Experience Vietnam & Cambodia

Stunning Vietnam & Cambodia

Small Group Leisure Tour

4-Star Hotels

The perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of two incredible countries, this comprehensive tour combines East and West, old-world charm and modern developing cities, tranquil corners and historic architecture. A once-in-a-lifetime trip, discover the magic of these two Southeast Asian delights with our Vietnam and Cambodia tour!

Tour Highlights

No long days spent travelling by bus

Travel through the countryside to the Mekong Delta

Top quality, centrally located, 4-star hotels

Quality small group tour

An in-depth look at Vietnam

Stunning Angkor Temples of Cambodia

Trip Information
Price

2020:

  • January – April: US$ 3295
  • March – September: US$ 2995
  • October – December*: US$ 3295
  • * 30 December: US$ 3395

2021:

  • January – March: US$ 3295

Price is per person in USD based on twin/double share.

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Single traveler (single room) add: US$ 1099


Duration

16 days, 15 nights


Availability

We depart on specific dates regularly throughout the year. All departures guaranteed!

 

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2020
February 5, 19
March 4, 18
April 1, 15
May 6, 20
June 3, 17
July 1, 15, 29
August 12, 26
September 9, 23
October 7, 21
November 4, 18
December 2, 30*
* Includes New Year’s Eve dinner.

2021
January 13, 27
February 24
March 10, 24
April 7, 21


Trip Specifications
  • Group size: 2-14 persons
  • Min Age 15
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We regret that we do not accept children under the age of 15 on this tour. If travelling with children contact us so that we can arrange a personalised family holiday for you!


Meeting Point

You will be met at the airport in Hanoi for your transfer to your luxury 4-star hotel


Accommodation

All accommodation in 4-star hotels, including daily breakfast


Included
  • Local English-speaking guide in each country
  • All accommodation in 4-star hotels including daily breakfast
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours detailed including entrance fees
  • All domestic flights and boat journeys detailed
  • 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Full pre-departure information and an emergency contact phone number in Vietnam & Cambodia

Not Included
  • International flights (arrive Hanoi – Depart Siem Reap)
  • Cambodia & Vietnam entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks during lunches and dinners
  • Departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses (mini-bar, phone calls, laundry, internet, etc) and gratuities (tips)

NOTE: A visa is required for both Vietnam and Cambodia. These must be arranged before you depart your home country, please contact your travel agent to arrange these.


What to Bring
  • We recommend a few items of clothing that cover the shoulders and knees for any city tours that visit temples.
  • Light cotton clothing is best for Vietnam & Cambodia with something to throw on for cooler nights. Being aware of course, of the time of year as winter in Vietnam can be cool in the North.
  • A light raincoat is recommended during the rainy season (May-Oct).

Guide Info

A local English-speaking guide will travel with you throughout your journey. Find out more about our guides here.

Overview of Your Tour

Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi

Today, arrive in Hanoi where you will be met for the transfer to your hotel.

Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival your local English speaking guide will update you with all you need to know about Hanoi including money matters, how to get around, what’s ahead on your tour, plus you’ll get our best of what to do and where to eat guide.
2 nights, boutique 4-star hotel in the heart of the old quarter.

Day 2 - Hanoi (B, L)

Explore the 1,000 year old city on a Heritage Hanoi city tour – learn the role women play in society, discovering the ancient temple of Confucius and see where the great man, Ho Chi Minh, himself lies in state.

See the Best of Hanoi
This morning, after a wonderful breakfast at your hotel, meet your group for a Heritage Hanoi city tour beginning with a visit to the Women’s Museum, which highlights the incredible role women play in Vietnamese culture and traditions in supporting their family and country. An incredible insight into Vietnamese community. Continue to tour Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton which once housed US Senator John McCain. Then, the Temple of Literature built in 1070 was Vietnam’s first University, dedicated to Confucius and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture.

Lunch is included at KOTO, a not-for-profit restaurant helping troubled youth learn culinary skills to bring them a higher education and a brighter future. After lunch, visit Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, a major pilgrimage site for the Vietnamese people, where inside lies the country’s famous leader. You’ll tour his historic house to learn more about the great man Ho Chi Minh and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. We then return to the ‘Old Quarter’ for an Ancient City Walking Tour to discover the narrow streets of this thousand year-old city center. Bustling streets filled with vendors, city life and narrow traditional homes make this an amazing place to explore.
The evening is at your leisure, you may like to shop, dine beside Hoan Kiem Lake or relax back at your hotel.

Optional Experience:
Street Food Tour – For the adventurous, your guide will take you on a special walking tour of the street food of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. Guided, approx. 5 pm start.

Day 3 - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

After breakfast you’ll depart to Halong Bay, a phenomenal natural wonder just waiting to be explored.

Cruise Stunning Halong Bay
On arriving at Halong Bay around midday, board your oriental-style vessel for a delicious buffet lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape. An incredible afternoon cruising amongst towering limestone islands awaits! Take the opportunity to kayak, swim or enjoy onboard activities including sunbathing, traditional massage and cooking demonstrations.

After a delicious dinner, spend the night onboard your deluxe cruise. Your cabin offers all the amenities to feel comfortable: twin or queen-size bed, air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom with shower and expansive windows providing unforgettable views.

Day 4 - Halong Bay to Hoi An (B)

A scenic drive back to Hanoi takes us past local villages where we can witness local life, before a short flight to Danang.

Witness the Life of the Locals
If you wish to take advantage of the stunning sunrise over the mountains and crystal waters of Halong Bay, join in with Tai Chi on the sundeck, or simply enjoy dawn break with coffee and a light breakfast. Then we’ll cruise back to port, stopping at islands and bays for photo opportunities, before enjoying a buffet brunch.

Upon disembarking, your guide will greet you for a picturesque drive to Hanoi. Along the way, we’ll make one last stop to browse the embroidery and textile products for which this area is known.
Late afternoon we’ll arrive in Hanoi airport for the short flight to Danang in Central Vietnam.

Upon arrival, you will be met for a transfer to Hoi An and your seaside hotel. Enjoy 3 nights in a 4-star, boutique, beachfront resort.

Day 5 - My Son - Hoi An (B, L)

This morning discover the ancient Ruins of My Son from a culture with its spiritual origins in Indian Hinduism. Then explore a past trading town on a short Ancient Hoi An walking tour.

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Site
These awe-inspiring abandoned Hindu temples, hidden away in a mystical setting, are the remnants of a unique culture dating back to between the 4th and 13th centuries, which owes its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism.
My Son is Vietnam’s counterpart to the grand cities of other Asian civilizations such as Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Myanmar), Ayutthaya (Thailand), and Borobudur (Java). You’ll return to Hoi An for a lunch of traditional Hoi An food.

A short Ancient Hoi An walking tour showcases the historic old buildings. Ancient shophouses line the streets and the Japanese covered bridge is a landmark that will allow you to discover the history of this ancient trading port. You can return to your hotel to relax, swim and freshen up – then the evening is free for you to choose. Hoi An offers a huge range of lovely restaurants and is very popular for shopping!

Day 6 - Hoi An (B)

Hoi An is everyone’s favourite place, so we have included a full day at leisure to enjoy the shopping, beach, play around of golf or to take in more sights.

Enjoy Hoi An
We have included a full day at your leisure in Hoi An as it is the highlight in everyone’s visit to Vietnam. Relax, explore, swim or shop – the choice is yours. Hoi An is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam with its charming old town filled with art shops, homewares, cafés and tailors. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre, it is a wonderful town for getting clothes tailor-made or for buying souvenirs. Hoi An also boasts an excellent beach. For those who want to maximize their time we offer optional tours at a small additional cost.

Optional Experiences:
Cooking Class – Red Bridge offers one of the most professional and fun cooking classes in Vietnam. Beginning with a market visit to purchase produce, followed by a boat trip to the school. Red Bridge will teach you how to create many of the popular Vietnamese dishes you will encounter on your holiday. Begins at 8.15am in Hoi An town.

Countryside Village by Bike – Using quality local bikes your guide will collect you from your hotel for a cycle through the countryside to a local village where the way of life remains as it has for generations. You’ll see pottery making and visit the Tra Que farming Village, the fresh vegetable gardens and see many local farmers work in their fields using traditional methods. On the way, see small handicrafts, such as rice paper making. Lunch is included of local food before biking back to your hotel. Fitness level: Average. Grade: Easy

Ethnic Village by Jeep – Travel by American Army Jeep for an exciting ride inland towards the Ho Chi Minh Trail, through stunning countryside to a traditional ethnic community still living the ways of their ancestors. Full day guided tour.

Optional tours can be pre-paid with your tour or available for you to book with your guide.

Day 7 - Hai Van Pass (B, D)

This morning explore Danang before traveling to Hue via the spectacular Hai Van Pass, a mountain route with breathtaking panoramic vistas.

Stunning Views Await green hill leading to ocean
This morning discover the Danang highlights. Just after leaving Hoi An we’ll stop to explore Marble Mountain to see the huge array of artisans at the carving village set at the base of these historic mounds.
Take the steps (or lift) to the top for the views and to see the hidden Buddhist statues amongst the caves and landscape. Then we stop to view one of the landmarks of Danang, Dragon Bridge, before visiting the impressive ‘pink’ Danang Cathedral. At the Cham Museum you’ll discover some of the best artefacts from a past civilization of the Cham people.

An early lunch at a local restaurant before we tackle the spectacular Hai Van Pass, nce rated by National Geographic as one of the top 50 ‘must-do’ journeys in the world. A trip on the Hai Van Pass is an experience not to be missed. Stunning views await of Lang Co Beach and the ocean horizon as wel travel the winding road to Hue.
In the afternoon, continue to Hue to check in and relax for 2 nights in the comfort of your historic 4-star hotel.

Day 8 - Hue (B, L)

Discover the historical significance of the Royal Capital, the city of Hue – the former Imperial City. This morning offers a fascinating insight into the historical and cultural significance of this former imperial city.

Tour of Historical Hue
Enjoy a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601. From here we’ll make our way to the Ancient Citadel by car. Enclosed by 10-metre thick walls and surrounded by a moat, this former Vietnamese capital (1802-1945) was where the last king of Vietnam – Bao Dai King – abdicated on 30th August 1945.
After lunch at a delicious local restaurant – visit the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh with its mix of Asian and Western architecture. On the return to your hotel a stop is made at a roadside village to observe how locals make incense and the iconic conical hats.

Day 9 - Hue to Saigon (B)

This morning transfer to Hue airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and discover the wonderful French architecture, the impacts of the US-Vietnam War and traditional medicine.

Search Saigongrand white building with archway entrance
On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in and to freshen up. Then a Saigon City Tour begins with a stop at the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office. We include a stop for lunch (at your own cost) and a visit to the War Museum – a stark reminder of the Vietnam War. Then, a special insight with a tour of a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicine, used in Asia dating back to the Stone Age. We end the day at a local boutique brewery for those who want to sample an ice-cold local beer to end their day!
Enjoy two nights in a historic, central 4-star hotel.

Day 10 - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll head to the wharf for a magical speedboat trip up the river to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, an important remnant of the war.

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnelsthree young people sitting on old war tank
Walk the grounds, visit the old hospital and climb into the tunnels – if you dare! We return to Saigon in the afternoon for you to enjoy the evening at your own convenience, for that last-minute shopping or enjoying the cafés and bars.

Tip! For shopping, enjoy the luxury brand names around downtown Saigon or head to Ben Thanh market to test your bartering skills.

(Note: Some people on this tour may only be doing the Vietnam portion of the tour and will leave the group tomorrow)

Day 11 - Mekong Delta - Can Tho (B, L)

We depart from Saigon today for an incredibly scenic drive through the ‘fruit bowl’ of Vietnam.

Explore the Magic of the Mekong Delta
Take in the passing countryside as we make our way to the vast labyrinth of the Mekong Delta. With boat-filled rivers, islands, floating markets, and traditional villages, this breathtaking natural wonder offers a fascinating insight into an age-old way of life. Here we’ll board a small boat, exploring the islands, estuaries, unusual tropical fruits, fresh specialty goods and a very laid-back way of life. You’ll get to experience, up close and personal, the daily life of the people of the Mekong. After a light lunch, we’ll continue by road to Can Tho overnight.

(Some people may join today for the Mekong & Cambodia Explorer Tour)

Day 12 - Mekong Delta - Chau Doc (B, L)

After an early-morning breakfast, we’ll travel by boat to the floating market in the Mekong at Cai Rang.

Take in the Colourful Floating Markets
Witness the daily ancient ritual of the markets. Boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other products anchor along the banks of the river daily selling their goods. The merchandise sold in each boat is hung on a high pole in front of the boat as a sample to attract customers from a distance.

We’ll then continue by road further into the Mekong, arriving in the early afternoon for lunch.

This afternoon, visit Sam Mountain. With influence from Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer cultures, Sam Mountain is renowned for its traditional pagodas, secluded caves and is the site where devout local Buddhists make their annual pilgrimage. During your tour, you will visit the main sites of Lady Chua Xu built in 1820, Tay An Co Tu built in 1847, and Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum dating from 1930. These key locations will be the base of your introduction to Buddhism, Hinduism and worship to ancestors. Your guide will explain how these three religions were brought to Vietnam and how they impact the daily life of the Vietnamese.

Stay overnight at the 4-star colonial hotel, built right on the banks of the Bassac River. Relax in style, enjoying the swimming pool, fitness centre or billiards – or hire a bicycle to explore the surrounding area.

Day 13 - Mekong - Phnom Penh (B)

Today we’ll travel to Phnom Penh by speed boat, where you can get settled into your boutique accommodation and explore some of the main sights.

Take a Speed Boat to Phnom Penh
We hit the water early this morning as we board the Victoria speed boat for your journey up river to Phnom Penh! Once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, Phnom Penh is a stunning French colonial city regaining its place on the map of upcoming cities. On arrival to Phnom Penh, your local Cambodian guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel to check in and freshen up.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, both incredible architectural feats. From here, we’ll stop at the Daughters’ Visitor Centre, a beautiful space and home to Daughters of Cambodia. Daughters of Cambodia reaches out to victims of sex trafficking. Their center provides women with good-paying jobs at Sugar ‘n Spice Café, Hands ‘n Feet Spa and the entry-level boutique. Here you are free to browse the boutique, grab something to eat at the café or enjoy a foot spa. For those who wish, you are welcome to stay behind and make your own way back to your hotel. Spend the evening enjoying the riverfront restaurants and bars. Alternatively, you can be transferred back to your hotel.

Spend one night at a 4-star urban resort, a chic modern boutique property close to coffee shops and the downtown riverfront area.

Day 14 - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, D)

Pay your respects to the recent history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields before a short flight to Siem Reap, the home of Angkor.

Visit the Killing Fields
This morning visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields located just outside Phnom Penh. (Note: Some images may be confronting for some people.) We then transfer to the airport with time for lunch (at your own expense) before the short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap you will be transferred for check-in at your hotel.

This evening a magical experience that will delight you and support the local community. We begin with dinner of Khmer cuisine – then head on to the big top to enjoy Cambodia’s own Cirque type show – Phare, the Cambodian Circus.

More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Formed in 1994 by 9 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. Today Phare is one of Cambodia’s most innovative social enterprise models. Profits generated through tickets and merchandise sales support the free education, arts training and social support programs.
2 nights at a 4-star hotel.

Day 15 - Angkor Wat - Siem Reap (B, L)

Today, we reach the jewel in the crown – the ancient and amazing Angkor Temples.

Witness the Incredible Angkor Temples
Overgrown and tucked away deep in a forest, a visit to the Angkor Temples is an out-of-this-world experience. We’ll spend some time here, taking in the incredible architecture and various temples ranging in size and grandeur. Tour to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins has five monumental gates, 20m high and decorated with stone elephant trunks and the king’s favourite motif, the four faces of Avalokiteshvara.

Continue to the ruins of Bayon. The Bayon Temple (circa 1190) is a Buddhist temple yet it retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara and its extraordinary bas-reliefs.

A walk through the mystical jungle clad temple of Ta Prohm, over-grown from the jungle and offers a magical Instagram-moment.

After lunch of traditional Khmer food, visit the jewel – Angkor Wat. The world’s largest religious building, Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world. It appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building. The “lost city” of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800s after Cambodia was colonized by the French.

The evening is at your leisure, enjoy ‘Pub Street’ for some lively entertainment and the night markets if you wish.

Day 16 - Departure (B)

The morning is at your leisure before the transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure.

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