Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Bangkok to Hanoi

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Begin in Bangkok—a city that never sleeps—and end by braving Hanoi's bustling streets. Plug into Cambodia and Vietnam on this electric journey with breaks to bliss out on white-sand beaches. Get a history lesson exploring Angkor Wat and walking Ho Chi Minh City’s streets. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your Big Night Out Moment: Siem Reap Your Discover Moment: Phnom Penh Your Local Living Moment: Home Meal Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
  • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh
  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Two street food crawls in different cities
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the bustling streets of bangkok
  • Revel in the majesty of angkor wat
  • Enjoy a delicious local khmer meal
  • Relax on the golden beaches of koh rong
  • Shop hoi an's quaint streets
  • Float through halong bay
  • Watch scooters zip along the streets of hanoi
  • Learn about cambodia's sombre history at tuol sleng prison

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: You must arrive on tour with your Vietnamese visa. See the Visa section of the Tour Details for more information and exceptions. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Bangkok/Siem Reap (1B, 1D) Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Arrive in time for our included dinner at a Planeterra-project restaurant or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia) Local Khmer Meal Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.00 hours) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.00 hours)
Day 3 Siem Reap (1B) Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum. Prefer to plan ahead? Today, opt to head out for a sunrise hot air-balloon ride, or hop on a quad bike. Choose from the "Balloons Over Bagan" or "Siem Reap Quad Biking" activities to pre-book on the checkout page. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour Big Night Out
Day 4 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (1B) Transfer to Cambodia's capital. Take an orientation walk around Phnom Penh. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 5 Phnom Penh (1B) Sights you might choose to visit this afternoon include the National Museum and adjacent complex which includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. To learn about Cambodia's sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pot's reign as leader of the Khmer Rouge. Additional Notes: Phnom Penh can be confusing and we recommend to always keep a hotel card with you when you are exploring. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl
Day 6 Phnom Penh/Koh Rong (1B) Travel to Koh Rong and feast on fantastic local seafood, take a day trip to snorkel the coral reefs and explore the islands, or just sit back in a deck chair and let the warm breeze caress you as the waves splash gently at your feet. It doesn't get much better than this. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Koh Rong Swim, relax by the beach or opt to go snorkelling, fishing, hiking or kayaking. On nights without a large moon opt to swim in a sea of blue sparkles caused by phosphorescent plankton.
Day 8 Chambok Homestay (1D) Travel back to the mainland, then to a village homestay. Enjoy a homecooked meal with the hosts. Included Activities: Home Meal Transport: Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 185km)
Day 9 Chambok Homestay/Ho Chi Minh City (1B) This evening, head to one of the rooftop bars such as the Rex Hotel, one of the classic colonial Saigon institutions, where there is often live music. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam) Transport: Private Vehicle Local bus
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B) Discover the energy of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 11 Nha Trang Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl
Day 12 Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B) In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)
Day 13 Da Nang/Hoi An From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections. Included Activities: Hoi An Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 28km)
Day 14 Hoi An (1B, 1L) Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Day 15 Hoi An/Huế (1B) Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, or take a cruise along the Perfume River. Feel like hopping on a motorbike instead? Pre-book the Hue Motorbike Tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 137km)
Day 16 Huế/Hanoi (1B) Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours, 673km)
Day 17 Hanoi/Ha Long (1L) Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay. Included Activities: Hạ Long Bay Junk Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B) Get to know Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter. Interested in local cuisine? Hanoi's got some of the best street food around! Pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour. Included Activities: Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 19 Hanoi (1B) Free time to continue exploring Hanoi.
Day 20 Hanoi (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Please note: some of your group will most likely continue travelling through Laos with G Adventures. Included Activities: Departure Day
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