We have always wanted to go to Vietnam but never had the chance, because the flights were always too expensive for us. Luckily, we were able to book a promo flight via Cebu Pacific Airlines last October 2015 at a base fare of only PHP 6,150 round trip! Good thing online booking has gone easier, especially since selected debit cards are accepted. And as work has graciously allowed us, we’d be experiencing these two countries for 11 full days!
Complete with itinerary and actual expenses of all the SEVEN cities we visited, feel free to browse, read, and comment! 🙂
DAY 1: HANOI, VIETNAM
Our first stop was Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. Known for their coffee and home of the Vietnam communists during the Vietnam War. Must try: Cha Ca La Vong. It s a food sent from heaven!
Read Full Article here: 1 Day in Hanoi
DAY 2 – 3: HALONG BAY, VIETNAM
From Hanoi, we joined Galaxy Premium Cruise for an unforgetable 2D/1N stay at the famous UNESCO Heritage Site. With 1,600 island and islets, this scenic beauty forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Too bad it was winter season when we visited, but we still loved in nevertheless!
Read Full Article Here: 2D/1N Halong Bay Cruise
DAY 4 – 5: HOI AN, VIETNAM
A 15-hour train ride from Hanoi and 1-hour bus ride from Danang, this ancient town is a favorite of tourists for its old town feels and touristy vibe. With the floating lanterns and artsy restaurants, we fell in love with the place. We even got some shirts and pants beautifully tailored for us!
Read Full Article Here: 24 Hours in Hoi An
Curious how we travelled across Vietnam? Read Hanoi-Danang-Ho Chi Minh via Saigon Express
DAY 6 – 8: HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM
A 17-hour train ride away from Danang, Ho Chi Minh or Saigon, is the number one place tourists would think of in Vietnam. With the sea of motorcycles and tunnels, the post-war Vietnam surely did leave a heavy feeling in our hearts: Same Same but Different. Their famous pho is a must-try!
Read Full Article Here: 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh
Curious how it was crossing the boarder? Read Crossing the Vietnam-Cambodia Boarder via Bus
DAY 9: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Indeed, crossing the Vietnam-Cambodia was easy-piecey. A 6-hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City, this capital city reminded us of that one fleeting memory from grade school history class about Cambodia, and of its not so distant past.
Read Full Article Here: 1 Day in Phnom Penh: The Horrors of the Past
DAY 10 – 11: SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Witnessed the grand City of Temples that is the Angkor Wat with Cambodia’s tuk-tuk, and had fun nightlife at the crowded Pubstreet.
Read Full Article Here: 2 Days in Siem Reap: Pubstreet and Angkor Wat