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Best of Cambodia & Vietnam

18 Days | South East Asia is a feast for all the senses

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Pique your interests and satisfy your appetite with a fast-paced and far-flung adventure through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia. Spend 18 days traversing the diverse South East Asian countryside, through local villages, past stunning coastline and into bustling cities. Beginning in the manic capital of Thailand, Bangkok, you’ll focus your attention on memorable experiences, the local people, and, of course, the delicious cuisine, all the way to Hanoi in Vietnam’s north. An Angkor temple tour here, a Mekong Delta homestay there, and plenty of time to forge your own path – what’s not to love about this fascinating part of the world?

Trip overview

Map of Best Of Cambodia & Vietnam including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam
Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TKSKC
This trip generates 55.97 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • As well as a guided tour, you’ll also have a three-day Angkor pass to cover your whole time in Siem Reap, so that you can explore this incredible temple complex as much and as often as you like.
  • Discover the temple ruins at Sambor Prei Kuk and enjoy a local village homestay to experience everyday life in rural Cambodia.
  • Learn the confronting yet important history of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh.
  • Spend an unforgettable night on a boat in Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s most remarkable natural wonders, and visit a centre dedicated to turning the bay’s discarded trash into beautiful, handcrafted items.
  • Sample local food wherever you go – from a seafood dinner on Halong Bay, a meal at a Buddhist monastery, coconut candy in the Mekong Delta, and dinner at KOTO restaurant, you won’t go hungry!

Is this trip right for you?
  • Some travellers find the pace of this trip quite fast as you cover a lot of destinations in a short amount of time. If you would like a more relaxed pace with more time to explore, you might like to consider a longer trip, or additional days at the start and finish points.
  • You’ll cover a lot of distance on this trip, including on overnight trains. Accommodation and amenities are shared and basic, but the experience of rubbing shoulders with the locals makes it all worthwhile. For more about what this experience is like, see our blog post here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-an-overnight
  • There are also some long travel days by both private and public transport (up to 10 hours on the road), including the day that we cross from Thailand to Cambodia. Your leader and local guides will assist with the border crossings, but plenty of patience is advised
  • The homestay and local experiences are a wonderful opportunity to witness every day rural life. Facilities are simple and multi-share but comfortable, with mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets all provided.
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in South East Asia, which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water.
  • The stories and history shared at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are confronting and many travellers will find them upsetting. This is an important part of Cambodia’s recent history that we feel is important for travellers to know. If you would prefer not to join these activities your leader can recommend some optional alternatives.
  • The sightseeing tour by motorbike in Hue is great fun with bikes driven safely by professionals (and helmets provided), but alternative transport can be arranged for those who would prefer not to travel by motorbike.
  • If you would prefer a similar itinerary in the reverse direction and with only hotel accommodation, why not check out our Best of Vietnam & Cambodia trip – see trip code ‘TVSKC’ on the Intrepid website for more information.
  • You will visit a number of temples on this trip, and this requires a level of modesty. Be sure to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Best Of Cambodia & Vietnam including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

Inclusions

Meals

15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Public Bus, Private minibus, Taxi, Motorbike

Accommodation

Homestay (1 night), Hotel (14 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Activities
  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Sunrise at Angkor Wat
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Village Tour with local guide
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Traditional Khmer Dinner
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
  • Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • Mekong Delta - Mekong Delta Day Trip & Village Tuk-Tuk Tour
  • Mekong Delta - Lunch
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike
  • Hue - Motorbike Tour Lunch
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda & HCM stilt house
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Hanoi - KOTO dinner
  • Halong Bay - The Green Life Visit
Add on activities
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho - THB200
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2900
  • Siem Reap - Phare Circus Ticket - USD18
  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline Silver Tour - USD54
  • Siem Reap - Full day remork transport to Angkor complex - USD20
  • Siem Reap - Walking tour to Artisans d'Angkor - Free
  • Siem Reap - Banteay Srey Butterfly Center - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline Gold Tour - USD87
  • Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk Temple - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Khmer massage - USD8
  • Hoi An - My Son Cham tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included) - USD45
  • Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD37
  • Hoi An - Hoi An Walking & Cooking Class Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Hoi An - Hoi An Boat & Bike with Sunset BBQ Urban Adventure - USD54
  • Halong Bay - Kayaking Tour - VND250000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD35
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 6 (Homestay) and Day 14 (Sleeper Train) and Day 16 (Overnight Boat) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
Rooms booked only for day use are also excluded.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train and flight tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
3. This trip includes a domestic flight. Checked luggage allowance is a maximum of 20 kilograms, plus up to 7 kilograms carry on luggage. Any excess luggage charges will need to be paid directly to the airline at check-in.
4. This trip is a combination trip. Your tour leader and group composition may change on Day 9.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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Michelle · Traveled August 2023
Wow what a trip. It is a lot of travel at quite a fast pace but that makes you see more. Motorcycle, cycling, boat, train, tuk tuk and cyclo are some of the modes of transport. Food culture scenery and friendship are just some of the good aspects. Do it and be amazed.
Review submitted 26 Aug 2023

Glen · Traveled February 2023
An excellent way for the single traveler to enjoy the benefits of group travel without breaking the bank. I was very pleased with the cost of the single supplement and enjoyed the trip. There were a number of other single travelers on the trip and it was a terrific way to be introduced to a part of the world I would not have traveled to alone (at least for the first time).
Review submitted 06 Mar 2023

Eleonora · Traveled January 2023
Viaje increíble. Lleno de aventuras, buen humor y muy cuidado. Con guías muy preparados y comprometidos y responsables .
Review submitted 06 Feb 2023

Sarah · Traveled December 2022
My Cambodian adventure with my tour guide Raus was something I’ll keep with me for years and years to come. Raus’ depth pf knowledge for Cambodian culture and history made this trip come to life for me in a way I hadn’t anticipated. All delivered with a sense of humor and joy. I am sad to leave and already can’t wait to book my next trip. Thank you Intrepid, and thank you Raus!!
Review submitted 27 Dec 2022
Best of Cambodia & Vietnam
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