Vietnam & Cambodia

  • days: 20
  • from $5,329

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia

Description

A real feast for the senses, Vietnam and Cambodia are truly vibrant places to visit. Come on a journey of discovery as we take in the stunning beauty of Halong Bay, charming Hoi An, the hustle and bustle of Saigon and Phnom Penh, and mystical Angkor Wat.

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, and then the hillside province of Hoa Binh – including a traditional stilt-house village! 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, and then dine at the famous Rex Hotel. 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.  Finally, we cruise Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake – Tonle Sap, and explore the floating villages.

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart Australia

Day 2 Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam! On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, before this evening’s group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3 Hanoi

It's an early start this morning as we participate in a tai chi class at Hoan Kiem Lake, in the heart of Hanoi, before our full day of sightseeing begins. Highlights include the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Museum of Ethnology. Our day ends with a walking tour of the fascinating Old Quarter - a shopper's paradise! [B]

Day 4 Hoa Binh

We venture into the hills of Hoa Binh Province today and explore the villages nestled in the rolling hillsides, including a traditional stilthouse village, before cruising along Hoa Binh Lake and enjoying a traditional music and dance performance. [B]

Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, where we board our cruise boat - our home for tonight. [B,L,D]

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Make sure your cameras are charged today!  We explore the water wonderland that is Halong Bay, on board a cruise boat. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the fresh cuisine!

Day 6 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

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

Day 7 Hoi An

A great day exploring Hoi An! We begin with a walking tour of this charming town. Highlights include the bustling central market, small harbour, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a visit to a traditional house, where the same family has lived for centuries. [B,D]

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Take a 25 minute cruise along the Hoi An River, witnessing life along the riverbanks, to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an informative cooking class. (cruise portion subject to prevailing water levels)

Day 8 Hoi An

Enjoy a day at leisure to rest and relax, or further explore this charming and historic town. [B]

Day 9 Hoi An - Danang - Hue

Our journey takes us past the fascinating Marble Mountains and China Beach, before we cross the dramatic Hai Van Pass into Hue. On arrival, we explore the old Imperial City, Thai Hoa Palace and the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. [B,L]

Day 10 Hue - Saigon

Today we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest city in Vietnam. On arrival, we explore this metropolis, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and the moving 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. Later today, we visit the Reunification Palace, before enjoying dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 12 Saigon - Mekong Delta

We leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind today and travel to the mouth of the Mekong Delta, where we board our river cruise vessel. This afternoon, as we cruise along the Delta, we have the opportunity to visit a local village. [B,L,D]

Day 13 Mekong Delta - Saigon

Watch the sun rise as we enjoy an early breakfast, then visit one of the busiest and most lively floating markets in the region before returning to Saigon. This evening we enjoy a farewell to Vietnam dinner. [B,D]

Day 14 Saigon - Phnom Penh

Today we farewell Vietnam and fly to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. On arrival, we explore this bustling city, including the Royal Palace and National Museum. [B]

Day 15 Phnom Penh

This morning we visit the poignant Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Security Prison 21. This afternoon we visit the Sunrise Children’s Village where Geraldine Cox found her true purpose in caring for Cambodia’s orphans. [B]

Day 16 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Departing Phnom Penh this morning, we fly to Siem Reap. We discover the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Angkor Wat. This is the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of all the temples. 

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Tonight we'll watch the sunset from the upper terrace of an ancient temple at Angkor Wat - a truly unforgettable experience!

Day 17 Angkor

Another amazing day spent exploring the temples! Today we explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom, including the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, Baphoun Temple and Bayon Temple. We will also visit Ta Prohm, still partly covered by jungle, and Banteay Kdei. [B]

Day 18 Siem Reap

Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia, is our destination this morning. Driving along narrow roads through stilt-house villages, we board our boat to explore the floating villages. Returning to Siem Reap, we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19 Depart Siem Reap

Today we are transferred to the airport to begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20 Arrive in Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Vietnam & Cambodia (taxes included)
  • 2 economy class flights within Vietnam
  • 1 economy class flight from Vietnam to Cambodia
  • 1 economy class flight within Cambodia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Pre-paid tips - $155pp

 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 modern and tasteful river vessel on the Mekong River
  • 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

A comprehensive sightseeing program is included in the price.

Highlights include:

  • English-speaking locally-based guides throughout

Explore stately Hanoi & splendid Halong Bay

  • Traditional Tai Chi class at Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Tour Hoa Binh Province and visit the small village of Giang Mo, home to the Muong Hill tribe people
  • Stay overnight in beautiful Halong Bay, on a Vietnamese Cruise Boat, with its many breathtaking islands

 World Heritage-listed Hoi An & visit the ancient Capital

  • Stay 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and enjoy a fun tour of the town by foot
  • Cruise down the Hoi Ann River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes
  • Visit the ancient capital Hue

 Saigon and the Mekong Delta

  • Enjoy a full-day tour of bustling Saigon, including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, the very moving War Remnants Museum and the buzzing Ben Thanh market
  • 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
  • Overnight on the Mekong delta and witness day to day life along the Mekong’s banks including a visit to the local floating markets and village

 Discover Phnom Penh, and the wonders of Angkor Wat

  • Enjoy a half-day tour of Phnom Penh featuring the National Museum, Royal Palace and the busy Russian Market
  • 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

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Valid From: Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Clients ex Hobart add $70pp. 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 - Tour price will include a Tipping Made Easy amount of $155pp
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes of $681pp
Single supplement: $1090
  • Tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. When the group size is less than 5 passengers the tour will operate using local guides in each location. Bunnik Tours reserve the right to re-price the tour when there is only 1 person booked.
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure.
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only.
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Optional Excursions

We believe Australian travellers deserve better which is why we include all the important sights within our itineraries rather than presenting you with a long list of optional tours.

It’s part of our family tradition of giving our travellers genuine value for money and a holiday to remember.

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.

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.

Huong Giang Hotel, Hue

The Huong Giang Hotel Resort & Spa is strategically located in the city centre of Hue, right on the poetic banks of the Perfume River. The hotel has 165 guest rooms equipped with satellite and cable TV, individual air conditioning, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

Palace Hotel, Saigon

The Palace Hotel is located right in the heart of the city, close to the Saigon Tax Trade Centre, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square, and Opera House. The hotel features an outdoor pool, full service spa and a nightclub.
The hotel also provides guestrooms with pillow top mattresses, complimentary wireless Internet access, and washers/dryers.

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.

The Angkor Century Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

The Angkor Century Resort & Spa is located within Siem Reap, close to the Psar Chaa Market as well as the mighty Angkor Wat complex and Phnom Bakheng. The hotel has 169 guestrooms, all fitted with coffee/tea making facilities, mini-bar, TV with satellite channels, bottled water, bathrobes and slippers. Featured within the hotel is a restaurant, coffee shop, a pool with a poolside bar, a sauna and a steam room.

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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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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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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Our tours have been designed for the ‘not too young & not too old’ and while we do not discriminate on age, you do need to have a good level of fitness and mobility. You should be able to carry your own bags, as porter services are not always available at all hotels, and you should be able to walk apx. 3.5km on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. 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 19 reviews.

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

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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Unique Experiences!

  • Explore stately Hanoi
  • 2 days cruising on Halong Bay with its many breathtaking islands
  • Stay in the picturesque cities of Hoi An and Hue
  • Enjoy a fun Vietnamese cooking class
  • Sightseeing in Saigon
  • Tour the Cu Chi tunnels, a remnant of the Vietnam War
  • Overnight on the Mekong River
  • Visit the incredible ruins of Angkor Wat

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 18

Transportation

Coach, river cruise, plane, Junkboat, boat & Mekong Cruise

Tips

Total cost includes - Tour price will include a Tipping Made Easy amount of $155pp

Tour Highlights

Hanoi, Hoa Binh, cruise Halong Bay, Hoi An - Vietnamese cooking class, Hue, Saigon, cruise the Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap – Angkor Wat & Tonle Sap Lake.

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Vietnam & Cambodia

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 19 reviews.