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Overview

This tour will take you to see the best of Vietnam and Cambodia. Starting with a nice city tour in Hanoi, you will then travel to Halong Bay to marvel at the otherworldly beauty of this natural site. En route, you’ll visit a traditional village before flying to Hue. Explore Hue’s historic landmarks and spend a few days experiencing the tranquil life in Hoi An – another UNESCO Heritage Site of Vietnam aside from Halong Bay. Next, do something different by navigating the tunnels in Cu Chi and later enjoy the dynamic vibe of Ho Chi Minh City. From Ho Chi Minh City, you will travel to Siem Reap – home of the world-famous Angkor Wat. You will have the chance to marvel at the majestic beauty of Angkor Wat at sunrise and also time to discover other important sites such as Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. These historic sites offer a more tranquil vibe compared to Angkor Wat but have just as many stories to be told as the well-known structure does.

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
  • Day 5: Hue – Full-Day Tour
  • Day 6: Hue – Drive to Hoi An
  • Day 7: Hoi An – Sightseeing and food tour
  • Day 8: Hoi An – Free Day
  • Day 9: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 10: HCM City – Half-Day City Tour
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Flight to Siem Reap
  • Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour (Day 1)
  • Day 13: Siem Reap – Sunrise over Angkor Wat – Koh Ker – Beng Mealea (Day 2)
  • Day 14: Siem Reap – Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- 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.

Hanoi – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Hanoi. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your Vietnam Cambodia tour package and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.

After checking in, if you are interested, your guide will take you on a walking tour through the alleys of the bustling Hanoi Old Quarter or the “36 Streets”. This is a great way to watch the local daily life.

Lunch and dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Hanoi cuisine for a true immersion experience.

Note: 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.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: none


Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your Vietnam Cambodia 2-week holiday will start when your private tour guide picks you up for 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.

Visits:
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace
– The One Pillar Pagoda, an important symbol for Hanoians
– Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
– History Museum, formerly home to the École Française d’Extrême Orient in Vietnam

Lunch will be served at one of many breathtaking restored colonial villas.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
– Hoa Lo prison (known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the American war)
– A stroll around the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake
– A cycle rickshaw ride through Hanoi’s French Quarter, characterized by wide tree-lined streets, majestic French buildings and side-walk cafes

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Halong Bay, one of the highlights of your vacation package in Indochina (travel time approximately 4 hours).

You will arrive at the docks around midday, and you will board a traditional wooden junk boat for a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone mountain islands. A sumptuous local seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay.

Afternoon
As you cruise among hundreds of islets and discover unspoiled pockets of the bay, you will also visit a limestone cave to see its many unique rock formations. You may choose to swim in the emerald waters of the bay or take a kayak to explore the bay.

You will return to your junk boat to watch the sunset, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar, followed by a sumptuous dinner. You will spend the night on the junk, in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom.

Note: Program may differ slightly based on your selected junk boat’s itinerary. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it!

Overnight on board.
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi – Flight to Hue

Morning
In the morning, enjoy the magnificent scenery of the bay; if you are an early riser, be sure to take advantage and watch the sunrise over the sea. Engage in an early morning Tai Chi session on the sundeck, followed by breakfast as you continue to cruise around this natural wonder.

Afternoon
Upon returning to the dock, you will be taken back to Hanoi (travel time approximately 4 hours). En route, you will stop at Yen Duc, a beautiful and typical village of Northern Vietnam, where you can stroll around the village, meet the locals, and learn about their daily life. You will also watch a traditional water puppet show.

After the show, you will continue onwards to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and take the short flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Hue to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue – Full-Day Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River. During the cruise, you will visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, the centre of Buddhism in central Vietnam since the early 1600s. Following the cruise, you will visit the Imperial City, a listed UNESCO site – Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty. The city is considered a living museum with many historical monuments, imperial tombs, pagodas and temples that educate us on the history of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.

A vegetarian lunch will be served by the nuns at a Buddhist monastery. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about Buddhism.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will visit King Minh Mang’s Mausoleum, which took almost 4 years to build. Finally, you will visit the central Dong Ba Market situated on the banks of the Perfume River and walk along the historic Trang Tien Bridge to return to your hotel.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Hue – Drive to Hoi An

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for the drive to Hoi An (travel time approximately 4 hours). 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 ample stops en route to take photos and there will be a visit to the Marble Mountains.

After checking in to your hotel in Hoi An, you will be served lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will take a short walking tour through Hoi An’s Old Quarter. From the 16th to 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.

Visits:
– Chua Ong Pagoda
– Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Phung Hung house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Hoi An – Sightseeing and food tour

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for a leisurely bike ride to Tra Que vegetable village, a little charming village on the edge of Hoi An (travel time approximately 3 hours). At Tra Que, you will see the traditional way of cultivating vegetable crops.

Note: if you prefer to skip the bike ride, you can always request a replacement mode of transportation by motorbike or private car.

Afterward, you will visit the nearby Thanh Ha Pottery villages, the only source of identical bricks, tiles and floor slabs as those in the by-gone era, for restoring the old buildings in the Old Town.

Returning to Hoi An. Enjoy some swim at your hotel swimming pool and avoid the midday heat.

Afternoon
Your private guide will collect you from the hotel to commence a 4-hour walking and food tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting the Tan Ky house, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation and the markets.

The walking tour combines with food tasting and off-the-beaten sightseeing. This tour is designed to give you the confidence to go out and try street food on your own when you visit a heaven of street food as Vietnam. You will also discover a different Hoi An – not beautiful decorating restaurants. This tour is a delicious and fun way to explore Hoi An just like a local.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)



Hoi An – Free Day

Spend the day however you wish in Hoi An. Sunbathe on the beach, go shopping, take a cooking class or become familiar with the quaint streets of Hoi An. There’s something for everyone in the family to do on vacation in Hoi An!

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels

Morning
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 to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. This vast network of tunnels played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding HCM City. The tunnels are a sobering insight into the dedication of the Viet Cong who lived almost entirely underground in the narrow and claustrophobic tunnels, for up to 10 years! Today, some of the remaining tunnels have been opened to tourists, offering a unique insight into what underground life must have been like during the ‘American’ war.

At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will watch a brief introductory video, followed by a walk through the reserve. If you are feeling brave, you can crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 underground levels. There will also be a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used against the American GI’s.

After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will return to HCM City. Lunch will be at a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon
After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you visit the Ben Thanh night market and do some fun shopping.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


HCM City – Half-Day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a tour around HCM City to visit the city’s historical landmarks. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), where the war officially ended on April 30th, 1975 when tank 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of the home of the President of the Republic of Vietnam
– the War Remnants Museum, highlighting the suffering of the Vietnamese people during recent conflicts – not entirely unbiased
– the Notre Dame Cathedral, considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Vietnam. It was built in the period 1877 – 1880 by the French architect Bourad.
– the General Post Office (GPO), noted for its neoclassical architecture, designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)


Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Flight to Siem Reap

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a 2-hour drive to Ben Tre town, the heart of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta, popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, is famous for its vast rice fields, orchard farms, coconut trees, numerous waterways, and beautiful landscapes.

At Ben Tre town, you will embark on a motorized boat trip on the scenic Ben Tre River exploring the coconut villages and observe various local industries along the way. You will see how bricks & sleeping mats are made, as well as visit a coconut workshop to see where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced, and a range skillful crafts made of coconut husk and fiber products. You will also take a walk along the village lanes, visiting local homes to try dry fruits and sip on honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show.

You will then switch out the motorized boat for a small sampan to cruise through palm-fringed back canals, 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 HCMC.

Back on land, you will sit in the back of a motor cart (xe loi), passing by rice and vegetable orchard farms and meet locals on the way. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which you will be driven back to HCM City (travel time approximately 2 hours).

Afternoon
Mid-afternoon, you will be driven to HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Siem Reap, as your travel itinerary takes you from Vietnam to Cambodia. 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. After going through customs, your private driver will pick you up at the Siem Reap airport and take you to your hotel to check in.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour (Day 1)

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day adventure discovery tour of the remains of an ancient civilization that once ruled much of Southeast Asia, the Angkor Temples. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preference.

Visits:
– Bayon – the incredible maze of corridors, gothic style towers and magical central temples with 1200 meters of the finest bas relief, depicting scenes of everyday life in 12th Century Cambodia is sure to impress
– Royal Palace
– Terrace of the Leper King
– The temples of King Jayavarman VII, reputedly Angkor’s greatest king. The fortified city of Angkor Thom which he built at the end of the 12th century is enclosed by a square wall 8 meters high, with five 20 meter long monumental gates decorated with stone elephant trunks.
– Ta Prohm Temple, a temple half overrun by the Cambodian jungle and famous as the film location for “Tomb Raider”

Afternoon
After lunch, you will explore 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.

Evening
Following your visit to Preah Khan, you will visit Pre Rup, where you can 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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Siem Reap – Sunrise over Angkor Wat – Koh Ker – Beng Mealea (Day 2)

Morning (pick up at 5:00 am)
This morning, you will watch the sunrise at the Angkor Wat Temple. 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.

Options:
– if you wish to sleep in and avoid waking up at 5:00 am, you can start your day later in the morning
– you can have your breakfast at the hotel before heading out for the sunrise if you prefer

Leaving Angkor Wat, you will visit the 10th century capital of Koh Ker (travel time approximately 2 hours). While there are known to be over 200 temples within the boundaries of this ancient city, only 96 have been discovered thus far. You will spend the morning at Prasat Thom, much of which is partially buried. Although the number of visitors varies daily, they are always low, and it will be very likely that you will have the entire site to yourself. At the far end of Prasat Thom, there is a towering pyramid, somewhat reminiscent of Mayan or Incan architecture.

Afternoon
On the way back to Siem Reap, you will stop to explore Beng Mealea, similar in size to the better-known Angkor Wat (both were built by Jayavaram VII), though not nearly as frequently visited. Completely swallowed by the jungle, and with minimal restoration work, it is easy to imagine the difficulties early explorers must have faced when discovering these temples for the first time.

Back at Siem Reap, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Siem Reap – Departure

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 Siem Reap airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Walk through hidden alleyways & the maze of bustling streets of Hanoi Old Town
  • Take a relaxing Cyclo (rickshaw) ride through Hanoi’s French Quarter
  • Sail the Emerald waters of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise
  • See Forbidden City in Hue, Enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist monastery.
  • Take a walking and food tour of Hoi An Ancient town
  • Enjoy a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City seeing the City’s major sites
  • Discover the Immense Network of the Legendary Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Take the relaxing boat trip down the Mekong River, Discover it’s tributaries
  • Experience the Ancient temples of Angkor
  • See the enigmatic Bayon Temple, Explore the ruins of Ta Prohm
  • Explore the less-touristy temple of Beng Mealea, a hidden gem in the middle of the jungle


Dining Experience

  • 13 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 8 lunches, 2 dinners and  at well-selected restaurants (vegetarian food is upon request)
  • 1 street food tour


Travel Highlights

  • Private guide in each City of visit
  • Private driver with air-conditioned vehicle for daily tours
  • Hand-picked Restaurants and hotels
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


What’s Included?

Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C train, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax and service charge.


What’s Not Included?

Your international flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia, entry visa to Vietnam, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.

 

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Thank you Mr Lam Duong for always giving top-notch service. You know what we like and you deliver the BEST Private custom holidays to Cambodia and recently Thailand. Looking forward to our next vacation. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TOP THAILAND?? It was AMAZING!! We didn’t want to leave!!

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"22 day tour of Vietnam and Siem Reap"

My husband, adult children and I have just returned from one of the best trips of our lifetimes. After numerous requests from me to change, add or tweak the day-to-day tours suggested to me, Hang (Lizzie) from Indochina Pioneer found the perfect combination for us. She is a knowledgeable, patient and gifted organizer. I couldn’t be happier with her professionalism and attention to detail. As we toured the country, we were inspired and educated by our guides Nam, Dat, Larry and Pascuale. We hiked through jungles, ate marvelous food, spent time on the waters of Halong Bay and Phu Quoc Island, we rode bikes through villages and explored the busy streets of Hanoi, Hoi an and Ho Chi Min City, we visited temples and war monuments. Every detail was carefully outlined by Hang and if we wanted to make last-minute changes to the day, our guides were happy to accommodate. I would highly recommend Indochina Pioneer. If I have the good fortune to return, I would use them again. Gold stars all around! Well done Hang & team!

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USA

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We booked our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam with Indochina Pioneer, and I highly recommend their local expertise and professionalism. This was the first time we have worked with an in-country travel agency for a customized trip, and the partnership helped us create an amazing vacation.

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We had the agency set up drivers, tour guides and hotels based on our personal qualifications. Each stop we had a new, local guide who understood the history of the area and helped us navigate to the local sights. Because of the guides, we were able to experience not only the popular tourist areas, but also go to more obscure sights that gave us a local experience.

We really loved the local food tours in Vietnam because our guides took us around the cities to a non-tourist restaurant. We also had three bike trips, so instead of driving and seeing the countryside pass us by, we rode our bikes.

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We toured Siem Reap and Hanoi. Our tour guide and driver in Siem Reap were perfect. We were very happy with the hotel choice as well. In Vietnam, we went to Halong Bay on a junk boat cruise. Absolutely perfect!

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"Best Cambodia trip ever!"

Sally created the most enjoyable trip to Cambodia for our family. Everything was wonderful from the tours, food, hotels, guides and entertainment! We didn’t have to worry about a thing. Everything was planned so well and traveling between Phnom Phen and Siem Reap was so convenient. The boutique hotels were beautiful and relaxing. We’d definitely use Indochina again and can’t wait to plan our next trip.

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Booked with Indochina Pioneer for our trip to Vietnam. Amazing service from booking to arrival and all tour guides and drivers are exceptionally good – professional, knowledgeable and friendly. All tour guides have a good knowledge of English. – drivers not necessarily. Loving our trip!!!

   

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USA

"Indochina Pioneer tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"

We used Indochina Pioneer to visit several cities spanning north, central, and southern Vietnam as well as Siem Reap, Cambodia. The tour company made all of our transfers and visits seamless. It was very helpful with small children to have a driver and a guide to each location. It really took the stress out of the trip and I would highly recommend this company.

Jan 3, 2020
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South Korea

"Personalized tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"

Sally was so helpful setting this all up and taking care of us along the way. The tour guides were fantastic in both countries. Everything was taken care of for us and the accommodations were in great parts of town – especially Hanoi. I have already and will continue to recommend to friends.

   

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Crows Nest, Australia

"Thank you Tran Minh Tuan Mr Quoc"

Mr. Tran Minh Tuan & Mr. Quoc guide and driver in Hue and HoiAn have been fabulous, informative friendly, helpful and great companies. The whole trip booked via Indochina pioneer and so far fantastic

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