Vietnam & Cambodia

  • days: 19
  • from $4,989

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia

Description

A real treat for the senses, Vietnam and Cambodia are truly rewarding places to visit. We take in the scenic beauty of Halong Bay, historic Hoi An and the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh. We leave the best for last ... you'll be amazed at the wonders of Angkor Wat!

Enjoy amazing experiences...

No Vietnam tour would be complete without a visit to Halong Bay and here we’ll relax on board a traditional Vietnamese boat as we sail around these stunning islands. The food in Vietnam really is something else and while on board we will sample some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in the world!

Soak up the sights and sounds of Vietnam

After Halong Bay we visit historic Hoi An where we enjoy a fun day exploring the old cobbled stoned streets by foot. We then venture into Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region where we visit the Cu Chi Tunnel complex. Further into the Mekong Delta we'll soak up all the sights, sounds and smells of the biggest and most colourful floating market at Cai Rang.

Feel the spirituality of Angkor Wat

After all the vivid colour and excitement of Vietnam we travel to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. The highlight of the Cambodia part of this Vietnam and Cambodia tour is undoubtedly our visit to the Angkor Wat temple complex. It’s one of the world’s must see attractions and considered by many to be to be one of the new seven wonders of the world. Watching the sunset from one of the upper levels of the temple complex is an incredibly spiritual experience and is something you will never ever forget. You’ll simply love this Vietnam and Cambodia tour!

Itinerary

19-Days

Day 1 Depart Australia

Your tour begins! Depending on your departure city you will either have a night in Asia before connecting to Hanoi or an overnight flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 Arrive in Hanoi

On our arrival we will be transferred to our hotel, where the afternoon is at leisure to re-energise before tonight's group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3 Hanoi

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: This morning we enjoy a traditional tai chi class at Hoan Kiem Lake before taking a city tour of Hanoi. Our touring includes the Temple of Literature and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. We finish with a walking tour around the Old Quarter. [B]

Day 4 Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Hanoi

A fascinating day as we head into the hills of Hoa Binh Province. We visit the Muong village of Giang Mo, a small village of traditional stilt houses, nestled among rice paddies and rolling hills. Here we enjoy a traditional dance performance before returning to Hanoi. [B]

Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay

Bring your cameras today as we head for the water wonderland of Halong Bay. On arrival we board our junk boat, home for the night, where we are served a delicious seafood lunch before setting sail.

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Cruise the water wonderland that is Halong Bay onboard a traditional junk boat. The beautiful landscapes are amazing and the seafood is out of this world! [B,L,D]

Day 6 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

Sit back and relax this morning as we continue to cruise Halong Bay. We enjoy close up views of the stunning limestone peaks as well as a visit to the tranquil Luon Cave. Later we sail past many floating villages where you can see the local fishermen cast their nets. After lunch we fly to Danang and then make the short drive to Hoi An. [B,L]

Day 7 Hoi An

A fun-filled morning as we explore the cobblestone streets of old Hoi An by foot. This afternoon we enjoy a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. [B,D]

Day 8 Hoi An

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the charming old town, relax by the pool or take advantage of the low-cost local tailoring. [B]

Day 9 Hoi An - Danang - Hue

On our way to Hue we drive through scenic mountain ranges via the stunning Hai Van Pass, a beautiful oceanside mountain pass (name means 'ocean clouds'). Once at Hue we enjoy a tour of this vibrant city including the palaces of the old Imperial City and the tombs of Tu Doc and Khai Dinh. [B,L]

Day 10 Hue - Saigon

An early start this morning as we fly to Saigon, now known as 'Ho Chi Minh City'. The largest city in Vietnam, Saigon is a place where the old seamlessy blends with the new. Our sightseeing here includes the City Hall, Emperor of Jade Pagoda, War Remnants Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral. [B]

Day 11 Saigon

An interesting day as we travel by speedboat to the remarkable Cu Chi tunnels. A remnant of the Vietnam War, this incredible underground network stretches more than 200km. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner at the famous Rex Hotel. [B,L,D]

Day 12 Saigon - Mekong Delta

Today we travel to the Mekong Delta where we board our boat for a trip on the Mekong River to Ben Tre. This beautiful city is known for its handmade crafts, and sweets made from coconut. We then take a short ride on a horse-drawn carriage and in small sampan boats to observe the local daily life. [B]

Day 13 Mekong Delta - Chau Doc

This morning we'll catch all the action of the Cai Rang Floating Market, the most lively market in the Delta. We then continue on to Chau Doc where we climb to the top of Sam Mountain for a fantastic view all the way to the Cambodian border. [B]

Day 14 Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Today we travel by speedboat from Vietnam to Cambodia. In Phnom Penh we take a city tour including the Royal Palace and the National Museum. [B]

Day 15 Phnom Penh

This morning we take a moving visit to the "killing fields" including Tuol Sleng and its museum. The rest of the day is at leisure. [B]

Day 16 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

We fly to Siem Reap to begin our sightseeing of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex. [B]

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Tonight we'll watch the sunset from one of the upper terraces of an ancient temple - a truly unforgettable experience!

Day 17 Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a real highlight of this tour and today we further explore this temple complex including the Terrace of the Elephants and Ta Prohm. The temples are still partially covered by jungle and look much the same as when they were first discovered. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 18 Depart Siem Reap

This morning enjoy an excursion to the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake. We take a ride along the canal passing the Cambodian locals and their stilt houses on the banks, before we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 19 Arrive in Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Economy class flights between Australia, Vietnam & Cambodia (taxes included)
  • 2 economy class flights within Vietnam
  • 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 - $129pp

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on board a traditional Vietnamese junk boat on Halong Bay
  • 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 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

  • Enjoy a relaxing Tai Chi class
  • Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Tour Hoa Binh Province and visit the small village of Giang Mo, home to the Muong hill tribe people
  • Spend 2 days cruising on Halong Bay in a junk boat, exploring the islands that dot the bay

World Heritage-listed Hoi An

  • Drive through the stunning Marble Mountains between Danang and Hoi An
  • Stay 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and enjoy a fun tour of the town by foot

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 chaotic 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.
  • Take a boat trip to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta and experience the fascinating sights of this region
  • Visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest of the Delta’s floating markets where locals come to buy and sell their produce
  • We travel to Sam Mountain near Chau Doc. This important pilgrimage site is covered with pagodas and our climb to the top is rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Discover Phnom Penh, and the wonders of Angkor Wat

  • Travel by speedboat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
  • 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 Adelaide and Sydney require an overnight stop in Singapore. This will be at your own expense, please contact our office for details
Tips: Total cost includes - Tour price will include a Tipping Made Easy amount of $129pp
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes of $609pp
Single supplement: from $920 (subject to seasonality)
  • 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
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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.

Ha Long Sails, Halong Bay

Welcome to Halong Sails’ world, the world of truly relaxation, comfort and luxury. Onboard you will have a chance to experience the very best, and freshest, Halong Bay fresh sea food. You’ll also enjoy great sailing and great activities 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, Dong

The currency of Vietnam is the Dong. US dollars are widely accepted throughout the country.

  • Dong (VND; symbol ₫).
  • Notes are in denominations of ₫500,000, 200,000, 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100.
  • Coins are in denominations of ₫5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500.

Cambodia, Reil

The local currency used in Cambodia is the Reil (៛)

  • 1 Reil = 100 sen
  • Notes are in denominations of ៛100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 100 and 50.
  • Coins are in denominations of ៛500, 200, 100 and 50.

Please Note: The local currency in Cambodia is Reil. However, restaurants, taxis, buses and other service providers often prefer US Dollars. When purchasing something it is best to ensure that you ask for your change in the same currency that you pay, otherwise the exchange rate will not be in your favour. Also, it is advisable to carry mainly US dollars and small denominations of Riel, as Riel is not allowed to enter or leave the country.

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 2km 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.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

Reviews for Vietnam & Cambodia

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 9 reviews.

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

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 Having the smaller group really worked well. 5
Thien was sensational and looked after us no end. Very professional guide with many stories about life in Vietnam, the history - he made the tour very memorable. Likewise Soulty in Siem Reap was also a real character and easy to relate to. Paul D'Arcy - 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
  • Time to explore the charming city of Hoi An
  • Enjoy a fun Vietnamese cooking class
  • Sightseeing in Saigon
  • Tour the Cu Chi tunnels, a remnant of the Vietnam War
  • Visit Cai Rang’s floating market
  • Visit the incredible ruins of Angkor Wat

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 6 | Max: 18

Transportation

Coach, junkboat, plane & speedboat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tour price will include a Tipping Made Easy amount of $129pp

Tour Highlights

Hanoi, Hoa Binh, cruise Halong Bay on a junkboat, Hoi An, Vietnamese cooking class, Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ben-Tre, Mekong Delta, Cai Rang Floating Market, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake & Angkor Wat

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