculate your own budget. The estimate excludes flights, short city center rides/transport & admission to other attractions.Can you travel cheaper? The tour of Angkor alone eats up almost 1/5 of the total budget. It’s expensive, yes. You can easily achieve a budget of less than USD 30 per day if you skip the attractions completely… DON’T! because they are really worth the price.Long-distance transport is going to cost the same regardless of how long you spend on your trip. One way to maximize your money is to extend more days on each stop. You might spend more for the whole trip, but you’ll also enjoy more places & lower the cost per day.Transport breakdownUSD 1.5Bangkok Airport train — THB 50 per person.USD 32Bangkok to Siem Reap busUSD 15Siem Reap to Phnom Penh busUSD 18Phom Penh to Ho Chi Minh busUSD 0.88Ho Chi Minh Airport bus — VND 20,000.Attractions & Tours breakdownUSD 20.6Bangkok Grand Palace & temples admission fee — Grand Palace admission is THB 500. Wat Arun admission is THB 100. Wat Pho admission is THB 100.USD 37Angkor Archeological Park 1-day pass.USD 6Angkor temples transport — Shared. Per Person.USD 1.3Ho Chi Minh tourist spots admission fees — Including Reunification Palace & War Remnants Museum. Admission fee is VND 15,000 each museum per person.Other expenses not included in the budget estimates above.USD 4.5Jim Thompson House admission — THB 150 per adult.USD 10Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda admission — Per adult.USD 10Cambodia National Museum admission — Per adult.USD 8.8Saigon Skydeck admission — VND 200,000 per adult.See discounts—Ho Chi Minh to Manila flight—Manila to Bangkok flightPHP 1,620Philippine Travel Tax – For outbound Pinoy tourists only.Prices are accurate as of the time of writing. Kindly confirm current prices as it may change without prior notice.Travel tips before you goHere are extra tips to help you plan a trip. You can find more in-depth information on the travel guides of each destination/country.Where to stayIn BangkokThe most popular place to stay for budget travelers is Khao San Road & nearby areas. There are a lot of hostel, travel agencies & transport options here, which makes it an easy base to explore Thailand. Want better views & comfort? Try the mid-range & luxury hotels on the Chao Phraya Riverside. If you’re after the exciting shopping scene in Bangkok, stay near the BTS (MRT) train stations preferably in the area of Siam BTS station.See discountsIn Siem ReapYou can find most of the budget hotels and backpackers hotels near the night markets/Pub Street in Siem Reap city center. Meanwhile, high-end hotels are located along Charles De Gaulle, the main road leading to Angkor Wat. For peaceful yet accessible hotels & guesthouses, there are plenty along the Siem Reap Riverside.See discountsIn Ho Chi MinhThere’s no shortage of accommodations in District 1. Cheaper backpacker hostels are mostly found in the area of Pham Ngu Lao street. Meanwhile, many mid-range and high-end hotels are located along Nguyen Hue Walking Street and near the Saigon River banks.See discountsWhere to bookSee more places to stay on these trusted booking sites. I book with them frequently to grab rock bottom prices, often cheaper than walk-in rates. Click below to compare rates and book online.AgodaBooking.comExpediaDon’t forget to set the check-in/check-out dates to see current prices on your travel dates.To view the best hotels/hostels, simply sort the results by guest ratings. Filter the results by “price per night” or “price range” to find rooms perfect for your budget. Carefully check the number of reviews, not only the review score.To easily view the cheapest rooms, sort the results by price from lowest to highest. Again, be mindful of the review score and number of review to find the best options, as experienced by other travelers.How to find cheap flights?The easy way is to search on airfare comparison sites that can show you the lowest fares on many airlines in one go.Click below to start searching:MomondoWegoTripAdvisorSkyscannerCheck promo alerts several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are sold up to a year in advance of the travel/flight departure date & are often only available if you book directly with the airline. Click below for the latest.Thailand PromoCambodia PromoVietnam PromoTo learn more, visit the guide on how to book cheap flights.Do I need a Visa?Filipinos (Philippine passport holders) do not need to apply for a tourist visa before arriving in all three countries featured on this itinerary.Pinoy travelers can enjoy Visa-free travel in Thailand for stays of 30 days or less. There’s a maximum of 2 visits annually if arriving by land. Don’t worry because you’ll only be crossing once. For Cambodia and Vietnam, the maximum stay is 21 days.If anyone tells you that you need to pay anything when crossing the border, insist that Filipinos are not required to apply for a tourist visa and refuse their offer. Walk straight to the official immigration booths at the checkpoint. Before leaving, carefully check the new stamp on your passport & make sure that the date indicated is past your last day in the country.For other nationalities, kindly visit the immigration website of each country.How to get money/cash?Bring cash in US Dollars (USD) for the whole trip. Or, major currencies like Euros or British Pounds. Philippine Pesos has awful exchange rates in these countries. Don’t exchange a lot at the airport because rates are the city center are usually better.To avoid bringing large amounts of cash or worry about exchange rates, book tours, transport & rooms online if possible.You can also use your Philippine-issued ATM card to withdraw money in the local currency. Fees usually range between USD 3 to 5 per withdrawal.Since you are spending very little time in each country, I highly suggest that you bring cash instead. Make sure to activate your ATM card for international withdrawal anyway because you can still use it as a backup.Here are the local currencies for your reference:Vietnam — Vietnamese Dong (VND / ₫)Cambodia — US Dollar is the unofficial second currency. It’s accepted almost everywhere in the country & the exchange rate you will get is quite fair. Officially it’s Cambodia Riel (KHR / ៛) but you don’t need to worry about exchanging money to riel.Thailand — Thai Baht (THB / ฿)Useful travel appsGoogle Maps — This travel app will make it a lot easier to navigate around Singapore on your own. The directions feature only works online.Maps.me — Excellent offline maps.XE Currency — Free & easy currency converter.Google Translate — Very useful to communicate with locals who do not speak English.Can I do this trip longer?Definitely! See the itineraries below for a quick look at how to plan your trip.Indochina 1 week itinerary (7 days)Day 1Early morning flight to BangkokBangkok city tourDay 2Bangkok floating markets tour or day trip to AyutthayaBangkok shopping mallsDay 3Bangkok to Siem Reap transferSiem Reap night tourDay 4Angkor temples tourSiem Reap night tourSiem Reap to Phnom Penh night busDay 5Phnom Penh city tourPhnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh transferHo Chi Minh at nightDay 6Chu Chi Tunnels or Mekong Delta tourHo Chi Minh shopping/night tourDay 7Ho Chi Minh – District 1 tourHo Chi Minh shoppingLate evening flight from Ho Chi MinhIf you only have 3 or 4 days, consider visiting only one destination or doing a twin-city tour of Bangkok-Siem Reap. Come back and visit more places on a separate trip.Indochina 2 weeks itineraryIf you have two weeks or more, here are more places you can include in your itinerary:Vietnam — Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, Dalat, Nha TrangCambodia — Phnom Penh, SihanoukvilleThailand — Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket, Ko Samui/Ko Tao/Ko PhanganWhere to book tours & attraction tickets?As mentioned, booking online can save you money, time and let you enjoy cashless convenience. In case you want to see more discounts and options, here’s a list of sites that you can check.KlookKKdayExpediaWhat bus company to go with?Giant Ibis is quite reliable. They offer direct bus transfers between Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & Ho Chi Minh. The bus fare is a couple of dollars more expensive than competitors, but you’re assured of a safe and comfortable ride. This will be especially appreciated during the border crossings where scams are commonplace.Transport Co. (Nattakan) is also a good option for Bangkok-Siem Reap transfers. Go with Capitol Tours and Mekong Express for travel in Cambodia-Ho Chi Minh.There are also cheaper buses (not as well maintained as the options above) and shuttles (faster but less leg room/comfort). These can be booked directly with your hotel/hostel. Upside is that they provide free pickup from your hotel/hostel. Downside is that you won’t be sure of the quality of the bus company.Where to book bus tickets online?Pick one below that offers the best rates, schedule & comfort. Buy your tickets days ahead to avoid fully-booked seats.12go.asiaBookMeBusHow to cross the border between Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam?Go with a reputable bus company, which will provide a representative that will guide you through the border crossing process.Upon reaching the border, in Thailand, for example, you will need to clear the Thailand immigration checkpoint and get the exit stamp on your passport. You either line up at the immigration counters yourself or a representative from the bus company may offer to do it for all passengers (in bulk).Then, get off the bus and walk to the Cambodia side of the border. Do not leave important things on the bus. Also, take a picture of the bus no./plate no. and ask the bus driver/representative if it’s the same bus that will take you to Siem Reap. If yes, it’s okay to leave your big luggage. Just bring your valuables with you.At the Cambodia side, line up for the immigration checkpoint, get an entry stamp and look for the onward bus to Siem Reap.The process above only applies to direct buses. Expect the same procedure when crossing between Cambodia and Vietnam.How get around Bangkok?Go by train (MRT/BTS/Airport rail) whenever possible to avoid Bangkok’s infamous heavy road traffic. There are no train stations near The Grand Palace & Khao San Road. You can go by bus, taxi or ride sharing apps.During my latest trip, I used Uber & Grab for stress-free transfers. Grab Bike (motorcycle) is available in Bangkok. Yes, it’s not the safest way to get around, but it’s undeniably faster and cheaper. Taxis are quite safe but don’t ever take the tuktuk, not unless you want to get ripped off.How get around Ho Chi Minh?I also used Uber & Grab almost exclusively to get around Ho Chi Minh. Grab Bike is quite popular too. In my experience, travel time takes 5x longer by car/taxi because of very busy roads. When taxing the taxi, go with a reputable company like Mai Linh.How get around Siem Reap?Unfortunately, Grab/Uber is not available in Cambodia. Tuk-tuks are the most popular way of getting around. A ride within the city center should cost USD 1 to 3 per tuk-tuk.How to get mobile data sim card/WIFIIf you can’t get a good roaming data plan from your current provider, get a roaming SIM card when you arrive at Bangkok Airport.Check out the SIM2FLY SIM card by AIS to enjoy mobile internet/data access in Thailand and Cambodia.For Vietnam, you can rent a pocket WiFi device with pickup directly at your hotel.Here’s an exclusive Detourista discount for youEnjoy an additional P175 OFF on Klook with promo code “HOLIYAYDTR“. This is on top of existing discounts on the Klook website and mobile app! Simply type the promo code upon checkout to redeem.Book promo hereAvailable now until December 31, 2018 only. Valid for first-time Philippines users with minimum spend of P5,000. The promotion can be redeemed when booking any Klook activity except Universal Studios Japan Tickets.Don’t stop hereDid you find this travel guide helpful? Share your trips & tag #detourista. Follow updates on:Instagram @detouristaHQFacebook [email protected]PinterestSee more blogs & travel guides:Thailand travel tipsVietnam travel tipsCambodia travel tipsCheck out these pages for more inspiration on places to go in Asia:Philippines BeachesSingapore ItineraryHong Kong ItineraryAsian Countries To Visit Don’t leave yet. There’s more!26 Most Beautiful Islands & Beaches in the PhilippinesBalabac Trip Guide for First-Timers11 Best Countries to Visit in Asia for First-TimersHow to Book Cheap Flights to AnywhereDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:BangkokSiem ReapHo Chi MinhAsia See all placesFind more posts about:FeaturedItineraryBudget Trip BlogLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Comments L.A saysJuly 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm Very well informed blog. Thank you for sharing :) I’ll be going there this December. This helps me in planning my itinerary. GodBless 😃😃Reply Marcos Detourist saysJuly 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm Thanks for being the first to comment L.A.! Happy trip :)Reply Joy saysAugust 23, 2017 at 7:36 am Thank you for the details! This will be very helpful for my getaway soon… If I may ask, what is the best month to do this trip? Thanks in advance & keep blogging!Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 23, 2017 at 11:40 pm Thanks for the nice comment Joy.I’d go for the cool “berr” months, January & February. Except for super peak days/major holidays like Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, etc…Reply Joy saysAugust 25, 2017 at 6:40 am January or February will be perfect! Gonna take that well-deserved leave ;) Anna la viajera saysAugust 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm I did thailand-cambodia-vietnam overland tour for 7 days but really wished I had more time.i didnt expect the bus from siem reap to hcm to take so long so it only gave me 1 & a half day to tour around hcm.neverthless it was fun since it was my first travel abroad.good for you if u can do it in just 5 days.Reply vina saysSeptember 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm Hi! Your blog’s very helpful for our itinerary.. can i ask if what did you do with your things while on day tour at Phnom Penh?Reply Marcos Detourist saysSeptember 4, 2017 at 11:22 pm I’ve posted the suggestions on the “Show more” buttons. For a short tour of Phnom Penh, check out:Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda Cambodia National Museum Central MarketThese three are located along Phnom Penh riverside, near most bus terminalsReply PAMELA MAY O. MATONDO saysNovember 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm This is very helpful. I’m planning to go for indochina tour with my sister this 2018. Thanks alot.All the bestReply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm Happy trails Pamela :)Reply Adarme Alforque saysDecember 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm Good day sir, may I ask if is this the same process if my trip start from Vietnam to Cambodia to Thailand?Reply Marcos Detourista saysDecember 26, 2017 at 1:13 am Yes, it’s the same.Just keep this in mind: When you’re crossing by land to Thailand, the Thai immigration has a policy that you must present a minimum of THB 10,000 baht per person or 20,000 per family at the border. This “show money” can be in cash & in any popular currency. If the immigration offer tells you that your cash must be in THB, insist that their website states the money can be in any “equivalent” currency. You can check this page for more info.Reply Rhona Lynne Bansas saysJanuary 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm Hi! Thank you so much for this itinerary. I have to say this is so far the most informative itinerary I’ve read. Thank you so much on taking time to be very informative as possible.Reply Rochelle A. saysMarch 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm Hi! Should I bring USD or would it be better to withdraw from the ATM? I’ll be in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia for 12 days.Reply Marcos Detourista saysMarch 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm I find it easier to withdraw from ATMs when I travel, but I usually bring USD in case of emergency.Reply mary rose saysMarch 28, 2018 at 11:42 pm hello Marcos, me and my boyfriend is planning for our first ever international tour together. this will be a big help for us to visit this 3countries in our 2nd anniv. I just want to ask if we could have a city tour when we arrive there?Reply Marcos Detourista saysMarch 29, 2018 at 9:24 am Cool :) Which city do you mean?Reply Jr saysApril 12, 2018 at 10:02 am If i go by bus, if i happened to run out of usd, can i withraw from my debit card before i show them my money? Do they have atm’s there?Reply Marcos Detourista saysApril 12, 2018 at 10:51 am I’m not sure if there are ATMs at the border (though you’re likely to find one nearby). I recommend that you already have money in hand at the border. If you are on a direct bus/shuttle transfer, you might inconvenience the other passengers if you go looking for ATMs.Reply Mary rose saysApril 13, 2018 at 12:47 am All of the above :)Is it possible to extend our trip by ending at Malaysia via bus from Vietnam?Reply mary rose saysApril 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm All of the above :) hihiis this possible? Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Malaysia?Reply Marcos Detourista saysApril 17, 2018 at 5:54 pm Hi Mary, if you’re going to travel from Vietnam all the way to Malaysia BY LAND, you will need to pass through Cambodia and Thailand (again).I HIGHLY suggest that you fly from Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Flying will be cheaper and much much much faster. It will probably take you at least two days to go from Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur by bus.If you really want to go by land. You should start from Vietnam, pass through Cambodia, then Thailand. Finally, travel south to Malaysia.Reply margarette ridgid villasi saysMay 29, 2018 at 7:20 am Hi Marcos,Instead og Bangkok shopping mall for day 3 Indochina 1 week itinerary, do you have any recommendations to visit?Reply Marcos Detourista saysJune 4, 2018 at 10:07 pm I posted more tips on the Bangkok travel guide.Reply C A saysJune 14, 2018 at 8:36 pm We’ll use this guide for our first family trip outside PH. Thanks for putting it together.Reply Nikki Palciso saysJuly 12, 2018 at 5:39 pm Good day. Do you think there will be a problem for transgender people for this tour?Reply Marcos Detourista saysJuly 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm I believe it won’t be a problem. In Thailand, for example, local transgender people are popularly called “Lady Boys.” Transgender people are generally accepted/norm in Thai society.Reply Chanel Diesta saysJuly 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm Hi! i booked from PH to Cambodia then return flight is from Cambodia to PH, plano ko sana magpunta din ng Thailand, is that possible? Makakabalik pa ba ko ng Cambodia ?Reply Marcos Detourista saysJuly 29, 2018 at 1:59 am Hi Chanel,Yes, you can travel from Cambodia to Thailand and back to Cambodia. Depends on how long your trip is. If it’s 3 days, I suggest you just stick to Cambodia. 5 days, possible but half of your trip will be spent on the bus rides, which I don’t recommend. 7 days or more is doable. Kindly read the guide for travel time details.Reply Aira saysJuly 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm Hi. I read your indochina article and was wondering if it’s not scary to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh during night. Also, the bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Min, will it automatically stop at the border for the immigration process? And my ate and I are both Philippine passport holders, what should we bring at the Cam – Viet border? Thanks!Reply Marcos Detourista saysJuly 29, 2018 at 1:54 am Hey Aira, nothing specifically dangerous traveling that bus route at night. Go with a reputable company like Giant Ibis to be safe. As always, take general precautions when you travel anywhere. If you buy a bus ticket with pickup in PP & drop off in HCMC, yes, the bus will stop at the border. Then, the driver to someone will let you finish clearing the immigration. At the other side, you take the same bus company to HCMC.I’ve already posted tips on bus companies and where to book. Kindly review the guide above. You can also check these guides: https://www.detourista.com/guide/ho-chi-minh-trip/ https://www.detourista.com/guide/siem-reap-trip/Reply Cheryna saysSeptember 6, 2018 at 7:08 am hi, I will be doing the same trip as yours. I mean, travelling from Bangkok to Siem reap to Phnom penh to Ho Chi Minh city via giant ibis bus. I am a filipino. I am just wondering about the visa thing going to Vietnam. Do I need to get such before jumping pn a bus? I am confused. Hope you can help me.Reply Marcos Detourista saysSeptember 19, 2018 at 1:46 am No prior visa needed po for Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam. Just get on the bus and show the immigration officers your passport.Reply Cheryna saysSeptember 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm hello. I am a filipino and will be travelling from Bangkok to Siem reap by plane. Siem reap to Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by bus and Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok by plane. What do I need to prepare as I enter the Vietnam immigration by land? Please help me. Thank you!Reply Marcos Detourista saysSeptember 19, 2018 at 1:48 am Passport & typical docs to prepare po. You may want to check out the Ho Chi Minh Travel GuideReply Lorelyn Castro Icalla saysSeptember 25, 2018 at 10:56 pm This is a very informative travel blog. I’m planning to do 2 weeks IndoChina escapade on Feb 2019. So thankful that all the details I need and things to prepare are already written. :)Reply Mary saysNovember 28, 2018 at 8:48 pm Hi, you know what, this is very helpful. Detailed indeed. Thank you so much :)Reply Start A TripSee travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.