ROUTE

DAY 1-2 // Rome - Bangkok

Flight 19:50 Roma (FCO) – Bangkok (BKK) 23:45 (+1)

Taxi from the airport to hotel Blue House by the Chang in Ban Phan Thom area, a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road.
It’s also possible to take the BTS Skytrain for about $1, but does not stop in Khao San Road area. Taxi costs 500 baht ($12).

Overnight in Bangkok // Blue House by the Chang

DAY 3 // Bangkok

Morning and afternoon spent visiting Bangkok city centre and its temples:

  • Wat Phra Kiew & Grand Palace
  • Wat Pho
  • Wat Arun

Sunset at Lebua State Tower with drinks and breathtaking views of the city.

Dinner with the best Pad Thai in town from Thip Samai.

Overnight in Bangkok // Blue House by the Chang

DAY 4 // Bangkok - Hanoi

Flight 14:35 Bangkok (DMK) – Hanoi (HAN) 16:25

From Hanoi airport it is possible to get to the city center by taxi ($18), minivan ($4) or public bus ($ 0.40).
We took the minivan that left us exactly at the hotel where we stayed at the Old Quarter.
Evening stroll through the alleys and streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi and dinner at the New Day, recommended by locals.
1 complete menu + 1 main and 2 beers a total of $11 for two people.
(Highly recommended the Pho Bo)

Overnight in Hanoi // 3B Hotel

DAY 5 // Ha Long Bay

2 days / 1 night cruise at Halong Bay booked with Syrena Cruise by Indochina Voyages.
The company also arranges transport from Hanoi to Halong Bay and vice versa with an extra cost.
The price per person was $124 + $20 for transportation.
Departure at 8 am from the hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
Arrive in Halong Bay at 12 noon and ship boarding.
The day’s schedule is as follows:
  • check-in onboard
  • generous lunch
  • caves visit
  • Ti Top island visit and short hike to the top
  • back to the ship and possibility to go kayaking
  • short cooking class
  • dinner
  • night squid fishing

DAY 6 // Halong Bay

Second day cruising, the program is as follows:

  • Taichi lesson
  • healthy breakfast
  • visit to the floating village of fishermen and
  • pearl farming
  • back to the ship and brunch
  • back to the pier and check-out

Around 6 pm back to Hanoi Old Quarter.
Evening in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Overnight in Hanoi // 3B Hotel

DAY 7 // Hanoi

8 am – 1 pm cooking class at Home Cooking Class Hanoi, $35 per person.

After the cooking class our teacher took us to Gian Café to make us taste the egg coffee (they even have egg chocolate and much more). Highly recommended!

Visit to Hoan Kiem Lake and its turtle.

Bus to the airport (number 17 from the bus station Điểm Trung Chuyển Long Bien) to get the flight 18:40 Hanoi (HAN) – Da Nang (DAD) 19:55

40 minutes taxi ride ($15) from Da Nang airport to the hotel Tigon Homestay in Hoi An.
Consider contacting your stay to book a cheaper taxi from the airport.

Overnight in Hoi An // Tigon Hoi An Homestay

DAY 8 // Hoi An

During the day cycle around the ancient town of Hoi An and visit of the temples and market.
At dusk, have a nice stroll around the little streets lit up by lanterns and visit the Japanese Covered Bridge.

After dinner back to Da Nang by taxi ($15) and overnight in Da Nang // Huong Binh Hotel

DAY 9 // Phu Quoc

Flight 8:30 Da Nang (SAD) – Phu Quoc (PQC) 18:50 with 1 stop at Ho Chi Minh airport

Taxi from Phu Quoc airport to Giraffa Bungalow near Long Beach.

Scooter hire for the entire duration of our stay ($8 per day) to explore the island.

Tour and dinner at the night market in Duong Dong.
Fresh fish for dinner, $17 for two people.

Overnight in Phu Quoc // Giraffa Bungalow, treehouse

DAY 10 // Phu Quoc

All morning and afternoon at Sao Bao beach, southeast of the island.
Here you can find a fantastic swing attached to a palm tree, a heavenly place.

Happy hour on Long Beach with sea view and sunset.

Excellent fish dinner at Hai Nam Restaurant.

Overnight in Phu Quoc // Giraffa Bungalow

DAY 11 // Phu Quoc

Ride a motorbike to explore the northern part of the island. An adventure through the jungle and along roads sometimes bumpy.
In the north of the island there are completely deserted beaches, make sure to bring some food and water if you decide to venture over there and stay all day.

Brunch and smoothies at Peach.

Rest of the day spent at Long Beach.

Spanish dinner at Itaca.

Overnight in Phu Quoc // Giraffa Bungalow

DAY 12 // Sihanoukville

Travelling to Sihanoukville.
8:30 ferry from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien (2h).

At 1pm bus from Ha Tien to Sihanoukville with a stop at the Cambodian border.
The bus journey takes ~5 hours but expect a long wait at the border for at least a couple of hours.
The visa fee at the border should be $25 but the price is really up to them. Usually they ask for $35 per person.
Remember to bring two passport photos and the book of vaccines with you. If you do not have the book they ask for $1 extra.

Arrival in Sihanoukville at around 7pm, Italian dinner at Mango Coffee and drinks on Serendipity beach.

Overnight in Sihanoukville // The Led Zephyr

DAY 13 // Koh Rong

Speed boat from Sihanoukville (departure from the port 65) to Sok San Beach on Koh Rong.
The beach is accessible only by sea, there are no main road on the island.
I have never seen a more beautiful, clean and unpolluted place than Sok San Beach Resort, absolutely recommended!

Relaxing day at sea. The water here is very warm and the sand is fine and white. A true paradise!

Asian or continental dinner at Sok San Beach Resort.

Overnight in Koh Rong // Sok San Beach Resort

DAY 14-15 // Koh Rong

Day at the beach right on your doorstep. Yay!

Fish dinner at the fisherman’s village ($5). Beers $1 only.

Overnight in Koh Rong // Sok San Beach Resort

DAY 16 // Siem Reap

Travelling to Siem Reap.
Boat from Koh Rong to Sihanoukville at 11am.

Flight Sihanoukville (KOS) 17:15 – Siem Reap (REP) 18:05

Night stroll with dinner and drinks around Pub Street in Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap // Tropical Breeze Guesthouse

DAY 17 // Siem Reap

Visiting Siem Reap temples at sunrise. Not to be missed:

  • Angkor Wat
  • Bayon
  • Angkor Thom
  • Ta Prohm
  • Preah Khan
  • Sra Neak Poan
  • Sra Srang

Flight 21:45 Siem Reap (REP) – Bangkok (DMK) 22:50

Overnight in Bangkok // Swana Bangkok Hotel

DAY 18 // Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Day visit to the temples and  the Elephantstay in Ayutthaya.
In this article I explain how to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok with just $4.40 return.

Back to Bangkok to spend the rest of the day.

DAY 19 // Bangkok - Roma

Flight 1:05 am Bangkok (BKK) – Roma (FCO) 17:50