This Vietnam and Cambodia tour will take you to discover the important landmarks of both countries. Start off with a full-day tour to the Angkor Temples, and later you will join a boat trip to see the life on Tonle Sap Lake – the largest freshwater lake in Asia. Travel to Vietnam’s capital to visit Hanoi’s most recommended sites, each of which will tell you different stories about this historic city. Marvel at the wonderful nature of Ninh Binh (titled ‘Halong In Land’ by the locals) and then explore the magnificent Halong Bay from your cruise deck. In Hue and Hoi An, you will join the day-tours to explore the most famous sites of both towns. This tour will end with a day-trip to Mekong Delta’s floating market and you will be able to experience the bustling life in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam.
- Day 1: Siem Reap – Arrival
- Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour
- Day 3: Siem Reap: Angkor Wat - Bantaey Srei - Flight to Hanoi
- Day 4: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
- Day 5: Hanoi – Day trip to Ninh Binh
- Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
- Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
- Day 8: Hue – Full-Day Tour
- Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
- Day 10: Hoi An – Walking Tour
- Day 11: Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon
- Day 12: HCM City – Day trip to My Tho (Mekong Delta)
- Day 13: HCM City– Departure
- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
Siem Reap – ArrivalDay 1
Your private tour guide will meet you at Siem Reap airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Siem Reap. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your 2 week adventure in Vietnam and Cambodia, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Lunch and dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Cambodian cuisine for a true immersion experience.
Note: For the Cambodian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 1 passport sized 3 cm x 4 cm photo and $30 for the stamping fee.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day TourDay 2
After breakfast, the first stop of your travel package in Vietnam and Cambodia will be a full-day discovery tour of the Angkor Temples. Your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a drive through the jungle, passing local villages and shops, and your tour will start at the south gate of Angkor Thom City. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your
– Angkor Thom City
– Bayon – The Bayon has fifty-four towers decorated with more than two hundred enigmatic smiling faces
– Terrace of Elephants
– Victory Gate
– Banteay Kdei (“Citadel of Chambers”)
After lunch, you will explore The beautiful Ta Prohm Temple, overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere.
Continue to visit Preah Khan, in Preah Khan Baray. This was built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII and was originally designed for medical purposes (ancient wise-men believed that soaking in these pools balanced the elements of a person’s body, thus curing ailments and diseases). It is one of the many hospitals that King Jayavarman VII built. The site was built in the second half of the 12th century and is supposedly the spot where the King fought a crucial battle against the Cham.
Following your visit to Preah Khan, you will visit Pre Rup, where you will enjoy the view of the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple. Later, your guide will take you back to Siem Reap, and the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap: Angkor Wat - Bantaey Srei - Flight to HanoiDay 3
Morning (pick up at 5:00am)
This morning, you will watch the sun rise at the Angkor Wat Temple, a highlight of your tour in Cambodia. Your private tour guide will take you to Angkor Wat, where you will have your breakfast whilst enjoying the view. After breakfast, you will spend the morning exploring Angkor Wat, considered by many as an architectural masterpiece of the Cambodian Ancients.
Next, you will visit the exquisite Banteay Srei (“Citadel of the women”), the jewel of Khmer art, and set deep in the jungle. Banteay Srei was carved from red sandstone, with elaborate decorative wall carvings which are well preserved to this day.
After lunch, your private tour guide will pick you up for a motorized boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, Asia’s largest inland lake, which harvests the largest amount freshwater fish in the world. This lake swells to ten times its normal size during the wet season. Here, you will interact with the locals, see the school, hospital, church, fishing farm, crocodile farm and the souvenir shop in the floating village.
In the late afternoon, you will be driven to Siem Reap airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, for the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee. After you have gone through customs, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Hanoi to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Full-Day City TourDay 4
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & the Presidential Palace
– Tran Quoc Pagoda
– Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
– Museum of Ethnology
Lunch will be at a local restaurant where you will be served delicious local Hanoi cuisine.
After lunch, you will continue to visit The Women’s Museum and the Temple of Literature. Then you will take a cycle rickshaw ride through the French Quarter to admire the well preserved colonial buildings such as the Hanoi Opera House and the Sofitel Legend Metropole, as well as the Old Quarter. After the 1 hour cycle rickshaw ride, you will enjoy a performance of the traditional water puppet show, a typical northern Vietnamese art form.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Day trip to Ninh BinhDay 5
After breakfast and checkout, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Ninh Binh, a natural and cultural heritage (travel time approximately 3 hours). Upon arrival at Hoa Lu Ancient capital, you will start to visit the remains of the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in the 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city (968 to 1009).
Leaving the temples, we will enjoy a leisure bicycle ride (or transfer by car) through local villages and country roads passing the dramatic limestone cliffs set in the rice paddies. After one hour of riding, you will reach the picturesque setting of Tam Coc. Here you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, transfer to the docks to take a leisurely sampan ride on a creek, winding through large stretches of rice paddies. During the sampan ride, the beautiful natural scenery of limestone peaks and fertile green valleys, referred to many as the “dry Halong Bay,” will amaze you.
In the late afternoon, your private tour guide will take you back to Hanoi. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boatDay 6
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the northern city of Halong to board your junk boat for your overnight cruise. You junk boat will cruise in the Halong Bay, where you will be served a delicious lunch on board.
Continue to cruise among hundreds of islets, discovering unspoiled pockets of Halong Bay. Head out in a rowboat or a hire a kayak to explore the Dark and Bright Lagoon. There is plenty of time to relax on the junk’s sun deck, take advantage of the Spa services and sip a cocktail or two, before a cooking demonstration in the evening. Later you will earn to create traditional Vietnamese dishes with the boat’s own chef and try more delicacies at dinner. Following dinner, you can take the opportunity to try your hand at squid fishing before the day is done!
(Note: Program may differ slightly based on cruise ships)
Overnight on board
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to HueDay 7
Wake early to start your day with Tai Chi on the sundeck, as the sun rises over the bay. After a light breakfast, discover one of Halong Bay’s biggest and most beautiful caves, Surprise Cave. Enjoy a final extravagant brunch before sailing back to the harbour.
Back on the ground, you will be picked up by your private tour guide and taken back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport for the evening flight to Hue. On the way, you will stop at Phu Lang ceramic village, one of the last remaining pottery villages in Northern Vietnam which have been producing ceramics since the 13th century.
Upon arrival in Hue, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in downtown Hue to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Full-Day TourDay 8
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you for a cruise on the Perfume River. During the cruise, you will visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda with its characteristic seven-tiered tower, founded in 1601 by Lord Nguyen Hoang.
Our morning visits also include
– The Tu Hieu Pagoda
– The impressive tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.
– The village of Incense stick making
– Vong Canh Hill “bird eyed view point” where you can enjoy breathtaking of the Perfume River below.
You will then head to a Buddhist Monastery for a vegetarian lunch. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about Buddhism.
After lunch, your tour will continue.
– The ancient walled Citadel to see the former Imperial Palace, closely modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing – significant damage was caused by French aerial bombings and the Tet Offensive of 1968, however, much of the city has now been restored thanks to UNESCO funding. The Imperial City is one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Imperial Enclosure was a former capital of Vietnam and home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last monarchy in Vietnam.
– A walk through Dong Ba Market, where locals purchase their fresh produce
On returning to your hotel in Hue, the rest of the afternoon will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Danang – Hoi AnDay 9
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for the drive to Hoi An. During this scenic drive, you will get to see the stunning Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass which offers spectacular scenery and views of the coastline below. There will be stops along the way to visit the rustic fishing village of Lang Co, the Cham Museum, and the Marble Mountains.
After checking into your hotel in Hoi An, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Walking TourDay 10
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a walking tour of Hoi An.
– Museum of Trade Ceramics
– Hoi An Central market
– Phuc Kien Congregation House
– The 200-year-old Tam Ky house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
– Attend Cultural show at Traditional Theater
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you will try some of the most delightful local cuisines. Hoi An is considered as the kitchen of Vietnam.
After lunch, you will take a short boat trip to a nearby island to visit the villages of Kim Bong and Thanh Ha to see handcrafted ceramics and the construction of boats by local artisans.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you join a local cooking class and try to learn some of Hoi An’s best dishes.
Overnight in Hoi An
Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City/ SaigonDay 11
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City), previously known as Saigon.
Upon arrival in HCM City, your private tour guide will take you on a tour of the city. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), which was once headquarters for the Saigon government during the War
– War Remnants Museum, which displays relics from the War
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– Jade Emperor Pagoda, built in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang) – this is one of the most impressive temples in HCM City, filled with statues of deities and heroes
– Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Boulevard, known for their elegant shops, galleries and restaurants
– The Opera House, a popular backdrop for wedding photos, now used as a Municipal Theatre. This area is rich with history from the times of the French invasion to the filming of Phil Noyce’s “The Quiet American.”
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – Day trip to My Tho (Mekong Delta)Day 12
After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and take you for a short-drive to My Tho. Upon arrival, you will meet the local guide and embark on a motorboat and heading out on the mighty Mekong to Con Qui Islet. In contrast to many of the overly visited Mekong islands, we choose Con Qui for its quieter, less crowded, and more authentic slice of Mekong life. Hop on a bike (or horse cart) and savor the leisurely time to explore and pedal through this green and unspoiled island. Make frequent stops for photos and glimpses and of the daily lives of local villagers.
You’ll then take a small boat as you are rowed quietly along the thick mangroves of Vam Xep, a small canal with little village houses dotted along its sides. Get off the boat to enjoy some honeyed tea at the ‘Coconut Artisan’ village to check out the workshops where a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.
You will next take a small sampan along Vam Chua canal, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by an immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of Saigon which seems far, far away.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will finish the tour and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. The remainder of the day is free.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City– DepartureDay 13
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the HCM City airport for your departure flight home.
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- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
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