Be enthralled by the fascinating culture and stunning scenery of Cambodia and Vietnam

Be charmed by Cambodia and Vietnam on this 17-day adventure from picturesque Phnom Penh to alluring Hanoi. Stroll along sunny shores in Kep; learn about Cambodia’s turbulent past; be awestruck by the temples of Angkor; relax by the river in Hoi An and soak up the sights of Hanoi. This journey abounds in unforgettable history, enchanting culture, charismatic cities and divine natural beauty.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Destinations
Cambodia, Vietnam
Style
Comfort
Code
TKKVC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the highlight attractions and the rich traditions of Cambodia and Vietnam. This adventure covers the famous destinations plus a few gems off the beaten trail

  • The gorgeous French facades of riverside Kampot are only the beginning. Explore the surrounding countryside, visit the Kampot Pepper Project, discover a hidden cave temple and stroll along Kep Beach

  • Get behind the scenes of small industry in and around historic Battambang, from pottery and silversmithing to sticky rice and fish paste production

  • Explore the amazing Angkor archaeological complex in depth, with two full days to appreciate the magic of Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, the Bayon and more

  • Halong Bay is a strange paradise of green waters and rocky islands. Enjoy a cruise through the beautiful landscape and indulge in the bay's fresh seafood

  • Go back in time at the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Experience the blend of influences from Europe and Asia, the nearby beaches and markets

Is this trip right for you?

  • There is some walking involved on this trip – not only around cities, but in exploring places such as the caves in Halong Bay and the temples of Angkor. Be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • There is some driving involved, but often we fly to maximise your time in each destination. Be sure to book extra time in Phnom Penh or Hanoi if you would like more time to explore these cities.

  • Visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels is an incredible experience of life for the Vietnamese during the war. Going inside the tunnels is optional, and can be a little claustrophobic for those who don’t like small spaces.

  • While there is no 'best' time of year to visit these destinations, it's best to check the seasonal patterns on our country information page so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019

Sua s'dei! Welcome to Phnom Penh. An airport arrival transfer is included. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 - check with hotel reception for more information and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. . Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers afterwards at the excellent Friends the Restaurant, a Phnom Penh institution (and noble social enterprise). If you arrive early today and have some free time, why not stop in at the art deco-designed Psar Thmei (Central Market), a great place for browsing. Or stroll along the atmospheric Sisowath Quay and grab a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while watching the busy river traffic.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Your arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum of 15 days prior to travel. We may not be able to confirm requests made within 15 days of travel. Once you have provided your details, a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Head south this morning, travelling by private vehicle (approx 4 hours) to Kampot, one of Cambodia's attractive old colonial era towns. The afternoon is free, so choose to stroll along the river and admire the French architecture or relax on the veranda of one of the riverside restaurants and admire the view of the nearby Bokor mountains. A massage at Seeing Hands also goes down a treat - this social enterprise providing employment for visually impaired people is surely one of the most enjoyable ways to support a great local cause. There's a temple and nearby wildlife sanctuary you could check out too.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kampot - Phnom Chisor - USD2
  • Kampot - Tamao Wildlife Santuary - USD2
  • Kampot - Traditional massage - USD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a day out in the countryside. Visit the Kampot Pepper Project and learn why Kampot pepper has been acknowledged by international chefs as the world’s best. Also visit the Kampot salt field, the only salt field in Cambodia. Take a short walk through the rice fields and climb to where some lovely views of the surrounding countryside are found. A few steps later you will enter the mouth of Phnom Chhnork limestone cave, which has a small 7th-century brick temple inside it. Also enjoy a walk along the beach at Kep and explore the old buildings near the ocean front. The town was Cambodia's most popular and prestigious beach town from the early 1900s until the 1960s. Sadly many of the mansions and villas didn't survive the reign of the Khmer Rouge, and their ghostly remains mark a dark history. There's the option for a sunset cruise tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kampot - Phnom Chhngork
  • Kampot - Countryside tour
Optional Activities
  • Kampot - Sunset cruise - USD30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a different route back to Phnom Penh today (approximately 4 hours). In the afternoon you will visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. These serve as sobering reminders of the violent rule of the Khmer Rouge. Here you can learn more about this confronting but important chapter in history. If you'd rather not visit these sites, simply let your leader know. This evening, with free time, you might opt for a relaxing sunset drink at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, a great way to spend your evening. Depending on your
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by private vehicle to Battambang (approximately 5 hours on the road, not including stops). Along the way you will stop to see some local pottery and silver smithing at work. This gives a fascinating insight into small cottage industries in a lesser-touristed spot in Cambodia. On arrival you could compare the riverfront architecture to what you saw in Kampot, or visit the Phare Ponleu Selpak Centre for their art gallery or performances.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Jump on a remork (Cambodian tuk-tuk) and travel through the beautiful surrounding countryside of Battambang, stopping off at the village of Wat Kor. This village is known for its historic stilted wooden houses, some of which pre-date French colonial times. Visit a house whose large wooden floorboards are shiny from generations of feet walking across them. The owner’s small collection of antiques and agricultural tools paint a picture of Cambodia in the early 1900s. Afterwards you will visit some small cottage industries that produce rice paper, dried banana, sticky rice cooked in bamboo, and aromatic fish paste (Cambodia’s equivalent of vegemite or marmite). Afterwards, visit Prasat Phnom Banan Winery (Cambodia's first winery) for an optional tasting. Wat Bai Dom Ram, a modern temple nearby, is also worth a look – note the big fruit bats hanging from the tree at the entrance.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Battambang - Prasat Phnom Banon Winery tour & tasting
  • Battambang - Countryside guided tour
Optional Activities
  • Battambang - Phare Ponleu Selpak Centre - USD8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The Bamboo Train, a popular tourist attraction in Battambang, is currently under construction and relocation and may not be a possible optional activity at the time of travel. The project to repair and relocate the railway is forecast for completion by 2020.
After breakfast take a private boat to Siem Reap (approximately 5–6 hours). This classic journey follows the Sangker River downstream to the Tonle Sap – the largest lake in South East Asia. Along the way you'll see fishing villages and stilted houses. The roof of the boat provides shade while open sides make for nice viewing as you float along. There's basic toilet facilities on board too. Arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway the famous Angkor complex. Relax for the rest of the day before your temple-hopping begins tomorrow. You might like to hit the night markets for some cheap and delicious street food.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
In April and August, when water levels are typically at their lowest, we are unable to travel by boat. Instead make today's journey by private vehicle. In this case, a boat trip to a riverside village is included, so that travellers don't miss out on the Tonle Sap experience.
Spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. The impressive Bayon temple is the centrepiece. The famous Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure. It is the only one of Angkor's temples with its entrance facing to the west (the others face east), the reason being that it was constructed as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and a westerly countenance was seen to represent a sunset. Ta Prohm temple is an incredible sight, with large trees embedding themselves in the stone foundations of the structure. Today for lunch you will visit the Sala Bai Hotel School, where underprivileged local youths learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The hotel school is closed on public holidays and school holidays. An alternative restaurant will be visited on these days.
An early morning start for those looking to catch the sunrise over the temples. On a clear morning this is a truly spectacular sight. After breakfast, travel out to Banteay Srei, famous for its detailed and intricate stone carvings. It is not a big temple, but has been sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. Back at the main temple complex, Preah Khan contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. Tonight after dinner you will visit Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Coming from vulnerable households, the performers have gained international recognition through their art and skill. Like a Cambodian Cirque Du Soleil, modern Khmer tales mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, and contortion for a spectacular and memorable show.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Phare, the Cambodian Circus ticket
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Cambodia behind today with a transfer to the airport and a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Please note that you will be unescorted on this flight, but you will be met in the arrivals hall of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening you will gather together for another briefing with your Vietnamese tour leader. This meeting is generally followed by an optional group meal out at one of Ho Chi Minh City's many fantastic eating spots.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Start your tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was the site of South Vietnam's surrender at the end of the war. Next, head over to the War Remnants Museum where you’ll see old military equipment including an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter. Finally, you’ll tour the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, as well as underground life during the Vietnam War.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say goodbye to Ho Chi Minh City and fly to Danang. From here you’ll make your way to My Khe Beach, a beautiful spot which lies against a backdrop of the Marble Mountains. This location was significant for both the Americans and the Vietnamese during the war. After a visit to the Marble Mountains, continue to Hoi An where you’ll stay for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Danang - Marble Mountain
  • Danang - My Khe Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your leader will take you on a walk around Hoi An’s Old Town today. The city was a major trading port from the 17th century onwards, and has various architectural influences from Europe, China and Vietnam. Today the city is being restored and looks exactly like it did over a century ago. The tour will take you to a historic house, the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. The rest of the day is free for you to do some optional activities or soak up the ambiance of the place. You may like to wander the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. Hoi An is also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within a few hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Hoi An - Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD28
  • Hoi An - Hoi An Boat & Bike Urban Adventure - USD51
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, transfer back to the airport and fly to Vietnam’s charming capital of Hanoi. You’ll be taken on a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting major sites such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. The tour will also include lunch at the KOTO restaurant, an amazing project which provides vocational training for underprivileged young people. You’ll have some free time this afternoon. Escape from the noise by visiting some of the parks and lakes, or hire a bike and cycle around town for the best street-side views of the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's stilt house
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show - VND100000
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD31
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Drive for approximately 4-5 hours to the famous Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. Once you arrive at the bay, you’ll take a cruise through the area, exploring the green waters and limestone caves. You’ll spend the night on the boat tonight. The boat has twin-share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There's also a dining room and bar where you’ll enjoy all of your meals, including a lavish seafood buffet.
Accommodation
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
We recommend leaving your main luggage at the hotel in Hanoi and packing a small overnight bag for the trip.
Kayaking & swimming are restricted to designated zones within the bay.
There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight, sometimes resulting in a shortage. To ensure all Intrepid travellers can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, occasionally you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels, in which case an Intrepid group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.
Drive back to Hanoi after breakfast. This afternoon take in a unique water-puppet performance - considered a must-see for every visitor to Vietnam. This evening is free for you to explore the city more. Relax at a cafe or stop in for a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Local water puppet performance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast today. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the ‘Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Village Discovery by Bike Urban Adventure - USD33
  • Hanoi - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle Urban Adventure - USD88
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Plane, Private Mini Bus, Private vehicle, Remork (tuk tuk)

Accommodation

Hotel (15 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kampot - Phnom Chhngork
  • Kampot - Countryside tour
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21)
  • Battambang - Prasat Phnom Banon Winery tour & tasting
  • Battambang - Countryside guided tour
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Phare, the Cambodian Circus ticket
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
  • Danang - Marble Mountain
  • Danang - My Khe Beach
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's stilt house
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi - Local water puppet performance

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this tour, subject to availability, and excludes Day 15 (Halong Bay).
2. A complimentary arrival transfer is included please advise your flight details at time of booking.
3. Please provide passport details and full name as per passport (including middle name) at time of booking. These details are required for the internal flight tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure.
4. As this is a combination of two of our most popular tours please note that your tour leader and group composition may change during the trip.

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Reviews

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Explore Cambodia & Vietnam, January 2018

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