Essential Vietnam & Cambodia

Classic, Hanoi to Bangkok

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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.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap Your Discover Moment: Hoi An
  • Halong Bay caves entrance
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
  • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
  • Mekong Delta day trip
  • Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
  • Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide
  • Two-day Angkor Wat complex entry and guide, including sunrise tour (Siem Reap)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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

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. Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00-14.00 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. 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) 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 (2.50 hour(s), 95km) Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
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: Shared van (6.00 hour(s), 320km)
Day 14 Siem Reap (1B, 1D) Spend two 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 traditional meal to learn about Khmer food and meet some friendly locals. Alternating locations of our included local meal means we can support multiple small businesses and projects in the area. Each experience is truly unique and memorable. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour Local Khmer 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) Cross the border into Thailand and continue on to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Thailand) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Bangkok (1B) Not ready to leave this vibrant city? Extend your stay with post-tour accommodation – your CEO can give you a hand.
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