Halong Bay view

Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered

Trip code
VCU001

If Vietnam and Cambodia are on your bucket list, look no further than this itinerary which covers the best of both.

Following the classic trail from Hanoi to Siem Reap, we’ve added plenty of twists to show you hidden sights away from the crowds - like Halong Bay’s quieter neighbor, rural villages around Hoi An, and the backstreets of Phnom Penh. But don’t hold back. Tell us what you like to do on vacation and we’ll tailor a trip to match.

Pricing

Price based on 3* accommodation
From
$2,800
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Price based on 4* accommodation
From
$3,300
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Price based on 5* accommodation
From
$4,100
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Key facts

12 nights/13 days
Explore the magnificent temples of Angkor, and learn about Indochina’s troubled past at the Cu Chi Tunnels and Cambodia’s Killing Fields and S21 Genocide Museum
Visit landmarks and hidden sights on city tours and foodie safaris in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
Soak up the scenery from the back of a vintage Vespa near Hoi An, a night aboard a traditional junk in Lan Ha Bay and a boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake
Watch an acrobatic performance at Phare, The Cambodian Circus
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DAY 6-7 HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 4-5 HOI AN DAY 3 LAN HA BAY DAY 1-2 HANOI DAY 10-13 SIEM REAP DAY 8-9 PHNOM PENH
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DAY 6-7 HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 4-5 HOI AN DAY 3 LAN HA BAY DAY 1-2 HANOI DAY 10-13 SIEM REAP DAY 8-9 PHNOM PENH

This trip has three internal flights, each an hour to 90 minutes long. Getting to and from Lan Ha Bay is 2.5 hours by car transfer. There’s also one long car journey across Cambodia of 5.5. hours. It’s very scenic and you’ll break up the ride with a sightseeing boat cruise en-route.

What's great

We’ve designed this itinerary to showcase the crème de la crème of Vietnam and Cambodia with a strong focus on food, history and culture

Instead of Halong Bay, we highly recommend its quieter neighbor Lan Ha Bay. There are far fewer tourist boats but the scenery’s just as beautiful with the added bonus of a few alabaster beaches

We can easily lengthen your trip to include time on the beach. The Cambodian Islands have their best weather from November to March, or extend your stay in Hoi An from March to August.

Things to consider

This trip hits all the classic sights of Vietnam and Cambodia. It’s a well-trodden trail so there will always be other tourists around, although our guides are high-skilled at navigating busy times of day to avoid big crowds

Indochina has a diverse climate, so whenever you travel there will always be one destination that’s not enjoying optimal weather

Some of the foodie experiences on this trip are not great for people with dietary requirements. If that’s you, let us know and we’ll come up with suitable alternatives - rest assured we won’t let you go hungry!

The experience

This itinerary is just an example of what we can do. All our trips are completely customizable and our Indochina experts will create a bespoke vacation just for you.

Day 1-2

Hanoi

Good Morning Vietnam! Wake up early on your first full day to explore two faces of Hanoi. We’ll team you up with a knowledgeable guide who’ll first introduce you to daily life in the capital. At 5.30am head to Long Bien Market to see fruit and vegetable wholesalers in full swing. Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, then do as the locals do by joining a tai chi class. Having worked up an appetite, tuck into the Hanoian breakfast of choice, a steaming bowl of pho noodles washed down with a sweet Vietnamese coffee. In the afternoon, the focus is on history at the 1,000-year-old Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. Visit the house where Ho Chi Minh lived to learn about his life and legacy.

Lady with flowers in Hanoi streets

Highlights

Get the day started with a tai chi class in the park

Pull up a plastic stool for a typical Hanoian breakfast of pho noodles

Explore Hanoi’s historic landmarks including the Temple of Literature

One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

Day 3

Lan Ha Bay

Head east from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay, one of the most spectacular seascapes in the world, where hundreds of limestone karsts dot the ocean. Neighboring Halong Bay is the famous spot but these days its chock-a-block with cruise boats. That’s why we recommend peaceful Lan Ha which is just as beautiful, with the added bonus of white beaches on some of the islets. You’ll spend a day and a night aboard a gorgeous traditional junk. They’ve got a whole menu of activities for you: kayaking, squid fishing and cooking classes, as well as island excursions. Of course, nobody’s going to blame you if you opt instead to relax with a cocktail and watch the scenery drift past your cabin balcony.

Halong Bay boats in the bay - Grant E

Highlights

Cruise through stunning Lan Ha, a bay sprinkled with karst mountain islands

Spend the night in a private cabin aboard a traditional junk boat

Take an island excursion, go kayaking or try your luck at squid fishing

Kayaking in Halong Bay

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day
  • Two lunches: one on board the Lan Ha Bay cruise; one during the Vespa tour of Hoi An
  • Four dinners: one on board the Lan Ha Bay cruise; a street food tour of Ho Chi Minh City; dine-around in Phnom Penh; street food tour of Siem Reap
  • Two full-day experiences: countryside tour of Hoi An by Vespa; visit the temples of the Angkor Temple Complex
  • Seven half-day experiences: Good morning Hanoi; Hanoi city tour; Ho Chi Minh City backstreets tour; Cu Chi Tunnels; walking tour of Phnom Penh; Khmer Rouge sites of Phnom Penh; boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake
  • Four evening experiences: street food tour of Ho Chi Minh City; dine-around in Phnom Penh; street food tour of Siem Reap; Phare, The Cambodian Circus performance
  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
  • All internal transport & accommodation

Day 1:
Car transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi (45 minutes)

Day 3:
Car transfer from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay (2.5 hours)

Day 4:
Car transfer from Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi Airport (2.5 hours)
Flight from Hanoi to Danang (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from Danang Airport to Hoi An (45 minutes)

Day 6:
Car transfer from Hoi An to Danang Airport (45 minutes)
Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from Ho Chi Minh City Airport to Ho Chi Minh City (30 minutes)

Day 8:
Car transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Ho Chi Minh City Airport (30 minutes)
Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (1 hour)
Car transfer from Phnom Penh Airport to Phnom Penh (1 hours)

Day 10:
Car transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (5.5 hours)

Day 13:
Car transfer from Siem Reap to Siem Reap Airport (20 minutes)

  • Visas
  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
  • Tips for guides & porters