Asia – Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights

From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Angkor Wat .

Bayon Temple in Cambodia
Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights

$2,672*PER PERSON – 11NIGHTS – AIR – TRANSFERS – HOTEL – BREAKFAST – TOURS

 

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Browse through bustling markets, stroll down colorful streets, and take wooden boat rides along turquoise rivers. On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you’ll travel along the Vietnamese coast – from Hanoi and Halong to Hoi An and Saigon! The last leg of your journey will be spent in culture-packed Cambodia, where you’ll experience Angkor Wat, traditional villages, and so much more. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, convenient transportation, and knowledgeable tour guides. So sit back, relax, and experience.

What’s Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Hanoi (HAN), out of Siem Reap (REP)
  • All airport and inter-city transfers
  • 2 nights in Hanoi at the May De Ville City Center Hotel, or similar
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi
  • Sightseeing at Phat Tich Pagoda and Do Temple (en-route from Hanoi to Halong)
  • 1 night in Halong at Saigon Halong Hotel Villa, or similar
  • Half-day boat tour through Halong Bay with lunch
  • One-way, economy class flight from Hanoi (HAN) to Hue (HUI)
  • 2 nights in Hue at Midtown Hotel, or similar
  • Sightseeing tour in Hue with visits to Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh & Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Sightseeing tour of Old Imperial City in Hue
  • Excursion to Thuy Bieu Village with cooking class (with lunch)
  • 2 nights in Hoi An at Lotus Hoi An Boutique Hotel & Spa, or similar
  • Sightseeing tour of Hoi An with a boat trip on the Thu Bon River
  • One-way, economy class flight from Danang Airport (DAD) to Saigon (SGN)
  • 2 nights in Saigon at Le Duy Grand Hotel, or similar
  • Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Full-day Mekong Delta Tour
  • Half-day Saigon sightseeing tour
  • One-way, economy class flight from Saigon (SGN) to Siem Reap (REP)
  • 2 nights in Siem Reap at Sokharoth Hotel, or similar
  • Full-day sightseeing tour in Angkor
  • Breakfast daily & 3 lunches 

Great Ways to Explore

  • Dare your taste-buds to try local foodie favorites. Try Pho in Vietnam and Lok Lak in Cambodia!
  • The company of your knowledgeable guide will allow you to relax and comfortably take in the sights without worry.
  • Enjoy tours that include traditional boat rides along picture-perfect rivers, as well as a ride atop bright blue Halong Bay.
  • Explore ancient temples and stand in-front of towering sacred statues.
  • Experience the best of both worlds: bustling capital cities and small traditional villages!

This is the adventure you’ve been waiting for! Get ready for 11 days of traditional culture, unique cuisine, boat excursions, ancient city tours, and more. Your journey begins in the capital of Hanoi, a city that perfectly blends old charm with modern advancement. Next, take in the bright blue beauty of the Halong Bay as you cruise through its iconic mid-bay mountain formations. From there, you’ll travel to Hue, a traditional city which formerly served as the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty. You’ll come face-to-face with its 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and filled with ornate architecture.

Next stop? The colorful UNESCO-recognized ancient town of Hoi An. Travel back in time as you stroll down quaint streets that feel untouched by current modernity. Take a wooden boat ride down the river and watch the town become brightly illuminated by a rainbow of paper lanterns. Your last stop in Vietnam will be spectacular Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy sightseeing tours and an excursion to the Mekong Delta!

Last but certainly not least: Siem Reap, Cambodia. Get lost in the wonder of Angkor Thom, visit world-famous Angkor Wat, and take photos in-front of the magnificent Bayon Temple. On this vacation, get ready for fun days filled with breathtaking beauty and cultural history. When you get home, get ready for a new profile picture and lots of jealousy from friends and family.

ITINERARY

Day 1. Welcome to Hanoi!

Arrive in the culture-packed hub of Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital city. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your luxurious accommodation, then take some time to relax and get settled.

Spend the rest of your first day exploring Hanoi at leisure! Stroll through the charming streets of the colorful, shop-lined Old Quarter, or watch the sunset over Hanoi West Lake. Treat yourself to some decadent Chè Chuối, a delicious Vietnamese dessert made rich with bananas, tapioca, and coconut cream.

Transfer to Hanoi hotel

Day 2. Hanoi

Enjoy an energizing breakfast, then grab your camera and embark on your included full-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi! Wind through bright green parks, gawk at traditional Vietnamese architecture, and learn about the history that floods this capital city. Travel through time and visit the modern city center, rich with Western influence and technological wonders.

Hanoi Sightseeing Tour (full-day)

Explore the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, a picturesque city nicknamed the “Paris of the East.” Tree-lined boulevards and colonial architecture give the city an air of elegance while narrow lanes and traditional shop houses make it distinctly Vietnam.

Begin by visiting The Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Also the site of Vietnam’s first university, the grounds have a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways that are perfect examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear stele on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.

Then stroll through the park to the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 to his death 1969. The bare bones two-room home has been preserved in the same condition as during his life, and can be viewed through the windows. Continue to the miniature 11th-century One Pillar Pagoda, rebuilt after being destroyed by the French army in 1954.

Next, go on a sightseeing tour of Hanoi city center by electric car followed by a walk through the old quarter. Enjoy a 35-minute ride through the city, a blend of long established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. See Quan Su Pagoda, Silk Road, Hanoi Railway Station, Hoa Lo Prison, and Hanoi Opera House as you zip through tree-lined boulevards and narrow lanes brimming with daily life. Get off the electric car and take a 25-minute walk in Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as Hoan Kiem District.

End your Hanoi tour with a traditional water puppet show, an incredible art form originating in Northern Vietnam and dating back as far as the 11th-century.

Day 3. Hanoi – Halong

Wave goodbye to the unforgettable first leg of your journey – you still have so much to see! Enjoy a scenic ride to picture-perfect Halong today. On the way, you’ll stop at Phat Tich Pagoda and Do Temple! Walk around and feel immersed in the overflowing history of these sacred structures.

Transfer from Hanoi hotel to Halong hotel

 

Sightseeing at Phat Tich Pagoda and Do Temple

Visit the peaceful Phat Tich Pagoda, built between the 7th and 10th century in the typical Vietnamese architecture style. Then, visit the highly praised and architecturally stunning Do Temple, built during the Le Dynasty! These historic structures are just as culturally rich as they are breathtakingly beautiful. 

Day 4. Halong – Hue

Spend the morning sailing atop the turquoise waters of postcard-worthy Halong Bay! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view from a traditional wooden boat, then indulge in a delicious included lunch.

After a perfect morning, enjoy a scenic ride back to Hanoi, then board your flight to Hue! Upon arrival in Hue, meet your transfer and check-in to your next luxurious hotel. Freshen up, then take a walk through the colorful city streets and explore!

Transfer to Hanoi Airport

Flight to Hue!

Transfer to hotel in Hue

Half-Day Boat Tour Through Halong Bay With Lunch

Board a traditional wooden junk and begin cruising through the beautiful Halong Bay. Enjoy lunch while passing interesting rock formations including Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong) and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). Visit one of the caves in the centre of the islands such as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto). Cruise back to Halong Pier and disembark.

Day 5. Hue

Enjoy a pleasant breakfast, then get ready for a full day of cultural fun and adventure! You won’t be able to stop taking photos as you embark on sightseeing tours of Hue. Visit the Imperial Tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh and Tu Duc, then spend the afternoon getting lost in the colorful beauty of the Old Imperial City!

Sightseeing tour in Hue with visits to Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh & Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc

As the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years, Hue was and still is an important city in Vietnam’s history. Home to ancient temples, imperial buildings, and French-style edifices, it’s also one of the most visually stunning cities in Vietnam.

Tour the tomb of Emperior Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty constructed between 1920 and 1931. It sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village. Walk up the long staircase flanked by dragons and admire the ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes found inside. 

Next, visit the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc, designed and built by the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor Tu Duc during his lifetime. It was used as a retreat for meditation, reading, and theatre performances. Take time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere while you wander the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards, and lotus ponds.

Sightseeing Tour of the Old Imperial City in Hue

Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial City, a vast walled complex built in the early 19th-century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched over a mile and were surrounded by a wide moat. While most of the buildings were destroyed during the Vietnam War, the remaining monuments provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure.

Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho palace) where the Queen mother lived. Visit Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, the original Nine Dynastic Urns, the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum, and more.

Day 6. Hue – Hoi An

Start your day strong with a unique excursion to Thuy Bieu Village! Relax as you cruise the Perfume River, check out a local spice market, and visit the majestic Thien Mu Pagoda. After arriving in Thuy Bieu Village, spend some time exploring the lush grounds, then try your hand at Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class!

Indulge in a delicious lunch, then drive through the scenic mountain roads to Hoi An. Keep your eyes focused out the window and take in breathtaking views of the bright blue coastline. Stop in the beautiful coastal city of Danang to stretch your legs!

Transfer from Hue hotel to Hoi An

Excursion to Thuy Bieu Village With Cooking Class and Lunch

Arrive at Toa Kham Wharf then board a boat for a cruise down Perfume River. Stop at Dong Ba Market to select fresh ingredients for your cooking class, then visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda before heading to Thuy Bieu Village. Upon arrival, choose between an optional walking or biking tour around the village to visit a garden house and an old ancestral temple. Once you’ve toured the village, get your apron on and prepare a traditional Hue specialty lunch! With a rich culinary history, Hue is famous for its dishes like Bun Bo Hue, round rice noodles in a rich and savory meat-based broth. After making and enjoying your culinary creation, experience a traditional foot treatment! 

Day 7. Hoi An

Wake up in picture-perfect Hoi An, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site! Frolic along its stone streets, lined with colorful shops and historic temples. See all of the “must-sees” as you set out on your included sightseeing tour! In the afternoon, hop aboard a traditional boat and float down the Thu Bon River. What’s a better way to see Hoi An?

In the evening, treat yourself to a serving of authentic Cao lau, a regional dish made of thick noodles, crispy pork, and local spices!

Sightseeing Tour of Hoi An with Thu Bon River Boat Trip

Tour the merchant town of Hoi An with its colorful shop houses and temples dating back to the 16th and 17th century when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and is best explored on foot. Wander through the cobbled streets as you pass low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market, and the small harbor where colorful boats are docked.

The walking tour includes a visit to a private house where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting. See one of the family chapels built by prominent merchants and official families as centers for ancestor worship. Continue to Sa Huynh Museum, located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, containing exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. Visit a handicraft workshop where local products are being made by the industry itself.

Finally, continue to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the river. In the afternoon, cruise down the Thu Bon River by boat, enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a pottery and woodcarving village before returning to Hoi An harbor.

Day 8. Hoi An – Saigon

Enjoy a quick ride to Danang Airport (DAD), then relax on your flight to Saigon. Okay, you might not be able to relax – it’s too exciting! Meet your transfer, then check-in to your comfortable accommodation. Drop your bags, freshen up, and get ready for more adventure!

Today, you’ll venture to the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. Explore this extensive underground network that served as an important Vietcong base during the Vietnam-American War!

Transfer to Danang Airport

Flight to Saigon!

Transfer to Saigon hotel

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels

Hidden from American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the Vietnam War. Stretching over 75 miles, this expansive underground network dug by hand out of hard laterite connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories during the war. Today, walk through the area and learn about the daily life of the Vietcong. See the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate visitors.

Day 9. Saigon

Grab your camera and lace up your walking shoes! Today, you’ll spend the whole day discovering the magic of the Mekong Delta. Stroll through small towns, cruise on local boats, try traditional foods, and become immersed in the lively culture of the area.

Mekong Delta Tour (full-day)

From Saigon, drive to the heart of the Mekong Delta. Embark on one of the local boats to explore the riverside village of Cai Be. Visit local families running age-old cottage industries and see how they make traditional treats like dried longans, rice pancakes, and puffed rice candies. You’ll have plenty of chances to sample these local delicacies!

Continue the trip across a main flow of the mighty Mekong river, then follow narrow waterways through peaceful lush green orchards and lively canals. Disembark at Vinh Long and return to Saigon.

Day 10. Saigon – Siem Reap

Feel the energy of Saigon on your sightseeing tour this morning! Learn all about this unique city, which blends traditional culture with modern advancement.

In the afternoon, board your flight and you’ll be in Siem Reap before you know it! Meet your guide, then enjoy a scenic ride to your hotel.

If you’re not too tired, head to lively Pub Street! Treat yourself to some traditional fish amok at a local restaurant, then discover Siem Reap’s bustling nightlife scene.

Transfer to Saigon Airport

Flight to Siem Reap!

Transfer to Siem Reap hotel

Saigon Sightseeing Tour (half-day)

As Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity, and motion. Everywhere you go, you will see the convergence of traditional and modern life. Begin the tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s-eras building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. Unmissable are the original tanks that remain on display near the entrance gates.

Afterwards, drive to the city’s historic center and visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s signature pagodas. Pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, then pass classic European-style landmarks like the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and the old Opera House. End the tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts.

Day 11. Siem Reap

What better way to spend your last full day in Cambodia than exploring spectacular Angkor!? Feel your eyes widen as you approach the jaw-dropping temples and statues that fill the vast fortified city of Angkor Thom. Stand in-front of Ta Prohm, explore the mysterious Bayon Temple, and of course, take tons of photos of iconic Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat Sightseeing Tour (full day)

The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia.

To approach the temple, you’ll first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. After entering the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyards before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside.

On the way, stop to 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.

The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of almost 2,500 acres. Enclosed by the walls and wide moat, the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga.

Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple.

In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor, as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

Watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple before heading back to your accommodation.

Day 12. Depart Cambodia

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage and enjoy a relaxing ride to the airport. Wave goodbye to Southeast Asia and spend your flight home dreaming about your next adventure.

Transfer to Siem Reap Airport (REP)

Fly home!

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