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Essential Vietnam & Cambodia - 17 days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

17 Days / 16 Nights Trip | 10 Days / 9 Nights Trip | Explore Hanoi, Cat Ba Island & Lan Ha Bay, Hue Sightseeing, Visit Hoi An

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia - 17 days

No matter where you are in Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll find your palate delighted, your senses heightened, and your spirit recharged.
One trip, double the fun! 
 
From the temples of Siem Reap to the limestone karst wonderland of Ha Long Bay, and the beautiful old-world charm of Hoi An to the buzzing local vibrancy of Hanoi, experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia with us. Explore a mix of ancient-modern cities, floating villages and colourful market streets that crackle with energy, eat steaming bowls of noodle soup, and enjoy plenty of good times with new friends in between.
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  • Duration
    17 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,332
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
Highlight #1
Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
From pretty paper lanterns to glass jars of ancient herbal remedies, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, there's a surprise waiting around every corner.
Hoi An will completely charm you
Highlight #2
Hoi An will completely charm you
Paper lanterns line the streets and a small river flows through, with over 100 candle lit lamps floating on the water - it's as beautiful as it sounds.
Explore Cambodia's capital: Phnom Penh
Highlight #3
Explore Cambodia's capital: Phnom Penh
This busy city boasts opulent temples and palaces, bistros and boutiques and a legendary dusk-to-dawn nightlife.
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Itinerary

Hanoi

Sunday. Welcome to Vietnam and the start of your adventure! Make your own way to our start hotel in Hanoi. At 4pm meet your guide and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby for a welcome meeting and drinks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

 Please note: if you'd like more time to explore Vietnam's charming capital, we can book pre tour accommodation for you upon request. 

  Hotel:  None

Cat Ba Island

Hanoi - Cat Ba Island. This morning we travel to the coast and take the ferry to Cat Ba Island, the largest island in the beautiful Halong Bay region. From there we board a boat for a scenic cruise to Beo Floating Village and pristine Lan Ha Bay, with its emerald waters and karst rock formations, enjoying lunch on board. This afternoon there's the opportunity to kayak and explore Cat Ba Island's lagoons or enjoy a 10km cycle across the jungle to the island’s most remote village (included in the price of the tour).

 Later in the afternoon we return to our hotel and enjoy some free time, perhaps unwinding on the beach or visiting Canon Fort, which is known for its stunning sunset views over the archipelago.

 PLEASE NOTE: from May-August our visit to Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay day cruise will be replaced with an overnight Halong Bay junk boat cruise. Please read the trip notes for further information.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba – Hue. This morning offers free time to enjoy our surrounds or there's an optional excursion to visit Cat Ba fish market and hike up to one of the island’s many peaks, which boasts breathtaking views of Cat Ba National Park from its summit. After some time to freshen up at our hotel, we travel to Hanoi train station to catch our overnight train (simple 4 berth cabins) to the imperial city of Hue. 

 Please note: from May-August our visit to Cat Ba Island will be replaced with an overnight Halong Bay cruise. Please read the trip notes for further information.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Hue

Today we tour Hue’s biggest highlight, the Imperial Citadel, and learn all about this city’s fascinating past. We then continue to the Village of the Mandarins, set on the banks of the Perfume River, to get a taste of local life and enjoy lunch at one of the villager’s homes. 

 This afternoon we travel to our hotel, where the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Either hit the beach or visit the imperial tombs and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Or, alternatively, take one of our optional excursions to watch the sunset at Chuon lagoon or to cycle through Hue's rural outskirts.

   Meals:   Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Hoi An

Hue – Hoi An. Departing Hue, we travel by public tourist bus (modern coach with air conditioning) to Hoi An, an enchanting port town on Vietnam’s central coast. After dropping our luggage at our hotel, we enjoy an orientation walking tour of the town’s UNESCO-listed centre, visiting sights such as the iconic Japanese Bridge. The rest of the day is free for you to stroll along the riverside with its colourful fishing boats and explore Hoi An's cobbled streets which are bedecked with lanterns and home to some of Asia's best tailors, wonderful craft shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Hoi An

Hoi An – Mui Ne. Enjoy a free day in Hoi An, perhaps unwinding on the beach or shopping in the town’s colourful markets. We also offer two optional excursions, either cycling and paddling through the surrounding countryside or visiting a local farm to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. 

 This evening we continue to Da Nang railway station, where we catch our overnight train (simple 4 berth cabins) to Mui Ne, one of the most popular beach resorts in Vietnam.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Mui Ne

Around noon today, we arrive into Bihn Thuan railway station, where we transfer to our hotel in the coastal resort town of Mui Ne. Mui Ne is a real Mecca for surfers and kite-surfing enthusiasts and it's also the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Spend the rest of day 7 and day 8 at leisure. Perhaps soak up the sunshine by the pool or on the glorious 21km stretch of golden sandy beach, with its colourful fishing boats, famous sand dunes and emerald sea. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Mui Ne

Around noon today, we arrive into Bihn Thuan railway station, where we transfer to our hotel in the coastal resort town of Mui Ne. Mui Ne is a real Mecca for surfers and kite-surfing enthusiasts and it's also the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Spend the rest of day 7 and day 8 at leisure. Perhaps soak up the sunshine by the pool or on the glorious 21km stretch of golden sandy beach, with its colourful fishing boats, famous sand dunes and emerald sea. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Ho Chi Minh City

Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City. Travelling by public tourist bus, we make our way to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Spend the rest of the day either enjoying some free time or exploring the sights on our optional city tour. 

 Day 10 is free to further explore the city or there is an optional excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning, a vast underground network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters in the Vietnam War. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City at lunch time, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps sampling some of the city’s famous street food and shopping in the markets, visiting the sobering War Remnants Museum or the historic Reunification Palace.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Ho Chi Minh City

Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City. Travelling by public tourist bus, we make our way to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Spend the rest of the day either enjoying some free time or exploring the sights on our optional city tour. 

 Day 10 is free to further explore the city or there is an optional excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning, a vast underground network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters in the Vietnam War. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City at lunch time, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps sampling some of the city’s famous street food and shopping in the markets, visiting the sobering War Remnants Museum or the historic Reunification Palace.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). This morning we travel by public tourist bus across the border into Cambodia and on to its capital Phnom Penh. After hotel check-in, we meet our guide and travel by tuk tuk to the Mekong River for a scenic walk along Phnom Penh's riverside, before heading to the famous Foreign Correspondents Club for a drink. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Phnom Penh

Today is a free day to either explore Phnom Penh at your leisure or choose one of our optional excursions. In the morning our optional city tour takes in the Central Market, the National Museum and the Royal Palace with its famous Silver Pagoda. Then you can learn about horrors of the Pol Pot regime on an optional afternoon tour to the Killing Fields and Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21). Alternatively, those feeling energetic have the option of a cycling trip to scenic Koh Dach island in the afternoon. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Battambang

Phnom Penh – Battambang. This morning we journey to the agricultural province of Battambang, considered the rice bowl of Cambodia, stopping en route to visit a local pottery. Arriving into Battambang we visit Phnom Sambov Mountain, a place steeped in legend, with Wat Sampeou at its peak and a group of caves used as ‘killing caves’ by the Khmer Rouge.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Siem Reap

Battambang – Siem Reap. After breakfast, we visit the lively Battambang Market and visit a local village which is renowned for its old wooden houses. Here we'll discover past and present Khmer architecture, look inside some of the local families' homes and gain an insight into the Cambodian way of life. We'll also learn about the process of producing rice paper, sticky rice and other Cambodian treats, as well as visiting a weaving and handicraft centre. 

 Next we enjoy a fun ride on Battambang's famous bamboo train, a raft-like device used by local villagers to transport their goods, before driving to Wat Banan, an 11th-century mountain-top temple. We climb to the top of the mountain to explore the temple and take in the fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Bidding farewell to Battambang we travel on to Siem Reap, where the evening is free to spend at your leisure.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Temples of Angkor

We spend this morning exploring magnificent Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all the temples within the Angkor Complex. This afternoon we visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, with the Bayon Temple at its centre. This 12th-century masterpiece is known for its Gothic towers decorated with smiling faces. 

 Our final stop is Ta Prohm temple, made famous by the Tomb Raider movie starring Angelina Jolie. Left just as it was discovered, the temple is slowly being overtaken by the surrounding jungle, with vast tree trunks growing amongst its ruins. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Kampong Phluk & Tonle Sap Lake

Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake. Travelling to Tonle Sap Lake this morning we visit the villages of Kampong Phluk, which feature stilt houses built within the floodplain of the lake. Boarding row boats we explore Kampong Phluk, passing houses, schools and local businesses built on stilts which hover above the surface of the lake, whilst nearby, the petrified trees of a flooded forest are revealed whenever the water level drops. Returning to Siem Reap, this afternoon offers free time, perhaps shopping in the central market or discovering the buzzing atmosphere of Pub Street. This evening there's an optional dinner and Apsara dance show.

 PLEASE NOTE: During the dry season (Mar - Sep), when the water level is low on Tonle Sap Lake we visit the Chong Kneas floating village instead of Kampong Phluk. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Siem Reap

Tuesday. Our tour comes to an end today. Depart at any time or, if you would like to extend your stay in Cambodia, we can arrange post-tour accommodation. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 14 breakfasts and 2 lunches

 14 nights 3 star hotels

 2 overnight sleeper trains: Hanoi - Hue and Danang to Mui Ne (basic, 4 berth cabins) 

 Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles and public tourist bus from Hue - Hoi An, Mui Ne - Ho Chi Minh City and Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh

 Lan Ha Bay cruise (or overnight Halong Bay junk boat cruise from May to August)

 Guided sightseeing in Hue, Hoi An, Battambang, the Temples of Angkor and Kampong Phluk

 Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide

Not Included

 International flights and visa

 Airport arrival and departure transfer

 Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

 Entrance Fees: USD$65-75pp, paid in USD or VND

 Additional 5% GST

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04 Oct 2020

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20 Oct 2020

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25 Oct 2020

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