INDOCHINA TRAVEL GUIDE

2023 INDOCHINA TRAVEL GUIDE FOR SOLO TRAVELERS (BUDGET & ITINERARY)

Backpacking the 3 countries (1) Vietnam, (2) Cambodia and (3) Thailand or better known as Indochina countries is a very famous route not only to Filipinos but to other foreign nationalities outside Asia as well! So, for this article I’m going to share with you guys a 10-day backpacking Indochina travel guide. This itinerary will be based on my personal experience as a solo female traveler and I would love to encourage you to do it too!




So yeap, I am a female traveler and I was able to backpack these 3 countries alone. My experience in totality, doing this long and memorable trip has made me accomplished lotsa things in my life. First and foremost it made me braver than ever and it really challenged my skills when it comes to becoming an independent solo traveler internationally and locally!

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Related Indochina Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand

What You Need to Know

  • Here are important mobile applications you need to download for your backpacking trip: Google Translate, Grab App, and BusMap App.
  • Book you land travel tickets with one of the world’s trusted bus-line companies here: BOOK BUS TICKET WITH BOOKAWAY
  • For travel essentials, be sure to be equipped of a 4G sim card/pocket wifi, at least 2 valid IDs, passport, a screenshot of your round-trip flight, power-bank and enough cash in USD.
  • You are traveling to a non-english speaking countries. Most of the locals cannot communicate in English so better download a Google translate app.
  • USD is the most recommended currency to bring when traveling to these coutries.
  • Beware of scams outside the immigration office when crossing boarders. Remember that Philippine passport holders DO NOT NEED VISA so just ignore the people offering visa application with a fee outside the immigration office.
  • Taxi scams are very common in HCMC and Bangkok. DIY travels for solo travelers is the cheapest and best option.
  • Be sure to book advance tours with Klook at least 2 days before your tour to secure your slots.
  • Find cheap hostels and book them in advance.

10-Day Backpacking Itinerary

Day 0: Flight From MNL – SGN

11:00PM ETD MNL to SGN
2:00AM Book a grab bike from SGN airport to Aquarizon Boutique Hostel or Eden Garden Hotel
2:30AM Late check in

BOOK EDEN GARDEN HOTEL FOR PHP499/NIGHT HERE

Day 1: Cu Chi Tunnels DIY & Bitexco Skydeck

9:00AM Wake up time, prepare for Cu Chi Tunnels DIY
10:00AM-5:00PM READ CU CHI TUNNELS DIY HERE
6:00PM Bitexco Skydeck (BOOK DISCOUNTED BITEXCO SKYDECK THRU KLOOK)
8:00PM Dinner at Bui Vien Street (just located near your hostel)
9:00PM Lights out




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Day 2: Mekong Delta Tour Via Klook

6:00AM Wake up time, free breakfast in hostel
7:30AM Meet up location in Bui Vien Street (walking distance)
8:00AM-5PM BOOK MEKONG DELTA TOUR VIA KLOOK
6:00PM Freshen up in hostel, early dinner at XU Restaurant Lounge (Best Restaurant in Saigon)
8:00PM-12MN Bui Vien Street night life

mekong delta vietnam
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Day 3: Saigon City Tour DIY

6:00AM Wake up time, free breakfast in hostel, check out luggage and leave in the counter
7:00AM Notre Dame Cathedral
7:30AM Central Post Office
8:30AM Reunification Palace
9:00AM War Remnants Museum
11:00AM Lunch
12NN-1:30PM Ben Than Market (buy souvenirs)
3:00PM ETD SGN – Siem Reap via land travel (BOOK BUS TICKET VIA BOOKAWAY HERE)

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ben than market

Day 4: Kulen Waterfall Whole Day Tour Via Klook

5:00AM Check in at Heart Language Hotel
7:00AM Breakfast
8:00AM Hotel pick up, Kulen Waterfall Whole Day Tour (BOOK DISCOUNTED KULEN WATERFALL VIA KLOOK)
4:30PM Back in hotel, rest
6:45PM Ride a tuk-tuk to Pub Street & Night Market
7:00PM Dinner at Pub Street and buy souvenirs in Night Market
10:00PM Lights out

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Day 5: Angkor Wat Tour (Option for Sunrise Tour)

6:00AM Wake up time, breakfast
7:00AM Angkor Wat Tour, Bayon Temple, Ta Phrom (BOOK DISCOUNTED ANGKOR WAT TOUR VIA KLOOK)
12NN Lunch
4:00PM Back in hotel, rest, freshen-up
11:00PM Siem Reap – BKK via land travel (BOOK BUS VIA BOOKAWAY HERE)

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angkor wat

Day 6: Chatuchak Weekend Market & Khaosan Rd.

12:00NN Check in at Yes Kaosan or Ploy Hostel
1:00PM Chatuchak Weekend Market
7:00PM Dinner/Night Life in Khaosan Rd.

BOOK ROOMS AT YES KAOSAN FOR PHP650/NIGHT

BOOK ROOMS AT PLOY HOSTEL FOR PHP299/NIGHT

khaosan road

Day 7: Bangkok Temples DIY

7:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM Wat Arun
11:00AM Wat Pho
1:00PM Lunch
2:00PM Grand Palace
6:00PM Back in hostel
8:00PM Bangkok – Chiang Mai via land travel (BOOK OVERNIGHT SLEEPER BUS HERE)

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INDOCHINA TRAVEL GUIDE




Day 8: Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

6:00AM Check in at 9 Hostel
Elephant Jugle Sanctuary Whole Day Tour (BOOK DISCOUNTED ELEPHANT JUNGLE SANCTUARY VIA KLOOK)

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elephant jungle sanctuary chiang mai

Day 9: Chiang Mai Temples/City Tour DIY

6:00AM Wake up time, Breakfast
7:00AM Chiang Mai City Tour
7:00PM Chiang Mai – BKK

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Renting a bicycle for temple tours in Chiang Mai
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Day 10: Flight From BKK – MNL

6:00AM Mo Chit Bus Station – Aiport
10:00AM Flight back to MNL


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2 thoughts on “2023 INDOCHINA TRAVEL GUIDE FOR SOLO TRAVELERS (BUDGET & ITINERARY)

    1. Hi Aira! Excluding airfare may natirang 2k sa baon kong 25K. 😀 Budget for solo traveler yun mas makakamura pa pag may kasama ka.

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