Travel into the heart and soul of Indochina
Join us as we travel into the heart and soul of Indochina. Starting off in Vietnam, cruise through dramatic karst scenery on a boat tour of Halong Bay, step back into the world of the country's last emperors in Hue, soak up the old-world charm of Hoi An and be awed by the endless energy of Ho Chi Minh City. In Cambodia, discover the country's fascinating history and culture in Phnom Penh's heaving streets and in the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. Combining highlights of both countries, the Best of Vietnam and Cambodia tour will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.
Sail among the floating villages, grottos and limestone pillars of magical Halong Bay
Explore the old imperial capital of Hue in typical Vietnamese fashion - on the back of a motorbike
Ho Chi Minh City, once known as Saigon, is a dynamic blend of old and new, east and west, commerce and culture
Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta in sampan boats and sample exotic fruits and fish
Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of Southeast Asia's premier sights
Confront the sobering but important Khmer history in Phnom Penh, with included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial
Embrace the change of pace in downbeat Battambang, the ideal place to mingle with everyday Cambodian folk
Acquaint yourself with frenetic Bangkok, a wonderland of excellent street food, enchanting canals and sprawling marketplaces
This trip involves some long stints of travel, including a 12-hour overnight train to Hue. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a true Intrepid experience and the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at your destinations. Occasionally passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and/or you'll be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups.
In Hue, one day is spent touring the sights on the back of a motorbike. The bikes are great fun and are driven safely by professionals, but alternative transportation can be arranged upon request for those who don’t wish to ride on a motorbike.
The weather in Vietnam and Cambodia can be hot and sticky, particularly during the monsoon seasons, so ensure that you pack accordingly. Please also wear sunscreen and a hat, especially when out on a boat in Halong Bay and in the Mekong Delta. Always carry plenty of water when out sightseeing in the heat.
This popular trip provides a great overview of some of the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia with plenty of included activities. If you would like more time to explore each destination, perhaps consider one of our longer trips.
In most locations you'll stay in simple tourist-class hotels (2–3 stars). They're always clean and comfortable.
1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 2 (overnight boat) and 3 (overnight train) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. Please note for all flights and trains in Vietnam, full names as per passport are required, including middle names. Please provide your exact name as per passport at the time of booking. Ticketing fees may apply for updates or amendments to details within 45 days of departure.
Our Best of Vietnam & Cambodia trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 146 reviews in the last year.
Overall this is a fantastic trip but make sure you check whether you need the last night hotel booking as our flight time meant that we didn't stay but still paid! Also, don't pay the Intrepid price for the Cu Chi Tunnels, much cheaper to do it independently-and you're only there for a short time with Intrepid.
Review submitted 15 Aug 2017
Really well organised - provided great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia; excellent accommodation - would thoroughly recommend!
Review submitted 15 Aug 2017