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.

Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Cambodia,
Thailand,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVSKC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
433kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere of Hanoi
  • Cruise Halong Bay on a junk boat
  • Visit Hue and discover imperial relics
  • Chill out in charming Hoi An
  • Discover a slower pace of life in the Mekong Delta
  • Revisit Cambodia's dark past in Phnom Penh
  • See the incredible temples of Angkor Wat
  • Feast on a tasty plate of pad thai

Itinerary

This best of Vietnam and Cambodia adventure begins on the streets of Hanoi. Shopping in one of the markets in the Old Quarter is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at KOTO, a restaurant that employs and trains local street children. Then head east to experience an impressive Halong Bay tour aboard a traditional sailing junk. Cruise through the dramatic karst scenery and share delicious meals overlooking Halong Bay.
Float down the beautiful Perfume River aboard a traditional dragon boat passing pagodas and royal tombs. Reach Hue, a city bursting with history and culture which can be discovered in the fascinating Imperial Citadel.
Travel south to the captivating city of Hoi An. Walk along ancient alleyways and shop for artwork, wood carvings or have a new wardrobe tailor-made. Riverside Hoi An also boasts a number of local restaurants serving truly spectacular Vietnamese dishes.
Weave through chaotic streets on a cyclo tour of some famous Ho Chi Minh tourist spots. Later, cruise up the Mekong Delta for a chance to experience the languid pace of Vietnamese village life.
Travel from Vietnam to Cambodia. Discover the country's dark past in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and at the notorious Killing Fields. In free time, discover the delights of Phnom Penh city including the Russian Market or Sisowath Quay.
Temple-hop from sunrise to sunset to fully appreciate the magnificence of the Angkor Wat temples, including the Bayon and Ta Prohm. As the heart and soul of the ancient Khmer Empire, these temples of Angkor still evoke strong feelings of absolute awe and the panoramas here are truly remarkable.
Explore the floating village on Tonle Sap, water levels permitting, before heading to the charming rural city of Battambang. Here, uncover the architectural legacies of French colonialism, learn the intricacies of Khmer cuisine or amble along the scenic riverbanks.
Travel across the border to Thailand where there's time to have a massage, eat a pad thai and enjoy a cold beer before saying goodbye to this magical corner of Indochina.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Van
Accommodation
Hotel (15 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • Angkor Wat - Guided tour
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi - breakfast at KOTO restaurant
  • HCMC - Mekong Delta day trip
  • HCMC - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cyclo tour
  • Hoi An - Ancient town
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour Choeung Ek (Killing fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Siem Reap - 3 day Angkor pass
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake boat trip

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Notes

A single supplement is available on this trip.

TRIP CHANGES 2013

Please note this tour will depart every Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and selected Fridays in 2013, instead of every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and selected Thursdays in 2012.

Important notes

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Reviews

Our Best of Vietnam & Cambodia trips score an average of 4.57 out of 5 based on 14 reviews in the last year.

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia , December 2012

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia , December 2012