From Vietnam to Cambodia, discover incredible diversity, delectable cuisines, dramatic histories and natural beauty. Travel to Cambodia and delve into the dramatic Khmer legacy in Phnom Penh and explore the intricate temples of Angkor Wat. Travel to Vietnam and view the country's colourful history on the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and explore the colonial-era among the architecture of Hanoi. This trip offers places of breathtaking beauty, from the beaches of Nha Trang and the backwaters of the Mekong Delta, to the jungles of Cambodia and the wonder of Halong Bay. Add a mix of friendly locals and age-old traditions to ensure the ultimate Indochina experience.

Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Cambodia,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TKKHC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
1 192kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Wander among the richly decorated temples of Angkor
  • Experience local life on a Mekong homestay
  • Be seduced by the riverside charms of Phnom Penh
  • Cruise among the islands off Nha Trang
  • Sail the mighty Perfume River
  • Spend an evening on the peaceful waters of Halong Bay

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 29 December 2014 - 30 April 2016

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.
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. End this short-but-sweet experience by tucking into a sumptuous Khmer feast.
Daily life overflows onto the streets, into French-style cafes and then quietens in the peaceful pagodas of Ho Chi Minh City. Join the throngs of visitors who flock here to discover Vietnam’s rich culture and history.
Start the day with breakfast at KOTO, an Intrepid Travel-supported organisation that trains disadvantaged young people in restaurant management and hospitality. After embark 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.
Awaken early to mingle with locals on the Mekong River's famous floating markets. Spend some time at the sobering War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. Visit the mind-boggling Cu Chi Tunnels, before taking an overnight train to Nha Trang.
With a dramatic mountain backdrop and a shimmering sea, Nha Trang is the perfect place for a beach break. 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.
Once an international trading port, Hoi An still retains an enchanting sense of centuries past. Walk through the raucous Hoi An market and through the old town. In your free time perhaps venture out to see the ancient Cham ruins at My Son or cycle to nearby Cua Dai Beach to soak up some rays.
Stop at lovely Lang Co Beach 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.
Despite the throngs of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes, Vietnam's bewitching capital Hanoi retains its French-provincial air. Visit the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda before attending an evening water puppet performance.
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.
See artisans crafting traditional ceramics before making tracks back to Hanoi. Finish up in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter and celebrate with a final feast.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Taxi
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • HCMC - Reunification Palace
  • HCMC - War Remnants Museum
  • Hoi An - Ancient town orientation walk and entrance
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • Nha Trang - Boat trip including lunch
  • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass

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1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
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Classic Cambodia & Vietnam , November 2015

Classic Cambodia & Vietnam , November 2015