The Best Time To Visit Vietnam And Cambodia [Updated 2022] (2023)

Before planning holidays in Vietnam and Cambodia, one of the most essential information you might concern about is the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia. Located side by side, these two countries are often visited in conjunction with each other. Generally, the area is impacted by monsoons during summer months, but there are some climate variations in different parts of each country at different times of the year. Finding the most suitable time of the year to explore Vietnam and Cambodia will make your trip more enjoyable and memorable.

Table of Contents

  • Maps of Vietnam and Cambodia.
  • Overview of climate in Vietnam and Cambodia.
    • Climate in Cambodia.
    • Climate in Vietnam
  • The Best Time to Visit Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Suggested Vietnam and Cambodia tours from Cambodia Travel.

Maps of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Vietnam and Cambodia Travel Map

The international border between Vietnam and Cambodia is 1,158 km in length. The border runs from the tripoint with Laos in the north then proceeds overland to the south, terminating at the Gulf of Thailand at west of Ha Tien. These two countries share five international border crossings: Bavet / Moc Bai; Kaam Samnor / Vinh Xuong (riverine border); Phnom Den / Tinh Bien; Prek Chak / Xa Xia; Le Thanh / O Yadao crossing.

Bavet / Moc Bai is the longest and most popular land border crossing so both Cambodia and Vietnam E-Visa are accepted in this point. Among these border crossings, Kaam Samnor / Vinh Xuong is the only riverine crossing which links Phnom Penh Capital in Cambodia with the Vietnamese Town of Chau Doc. This port also allows foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by Vietnamese E-Visa. In other land ports, Cambodian visa on arrival is available, meanwhile Vietnamese visas must be arranged in advance.

In case you are on a vacation with very limited time, flying is the best option to take into account. There are many direct flights per day connecting main tourism hubs between Vietnam and Cambodia.

– Phnom Penh => Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City.
– Siem Reap => Hanoi / Danang / Ho Chi Minh City.
These flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines and Cambodian Angkor Air – the flag carriers of two countries, or the low cost carrier – Vietjet Air.

Overview of climate in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Climate in Cambodia.

Explore Angkor Temples in a sunny and dry day.

Cambodia has the simpler weather system in Southeast Asia with two distinct seasons: dry and wet season.

The dry season in Cambodia runs from October to April/ early May, when hot wind caused by the dry north-east monsoon blowing across the whole country. With the average temperature at around 24°C-26°C, November to January are the coolest months of the year. Characterized by dry and sunny weather, low humidity and relatively cool temperatures, it is no surprise that dry season is when the number of tourists coming to Cambodia reaches its peak.

From May to early October is the wet season in Cambodia. During these months, southwest monsoon brings almost 75% of annual rainfall to Cambodia. During this rainy season, daytime temperature still remains high between 25°C and 27°C. May, June and July are the hottest months and rainfalls comes infrequently in the form of short downpours. Toward the latter months of the wet season (late July – September), rains tend to be more intense and can be heaviest along the south coast.

Climate in Vietnam

Practice yoga nearby the infinity swimming pool is a fresh start of the day on the beach.

Vietnam is located in the tropical area, with high temperature and high humidity all year round. With 3,260 km of coastline stretching from north to south, the weather in Vietnam can vary significantly from one region to another, which creates three different weather systems. The climate in Vietnam can be split by regions with characteristics as below:

* North Vietnam.

The North is a tropical monsoon climate, with 4 distinct seasons (spring-summer-autumn-winter), influenced by northeast monsoons (from mainland Asia) and southeast monsoons, with high humidity. Hanoi and North Vietnam (Ninh Binh, Halong Bay) has distinct summer and winter seasons. From May to September, the summer is hot and humid with highest rainfall. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to January with average temperature around 12-20°C. North Vietnam experiences a quite pleasant but short fall season from late September to November when the monsoon withdraws from the region.

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September – October is an ideal time to visit these mountainous regions in Northern Vietnam as the rice fields turn a golden color and ready to be harvested.

In the far north (Sapa, Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai, Ba Be, Ban Gioc), the winter can be particularly cold and frosty at times, especially in December and January. Temperature at night can approach freezing at 0°C. However, late September – October is an ideal time of the year to visit these mountainous regions as the rice fields turn a golden color and ready to be harvested.

* Central Vietnam.

Central Vietnam (Hue, Danang, Hoian) has hot and dry weather from mid-January to late August when temperatures can hit around 30°C. Nha Trang, located at the far south of Central Vietnam, experiences a bit longer dry season until September with high temperatures and little rain. Rainy season in this region generally comes from late September and the rainfall reaches its peak level in October and November. Heavy storms can occur and the region is prone to flooding in this period.

* South Vietnam.

Due to less influence of monsoons and constant temperatures year round (between 25 – 35°C), South Vietnam share similar climate characters with neighboring Cambodia with two simple seasons: wet and dry.The dry season lasts from November to April and the wet season begins in May and ends in early November. June, July and August experience the highest rainfall of the year. Even rainfall is generally heavier in wet season, they come in form of short downpours and often occur in mid-afternoon.

The Best Time to Visit Vietnam and Cambodia

The Best Time to Visit Vietnam and Cambodia

As you can see, Vietnam and Cambodia have all kinds of climate coordinated with the diversity of geographical features including mountains, highlands, jungles, deltas, beaches, and islands. The high season for travel in both Vietnam and Cambodia is from November until April, with dry and favorable weather conditions throughout almost main tourism destinations, except raining November in Central Vietnam (Hue, Danang, Hoian). Consequently, that is also when the cost of travelling tends to increase.

The travel expenses are particularly acute during special occasions, like Christmas and New Year Eve, the weeklong Vietnamese Tet Festival in late January or early February, Khmer New Year Celebration in mid-April. If traveling during this period, tourists are suggested to reserve travel services as early as possible to avoid fully booked situations.

In the spring (from January to March), North and Far North of Vietnam is really a blossoming paradise of various flowers with many colorful traditional festivals organized during New Year period. Sapa and some mountainous areas may have the high chance of snowing in winter days when temperature reaches below 00C. In January, rainfall is at its lowest level although a misty fog is not unusual, especially in coastal areas and aroundHalong Bay.

December to April is the best time to relax on the beaches of Central and Southern Vietnam with constant sunshine and blue skies.

Not mentioning about rainfalls and storms at times from late September to November, Central Vietnam in other months of high season (December to April) return to its glory days with constant sunshine and blue skies. This time also offers the favorable swimming and diving conditions in famous beaches and islands, such as Danang, Hoian, Nha Trang, Mui Ne.

During November – April, Southern Vietnam ladles Cambodia into the Gulf of Thailand for comfortable conditions with brilliant sunshine and extremely low chance of raining. Beach and island lovers surely have difficulty in finding the beach destinations because both countries offer many pristine white sand coastlines and islands, such as Sihanouk VilleKoh RongKoh Rong Samloem in Cambodia, or Vietnam’s southern islands of Phu QuocCon Dao.

Luxury hideaway in private island resorts nearby Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.

In north east regions of Cambodia, journey time to Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri is shorter thanks to good road conditions in dry season. Sunny daytime and cooler temperatures make adventure activities like trekking into jungles or interact with wildlife in these places are much more pleasant.

Although November to January are quite cool, April is one of the hottest months in Cambodia with average temperatures of 35°C. Rather than all day visits to Angkor Temples, tourists are recommended to take early morning or late afternoon tours, and have short break by the hotel swimming pool or at air-condition restaurants or tourist venues at midday. On the other hand, the summer heat somehow helps to lower the crowd numbers at the main temples in specific time of the day.

Coming to Vietnam and Cambodia between May and early October, tourists can experience a quieter holiday. Actually, wet season is not as bad as the label implies because it depends on what you want to do in these countries. And sometimes, tourist numbers may be taken into consideration rather than the weather factor.

Angkor Temples get a severe decrease in visitor numbers between May and early October due to monsoon season.

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Visitors can still come to Cambodia during monsoon season when the dust is gone and the countryside returns to its lush greenery thanks to downpours. The iconic tourism site – Angkor Temples, gets a severe decrease in visitor numbers. In some extends, these spectacular temples are more stunning in wet season with fully watered moats surrounding, which provides perfect chances to snap shots of temple reflections in the water. Rainy season is also the perfect time of the year to visit floating villages in Tonle Sap Lake by boat.

During wet season, the lake swells to six or seven times its normal size of approximately 2,600 square kilometres.

On the downside, heavy rainfalls make travelling to north east regions (Kratie, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri) and southern coastal destinations (Sihanouk Ville, Kampot, Kep) fairly difficult. “Of the beaten path” travel should be avoided, particularly in August. Remote tracks can become unpassable due to flooding of road system there. For those who are planning some relaxing days on the beach should forget Cambodia’s south coast during these months.

Instead, they can take short flight to Vietnamese beaches of Danang and Hoian, where experience sunny and dry days in summer time (from May to August).

Vietnamese beaches in Central and Southern Parts experience sunny and dry days in summer time (from May to August).

Other beach destinations in Central Vietnam like Phu Yen, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Mui Ne also share the same weather scene with Danang and Hoian. In general, central coast has plenty of sunshine and blue skies, average temperature is around 31°C. This time coincidence with Vietnamese school summer holiday so locals gather at Central’s beaches while the number of foreigner tourist decreases.

As mentioned earlier, the heaviest raining period in South Vietnam is from June to August. However, sightseeing trips in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta are possible because rains generally appear in short form and more likely happen in the mid-afternoon. The visit to Phu Quoc or Con Dao Island during these months should be considered seriously if you don’t want to spend all day long in your resorts.

North Vietnam is in its summer with plenty of hot and humid weather and rains are frequently caught in July and August. Halong Bay is prone to heavy showers at this time of the year but summer time is still the pretty good period to enjoy Halong Bay cruise with outdoor activities like swimming, kayaking and caving.

Far North Vietnam is in best trekking conditions between September and early November. Temperatures in daytime range from 15-28°C, and from 10-18°C at night time.Especially, late September to October is when mountainous areas like Sapa, Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai start their harvesting season. Visitors cannot take their eyes off the picturesque landscape when endless terraced rice fields turn golden color.

In conclusion, the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia is from December to March when both countries experience dry season with less rainfall and low humidity.

Suggested Vietnam and Cambodia tours from Cambodia Travel.

Luxury Siem Reap & North Vietnam 8 days.

Warm-hearted smiles from Khmer people.

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay.
– Overview:
In this 8 day trip you’ll visit this Wonder of the World – Angkor Temples (Cambodia) and The World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, visit the home of “King Kong” in Ninh Binh (Vietnam). This tour combines the highlights of Cambodia using the luxury accommodation and services. Start with a visit to the ancient Angkor temples of Khmer kingdom and explore the legendary Angkor Wat. Then travel to North Vietnam to discover the spectacular landscape of Red River Delta and sail through the mystical Halong Bay. This private trip could start from Siem Reap and end in Hanoi or vice versa.

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Splendor of Cambodia & Vietnam 8 days.

Magnificent Angkor Wat at sunset moment.

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– Destinations: Siem Reap, Danang, Hoian, Saigon, Mekong Delta.
– Overview:
Enjoy a worry-free travel experience, staying in only the finest hotels and visiting the region’s most beautiful sites with our expert, English-speaking guides. Enjoy the sunrise over the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat. Behold the haunting beauty of Ta Prohm, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins and delight in Central Vietnam’s ancient culture and diversity. Wander through Saigon bustling streets and immerse yourself in the riches of Mekong. Luxurious accommodations, incomparable service and unforgettable memories – it’s all here. Get ready for the Journey of a Lifetime!

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Luxury Mekong Experience 8 days.

Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer empire at Angkor .

– Destinations: Saigon, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap.
– Overview:
Immerse yourself in the sublime beauty of the Mekong & it’s river life. Travel from Saigon’s modern bustle to the calm waters of Tonle Sap Lake and into the ancient Khmer Kingdom; explore South Vietnam and Cambodia on a tour that takes you along the meandering Mekong River all the way to Siem Reap – the home town of Angkor Wat while you enjoy the best accommodation and luxury facility that Vietnam and Cambodia have to offer.

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Luxury Heritage Journey 11 days.

Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature is one of most popular symbol in present-day Hanoi, Vietnam.

– Destinations: Siem Reap (Cambodia), Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Lan Ha Bay, Danang, Hoian, Hue (Vietnam).
– Overview:
Indulge in the best very best of Vietnam and Cambodia on this one of a kind private luxury tour. Designed to capture the essence of this mysterious region, this awe-inspiring itinerary is meticulously crafted to invite you, in elegance and style, into Southeast Asia’s “window of the past.”

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Cambodia & North Vietnam 11 days.

– Destinations: Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay.
– Overview:
During this 11 day adventure, you’ll visit some of the wonders of the world – The Angkor Temples of Khmer Kingdom and the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, plus trekking to the Thail hill tribe villages in Mai Chau in Vietnam. This tour combines the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam. Begin with a visit to the ancient Angkor temples of Khmer Kingdom and explore the legendary Angkor Wat. Then travel to North Vietnam to discover the colorful cultures of the hill tribe peoples and sail through the mystical and tranquil Halong Bay.

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Cambodia & Central Vietnam 12 days.

Long causeway leading to main gate of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

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– Destinations: Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, Danang, Hue, Hoian.
– Overview:
This private adventure combines the hidden charm of Vietnam and the mystical treasures of Angkor in Cambodia with a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle found throughout the central of Vietnam.

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Biking Vietnam & Cambodia 12 days.

Adventurous tourists bike through the back roads of South Vietnam and Cambodia.

– Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Tra Vinh, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Kep, Sihanouk Ville, Siem Reap.
– Overview:
The journey through the back roads of South Vietnam and Cambodia, where all your senses will delve deeply into the culture and life style local life along mighty Mekong River. Begin in Saigon, leisurely cycle through the graceful river landscape, pass lush green rice fields, tropical sugar palms and lotus flower dotted lakes.

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Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure 14 days.

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Buddhist monks wandering around quiet Angkor Thom, Cambodia.

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Ratanakiri, Pleiku, Hoian, Danang.
– Overview:
Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure takes you crossing Kingdom of Cambodia to central Vietnam. The trip starts with biking through Angkor temples, horse riding in the Khmer countryside then drive up Northeast of Cambodia to central highland of Vietnam.
This 2 weeks adventure ends at the lovely beach in Danang and lots of outdoor activities in Hoian town.

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Foodie Tour Cambodia & Vietnam 16 days.

Tourist with her fresh spring rolls in Vietnamese cooking class.

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay.
– Overview:

From the majestic Angkor temples to the emerald waters and haunting karst fangs of Halong Bay, Cambodia Travel designs this sixteen-day tour to take you across Vietnam and Cambodia’s kaleidoscope of landscapes. This private adventure lets you dine your way, indulging all your senses in delicious tastes and tantalizing aromas, while travelling in comfort and style.
Starting in Siem Reap and ending in Hanoi, embark on a journey that covers the highlights of these two enchanting countries.

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The combination trip to Vietnam and Cambodia tends to be more popular in recent years when visitors plan the trip to Southeast Asia. This will give you broader understanding of the many similarities as well as differences between these two countries, also save lots of travelling time and expenses at the same time. Contact us and our travel consultants will help you to find out the most suitable time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia!


What is the best month to visit Cambodia? ›

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and May when the country experiences low rainfall and still enjoys warm temperatures. However, the climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid all throughout the year.

Which month is best for Vietnam? ›

The best time to visit Vietnam is from March to April, when rainfall is low and temperatures are milder. In a country more than 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) long, the weather in Vietnam varies considerably as you go from north to south, from a temperate to a tropical climate.

How many days are enough for Vietnam and Cambodia? ›

For travellers and adventurers looking for a more comprehensive experience of Vietnam and Cambodia while seeing a vast number of sights and partaking in a wide variety of activities, a 22-day tour is a great option.

Which is best Vietnam or Cambodia? ›

If you fancy relaxing on the beach before visiting some of the world's most important cultural and religious sites, we'd recommend a trip to Cambodia. But, if foodie delights and cosmopolitan cities are more your thing, Vietnam is the place for you.

When should I go to Cambodia and Vietnam? ›

Oct-Nov and May-June are the best times to visit Cambodia and Vietnam as you'll find fewer crowds, less humidity and drier conditions throughout the region.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Cambodia? ›

The cheapest ticket to Cambodia found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users. September is currently the cheapest month to fly to Cambodia. At this moment in time June is the most expensive month.

How many days in Vietnam is enough? ›

Planning Your Trip to Vietnam

Travelers with limited time can rejoice that Vietnam is small enough to experience the highlights in just a few days. That said, the ideal timeframe is about 10 days, as it takes at least this long to immerse yourself in Vietnam's rich culture.

What is typhoon season in Vietnam? ›

The typhoon season in the Pacific usually begins with less severe storms in April and does not end until November. The most severe typhoons usually occur in August and September. The most severe typhoon to make landfall in Vietnam in the past 12 months was »Noru«.

What is the hottest month in Vietnam? ›

In summer, mean temperatures vary between 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F). The highest temperatures normally occurs in March–May in the south and May–July in the north.

How much does it cost to travel Cambodia and Vietnam? ›

Should I visit Vietnam or Cambodia? This is a popular question for many travelers. By figuring out which country is more expensive, you'll understand where you'll get more bang for your buck. A week in Cambodia can cost you about $348 (per person), while a week in Vietnam may cost you around $340.

How much money do I need for 3 weeks in Vietnam? ›

Three Weeks

This route cuts down on travel costs as the only expense there would be renting a motorbike, which is quite easy to do in Hanoi Old Quarter or Pham Ngu Lao in Ho Chi Minh. You shouldn't spend more than $4-$6 per day. Three weeks could be done as cheaply as $800, but more realistically aim for $1,500.

How much money do I need for 2 weeks in Vietnam? ›

While accommodation, transport, and food are cheap in Vietnam, activities and excursions are likely to eat up a good portion of your budget. Depending on your personal travel style, you should aim to budget anywhere from 460 GBP/560 USD to upwards of 820 GBP/1000 USD for a two-week trip to Vietnam.

Where is cheaper Vietnam or Cambodia? ›

12. Budget. Like in most Asian countries, spending around USD180-250 per day (including hotels) is enough for a wonderful experience including a private car and guide in Vietnam. The price of traveling in Cambodia is higher than Vietnam by USD5-20 per day.

Is Vietnam cheaper than Cambodia? ›

Cambodia is 37.9% more expensive than Vietnam.

Is it safe to travel to Cambodia and Vietnam? ›

Both Cambodia and Vietnam lifted many of their travel restrictions from March, 2022. You can enter Cambodia and Vietnam without quarantine or a nucleic acid test, as long as you're fully vaccinated.

Is Cambodia safer than Vietnam? ›

Vietnam is an overall safer place with fewer scams and annoyances to watch out for. Both countries are perfectly safe for travellers and most scams are avoided just by being smart and aware.

How many days in Cambodia is enough? ›

Two weeks is the ideal length of stay in Cambodia. With 14 days to spend, you can take an in-depth trip of the country and explore its architecture, culture, history, nature, and cuisine.

Is it safe to travel to Cambodia now? ›

Phnom Penh – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Be aware of your surroundings at all times and to be extra vigilant when displaying items like jewelry, bags and cell phones in public. Violent crime, such as sexual assault and homicide, is common, sometimes against foreigners.

Is it expensive to visit Cambodia? ›

If you're backpacking Cambodia, expect to spend around $45 USD per day. On this budget, you can stay in a dorm room, eat food from the street stalls, have a couple of beers here and there, and take public transportation to get around.

How much spending money will I need for a week in Cambodia? ›

Past travelers have spent, on average, ៛50,997 ($13) on meals for one day and ៛24,295 ($5.98) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Cambodia for a couple is ៛147,016 ($36). So, a trip to Cambodia for two people for one week costs on average ៛2,825,859 ($695).

How much should I budget for a month in Cambodia? ›

Family of four estimated monthly costs are 2,066$ without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 582$ without rent. Cost of living in Cambodia is, on average, 37.66% lower than in United States.

How much money do I need for 10 days in Vietnam? ›

For a more comfortable backpacker experience in Vietnam, it's best to budget around $50 per day. This way, you'll have more money to spend on things like food, drinks, activities and hotel rooms. For a comfortable mid-range experience in Vietnam, it's best to budget $60 to $100 per day for your entire costs.

Is Vietnam better to visit than Thailand? ›

Conclusion. Vietnam wins in diverse landscapes and authentic local experience and is less expensive at the moment depending on your tastes and budget. Thailand is more geared up to tourists and has a little more variety to offer to beach lovers, giving it a definite advantage.

How do I plan a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia? ›

Essential 15-Day Vietnam-Cambodia Itinerary For First Time...
  1. Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
  2. Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
  3. Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
  4. Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang.
  5. Day 5: Hoi An Half Day Tour.
  6. Day 6: Hoi An Free Day.
  7. Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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What time of year is the best weather in Vietnam? ›

The best time to visit Vietnam is between November and April. This is when the country experiences the least amount of rain.

Which part of Vietnam has the best weather? ›

The small beach resort town of Mui Ne, about 140 miles south of Nha Trang, has some of the driest and sunniest weather in Vietnam. Most days will be in the mid-80s F, cooling to the mid-70s F at night. Almost all the annual rainfall occurs from May through October.

Do you need sunscreen in Vietnam? ›

Vietnam tends to be hot and humid year round. Don't underestimate the strength of the sun. Sunburn can happen quickly: it's best to wear sunscreen throughout the day. Be vigilant with reapplication, especially at beachside destinations.

What is the coldest month in Cambodia? ›

Many tourists choose to visit Cambodia in the period between December and February due to the cooler temperatures. January is usually the coldest month, but temperatures are still around 25°C to 30°C.

Do you need a visa for Vietnam? ›

Vietnam Visa on Arrival

If you are planning a multiple-entry visit or a stay of more than 30 days, you will want to apply for a visa on arrival. To do this you'll need: A 4x6 passport photo with a white background and no glasses. A filled-out visa application form.

What month is the rainy season in Vietnam? ›

The dry season generally runs from December to May and a rainy season runs from June through November. While flooding can occur, rain usually comes in short bursts and rarely impacts travel.

Is Vietnam cheaper than Thailand? ›

Although Southeast Asia is generally affordable and good value, by comparison, Thailand will cost more than Vietnam. Thailand can not only meet the backpackers' on-a-budget requirements, but can also satisfy those who are looking for a luxury experience.

Is Vietnam cheaper than Bali? ›

Bali is 40.2% more expensive than Vietnam.

How many hours travel from Vietnam to Cambodia? ›

The main Vietnam to Cambodia border crossing is Moc Bai to Bavet and the route from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Pen by bus is an easy 6-hour (including immigration) trip.

What injections do I need for Vietnam? ›

Courses or boosters usually advised: Diphtheria; Tetanus. Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid. Selectively advised vaccines - only for those individuals at highest risk: Japanese Encephalitis.

Can I wear shorts in Vietnam? ›

Wearing shorts is acceptable in most situations for both men and women. However, Vietnam's traditional culture is somewhat conservative, so avoiding sleeveless shirts, tank tops, or short shorts—especially while visiting Buddhist temples—shows the greatest respect for it.

Can I use my debit card in Vietnam? ›

While cash is used for small purchases and street vendors in Vietnam, most establishments accept payments from major credit card providers such as Visa. Hotels, tour operators, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores, and spas all generally accept international debit and credit cards.

How much is a Vietnam visa? ›

Regular Visa-on-arrival Fee per Person
Visa TypesService Fee (Approval letter)Same Day Processing
Single-Entry with 1-month ValidityUSD 18USD 37
Single-Entry with 3-month ValidityUSD 28USD 47
Multi-Entry with 1-month ValidityUSD 21USD 40
Multi-Entry with 3-month ValidityUSD 43USD 62

How much does a meal in Vietnam cost? ›

Cost of Living in Vietnam
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant50,000.00₫
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course500,000.00₫
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)110,000.00₫
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)20,000.00₫
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Should I bring cash to Vietnam? ›

Credit cards are widely accepted but, in rural areas particularly, you should carry cash as a back-up. It may be difficult to cash travellers' cheques. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas.

Is Vietnam safer than Thailand? ›

Both countries are roughly the same in terms of safety, with Vietnam having a slight advantage. Scams are a greater risk than violent crime, which isn't really an issue. Thailand is slightly more prone to fraud and petty thefts, but only because it's more popular with tourists.

Should I go to Cambodia or Laos? ›

Laos or Cambodia: Our verdict

You should choose Cambodia if you prefer a more crowded destination, with a major tourist attraction Angkor Wat and some of the best beaches in the world. It's also a nice destination if you are looking for a more vibrant society with lots of things happening in the major cities.

Does Cambodia have good beaches? ›

Cambodia is home to stretches of untouched coastline, postcard-perfect tropical islands and powder-white sand lapped by turquoise oceans, making the beaches a must-visit for any explorer. Here's our guide.

What is the price range of a trip to Vietnam? ›

How Much Does it Cost to go to Vietnam?
Estimated cost
Local transportation$300
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How much does a trip to Vietnam costs? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Vietnam is $1,037 for a solo traveler, $1,796 for a couple, and $924 for a family of 4. Vietnam hotels range from $25 to $153 per night with an average of $46, while most vacation rentals will cost $50 to $410 per night for the entire home.

When should I not visit Vietnam? ›

Hoi An: Avoid visiting in October due to heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Da Nang – Hoi An: Avoid swimming at the beaches in this central region during November as the rip tides can be particularly dangerous this month. Hanoi: Avoid visiting in July as heavy rainfall causes washed out roads and potential flooding.

Is Vietnam still closed for tourists? ›

Vietnam Reopens for International Tourism

Vietnam reopened for international tourism on March 15. Vietnam Briefing provides guidance on entry procedures and visas for foreign arrivals to the country.

Do you need a visa for Vietnam and Cambodia? ›

For visits longer than 30 days, you must get a visa from the nearest Vietnamese embassy before travelling to Vietnam. Visa's for Cambodia can be purchased from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airports on arrival, or at certain land border crossings.

What is the rainy season in Cambodia? ›

The wet season runs from May until September, with the heaviest rainfall generally in August & September. Average temperatures range from 24°C in the cooler months of October, November & December to 35°C at the hottest time of the year from March until June.

What is the best month to visit Angkor Wat? ›

Ostensibly, the best time to visit Angkor Wat is during the dry season, which runs from November through to mid-April. During this period, temperatures dip, making the days cooler.

Is April a good time to visit Cambodia? ›

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and April, when it sees very little rain. During this time you'll see clear blue skies making it a great time to enjoy a relaxing getaway on the southern coast.

What is Cambodia like in April? ›

Cambodia Weather in April: Overview

April is the hottest month of the year, and it remains reasonably dry with rainfall expected on only a few days. Temperatures reach an average maximum of 35°C (95°F), but it can get even higher in the cities.

Which is better Phnom Penh or Siem Reap? ›

Both cities are very affordable and have a lot to offer in terms of sights and attractions. Siem Reap is all about Angkor Wat, the largest religious archaeological site in the world. That means it's more touristy than the capital. Then there is Phnom Penh, with a beautiful Royal Palace and more choices of restaurants.

Can you wear shorts in Cambodia? ›

Cambodians, especially those in big cities, are used to foreigners and it's highly unlikely you'll be subject to any harassment (or even negative attention) due to what you're wearing. Singlets and shorts are totally acceptable attire for women in cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Do I need a visa for 2 weeks in Cambodia? ›

If you are considering staying in Cambodia for an extended period of time, you will need to apply for a 30-day E-class visa (not an online e-visa) when you arrive. This is also valid for 30 days and costs $35.

How much cash can I bring to Cambodia? ›

Import of foreign currencies to Cambodia is not limited, although declaration is required for the sums of over US$10,000.00 (ten thousand US dollars) or the equivalent in a foreign currency.

Can I use my debit card in Cambodia? ›

There are a few Visa-only ATMs in Phnom Penh, but it's not that bad. ABA, ACLEDA, ANZ, Canadia, and Mekong all take both Visa and MasterCard and are the most ubiquitous. Keeping it riel: there are a few ATMs that dispense Cambodian riel. Most ATMs dispense US Dollars if you use a foreign card.

How much does a trip to Angkor Wat cost? ›

How much does it cost to visit Angkor Wat? Entrance to Angkor costs 37-104 USD depending on the type of pass and whether you purchase it online or in person.


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