Essence of Vietnam & Cambodia

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Duration 14 Days
Group Size 16 (Maximum)
Tour Type Small Group
Trip Grading Easy

Our Insider Experience

  • Journey along the meandering canals and meet the local people as you discover the beauty of the Mekong Delta on a three night river cruise before a speedboat journey to bustling Phnom Penh.
  • Take a Tuk Tuk to Angkor Wat and explore the grounds by torchlight, something few travellers get to explore.
  • Travel like a local as you glide through Saigon‘s fascinating streets on a traditional tuk tuk.


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Day 1: Hanoi (Vietnam)

On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing and welcome drinks with your fellow travellers.
Enjoy your stay for the coming evening at the The Ann Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Hanoi

Spend the day discovering Hanoi’s must-visit sites including the infamous Hoa Lo Prison and Dong Xuan Market. Walk through the crowded streets of the city’s Old Quarter, pay a visit to the Temple of Literature and the historical St Joseph’s Cathedral. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea before you continue your exploration of the city, finishing up at the popular Hoan Kiem Lake, situated in the heart of Hanoi city. (B)

Day 3: Hanoi to Halong Bay

Drive past scenes of traditional rural life as you journey from Hanoi to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay. On arrival, board a junk boat and begin cruising among some of the 3,000 limestone karsts. Enjoy a delicious lunch as you cruise through the pristine, turquoise waters of this stunning natural wonder.
Overnight on-board Bhaya Cruises (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 4: Halong Bay to Hoi An

Continue your exploration of Halong Bay before enjoying brunch on board. Cruise back to port, disembark and drive to Hanoi, fly to Danang and drive to the charming Hoi An.
Stay the next two nights at La Siesta (or similar). (R)

Day 5: Hoi An

Explore the riverside town of Hoi An on a walking tour. Visit the many sites and discover the mix of Chinese, Japanese and French influenced architecture. Visit a traditional ancient house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. The afternoon is free for you to do as much or as little as you like. Choose to explore the old town, have a tailor custom make a new wardrobe or cycle to An Bang Beach (B)

Day 6: Hoi An to Saigon

Enjoy more free time in Hoi An before flying to Saigon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Stay the next two nights at the Hotel Equatorial (or similar). (B)

Day 7: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels

From Saigon, drive to Cu Chi and discover the network of underground tunnels and their significance during the war. In the afternoon return back to Saigon. Join a guided walking tour and discover the rich history of this spirited city as you visit some of its main attractions. (B)

Day 8: Saigon to Mekong Delta

Board your boat to begin your exploration of the Mekong Delta. After a delicious lunch on board before cruising through the many palm fringed canals and waterways, as you witness local life along the shoreline.
** Please confirm the boat and itinerary for this portion of the SGJ**
Stay the next three nights on board Mekong Eyes (B, L, D)

Day 9: Mekong Delta

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before experiencing the unique rowing techniques of a sampan boat. Visit a coconut candy enterprise and cycle through the laneways of a local village. Return to the boat for sunset drinks on the deck. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Mekong Delta

Visit Tan Thuan Dong islet where you can either walk or cycle through this beautiful area. Enjoy lunch on board and free time to simply relax as you continue to enjoy panoramic views. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Cross the border from Vietnam into Cambodia and travel by speedboat to Phnom Penh. Visit theTuol Sleng Musuem and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. Enjoy sunset drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondent Club overlooking the beautiful Mekong River.
Enjoy your stay for the coming evening at the Sun & Moon Urban Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 12: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Enjoy a morning cyclo ride through the backstreets of Phnom Penh. Discover Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital, the Royal Palace and its famous landmark, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum with its unique collection of Khmer art. Fly to Siem Reap.
Stay the next two nights at Steung Siem Reap Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 13: Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor

Take a short bus ride to Angkor Wat and marvel at the silhouetted central spires at sunrise. Travel to Angkor Thom complex and see Bayon temple. Return to town for lunch before exploring Banteay Srei temple and Ta Prohm temple. In the evening, join your group for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey. (B)


What’s included

    • 9 nights hotel accommodation
    • 1 night cruise accomodation onboard Bhaya cruise
    • 3 nights cruise accomdation onboard Mekong Eyes
    • All flights as specified in the itinerary
    • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Entrance Fees
    • English-speaking Tour Leader
    • All tips on tour
    • Return arrival and departure transfers (conditions apply) • Meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)


    • Meals other than those specified
    • Visa fees
    • Porters
    • Insurance and personal expenses such as laundry, mini-bar, telephone and drinks.


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Specification: Essence of Vietnam & Cambodia


14 Days

Group Size

16 (Maximum)

Tour Type

Small Group

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Essence of Vietnam & Cambodia
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