Vietnam & Cambodia

  • days: 20
  • from $6,395

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia

Description

Take a captivating journey across Vietnam and Cambodia from Hanoi to Siem Reap. Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and Saigon, cruise breathtaking Halong Bay and the fascinating Mekong Delta, wander through charming Hoi An, visit poignant reminders of the past in Phnom Penh and explore the incredible temples of Angkor.

Hanoi to Halong Bay

From the moment you arrive in the historic Vietnamese city of Hanoi, you’re truly immersed into traditions and culture. See both sides to Vietnamese life, as we explore the bustling city of Hanoi. Absolutely breathtaking, Halong Bay is a feast for the eyes, dotted with hundreds of rocky islands and outcrops. Sit back and relax, cruising around this natural wonder and sampling some of the freshest local cuisine in the world!

Traditional Experiences

Hoi An will beguile you with its charm. Wander the quaint streets, visit a traditional home and take an aromatic cooking class. We juxtapose this against the lively city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest in Vietnam. See the historic architecture and immerse yourself in the history of the Vietnam War. Traverse the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels – a base for the Viet Cong, where they remained undiscovered throughout the conflict. Explore the Mekong Delta by boat, enjoy a sampan cruise through the small canals and visit a floating market.

Moving Cambodia

Discover Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. We visit the poignant killing fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Security Prison 21. Fly to the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap. Explore Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and of course, incredible Angkor Wat, where we watch the sunset from the upper level of an ancient Angkorian temple. We also cruise Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake – Tonlé Sap, and explore the vibrant floating villages.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Hanoi may certainly be a bustling city but it still retains the mystery and charm of the past centuries and French colonial influence, with its narrow lanes and traditional shophouses that invite one to explore. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s group welcome dinner in the Old Quarter. [D]

Day 3. Hanoi

A full day of sightseeing in Hanoi. Highlights include the beautiful Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake. Our day ends with a walking tour of the fascinating Old Quarter, which still retains the charm of bygone days despite the city’s rapid development elsewhere. This place is a handicraft lover's paradise and an interesting way to experience day-to-day life in traditional Hanoi. [B]

Day 4. Hanoi

We begin the day at a relaxing tai chi class with the locals. Tai Chi is an exercise that has long been known for its promotion of health and longevity. 

Special Experience: Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ as we explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks. There are plenty of great photo opportunities as we watch them vying for trade just metres from the trains.

Hanoi comes alive this evening as we taste our way through the narrow streets at the numerous food stalls. Try some Vietnamese favourites such as grilled skewers, several kinds of Pho, Hot Pot and end the night with a cup of Vietnamese coffee (made with condensed milk) or a glass of sweet sugar cane juice. [B,D]

Day 5. Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, where we board our overnight cruise. After a deluxe Vietnamese lunch we’ll sail past some amazing limestone rock formations including Dinh Huong, Cho Da and Ga Choi. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

Sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed area before disembarking late morning. After lunch we’ll return to Hanoi for our flight to Hoi An. [B,L]

Day 7. Hoi An

We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An, one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include the Sa Huynh Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a traditional lantern-making workshop. [B,D]

Special Experience: Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise portion subject to prevailing water levels).

Day 8. Hoi An

Enjoy a day at leisure at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is free from cars so a lovely area to explore on foot. [B]

Day 9. Hoi An - Hue

Enjoy spectacular views over the coastline as we travel along scenic mountain roads to Hue, the ancient capital of the Nguyen emperors. We’ll explore the old imperial city, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled on Beijing's Forbidden City. [B,L]

Day 10. Hue - Saigon

Today we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest city in Vietnam. This morning we’ll tour the bustling metropolis, including the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the French-style Central Post Office and the War Remnants Museum. [B]

Day 11. Saigon

We travel to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. The tunnel system stretches over 200 kilometres and incredibly was dug by hand. We’ll return to Saigon by boat and enjoy lunch on board, then visit the Reunification Palace. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Discover the tastes and sights of Saigon by night. Tonight we’ll witness street performances and have dinner in a local street restaurant.

Day 12. Saigon - Mekong Delta

We make our way to Cai Be on the Mekong Delta to board our cruise. We’ll explore the floating market and witness rice-paper and coconut candy making on a shore excursion before returning to our boat for lunch. This afternoon we’ll visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Mekong Delta - Saigon

Experience all the action of the Cai Rang floating market, the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. Then we’ll return to the boat for a final cruise to Can Tho, where we transfer back to Saigon. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner to farewell Vietnam. [B,D]

Day 14. Saigon - Phnom Penh

Today we fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. [B,D]

Special Experience: Explore the bustling city by cyclo, travelling along the scenic Tonlé Sap River. Tour highlights include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, home to a comprehensive collection of Khmer art.

Day 15. Phnom Penh

Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime. We visit Tuol Sleng, the former high school and site of the notorious Security Prison 21, converted by the Khmer Rouge during their rise to power where an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned. This visit is very moving and can also be quite confronting for some as it has now become the Cambodia Genocide Museum. [B]

Day 16. Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

We fly to Siem Reap, home to the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and the national symbol of Cambodia. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both with its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. We stop and enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls runs the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. This afternoon we explore the site before witnessing an incredible sunset from the upper terraces. 

Tonight we’ll travel by tuk tuk to the New Hope restaurant for dinner. This restaurant was established with the aim of teaching unemployed and uneducated Khmers valuable cooking and hospitality skills. All proceeds from our meal tonight will go directly towards funding the New Hope School Education Programme. [B,D]

Note: Departures prior to 3 April 2017 will also include a morning visit to Sunrise Cambodia.

Day 17. Siem Reap

Special Experience: Today we participate in a cooking class in rural Cambodia. We meet a local family in the countryside and learn about their food customs and beliefs, explore their garden and see the typical ingredients of local home cooking.

Later we’ll cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During the monsoon season the lake swells to four times its normal size, so it is important for the locals that live on the banks and surrounds to build their houses on stilts. We’ll observe life on the lake and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L]

Day 18. Angkor

Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. We’ll also see the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan, the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei and the Hindu temple of Banteay Srei. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Siem Reap

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive in Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 4 economy class flights within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water based activities and tuk tuk)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $255pp prepaid

 Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on board a traditional Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a cruise boat on the Mekong River
  • 17 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide in Vietnam (based on min. of 5 passengers)

Sightseeing

Explore stately Hanoi & amazing Halong Bay       

  • Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace (outside only), Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Rising Sun Bridge and pass by the Opera House.
  • Explore Old Hanoi on foot and visit the Museum of Ethnology.
  • Enjoy an early morning traditional Tai Chi class at Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city! We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Experience the street food of Hanoi on a walking tour.
  • Stay overnight on a Vietnamese cruiseboat on beautiful Halong Bay, with its many breathtaking islands. 

Stroll through World Heritage-listed Hoi An, mingling with the locals and discover ancient Hue!           

  • Stay 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore on foot the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, Sa Huynh Museum Tran Family Chapel, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall and a lantern making workshop.
  • Cruise down Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes.
  • Explore ancient Vietnam's capital Hue with a visit to its vast 19th century citadel.

Immerse yourself in the history of Saigon and stay overnight on the tranquil Mekong River       

  • Tour bustling Saigon including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon. This elaborate 200km-long tunnel complex was built by the Viet Cong and never discovered during the Vietnam War.
  • Enjoy the tastes and sights of Saigon by night, a unique look at Saigon as we witness acrobatic performances, street activities and dinner in a local street restaurant.
  • Spend one night on the Mekong River, exploring the tributaries and canals while observing daily life along the river.
  • Visit the Cai Be Floating markets before a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek witnessing local houses, green orchards, shipbuilding yards, rural and water activities.

Tour Phnom Penh & learn more about the astonishing history of Cambodia

  • Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo around the city and along Tonlé Sap River, including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & the National Museum.
  • Tour the Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Explore rural Cambodia and life on Tonlé Sap Lake

  • Explore Tonlé Sap Lake as we cruise past the floating villages.
  • Participate in a cooking class in rural Cambodia. We meet a local family in the countryside and learn about their food customs and beliefs, explore their garden and see the typical ingredients of local home cooking.

Discover breathtaking temples

  • Spend one and a half incredible days exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat. One of the world's must-see attractions, Angkor Wat was recently named a finalist in an international vote for the new Seven Wonders of the World.
  • View the sunset from the upper level of an ancient Angkorian temple at Angkor Wat.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Min 2 | All departures on this tour are guaranteed with a minimum of just 2 passengers

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04/12/16 23/12/16   $6,450 Closed  
18/12/16 06/01/17   $6,750 On Request  
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Valid From: Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide and Sydney will require a night in Singapore at an additional cost, please contact our office for details.
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $255pp prepaid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes of $625pp
Single supplement: $1400 (subject to Seasonality)
  • Tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people, however Bunnik Tours reserves the right to re-price the tour when there is only 1 person booked
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Optional Excursions

FROM HOI AN:  

My Son – 5-6 hrs - $56pp US ($101 US - 1 Person)
Travel to My Son, the former religious centre of the Champa Kingdom, a sophisticated civilisation which held sway over the region from the 4th to the 13th centuries. The ruins of the five archaeological sites are located among green hills and winding streams. After a brief visit to the Visitor’s Centre for an overview of Cham history and culture, walk along forested paths to explore the ruins.

Bamboo Artisanry of Hoi An by Bike and Boat (Shared) – 09:00 – 13:00 or 13:00 – 17:00 -  $56pp US ($101 US - 1 Person)
Combine an off-the-beaten-track bicycle ride with a glimpse into the traditional arts of Hoi An. The town of Hoi An has a reputation for its distinctive arts and crafts. It is home to many factories and workshops where the ancient techniques first introduced by the ancestors of the town's families are still being followed to this day. These exquisite handicrafts are produced using local materials such as bamboo, wood and Vietnamese fabrics. Hop on your bike and cycle to the pier. Then, along with your bicycle board a boat for a cruise to Cam Kim Island. Ride through the lush surroundings stopping at some of the authentic workshops to see how wooden boats, traditional basket boats, and beautiful carpets are made. From here take another cruise to the east of Hoi An and visit Cam Than village where endless nipa palm forests cover hectares of land. These abundant forests provide the locals with bamboo, an essential raw material from which they build houses as well as producing beautiful handicrafts and even sturdy bamboo bicycles. Visit a bamboo workshop and try your hand at this popular craft before cycling back to the old town. 

Experience Hoi An’s Local Life by Electric Scooter (Private) –  09:30–12:50 or 14:30– 17:50 - $81pp US
Enjoy a smoothie and muffin at the Fusion Cafe in Hoi An, and then drive to Cam Nam Island to visit a local ship repair yard. After a short drive through beautiful countryside, stop at a local family's graveyard to learn more about the belief system in Vietnam and the importance of family. Visit local families and get a unique behind-the-scenes look at where Hoi An's colourful lanterns come from, and learn how the delicious Hoi An rice crackers are produced. At the local shoemaker, learn about the ancient tradition of tailoring and shoemaking, followed by a healthy local snack and drink overlooking the Thu Bon River. Continue into the countryside and experience first-hand the beauty of the rice paddies, monkey bridges and grazing buffalos. Stop at Tra Que Village, Hoi An's vegetable and herb garden. At the end of the tour, unwind in a stunning beach lounge overlooking An Bang Beach (Clients will be required to sign a release of Scooter Tours Vietnam)

Experience the culture with hands-on Cultural Craft Workshop in Hoi An by Electric Scooter – (Shared) 08:30–12:30 or 13:00– 17:30 - $90pp US ($181 US – 1 Person)
Take an electric scooter tour and discover the charm of Hoi An and the surrounding countryside in a sustainable, and eco-friendly way. Drive past the old town to Cam Nam Island and visit a local ship-repair yard to experience the hard work involved in maintaining a local fishing boat. Drive through a local village and beautiful countryside, stop at a local family’s graveyard. Here you will learn more about the belief system in Vietnam and the importance of family. Continue on to the local shoemaker, and learn about the ancient tradition of tailoring and shoemaking in Hoi An. At Banh Mi take a break on the terrace overlooking Hoi An's Ancient Town and the Thu Bon River, as the NGO Streets International provides a healthy local snack and drink. Next up is a craft workshop where you will either learn from a well-known local painter how to create and paint a bookmark on artisanal Vietnamese paper, or learn from the NGO, Lifestart Foundation, about the art of Hoi An Lantern making. Following this, cruise through the local countryside for another cultural visit where you will have a chance to learn about local pottery making techniques. Finally unwind at a stunning beach restaurant overlooking An Bang Beach, where lunch will be served, or a selection of tapas and sunset cocktail at the end of the afternoon tour. (Clients will be required to sign a release of Scooter Tours Vietnam)

Traditional Painting and Lantern Making Class (Shared) – 09:00-12:00 or 12:00-17:00 - $53pp US ($107 US - 1 Person)
You will learn the traditional art of Vietnamese painting during which you will hear the story of Sinh who grew up in an orphanage in Hoi An and how through his own determination and the assistance from the Lifestart Foundation made him a successful artist. You will take your own handmade card home as a souvenir! After Vietnamese tea, you will learn how to make an Hoi An lantern taught by our workshop staff. A video will be played showing how Lifestart Foundation can make a life changing difference to people in disadvantaged situations. 

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability.  The length of tours advised is an approximate only.  Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director.  Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without notice.  Payment must be made to your Tour Director and can be cash or credit card (fees may apply)

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Sunway Hotel Hanoi

Located in Hanoi’s Hai Ba Trung district away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of Hanoi but still nearby the Old Town, the Sunway Hotel provides very comfortable guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, sound-proofed windows, a desk, minibar, free wi-fi and a safe. Other features include Allante Restaurant, 'The Jazz Bar', health spa and fitness centre. Sunway’s Allante Restaurant serves both Vietnamese and international cuisines and you can enjoy live music in The Jazz Bar on weekends.

Please Note: Hotel is valid only for the 2016-17 Itinerary. From Apr 04, 2017 the Silk Path Hotel will be used.

Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

Centrally located near the Old Quarter of Hanoi, the Silk Path Hotel offers modern facilities including a restaurant, terrace café, piano bar and premium bar.  All rooms are contemporarily designed and include a/c, in-room safe, mini-bar, coffee & tea making facilities, complimentary WiFi and robe & slippers.

Note: This hotel will be used from April, 2017 onwards.

Golden Cruises, Halong Bay

Welcome to Golden Cruise where you will experience comfort and luxury in the amazing Ha Long Bay. On board you will have a chance to experience the very best, and freshest cuisine,  on board amenities and some great excursions all provided by a very friendly local crew.

Hoi An Historic Hotel, Hoi An

The picturesque, riverside old town of Hoi An is only a few footsteps away from this award-winning hotel. Facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts, fitness centre, souvenir shop, beauty salon and tour desk. They have two restaurants – Indochina and the Garden Restaurant. Try the Zen Spa, housed in a traditional Vietnamese setting and herb garden, offering indigenous and all-natural treatments and therapies.

Eldora Hotel, Hue

Featuring an indoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a fitness centre, Eldora Hotel is located in the town of Hue just 500 metres away from Huong River. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. Rooms feature stylish decor with elegant furnishings. Each room is fitted with a minibar, a tea/coffee maker and a flat-screen TV. A stand-alone sunken bathtub and a hairdryer are included in all the bathrooms. Guests staying at Eldora Hotel can have relaxing massages. Other services offered include bicycle rentals and currency exchange services.

Eden Hotel, Saigon

Centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City, the Eden Star Hotel is close to all major sightseeing including the Ben Thanh Market only a 5 minute walk from the hotel.  The hotel boasts good size rooms with graceful designs including amenities such as outdoor pool with views over the city, fitness centre, bar and restaurant. All rooms include: minibar & safe, A/C, complimentary high speed internet and Coffee/Tea making facilities.”

Please Note: The Eden Star is valid for the 2016-17 itinerary and will change to the Millennium Boutique Hotel from April, 2017

Millennium Boutique Hotel, Saigon

Centrally located in District 1, the Millennium Boutique Hotel offers a restaurant featuring truly authentic Asian & Western cuisine with riverside and city views.  In addition a rooftop bar & restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner and for those evening cocktails to sit and relax and enjoy the views.  All rooms include A/C and soundproof windows as well as safe, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, robe & slippers, 24hr room service, coffee maker & tea service, complimentary WiFi & high speed internet access and mini-bar.

Note: This Hotel is used from April 2017 onwards.

Le Cochinchine Cruise, Mekong Delta

Designed according to the traditional sampans which have navigated on the Mekong Flows, Le Cochinchine cruises the Mekong Delta while passengers sit back in comfort and witness the various landscapes of the Delta and the local daily life along the banks. Enjoy a welcome drink as you board before experiencing a variety of excursions along the way including floating markets,  strolls in the countryside and of course fresh local cuisine on board.

Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh

Located just 10 minutes walk from Phnom Penh Railway Station and 2km from the Royal Palace and National Museum, the Sunway Hotel provides modern, non-smoking rooms that have flat-screen TV’s, large bay windows, a seating area and private bathrooms. Traditional massages are also available. Featuring an open kitchen, the Sun Café and Restaurant serves an international breakfast buffet and Cambodian and international dishes are available for lunch and dinner.

Please Note: This hotel is only valid for 2016-17 season. From April 15, 2017, the Sun & Moon Urban Hotel will be used.

Sun & Moon Urban Hotel, Phnom Penh

A modern design hotel the Sun & Moon Urban Hotel is located in the vibrant heart of Phnom Penh and close to many of the city's landmarks and tourist attractions including the Royal Palace, National Museum, Independence Monument, Wat Phnom, Central Market, Rive Side and Sorya Shopping Centre. The hotel offers amenities such as gym, spa, steam, sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, gastropub, lounge and roof top bar.  All rooms include complimentary WiFi, bathrobe & slippers, Tea & Coffee making facilities, in-room safe, hair dryer and mini-fridge.

Note: This hotel will be used from April 2017 onwards.

Prince D’Angkor Hotel & Spa

In the perfect location to explore the legendary Angkor temples, the Prince D’Angkor offers 2 restaurants, a casual hangout for drinks with friends, a piano lounge and poolside bar while all rooms include: climate control, WiFi, Mini Bar & Fridge, complimentary bottled water, Tea & Coffee making facilities, Hair Dryer and In-Room safe.

Weather

Weather

Hanoi

Vietnam has two main seasons: the rainy and dry. The dry season runs from late February to April then it gets slightly cooler when the first rains arrive. During the rainy season (May - October) showers occur most afternoons or evenings.

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The most popular time to travel to Cambodia is from November to February when the weather is cool and dry. Cambodia has a wet season from June to September although the rains tend to happen in the late afternoon or evening.

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Currency

Currency

Vietnam, Vietnamese Dong

The official currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND; symbol ₫)

  • 1 Vietnamese Dong = 100 Hào
  • Notes are in denominations of ₫500000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100
  • Coins are in denominations of ₫5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 200

Please Note: USD is widely accepted throughout Vietnam. 

Cambodia, Reil

The official currency in Cambodia is the Reil (KHR; symbol ៛)

  • 1 Reil = 10 Kak
  • Notes are in denominations of ៛50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 and 100000
  • Coins are in denominations of ៛50, 100, 200 and 500

Please Note: USD is preferred in Cambodia but you may also wish to carry small denominations of Reil (Reil is not allowed to enter or leave the country). Ensure you request your change in the currency you made the purchase with.

Level of Fitness

Levels of Fitness

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To get the most from your Bunnik tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Many of the best sights can only be accessed on foot. You should be able to walk at least 3.5km or for 2-3 hours with no walking aids on uneven ground, climb several flights of stairs and be prepared to board small boats. You should also be able to carry your own bags - porterage is not included in our tipping costs and extra services may not always be available. Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

Reviews for Vietnam & Cambodia

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 33 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Vietnam & Cambodia Well organised, knowledgeable guides, diverse and interesting itinerary, seamless organisation. 5
Cruising Halong Bay, walking the streets of Hoi An, walking around the ruins of Angkor Wat and experiencing the history and culture of two very different countries. Thank you to Hoa, our wonderful guide in Vietnam for your hospitality and friendship and for sharing your knowledge of the history and people of Vietnam with us. You treated us like we were your family, showing a great pride in your country and your people, you taught us so much. Warren & Christine Alder - October 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia All the tour guides were very good and new their history. 4
Loved seeing somewhere I had never been before, especially Vietnam. Highlights; Seeing the lights in Saigon at night, the contrast between the cities and countryside in Vietnam, visiting the Sunshine Home in Cambodia. Anne Pudney - March 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia On the whole a fantastic trip 4
I loved the recent history we were told about and the food, the countries we saw and the fellow travellers. Libby Scheer - April 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia Really enjoyed the experience 4
Except for the closures in Hanoi due to the Lunar New Year, everything was enjoyable. Had 3 guides and all were good - really enjoyed our guide in the Hoi An area. Jill Lindsay - February 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia Enjoyed with a group of friends. 5
Highlights were the orphanage in Cambodia and Halong Bay. Jill Penhall - March 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia Full of interesting activities and carefully planned. 5
Full of interesting activities and carefully planned. Roberta Iggulden - March 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia Loved the group size, itinerary and depth of overall experience 5
Halong Bay and the Mekong Cruise were outstanding. Amanda Circosta - March 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia Loved the contrasting cultures, small intimate group and overall pace 4
Fondest memory was the impromptu visit to a Muong family house for food, rice wine and tea. We had already visited the intended family when other family asked us in to share a drink and meal. Sok Sokunthy (Phnom Penh local guide) - her personal experience of the Pol Pot regime made our experience of the Killing Fields and S21 museum very real. Frances McFaul - March 2016
Vietnam & Cambodia The whole tour was amazing. 4
My best memory is Geraldine Cox's orphanage, was a real highlight for me & all the ladies on tour, she is amazing. Loved the cooking classes. Overall an amazing tour, met some lovely people on our group. Gail & Barry O'Leary - November 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Well organised. Great Itinerary. Good accommodation. Generally Great Guides. 5
It was a fabulous holiday. We covered a lot of ground which was great. Perhaps an extra night on one of the boats? It was fascinating historically, as well as currently. The great guides, Prof Nguyen in Vietnam and Mr Dy Mom in Siem Reap, were very generous with their information, friendly, professional, open and very well-organised. Maggie Bowden-Smith - November 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia The guides were informed and attentive to our travel needs 5
Our fondest memories relate to opportunities to experience the different Vietnamese and Cambodian food dishes that we were provided in a variety of settings, from the cooking class in Hoi An to the New Hope training restaurant in Siem Reap. Graham Jacob - October 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Loved the diversity of culture, and the warm weather! 4
Highlights for us were Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon and all of Cambodia! We had fantastic guides - Minh in Vietnam and Kim & Dy in Cambodia. Diana & Joe Calabrese - July 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Great guides, well organised and a good mix of tours 5
Halong Bay, beautiful and relaxing, Angkor Wat needs to be seen to be believed, Hoi An very touristy and quaint. Sightseeing; brilliant! Joan McLeod - June 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Content had great variety, well organised, excellent guides 4
We were glad we went to Sapa, train trip was an experience and treks a challenge but for us was the highlight as was dodging thousands of scooters while on foot or in the bus, lots of laughs. Lucky to be in Hoi An on Buddas Birthday, it was great to see a historical traditional celebration. Cruises on the Mekong and Halong Bay were great especially Mekong, staff on boat were a delight. Meeting Geraldine at Sunrise Cambodia and seeing was she had achieved was very emotional. We have a different view of Vietnam and Cambodia mainly due to the excellent guides. We were fortunate to have Hoa for the whole Vietnam tour which made it very enjoyable. Helen Whitehead - May 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Loved the diversity of tour. 5
Our visit to orphanage Sunrise wonderful. Extension to Sapa was tour highlight. Bernadette Ohlin - May 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Loved the quality of our Vietnamese guides knowledge and organisational skills 4
Hoa (guide) in Vietnam was excellent. Highlights; seeing the temples around Angkor Wat & Siem reap. Tim Tolley - April 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Comprehensive itinerary with outstanding, professional guides 4
Our main tour guide's (Hoa in Vietnam) amazing knowledge, sense of humour, organisational ability and leadership skills - thoroughly professional. The Ha Long Bay and Mekong River boat overnights Loved Hoi An. Cambodia was amazing. Greg & Linda Milne - May 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Well organised from start to finish 5
Loved Crusing Halong Bay and the cooking class in Hoi An. Kayleen Chipperfield - April 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Small group..diversity of itinerary..great guides..interesting countries 5
Cultural activities a great variety. Excellent guides with a broad knowledge which they were willing to share. The food, history and life experiences were excellent. Wendy Gibbons - March 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Experiences, scenery, food, the good company, wonderful memories 4
Highlights - Hoi An by night with all lanterns lit up Angkor Wat and vastness of the site. The cruise on Halong Bay and the traffic was unbelievable with the sheer number of motorbikes which don't appear to adhere to traffic lights. We had great tour guides and the group of 14 people were great company with lots of laughs. Julie Gale - March 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Different cultures food and scenery! 4
Fondest memories & highlights - meeting new friends and seeing the sights of Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Angkor Wat and experiencing the different cities of Hanoi, Saigon and Phnom Penh. Jeanette Spagnolo - March 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Loved seeing and experiencing other countries without the hassles. 5
The accommodations were all high standard and a couple exceeded our expectations. The tour guides were organized and willing to assist with special requests. Each place visited was significantly different and the experiences ranged from exciting and enjoyable to confronting but that is what we expected. James Kennedy - March 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Excellent. Will be back for sure. 5
Highlights were the excellent accommodation, the flexible, informative and patient guides, Hoi An, Sapa, Chau Doc, Ben Tre, and especially the people and accommodation in Cambodia. Very special dinner at New Hope Cambodia. Everything went EXACTLY as per the travel itinerary. Thanks again. Bob Freestone - January 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Small group travel at its best - itinerary, guides, comfort and safety 5
Another wonderful day, another hotel, another room, another safe instructions to 'crack' and then there's Happy Hour. Relaxing, chatting and laughing. Discussing the day, what's next and where to eat tonight. It's the stimulation of being on the road, looking, listening and slowly understanding the complexities of the histories of Vietnam and Cambodia with a guide whose depth of knowledge is amazing. Dulcie & Geoff Dixon - January 2015
Vietnam & Cambodia Great value, people, tour guides and sightseeing. 4
I saw all the things I hoped to see. All guides were good but the one on Vietnam and also in Cambodia were excellent. They conversed well and made the trip go without any hitches. The guide in Vietnam spoke with great passion and enthusiasm. Highlights were Halong Bay in the mist, Angkor Wat and the killing fields. Peter Burns - December 2014
Vietnam & Cambodia Excellent. 5
Tai, our Vietnamese guide was exceptional and went out of his way to share his vast knowledge, find us local places to eat, provide us with local medication for our coughs and colds and keep us moving - all with good humour and efficiency. Maree Sarsfield - March 2014
Vietnam & Cambodia We really enjoyed being with a small group. 5
Saigon very interesting, Cu Chi and war museum brought home the horror the country and people have endured. Pete & Betty Leonard - November 2012
Vietnam & Cambodia Something different every day- very varied 4
Everything ran smoothly Appreciated programmed rest times, Loved Hoi An Genocide Museum and Killing fields in Phnom Penh very moving. Angkor Wat spectacular Trevor Miller - January 2014
Vietnam & Cambodia Terrific 5
Cuong was the best guide that I've come across - generous, well informed, English immaculate, made sure we were safe, great care & advice on where to dine Patricia Allen - May 2013
Vietnam & Cambodia Unbelievable 4
Cheong in particular was great. So easy going, helpful and proud of his country. Halong Bay, Hoi An and Angkor Wat beyond my dreams. Maureen Sullivan - May 2013
Vietnam & Cambodia OUTSTANDING 5
Halong Bay was a highlight, yet everything was so different to life in Australia. Kong helped us in understanding his country,the people and the chaotic traffic! Judy Laity - May 2013
Vietnam & Cambodia Best tour and group I've ever spent time with. 5
We had a fabulous group travelling with us, all participating in everything and laughs every day. Heather New - January 2013
Vietnam & Cambodia Everything was interesting 5
Everything was interesting. It was great to visit some places without as many tourists (eg the temple at Chau Doc) Kathy Wyatt - May 2013

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Special Experiences!

  • Walk along the “Rail Tracks of Hanoi” and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital city!
  • Take a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class
  • Enjoy the tastes and sights of Saigon by night! Witness acrobatic performances and street activities and have dinner in a local street restaurant.
  • Explore this bustling Phnom Penh by cyclo, travelling along the scenic Tonlé Sap River.
  • Participate in a cooking class in rural Cambodia and meet a local family in to learn about their food, customs and beliefs.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 2 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, cruise boat, longboat, sampan, riverboat & tuk tuk

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $255pp prepaid

Tour Highlights

• Discover the many sides of bustling Hanoi • Cruise breathtaking Halong Bay • Wander the streets of charming Hoi An • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels • Spend a night cruising the Mekong River and observing daily life • See the poignant Killing Fields and Security Prison 21 in Phnom Penh • Explore the incredible temple ruins of Angkor

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 33 reviews.