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Classic Cambodia & Vietnam

20 Days | From Vietnam to Cambodia, discover incredible diversity, delectable cuisines, dramatic histories and natural beauty.

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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 architecture of Hanoi. This trip offers places of breathtaking beauty, from the backwaters of the Mekong Delta, to the temples of Cambodia and the wonder of Halong Bay. Add a mix of friendly locals and age-old traditions to ensure the ultimate South East Asian experience.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Cambodia & Vietnam including Cambodia and Vietnam
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam, Cambodia
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 74.53 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
  • Explore the amazing Angkor archaeological complex in depth with your included three-day pass, so as well as guided tours, you have the option to return and explore at your own pace.
  • Be treated to an overnight stay on a traditional junk sailing boat in Halong Bay – wake up and feel like you’re still in a dream, surrounded by the incredible limestone karsts and turquoise waters of this magical place.
  • You’ll take a culinary journey to discover the mouth-watering, achingly fresh delights of Vietnam. From slurping traditional Bun Bo Hue, to digging into a vegetarian feast at a local nunnery, to enjoying a home-cooked lunch with locals in Ninh Binh – your tastebuds won’t be the same again.
  • Be welcomed into a Cambodian village for a tour of their agricultural surroundings and enjoy sunset drinks with a local family in their stilt house.
  • Visit a restaurant with a difference and enjoy a special lunch at KOTO restaurant – an Intrepid Foundation supported program that teaches disadvantaged youth hospitality skills.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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. Some further information on visiting the Killing Fields of Choeung Ekcan be found here:
  • 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.
  • While the pace is generally easy, there is some walking involved on this trip, with walking tours in the downtown areas of each city, as well as a walk in the caves at Halong Bay.
  • At the guesthouse in the Mekong Delta, we stay in simpler accommodation than other destinations on the trip. Amenities are shared and may have cold water only.
  • Lunar New Year is an annual festival that runs for several days. This is a fascinating and rewarding time to see the country, however you do need to be prepared for some businesses to be closed, tourist sites to be very busy and for transport to be packed as many locals are travelling around the country. Please consider this when selecting your travel dates. You'll find dates and further information in the "Climate and seasonal information" section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • Depending on where you come from, the weather in Vietnam might be hotter and more humid than what you are used to. We recommend checking online for what the typical temperatures will be at the time of the year you are looking to travel to see what to expect - this page might be useful:


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Classic Cambodia & Vietnam including Cambodia and Vietnam



19 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners


Boat, Plane, Private vehicle, Taxi. Remork (tuk tuk)


Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (17 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
  • Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
  • Siem Reap - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Siem Reap - Lunch at Sala Bai
  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Temple Blessing
  • Siem Reap - Banteay Srei Temple visit
  • Siem Reap - Village visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Welcome Dinner
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise with visits to local producers
  • Mekong Delta - Home-cooked lunch
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hue - Imperial City entrance and guided visit
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hanoi - KOTO lunch
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda & HCM stilt house
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu
  • Ninh Binh - Van Long Nature Reserve Boat Trip
  • Ninh Binh - Home Cooked Lunch
  • Ninh Binh - Thung Nham Ecotourism Zone
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Tour
  • Hanoi - Local water puppet performance
Add on activities
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Siem Reap - Khmer traditional massage - USD17
  • Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD37
  • Hoi An - Hoi An Boat & Bike with Sunset BBQ Urban Adventure - USD54
  • Hoi An - My Son Cham tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included) - USD45
  • Halong Bay - Kayaking Tour - VND250000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - VND180000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD35

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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 8 (Guesthouse) and Day 18 (Boat) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for sightseeing tickets. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
4. This trip includes domestic and international flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance is 20kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Orla · Traveled July 2023
Intrepid an excellent holiday experience.
Review submitted 07 Jul 2023

Helen · Traveled July 2023
The itinerary for this tour was excellent! I loved that it included a visit to the Mekong, Hue and Ninh Binh as well as extra time in Hoi An- these were some of the key highlights of the trip in Vietnam! The tour guides were exceptional in both Cambodia and Vietnam and the mix of travellers fantastic. The only downside was the poor legroom on the buses. I expected more on a comfort trip. Despite this drawback, the trip was great overall and I’m looking forward to doing my next Intrepid trip!
Review submitted 25 Jul 2023

Carmen · Traveled March 2023
I've been curious about Cambodia and Vietnam pretty much my whole life--it was very satisfying to see these countries in such depth and with the guidance of a couple of truly great local leaders!
Review submitted 02 Apr 2023

Don · Traveled January 2023
Intrepid met all of our expectations and in many cases exceeded them. Our leaders were outstanding in their knowledge and skills in leadership to have our group coalesce and have fun the entire trip. Meeting people from other parts of the world was a fabulous bonus.
Review submitted 26 Feb 2023

Roberta · Traveled February 2020
We arrived home from our Classic Cambodia and Vietnam trip last Monday. We were really impressed with the level of accommodation throughout the 3 weeks. The wonderful homestay in the Mekong Delta was truly n experience not to be forgotten. The overnight train was also an adventure and we loved it as well. Halong Bay was an absolute standout, we were so impressed having the whole boat to ourselves, everything about that overnight stay was exceptional. We booked our trip with another couple, so the four of us were often keen to do our own thing on the days/evenings which were “free time” It was an interesting mix of people on the trip…..if age is the thing you choose to put a group together, it is fair to say there are huge differences in the physical ability of travellers over 60. Some are really agile and are keen for a reasonable level of activity and walking, whilst others have trouble moving and hold the rest of the group up. It’s difficult to get that right based solely on age. I don’t know what the solution it that is, but at various times it was frustrating. In Vietnam, our tour leader Tu Vu was outstanding. He was so thorough providing us on a daily basis with what we would be doing and what was required. He was patient to a fault and was totally transparent with regards the “kitty” offering it to anyone who would like to be its keeper. Tu also encouraged us to head out and explore in our own time when we had free days. Our group of four had a wonderful time doing this, as we are friends, our interests were similar and our fitness levels too! One suggestion would be using the travel time in the bus to give information on the sight we were travelling to see instead of waiting to arrive and then taking “exploration” time to give that information. I would have like a little more eating with the locals instead of being taken to higher end restaurants that all other tourist buses went to as well. I felt, particularly in Cambodia, we didn’t get nearly enough of that experience. All in all, a wonderful experience and holiday. We love the Intrepid format (that was my fifth one) and it works particularly well when language is a barrier.
Review submitted 09 Mar 2020
Classic Cambodia & Vietnam
ZAR  64,855