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Tour Overview

Embark on a 12-day journey through the best of Cambodia and Vietnam, where ancient wonders meet vibrant cultures. Explore Cambodia's haunting history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat. In Vietnam, savor delectable cuisine in Hanoi's bustling markets, cruise the mystical waters of Halong Bay, and immerse in the charming ambiance of Hoi An. From the royal elegance of Cambodia's palaces to the dynamic energy of Ho Chi Minh City, this tour is a captivating blend of historical depth, cultural richness, and natural beauty.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore Ancient Marvels: Wander the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, unraveling centuries of history through intricate carvings and sacred stories.
  • Savor Local Flavors: Indulge in Vietnamese delicacies, from street food delights in Hanoi's Old Quarter to culinary adventures in Hoi An's bustling markets.
  • Mekong Delta Magic: Cruise the Mekong Delta's waterways, immersing in local life, sampling fresh fruits, and witnessing traditional craftsmanship up close.
  • Historical Immersion: Walk the haunting halls of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and reflect on Cambodia's resilient spirit amid its tragic past.
  • Cultural Encounters: Dive into the heart of Vietnamese culture, from the elegant Apsara dance performances in Siem Reap to the vibrant chaos of Ho Chi Minh City's markets.
  • Halcyon Halong Bay: Sail amid the emerald waters of Halong Bay, exploring hidden caves, fishing villages, and witnessing the breathtaking sunrise over limestone karsts.
  • Charming Hoi An: Roam the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An Ancient Town, where ancient architecture and modern creativity merge seamlessly.
  • Timeless Tranquility: Experience the serenity of Cambodia's Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, where the country's regal past meets present-day grace.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Phnom Penh! Upon arrival, your guide and driver will warmly greet you and escort you to your hotel. Take some time to relax and refresh after your journey. Consider venturing out to explore the immediate surroundings, perhaps indulging in local cuisine or taking a leisurely walk to get a feel of the city.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Phnom Penh

  2. Begin your day with a visit to the opulent Royal Palace, a remarkable example of Cambodian architecture. Explore the nearby Silver Pagoda, adorned with thousands of silver tiles. Then, immerse yourself in Cambodia's history and art at the National Museum.

    Silver Pagoda Cambodia
    Silver Pagoda

    After a delightful lunch, delve into Cambodia's tragic past at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and the haunting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. In the late afternoon, dive into the bustling atmosphere of Central Market, a vibrant hub of local goods and souvenirs.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Phnom Penh

  3. Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Phnom Penh at your own pace. Fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Upon arrival, visit the mystical Bayon Temple with its captivating stone faces.

    Later, wander through the enchanting ruins of Ta Prohm, famously intertwined with ancient tree roots. In the evening, be enthralled by the Apsara dinner show, a mesmerizing display of traditional Cambodian dance and culture.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Siem Reap

    Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Temple
    Ta Prohm Temple

  4. Discover the intricate carvings and pink sandstone beauty of Banteay Srei, often referred to as the "Citadel of Women." Continue to Angkor Thom, where many iconic temples stand tall, adorned with serene faces representing different moods.

    Angkor Wat Banteay Srei Temple
    Banteay Srei Temple

    Embark on a guided exploration of Angkor Wat, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Learn about the rich history and symbolism of this ancient marvel during a leisurely two-hour walk.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Siem Reap

  5. Enjoy a relaxed morning in Siem Reap, perhaps visiting local markets or enjoying a leisurely breakfast. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and start your Vietnam adventure. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, an enduring symbol of the city, and the elegant Saigon Central Post Office.

    Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral
    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Explore the historical significance of the Reunification Palace and experience the vibrant atmosphere of An Dong Market, a treasure trove of local products.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Ho Chi Minh

  6. Drive 2 hours to My Tho, a gateway to the Mekong Delta. Embark on a traditional sampan boat and journey to a coconut candy workshop, witnessing the craftsmanship involved. Learn about the art of making Vietnamese rice wine and explore a local orchard, tasting seasonal fruits.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Ho Chi Minh

    Vietnam Mekong River Canoe
    Take a traditional sampan boat ride along the winding waterways

  7. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Ho Chi Minh City. Fly to Da Nang and transfer to Hoi An, a town renowned for its well-preserved Ancient Town. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps wandering through the charming streets, lined with lanterns and historic buildings.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hoi An

  8. Explore Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, an architectural marvel, and delve into the history of the Old House of Tan Ky and the Fujian Assembly Hall.

    Vietnam Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge
    Japanese Covered Bridge

    After lunch, visit the Tran Family Chapel, a testament to Hoi An's multicultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions of Vietnam during a cooking class at the esteemed Red Bridge Cooking School.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Hoi An

    Vietnam Red Bridge Cooking School
    Learn to make Vietnamese cuisine at Red Bridge Cooking School

  9. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Hoi An, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or relaxing by the beach.

    Take a flight to Hanoi, Vietnam's charming capital. Check in to your hotel and unwind, preparing for the adventures ahead.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

  10. After breakfast, follow your guide and pay respects at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, a solemn monument honoring Vietnam's iconic leader. Visit the Temple of Literature, a serene complex dedicated to Confucian scholars, and stroll around the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake.

    Hanoi Hoan Kiem Lake
    Hoan Kiem Lake

    After lunch, embark on a cyclo ride through the lively Hanoi Old Quarter. Let the narrow streets, bustling markets, and colonial architecture immerse you in the heart of the city's culture.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

    Vietnam Hanoi Old Quarter Cyclo
    Cyclo through the Hanoi Old Quarter

  11. In the morning, set out for the breathtaking Halong Bay. Board a cruise ship and sail to the enchanting Cua Van and Vung Vieng Fishing Villages. Explore the mystical Virgin Cave and the awe-inspiring Surprise Cave. Take a refreshing swim in the emerald waters.

    Halong Bay Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave
    Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave

    Participate in a cooking class onboard, learning the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine. As you sail between small islands, relish the natural beauty of Halong Bay. Enjoy refreshing drinks and savor the tranquility of the surroundings.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On-board

  12. Wake up to the ethereal beauty of a Halong Bay sunrise. After a hearty breakfast onboard, cruise back to Hanoi, taking in the last glimpses of this natural wonder.

    Halong Bay Sunrise View
    Sunrise over Halong Bay

    Depending on your flight schedule, use your remaining time for last-minute exploration or souvenir shopping in Hanoi. Then, catch your flight to your next destination or back home, carrying with you unforgettable memories of your Cambodian and Vietnamese adventures. Safe travels!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2279 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Domestic air tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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