Classic Cambodia & Vietnam Itinerary

Travel from Cambodia to Vietnam and experience Indochina, from Phnom Penh and the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City and Halong Bay in Vietnam.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,415
      CAD $3,460
      AUD $3,595
      EUR €2,495
      GBP £2,150
      NZD $4,260
      ZAR R32,725
      CHF FR3,085
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Bike, Cambodia

Locals, Cambodia

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Local, Vietnam

Jade Emporer, Vietnam

Days 1-2 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a friendly riverside city with loads of Khmer charm and faded French-colonial style. And while it’s very much a place on the move, Phnom Penh retains a distinct and at times quite complex personality. Confront the tragic history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, before paying respects to the thousands of Cambodians who died during the Pol Pot regime at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Then, take the opportunity to wander through the serene Royal Palace with its spectacular Silver Pagoda. During free time, delve deeper into Khmer history at the National Museum, hunt for silver and local crafts in the Russian Market or mosey along Sisowath Quay at sunset. Indulging in some strong local coffee is highly recommended - and the caffeine hit certainly helps to fuel some independent explorations.
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Days 3-5 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

Fly to Siem Reap, gateway to one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer Empire was the pre-eminent influence in South East Asia, the temples at Angkor were believed to represent the cosmic world and as such, were created in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. Join forces with a local guide and discover the fascinating history and mythology of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-clad Ta Prohm. Fall in love with the resident wildlife on a visit to the Intrepid Foundation-supported Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. Perhaps ease away any temple-fatigue with a massage back in Siem Reap or travel further afield to Banteay Srei, containing the most detailed carvings of all the temples.
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Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 7 Mekong Delta

Stop by the ornate Vinh Trang Pagoda before embarking on a fascinating Mekong Delta tour. Cruise the maze of waterways that are the lifeblood of the region and enjoy traditional Mekong hospitality on a homestay.
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Days 8-9 Ho Chi Minh City

Awaken early to mingle with locals on the Mekong River's famous floating markets. Visit the mind-boggling Cu Chi Tunnels on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City then further enjoy the sights and sounds on a cyclo tour. Spend time at the sobering War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace before taking an overnight train to Nha Trang.
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Days 10-11 Nha Trang

With a dramatic mountain backdrop and a shimmering sea, Nha Trang is the perfect place for a beach break. Enjoy a cyclo tour and then cruise the nearby islands, stopping to swim and snorkel in the balmy sea. Feast on the day's catch before experiencing Nha Trang's famed nightlife.
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Days 12-14 Hoi An

Once an international trading port, Hoi An still retains an enchanting sense of centuries past. Walk through the raucous Hoi An market, venture out to see the ancient Cham ruins at My Son or perhaps cycle to nearby Cua Dai Beach to soak up some rays.
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Days 15-16 Hue

Stop at lovely Lang Co Beach for lunch en route to the walled city of Hue, once the exclusive domain of Vietnam's royal rulers. See the ruins of the Imperial Citadel and a spectacular royal tomb before gliding peacefully down the Perfume River on a dragonboat.
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Day 17 Hanoi

Despite the throngs of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes, Vietnam's bewitching capital Hanoi retains its French-provincial air. Visit the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum before attending an evening water puppet performance.
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Day 18 Halong Bay

Board a junk boat tour across the jade waters of Halong Bay and discover secluded beaches, secret grottoes and soaring karst peaks. Fall asleep to the sound of lapping water amid this incredible landscape.
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Days 19-20 Hanoi

See artisans crafting traditional ceramics before making tracks back to Hanoi. Finish up in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter and perhaps celebrate with a final feast.
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