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Essential Vietnam & Cambodia
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A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the regions 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.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126938
  • Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Hanoi
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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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

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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

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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) (14.00-15.00 hours)

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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

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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))

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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

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Day 7: Hoi An (1B)

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

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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))

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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

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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))

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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))

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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

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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)

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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

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Day 15: Siem Reap (1B)

Spend another day in Siem Reap, exploring more temples of Angkor or going further afield.

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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))

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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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Halong Bay caves entrance
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
    • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
    • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project (Hoi An)
    • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
    • Mekong Delta day trip
    • Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
    • Tuol Sleng (S21 Prison) and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide
    • Angkor Wat complex entry and guide, including sunrise tour
    • Local Khmer dinner at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project or with a local family (depends on departure)
    • Border crossing support
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt)
    • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, plane, walking, cyclo, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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


Reviews (28)
Melanie G. Posted on: 

I really enjoyed the stress-free feel of this trip and all that left was to have fun!

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Jeremy W. Posted on: 

I feel I got exactly what I was looking for. Very impressed. Thank you.

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Kirsten L. Posted on: 

The tour was everything I expected and more! Erica was a perfect tour leader, and really added to the trip. It was perfect!

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Lucy P. Posted on: 

This is the first tour that we have done and it was so well organized and enjoyable that we are already considering our next G Adventures travel tour.

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Raymond Y. Posted on: 

Aparna was the best G Adventures tour leader ever! Accommodations were magnificent, roommates were funny, transportation was great and itinerary covered all the major attractions. Will definitely do another tour in the future. G Adventures rocks! (I liked them so much I just accepted a job with them!)

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Polly S. Posted on: 

This trip was all that I hoped and more - and combined my three great passions of Travelling, Food and Photography completely! The other members of the group were great - a good mix of interesting people and the itinerary was good - capturing all the major points, yet being flexible to accommodate individual choices in stopover locations. Highlights included Halong Bay, doing cookery classes in Hoi An and getting up early to watch sunrise over the bustling market by the riverside there, Eating out at various street restaurants, the moped tour of Hue - like the Italian job on the back of a bike as we zoomed through the backstreets and out into the countryside and of course, the Angkor complex at Siem Reap. A great mix of Past, present and a glimpse of the future!

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Turid R. Posted on: 

This tour provided insight into both the past and present in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Kerri R. Posted on: 

Everything exceeded me expectations. Cat was the best tour guide I have ever had. HANDS DOWN!!!

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Melissa M. Posted on: 

I couldn't have asked for a greater experience for my first visit to SE Asia. Thank you G Adventures!

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Neerja B. Posted on: 

I enjoyed the tour. The accommodations were good.

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Gabriela H. Posted on: 

A lot of variety and as a result it felt like I was away for a lot longer than I was.

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Hannah S. Posted on: 

So much fun. People were lovely. Charles, our group leader was great. We've all come away with such fantastic memories and experiences. Southeast Asia is such a beautiful place and the tour took us to all the main places, we saw so many things.

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Melanie P. Posted on: 

Very well organized, and highlighted the best of each place.

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Laura W. Posted on: 

Good overview of Vietnam and Cambodia. It makes me want to return to Vietnam to see some of the interior. The tour provided good highlights and information but was not overregimented. There was time for us to pursue our various interests without participating in group activities. This applied both to sight seeing and meals. This provided the best of guided tours and independent travel.

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Bethan W. Posted on: 

A very varied trip with a range of experiences. There was a good balance between flexibility to do our own thing and organized activities. The accompanying booklet was very useful.

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Mary H. Posted on: 

G Adventures does an excellent job on trip organization, adventure and itinerary allowing us to see the country, meet the people in a short vacation time.

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Allan J. Posted on: 

Very balanced tour. Tour accommodations were excellent.

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Kenny V. Posted on: 

This was an awesome tour experience of two great evolving destinations. The sites in both Vietnam and Cambodia were fascinating, the food was fantastic. Our tour leader Cat was incredible in sharing with us this extraordinary culture and history.

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Tessa M. Posted on: 

I enjoyed every part of the tour however there was so much to absorb in such a short time I am feeling overwhelmed every now 2 weeks after the end of the tour.

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Fun Yun L. Posted on: 

A great tour to explore Vietnam. Two days in each city was perfect. The guide recommended a tuktuk ride to the rice paddies and it was awesome. Halong Bay and Hoi An was a definite highlight. Our tour guide knew where to eat local favorites and he was right on.

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Miranda M. Posted on: 

Relaxed. Organized. Flexible in terms of meeting for meals etc.

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Robert M. Posted on: 

I felt that the tour time and the time on our own was good. On first arriving Derek always made sure that we were comfortable with our surroundings and often took us on a walking tour to get us acquainted with routes. Also giving each of us a hotel card, in case we got lost was brilliant. The accommodations were excellent and better that expected. Felt that we were able to see a lot of the country by the various means of transportation

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Neville P. Posted on: 

We enjoyed touring Vietnam and Cambodia - the group proved to be a good mix of friendly people.The tour and venues were better then expected - accommodation was quite good. hotel staff friendly and helpful

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Jean F. Posted on: 

We were very impressed with the accommodation. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, gained a lot of knowledge re Cambodia etc. We had a super bunch of travellers with us which really makes the vacation.

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Ina K. Posted on: 

Very enjoyable with a good pace and balance of activity, options for further exploration if wanted or for rest time if needed.

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Bryan S. Posted on: 

I was very satisfied with the tour and I would recommend this tour and G Adventures to all those are wanting to explore Asia. The tour was much better than we expected due in part to the tour leader.

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Logan E. Posted on: 

This trip was a great way to see parts of these countries that I otherwise would not have gone to see on my own. Our boat trip in Halong bay has yet to be topped in my trip throughout all of SE Asia.

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Anthony O. Posted on: 

I had a great time would definitely go again.

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