Essential Vietnam & Cambodia

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia information and booking

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  • Duration
    17
    Days
  • Service
    Standard
  • Difficulty
    Easy

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Highlights

Sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay, sip iced coffee in Ho Chi Minh City, float through the Mekong Delta, enjoy sunrise over breathtaking Angkor Wat

Tour description provided by G Adventures

A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, this 17-day trip offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches, ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day and overnight on a traditional sailing junk boat in Halong Bay. Witness the heights of Cambodia's past at Angkor Wat, and contemplate its lows by walking the infamous Killing Fields. Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi
There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Junk
Day 3 Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L)
Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey. Overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours)
Day 4 Huế
Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors. After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. With free time, take a motorbike tour of the area. While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer. Included Activities: Tien Mu Pagoda Visit Imperial Citadel Tour Royal Tombs Visit
Day 5 Huế/Hoi An (1B)
Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Hoi An (1B, 1L)
Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Day 7 Hoi An (1B)
Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.
Day 8 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
Use free time to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. The Reunification Palace, the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum are also well worth a visit. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
After enjoying a day in the Mekong Delta, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City in time for an optional dinner. Included Activities: Day Trip to Mekong Delta Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh (1B)
Drive to the border and cross into Cambodia. Continue on to the capital, Phnom Penh, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the city for a street-level perspective. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia) Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Phnom Penh (1B)
Meet a local guide to learn more about the dark side of Cambodian history. Visit to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields. After, visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison), the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished. Enjoy a free afternoon to sightsee. Opt to explore the city's many sights: the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. With time, choose to visit the Russian Market, Wat Phnom or sip a drink at a riverside café. Included Activities: Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour
Day 13 Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (1B)
Drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Transport: Drive through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)
Day 14 Siem Reap (1B, 1D)
Spend 2 days exploring Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom and one of the wonders of the archaeological world. See some of the highlights of this ancient capital, like sunrise at the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple. Enjoy a local meal to learn about Khmer food and meet some friendly locals. Alternating locations of our local meal enables small businesses to flourish. Each experience is truly unique and memorable. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant Home Meal
Day 15 Siem Reap (1B)
Spend another day in Siem Reap, exploring more temples of Angkor or going further afield.
Day 16 Siem Reap/Bangkok (1B)
Spend the last night together in Bangkok. Opt to go out on the town and indulge in flavourful Thai food. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Thailand) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Bangkok (1B)
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