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10 Days / 9 Nights Trip to Cambodia, Vietnam & Vietnam & Cambodia

Vietnam Life

Get ready for cultural immersion, local escapades, plenty of fun and un-pho-gettable times all rolled into one.
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
    10 Days
  • Starting From
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Active Asia Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Saigon: hot, noisy, and exhilarating
Highlight #1
Saigon: hot, noisy, and exhilarating
Busy streets filled with bikes, plenty of street food filling the air with the smells, travellers and locals shopping, eating, laughing and going about their day; Saigon is a sensory delight.
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.
Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
Highlight #3
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.
Cruise the world-famous Halong Bay!
Highlight #4
Cruise the world-famous Halong Bay!
Thousands of limestone karsts rising like dragon's teeth from the sea; there's a striking sight everywhere you turn.

Why Vietnam will surprise and amaze you

What does Vietnam have in store for you? The unexpected. The surprising. The delightful.

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Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City 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 Ho Chi Minh City including money matters, how to get around, what’s ahead on your tour plus you’ll receive our Ho Chi Minh City Guide to what to see, where to shop and eat.

Ho Chi Minh City

Today a connection with the local way of life in the big city. Vietnamese generally wake early, for a chance to exercise in the local park, enjoy a chat over an early morning coffee or for commuters to enjoy a tasty breakfast on their way to work. Early morning markets are also at their busiest as even today many Vietnamese shop daily for their food requirements.

Experience a mode of transport from the past as we discover the Secrets of Saigon.
The cyclo was ‘the’ mode of transport until the end of the 1990’s and there is no better way to get up close with the buzzing streets. Your cyclo driver will expertly navigate you through the streets to Tao Dan Park to meet the community that makes this park special. 

The colourful wholesale flower markets are well worth a look and a walk-through Antique street reveals items from a bygone era. Sample a very common morning ritual of coffee Vietnam style!

Then meander into a piece of Saigon's past, into a part of Saigon that retains the old-style community housing. Walk the narrow alleyways between the houses and on to a bustling local market street. 

You’ll end early afternoon with a opportunity to taste a popular street food dish - Bun Thit Nuong before finishing at Ben Thanh Market where you may choose to be left to explore and shop or return to your hotel.

Late afternoon and evening are at leisure, you may like to shop or relax back at your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City – Hoi An

After an early breakfast at your hotel, find out about the Vietnamese Journey to Freedom. Depart the city by modern speedboat to travel upriver to the Cu Chi Tunnels, observe the impressive skyline merging into busy waterways followed by sedate parts of the river before arriving at the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. This impressive feat comes alive in the displays and a walk around the underground tunnels.
    Back in the city transfer to the airport for our short flight to Da Nang in Central Vietnam, upon arrival we transfer to Hoi An and your resort.

Hoi An

After a lovely leisurely breakfast, an Ancient Hoi An walking tour brings you the fascinating history of this old trading town with visits to the historic buildings scattered around the narrow ancient walkways.

Afterwards choose to stay in town for lunch and shopping or enjoy your afternoon at leisure by the pool at your stunning resort. At your resort you can also join in a Vietnamese coffee making class to discover how the traditional brew is made.

Late afternoon is time for a fun Cooking Class to learn about the local cuisine. Your chef will introduce you to the local ingredients, take you through the preparation, and explain the Hoi An style of cooking. Then it is your turn to chop, grate, crush, slice, roll and cook the ingredients into a delicious meal. Your 5-course dinner also includes 2 additional Hoi An specialties - White Rose and Fried Wanton. These secret recipes are made by only 1 family in Hoi An, and are included in the meal, but are not part of the cooking class.

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. A complimentary shuttle boat can transfer you to charming Hoi An town for shopping.

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. 

Late afternoon you can sample traditional local ‘street food’ dishes right at your resort

Hoi An to Hanoi

An early rise this morning for your Sunrise Hoi An Boat Trip. This magical journey showcases local fishing life along the river that makes Hoi An so special. Travel towards Duy Hai fishing village, flanked by sampans and coracle boats returning laden with squid and weary fishermen. 

Enjoy the incredible photo opportunities as the sun rises and the river and surrounding villages come to life. This is a rare opportunity to experience a true slice of local life. Stop to visit the countryside market - Noi Rang, just as the early morning trading begins. Return along the River back to Hoi An for breakfast at your hotel.

Late morning transfer for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival transfer to your hotel.


Life in Hanoi showcases the amazing people and strength of Vietnams Capital city. 

You'll begin with a stop to view the Hanoi Opera House built between 1901 to 1911 by two French architects and what is now one of the most iconic landmarks. A visit to one of Hanoi's oldest buildings, an Ancient House, dating back to the 19th century shows a stunning example of how people lived so simply throughout Hanoi. 

At a local Gallery, browse antiques, artefacts and art of Vietnam's 53 minority groups in this blend of gallery and museum. Then witness the fun and color at Hanoi’s fresco street where Vietnamese and Korean artists hand painted murals on 17 stone railway arches, these artworks create a space connecting heritage, art and community values.  

At the local market is where you’ll discover the real heart of Vietnamese daily life as it is still a tradition today to shop for fresh food daily. Walk through this amazing fresh food market.

The afternoon is yours at leisure to wander around the Old Quarter, admire Hoan Kiem Lake, take in lunch and coffee with a view or shop to your hearts content.

Ha Long Bay

No visit to Vietnam is complete with a visit to majestic Halong Bay. A legendary world just waiting to be explored. 

Departing Hanoi past scenic countryside to Halong Bay. On arriving at Halong Bay around midday, board your cruise vessel for a delicious buffet lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with seeing floating villages, intriguing caves, deserted coves with the opportunity to Kayak or swim and to enjoy onboard activities including sunbathing, traditional massage and cooking demonstrations. 
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 – Hanoi

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 with stops at islands and bays before enjoying a buffet Brunch at the end of your memorable trip. On disembarking return to Hanoi.

Late afternoon arrival back at your Hanoi hotel. 
Overnight boutique 4-star hotel in the old quarter.


Today is at leisure until your airport transfer for your International departure.


 2-night stays throughout to ensure your holiday is leisurely

 Plus 3 nights in everyone’s favourite spot – Hoi An!

 Cooking Class

 Luxury Cruise Halong Bay 

 Quality 4 star centrally located Hotels & Resorts

 Our friendly helpful guide throughout your tour

Not Included

 International flights

 Visa Fees

 Additional 5% GST

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