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16 Days / 15 Nights Trip to Cambodia, Vietnam & Vietnam & Cambodia

Experience Vietnam & Cambodia

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
    16 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,995
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Active Asia Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Siem Reap: the Kingdom of Wonder
Highlight #1
Siem Reap: the Kingdom of Wonder
This beautiful city surrounded by the temples of Angkor surprises and delights at every turn.
 Explore Cambodia's capital: Phnom Penh
Highlight #2
 Explore Cambodia's capital: Phnom Penh
This busy city boasts opulent temples and palaces, bistros and boutiques and a legendary dusk-to-dawn nightlife.
Hoi An will completely charm you
Highlight #3
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.
Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
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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.
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Itinerary

Arrive Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi anytime today where you will be met for the transfer to your hotel.   
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.

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 have 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. 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 trouble 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 1,000-year-old city centre. Bustling streets filled with vendors, city life and narrow traditional homes make this an amazing place to explore.

The evening is yours at leisure, you may like to shop, dine beside Hoan Kiem Lake or relax back at your hotel.

Halong Bay

After breakfast depart to Halong Bay. A legendary world just waiting to be explored. 
On arriving at Halong Bay around midday, board your cruise vessel for a delicious lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape. 

Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands seeing floating villages and stunning coves, visit a cave to witness stalagmites and stalactites with the opportunity to Kayak or swim. Onboard enjoy activities including sunbathing, traditional massage or try your hand at Vietnamese cooking. 
        
Overnight and Dinner onboard your Deluxe Cruise. Your cabin offers all the amenities to feel comfortable: twin or queen-size bed, air-conditioner, ensuite bathroom with shower and expansive windows providing memorable views.

Halong Bay – Hoi An

For the early risers you can join in with Tai Chi on the sundeck, watch the sun rising from behind the mountains. Or simply enjoy dawn break with coffee and a light breakfast.

Then cruise back to port with stops at a fishing village before enjoying a buffet Brunch at the end of your memorable trip. On disembarking return to Hanoi. 

Mid-afternoon arrive Hanoi airport for the short flight to Danang in Central Vietnam. 
On arrival, transfer to Hoi An and your seaside hotel.

Hoi An

This morning discover the ancient Ruins of My Son.
Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the My Son remains of impressive towers located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.

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 shop houses line the streets, the Japanese covered bridge is a landmark and you’ll discover the history of this ancient trading port.

You can return to your hotel to relax, swim and freshen up - then the evening is yours at leisure. Hoi An offers a huge range of lovely restaurants and is very popular for shopping!

Hoi An

We have included a full day at leisure in Hoi An as it is the jewel in anyone’s visit to Hoi An.
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 (additional cost) 
Optional
Experiences:  Red Bridge 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 many of local farmers work at 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 Tour, Guided.

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

Hai Van Pass

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, once rated by National Geographic as one of the 50 ‘must-do’ journeys in the world. Stunning views await of Lang Co Beach and out to Sea as we travel the winding road to Hue.

Hue

Today discover the historical significance of The Royal Capital, the city of Hue – the former Imperial City.

Start the day with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601. Then continue by car to the Ancient Citadel, the capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945, where the last King of Vietnam abdicated in 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.

Hue to Saigon

This morning transfer to Hue airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). 
On arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in and to freshen up. 

Then a Saigon Sights city tour includes a stop at the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustaf designed Central Post Office before visiting the War Museum – a stark reminder of the atrocities of war. Then a special insight with a visit to a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicines, 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!

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

This morning a magical speedboat trip up the River to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. A video shows their use and parts have been excavated for you to see inside. 

Returning to Saigon the afternoon is yours at leisure for that last-minute shopping or to enjoy the cafés and bars.

Mekong Delta – Can Tho

This morning depart Ho Chi Minh City for the drive through the beautiful agricultural areas known as the fruit bowl of Vietnam – the Mekong Delta. 

On arrival in the Mekong, a boat trip takes you across the river to explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. Visit orchards and bonsai gardens and sample the wonderful array of fruit. After a light lunch continue by road to Can Tho to overnight.

Mekong Delta – Chau Do

This morning a boat trip visits Cai Rang floating market where fresh produce is bought and sold between boats the surrounding areas. Then continue by road further into the Mekong arriving in the early afternoon at Chau Doc. Lunch enroute.

This afternoon visit Sam Mountain. With influence from Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer cultures, Sam Mountain is renowned for its traditional pagodas secluded in 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 dated 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.

Mekong – Phnom Penh

Early this morning farewell your Vietnam guide as you board a modern speed boat for your journey upriver to Phnom Penh. 

You’ll be cruising one the most mysterious rivers of the world, the Mekong River. From the comfort of your seat, watch life unfold in front of you: tiny villages, bamboo-stilt houses, colourful floating markets, farmers at work and smiling children. 

 During border formalities, you’ll enjoy cool drinks offered by the on-board staff. 

Phnom Penh was once known as the "Pearl of Asia". It was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. In 1975 Phnom Penh was evacuated by the destructive Khmer Rouge, and now is regaining its place on the map of upcoming cities.

On arrival at Phnom Penh, your local Cambodian guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel to check in and freshen up. In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
From here we’ll stop for a visit to the Daughters’ Visitor Centre a beautiful space, 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. Spend your evening enjoying the river-front restaurants and bars.

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

This morning visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields located just outside Phnom Penh. NOTE: Some images may be disturbing for some people. 

We then transfer to the airport with time for lunch (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.

Siem Reap – Angkor

After breakfast enjoy a full day on your Amazing Angkor tour. 

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.

Then visit the Bayon Temple (circa 1190), a Buddhist temple that retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact centre 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. 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 yours at leisure, enjoy ‘Pub Street’ and the night markets if you wish.

Departure

Morning at leisure before the transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure

Inclusions

 Fully guided small group tour – maximum 14 guests

 2-night stays in most main centres PLUS a 3-night stay in popular Hoi An!

 Includes flights between all main cities

 Travel the wonderful countryside to Halong Bay and the mighty Mekong Delta

 Cruise the Mekong River between Vietnam & Cambodia

 Top quality centrally located 4 Star hotels

 15 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 2 Dinners Included

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 Visa and International travel charges

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