Journey through the culture-rich centre of South East Asia

The best of Cambodia and Vietnam is unveiled on this journey from Bangkok to Hanoi. Discover the region's culture and beauty as we visit the stunning ancient temples of Angkor, and be immersed in Vietnam's markets and vibrant streets. Add to the adventure an overnight boat stay on Halong Bay, friendly locals and lots of scrumptious food - the only thing left to do is choose when to go.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Cambodia,
Thailand,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TKSKC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
405kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Travel around bewitching Bangkok in a tuk-tuk
  • Be enchanted by vine-entwined Ta Prohm
  • Experience a mind-blowing sunrise over the temples of Angkor Wat
  • Reflect on Cambodia's tragic past in Phnom Penh
  • Get a taste of real Cambodian life on a homestay.
  • Paddle through the Mekong Delta
  • Experience vintage culture in Hoi An
  • Uncover Vietnam's imperial past in Hue
  • Stay overnight on a Halong Bay boat trip
  • Walk through Hanoi's evocative Old Quarter

Itinerary

Travel to Thailand's hedonistic capital Bangkok. Tap into the buzz of Bangkok on a tuk-tuk adventure through the crowded city streets. Perhaps drop by the Ratchadamnoen Stadium for an electrifying Thai boxing match.
Travel from Thailand to Cambodia and follow the road to the former kingdom of the Khmers. Experience the extravagant beauty of the temples of Angkor with a local guide and examine the exquisite Cambodian bas-reliefs. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit Tonle Sap Lake or a nearby local village.
Get in touch with rural Cambodia and meet local village people.
Visit Phnom Penh and reveal the chilling events of Cambodia's past at S-21, the notorious Khmer concentration camp, and Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields. In free time, the Royal Palace reveals a different side of Cambodian history, while the Russian Market is a good place to pick up a traditional krama.
The final leg of the tour introduces travellers to the frenetic streets, overflowing markets and the boisterous street vendors of Ho Chi Minh City. Hunt for bargains in bustling Ben Thanh Market or discover the French presence that lingers in the form of colonial buildings, great coffee and freshly baked baguettes. A night out enjoying a sumptuous Vietnamese feast is an ideal way to cap off the adventure.
Make tracks to Hoi An and discover centuries-old temples, charming houses and gilded community halls. The many art galleries, shops and cafes are also a great way to while away time in one of Vietnam's most charming riverside towns.
Perhaps roll up the sleeves in an interactive cooking lesson, take a tour along the river, or hire bike and ride to the beach.
Enjoy a stop at picturesque China Beach en route to Hue. Sense the spirits of the Nguyen dynasty while exploring intricate tombs, palaces and pagodas within Hue's crumbling citadel walls.
A day of sightseeing, ride as a passenger on a motorbike before gliding down the Perfume River on a dragonboat. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, and have a local lunch at a nunnery.
Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam's enthralling capital city, and enjoy a hearty breakfast at KOTO restaurant. Head to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to rub shoulders with locals who pay their respects to the country's revolutionary leader here. Afterwards, perhaps head to the evocative Old Quarter to discover 36 streets of exotic sights and intriguing bargains.
Head out on an overnight Halong Bay cruise on a private junk boat. Floating on the turquoise waters that flow between the stunning weathered limestone peaks is sure to be one of the tour highlights.
Back in Vietnam's capital, there's free time for some optional last minute activities including a cyclo tour or shopping expedition. Or simply relax with a bia hoi in an atmospheric street cafe and recount highlights of a memorable trip.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Ask you leader if you would like to explore the sites in and around Hanoi with an Urban Adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Van
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (14 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi - KOTO dinner
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda & HCM stilt house
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • HCMC - Mekong Delta day trip including Coconut Candy Factory and Village Tuk Tuk tour
  • Hoi An - Ancient town orientation walk and entrance
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Motorbike trip including lunch
  • Hue - Perfume River boat ride
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. Please provide your full name as per passport (including middle name) and passport details at time of booking. Required for the Vietnam internal flight and train tickets.

Trip notes

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