Solo Backpacking Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand in 7 Days

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Backpacking is becoming a trend in the Philippines. So many people fell in love to travelling and you can see their fun experiences all over the online world. I am about to share you a solo backpacking trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The full itinerary and expenses below were made possible by Jhoem Dollete, a Licensed Engineer (ECE) working for an IT company. He started traveling since 2013 and he’s been to 6 countries, all solo.

*Please note that all currencies are in Php.


1 Backpack. 3 Countries. 4 Cities. 7 Days

🇻🇳Vietnam  🇰🇭Cambodia  🇹🇭Thailand

Route: Manila ✈️Ho Chi Minh 🚌Phnom Penh 🚌Siem Reap 🚌Bangkok ✈️Manila


Here’s the full itinerary:

VIETNAMDay 010:00 PMDeparture from Manila to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Day 112:30 AMArrival at Tan Son Nat Airport
1:30 AMCheck-in at Townhouse 23
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Mekong Delta Tour
6:00 PM onwardsDinner
Ben Thanh Street Food
Ben Thanh Market
Pham Ngu Lao Street
Thanh Binh Store
9:00 PMLights off
Day 28:00 AM
11:00 AM
Saigon Walking Tour
-War Remnants Museum
-Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)
-Notre-Dame Cathedral
-Saigon Central Post Office
-Opera House
12:00 PMLunch around Pham Ngu Lao St.
CAMBODIA1:00 PMDeparture from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh
7:00 PMArrival, Check-in at Aura Thematic Hostel
8:00 PM
Leisure Walk around Royal Palace
10:00 PMLights off
Day 37:00 AM
10:30 AM
Phnom Penh Half-day City Tour
-Royal Palace
-Seaside walk
11:30 AMPick-up to bus station
12:00 PMDeparture from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
6:00 PMArrival, Check-in at Luxury Concept Hostel
7:00 PM
Pub Street
Angkor Night Market
9:00 PMLights off
Day 44:30 AM
6:00 PM
Angkor Wat Tour (Sunrise to Sunset)
-South Gate of Angkor Thom
-Bayon Temple
-Terrace of the Elephants
-Terrace of the Leper King
-East Gate of Angkor Thom
-Chau Say Tevoda
-Ta Keo
-Ta Phrom
-Banteay Kdei
-Bakhaeng Hill for Sunset
7:00 PMBack to Hotel, Rest
8:00 PMDinner
Night Market for Pasalubong
9:00 PMLights off
THAILANDDay 58:00 AMDeparture from Siem Reap to Bangkok
6:00 PMArrival, Check-in at Sabye Hostel
7:00 PMDinner
Stroll at Khao San St.
9:00 PMLights off
Day 68:00 AM
3:00 PM
Bangkok City Tour
-Grand Palace
-Temple of Emerald Buddha
-Wat Pho
-Wat Phra Kaew
-Wat Arun
4:00 PMBack to Hotel, Rest
5:00 PMStroll at Khao San St.
Buy Pasalubong
9:00 PMLights off
Day 76:00 AMOff to Bangkok Airport
10:00 AMDeparture from Bangkok to Manila
2:00 PMArrival at NAIA 3


Here’s the full list of expenses:

Expenses (Prior Trip)Price (Php)Remarks
AirfareManila to Ho Chi Minh
Bangkok to Manila
4000Promo fare via Cebu Pacific
AirportTravel Tax1620Paid in NAIA 3 prior check-in
(All booked thru
Ho Chi Minh – Townhouse 23 Saigon10162 Nights/2 Days with breakfast
Phnom Penh – Aura Thematic Hostel2362 Days/1 Night
Siem Reap – Luxury Concept Hostel4793 Days/2 Nights
Bangkok – Sabye Club Hostel6623 Days/2 Nights with breakfast
BusHo Chi Minh to Phnom Penh560Booked thru Mekong Express
TourMekong Delta Tour, Ho Chi Minh494Booked thru TheSinhTourist


CountryExpenses (During Trip)Price (Php)Remarks
VIETNAMDay 1 Grab from airport to hostel360Grab is cheaper than Taxi
Coke during lunch43During Mekong Delta tour, drinks are excluded to the free lunch.
Dinner130Local resto along Pham Ngu Lao St.
Day 2War Remnants Museum33Admission fee
Iced Coffee35Really the BEST!
Banh Mi35Loads of them on the street.
Lunch123Local resto along Pham Ngu Lao St.
CAMBODIATuktuk to hostel50Walking distance from Royal Palace
Dinner171Local resto
Day 3Breakfast100Hostel breakfast
Royal Palace512Admission fee
Water33Inside Royal Palace.
Bus to Siem Reap500Booked thru hostel. Free pick up
Lunch at bus stop100I ate biscuits only.
Dinner138Around night market
Day 4Tuktuk whole day tour350Shared with some co-travellers that I met.
Angkor Wat pass1850From 20 to 37 USD
Lunch350A bit expensive since it’s near the Angkor Wat.
Dinner138Around night market
THAILANDDay 5Bus to Bangkok500Booked thru hostel. Free pick up
Brunch100Breakfast & Lunch at the same time to save some money.
Dinner88Around Khao San road. It’s very cheap.
Day 6Grand Palace735Admission fee
Big water20Outside the palace.
Wat Pho147Admission fee with free water. D
Roundtrip ferry to Wat Arun12Oposite Wat Pho
Lunch81Late lunch along Khao San road
Choco shake40Khao San road
Dinner91Around Khao San road.
Biscuits and water407-Eleven
Day 7Taxi to airport250I heard you can find a cheaper one.
C258Cebu pacific during flight.



📌 Do not trust just anyone. I met some people who ended up being scammed.
📌Make sure you try their Iced Coffee! THE BEST!
📌Tourist spots in Ho Chi Minh are near to each other. Do not take taxi. You can take a walk from one place to another. Ask your hotel/hostel for a guided map.


📌They prefer USD than their own currency.
📌During our stop over from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, I was supposed to order from one of the restaurants but I lost my appetite when I saw how they prepae the food so I ended up eating biscuits.
📌Angkor Wat pass has become more expensive, it’s now $37 from $20.
📌If you’re a solo traveller, it’s better to approach co-travellers in Siem Reap and ask if you can share a ride for an Angkor Wat tour so you can save some money. Whole day tour, from sunrise to sunset, three of us shared the $20 charge so I only paid $7 (with breakfast).


📌Scam at the border is real. The first person before me was asked to give 3 dollars.
📌1 serving of rice is a LOT.
📌Do not buy souvenirs along Khao San Road. They are very much expensive.


“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.”
-Aldous Huxley

6 thoughts on “Solo Backpacking Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand in 7 Days

  1. i’m so happy i found your blog.! i’m planning to travel to these cities by May and i’ve been crazy searching for information about the tri city tour and most of the blogs i found are too lengthy but lacks the right details but yours is just right! i like how detailed and simple you put it.
    maybe if you add more photos it would be perfect! 🙂
    thanks for sharing your itinerary.

    1. Hi Zev. Most hotels or hostels can arrange arrange it for you. If not, there are ticket counters who sell bus tickets to Poipet. From Poipet, there are taxis to anywhere in Bangkok.

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