Best of Vietnam & Cambodia
Join us as we travel into the heart and soul of Indochina. Starting off in Vietnam, cruise through dramatic karst scenery on a boat tour of Halong 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. Combining highlights of both countries, the Best of Vietnam and Cambodia tour will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.
- Sail among the floating villages, grottos and limestone pillars of magical Halong Bay
- Explore the old imperial capital of Hue in typical Vietnamese fashion - on the back of a motorbike
- Ho Chi Minh City, once known as Saigon, is a dynamic blend of old and new, east and west, commerce and culture
- Often referred to as the ârice bowlâ of Vietnam, cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta in sampan boats and sample exotic fruits and fish
- Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of Southeast Asia's premier sights
- Confront the sobering but important Khmer history in Phnom Penh, with included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial
- Embrace the change of pace in downbeat Battambang, the ideal place to mingle with everyday Cambodian folk
- Acquaint yourself with frenetic Bangkok, a wonderland of excellent street food, enchanting canals and sprawling marketplaces
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||16||Duration||18 days|
|Category||Silver||The classic small group tour, with some included activities and staying at reasonably priced accommodation.|
Day 1 - Hanoi
If you arrive early into the capital of Hanoi, thereâs plenty to see and do. Consider booking the Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure with an expert local guide to introduce you to the city. Start by visiting the Temple of Literature, drop into a traditional tea house, and learn the stories of the Hoa Lo Prison museum. This tour concludes at Hoan Kiem Lake, surrounded by modern office buildings and ancient Buddhist temples. Or take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter and admire the cityâs French-colonial architecture, relax in a park, or enjoy some street food.
Day 2 - Halong Bay
The sailing junk has twin share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There's also a dining room and bar to enjoy lunch, dinner and breakfast.
Day 3 - Hanoi / Overnight Train
Day 4 - Hue
Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of the countryâs royal past. Youâll have free time in the morning to rest or explore. The bustling Dong Ba Market is a great place to sample some of the foods that once graced the Nguyen emperors' tables, such as banh khoai (royal rice cake). Reunite with the group to visit the war-damaged ruins of the Hue Imperial Citadel complex, which once contained temples, state houses and the emperorâs palace.
Day 5 - Hue
Enjoy a short boat cruise down the Perfume River before eating lunch inside a nunnery. Finally, visit the lakeside royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before heading back to Hue.
Day 6 - Hoi An
Day 7 - Hoi An
Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 9 - Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a group dinner at KOTO restaurant, an organisation dedicated to developing the hospitality careers of street kids.
Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11 - Phnom Penh
Day 12 - Phnom Penh
Day 13 - Siem Reap
Notes: Santuk Silk Farm is closed on some important Khmer holidays.