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2 weeks in South Cambodia and South Vietnam in July

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2 weeks in South Cambodia and South Vietnam in July

I am trying to plan my first visit to Cambodia and Vietnam. I have 2 weeks, on the second half of July (in a month time!). I've been reducing the number of places to visit to "just" the south of Cambodia and Vietnam, as I prefer to know one place better than rush to many places and see/learn little from each. At the moment, I have the following on my draft plan:

Siem Reap (7 days)(includes 3 days for Angkor and 1 day for Tonle Sap Lake)

Phnom Penh (4 days)

Ho Chi Minh City (4 days)(includes 1 day for Cu Chi village and 1 day for the Mekong Delta)

My interest in mainly photography and culture/scenery/people, not interested in laying down in beaches... What do you think of the above plan? Any other suggestions? Also which area/hotels (3-4 stars) to stay in those cities, taking in consideration my interests? And best way toi travel from one city to the other?

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1. Re: 2 weeks in South Cambodia and South Vietnam in July

For accommodation, go to Booking.com and use the search filters to select your preferences and criteria. Look at the ratings and read all the guests reviews.

Plenty of buses available between places. If time is . consideration, there's the option of a flight from PP to HCMC. However, considering the time getting to/from airports, you might as well take the Mekong Express bus directly from PP to HCMC.

District 1 is the most recommended area to stay in HCMC. Attractions close by and plenty of 'people photo' opportunities there.

I'd suggest staying a day or two in Mekong Delta rather than a day trip, if possible. Better photo opportunities than when being stuck in a large tour group and being moved around at the guide's pace.

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2. Re: 2 weeks in South Cambodia and South Vietnam in July

Does this draft plan look better:

Day 1: Fly from Kuching to Siem Reap, hotel check-in, Pub Street, Night Market, Old Market, Wat Preah Prom Rath

Day 2: Angkor Wat (Small Circuit): Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang

Day 3: Angkor Wat (Grand Circuit): Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup + Banteay Srei + Cambodia Landmine Museum

Day 4: Angkor Wat: ?

Day 5: Phnom Krom Pagoda + Tonle Sap Lake / Kampong Phluk Floating Village

Day 6: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Either fly or boat.

Day 7: Phnom Penh: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung-Ek, and the chilling Killing Fields. In the evening, wander along Sisowath Quay, the riverside esplanade.

Day 8: Phnom Penh: ?

Day 9: Kampot

Day 10: Kampot

Day 11: Go to Ho Chi Minh City, Hotel Check-in, HCMC sightseeing: Dong Khoi Street, Notre Dame cathedral, The War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace

Day 12: HCMC: Cu Chi village, Tay Ninh/Cao Dai cathedral

Day 13: Mekong Delta

Day 14: Mekong Delta

Day 15: Mekong Delta

Day 16: fly to Bangkok and then London

How to go from PP to Kampot (bus? how many hours?) And how to go from Kampot to HCMC (bus? how many hours)? Where to stay in the Mekong Delta? And how many hours from the Mekong Delta to HCMC airport?

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3. Re: 2 weeks in South Cambodia and South Vietnam in July

Probably too much to do on day 7.How about Killing Fields at Cheung Ek in the morning and Tuol Sleng in the afternoon with Wat Phnom. Leave the Silver Pagoda for the next day along with Central Market and Russian market

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4. Re: 2 weeks in South Cambodia and South Vietnam in July

Thank you very much for all suggestions so far - very helpful. Here is my updated draft, with still some questions marks:

Day 1: Fly from Kuching to Siem Reap, hotel check-in, Pub Street, Night Market, Old Market, Wat Preah Prom Rath

Day 2: Angkor Wat (Small Circuit): Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang

Day 3: Angkor Wat (Grand Circuit): Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup + Banteay Srei + Cambodia Landmine Museum

Day 4: Angkor Wat: ?

Day 5: Phnom Krom Pagoda + Tonle Sap Lake / Kampong Phluk Floating Village

Day 6: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Either fly or boat (if by boat shall I stay the previous night at Tonle Sap Lake, where I believe the boat depart from?)

Day 7: Phnom Penh: AM: Killing Fields at Cheung Ek PM: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Wat Phnom. Evening: wander along Sisowath Quay.

Day 8: Phnom Penh: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Central Market, Russian market

Day 9: Kampot OR Chau Doc ? Which one for photography purposes?

Day 10: Kampot OR Chau Doc ? Which one for photography purposes?

Day 11: Mekong Delta - how to go there from previous location? sleep where? join a tour or do it independently?

Day 12: Mekong Delta - sleep where? join a tour or do it independently?

Day 13: Mekong Delta - sleep where? join a tour or do it independently?

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Hotel Check-in, HCMC sightseeing: Dong Khoi Street, Notre Dame cathedral, The War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace

Day 15: HCMC: Cu Chi village, Tay Ninh/Cao Dai cathedral

Day 16: fly to Bangkok and then London

How to go from PP to Kampot OR Chau Doc (bus? how many hours?) And then to Mekong Delta (bus? how many hours)? Where to stay in the Mekong Delta?

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