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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

18 Days | Travel into the heart and soul of South East Asia

5 out of 5 based on 75 reviews submitted.
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Take an unforgettable adventure through two of the most colourful yet contrasting cultures in South East Asia. Starting off in Vietnam, cruise through dramatic karst scenery on a boat tour of Ha Long 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. This is a journey that draws you away from the crowds and into heart and soul of this captivating region, and its equally enchanting people.

Trip overview

Map of Best Of Vietnam & Cambodia including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam
Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TVSKC
This trip generates 55.88 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
  • Sail through Ha Long Bay’s limestone karsts and island caves, visit a centre that turns the bay’s discarded trash into treasures and spend the night checking out the stars on an overnight cruise.
  • Travel like a local on a motorbike tour, riding pillion and taking in the historical pagodas, bridges and villages of Hue.
  • Watch the sun rising over Angkor Wat as it did over 800 years ago with your leader. Wander through the amazing ancient temples on a guided tour and with a three-day Angkor pass to cover your whole time in Siem Reap, you can explore this incredible temple complex as much and as often as you like.
  • Discover the countryside around Battambang on a bike ride around rural farms to meet with local producers, through an Intrepid partner and social enterprise that supports the local communities.
  • Experience life on water on a boat tour visiting the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake and understand the deep bond between the late and the local communities.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In order to see as much as possible, this trip involves some long journeys, including by overnight train where the amenities are shared and basic. For more about what this experience is like, see our blog post here:
  • intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-an-overnight-train-in-vietnam/
  • Depending on where you come from, the weather in Vietnam might be hotter and more humid than what you are used to. Please consider your suitability to the season you wish to travel in. Check out intrepidtravel.com/vietnam/weather-in-vietnam for more info.
  • There are some long travel days by both private and public transport (up to 10 hours on the road), including the days that you cross from Vietnam to Cambodia and Cambodia to Thailand. Your leader and local guides will assist with the border crossings, but plenty of patience is advised.
  • Some travellers enjoy Siem Reap so much that they decide they want to stay there longer, rather than continuing with the group to Bangkok. You are welcome to sign off the trip to enjoy more of Cambodia, however we aren’t able to reimburse any unused services or provide alternate onward travel arrangements.
  • At times your accommodation may not have continuous hot water. Most travellers don’t find this a problem however, and are often keen to cool down from the heat with a refreshing cold shower.

Itinerary

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

Inclusions

Meals

15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

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

Activities
  • Hanoi - KOTO dinner
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Halong Bay - Cave entry
  • Halong Bay - The Green Life Visit
  • Hue - Imperial City entrance and guided visit
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike
  • Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Motorbike Tour Lunch
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
  • Mekong Delta - Mekong Delta Day Trip & Village Tuk-Tuk Tour
  • Mekong Delta - Lunch
  • Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
  • Kampong Chhnang - Pottery village visit
  • Battambang - countryside cycling tour and local snack tasting
  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Sunrise at Angkor Wat
  • Chong Kneas - Tonle Sap floating village visit
Add on activities
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - VND40000
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex - VND80000
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD40
  • Halong Bay - Kayaking Tour - VND250000
  • Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD44
  • Hoi An - Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery - USD77
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - A O show - VND1050000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Street Food by Night Urban Adventure - USD36
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
  • Phnom Penh - Khmer massage - USD8
  • Battambang - Cooking Class - USD12
  • Battambang - Phnom Sampov bat caves - USD15
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline Silver Tour - USD54
  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Phare Circus Ticket - USD18
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline Gold Tour - USD87
  • Bangkok - Chinatown Sights and Bites Urban Adventure - THB1960
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB200
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2900
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB2500

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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 excludes Day 2 (Overnight Boat) and Day 3 (Sleeper Train) 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. As this is a combination trip made up of two of our most popular itineraries, the composition of your group and your leader may change.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 75 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Shannon · Traveled February 2024
I loved this trip. The itinerary kept us busy and we saw so many wonderful sights and had some once in a lifetime experiences. I love travelling with Intrepid as you actually get to immerse yourself in the local experience. The tour leaders through Vietnam and Cambodia were first class. Both were so helpful and generous in sharing about the local history and culture.
Review submitted 18 Feb 2024

Brian · Traveled January 2024
The trip was informative and did exactly what it described, it gave a must see insight into other lifestyles, food and cultures and was made extra special by two excellent guides Manh and Long
Review submitted 10 Feb 2024

Bonnie · Traveled January 2024
My husband and I recently returned from the Best of Viet Nam and Cambodia trip. It was beyond my expectations! The guides Hung and Bun, were outstanding and with us every step of the way. The boat trip, motorcycle tour, the tuktuk rides, the bicycle tours were so much fun and safe. The terrain is flat so it was easy for me to ride the bike which I don’t normally do. The hotels were exceptional, many with beautiful pools and breakfast buffets. I learned so much about the history of these wonderful countries from the historic sites and museums we visited. The local cottage industries we visited were unforgettable. I love the Intrepid tours!
Review submitted 01 Feb 2024

Thomas · Traveled January 2024
This trip was an extraordinary introduction to the sights, history, and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia. Hung and Bun were exceptional guides whose love of their countries and their people was very evident. This tour was everything we hoped for and more.
Review submitted 01 Feb 2024

Joanne · Traveled December 2023
Intrepid has outdone themselves, we were a bit concerned about travelling with an organised tour group as it’s never been our thing!! But we had a wonderful experience of travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia, the leaders were excellent (they only use local guides). It was a very easy way to travel and see the country, everything and I mean everything was taken care off. Best stress free travelling I’ve ever done, would highly recommend.
Review submitted 19 Jan 2024
Best of Vietnam & Cambodia
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USD $2,040