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From awe-inspiring landscapes to fascinating history and culture, uncover two of South East Asia’s most captivating destinations on this remarkable 14 day adventure throughout Vietnam & Cambodia. Take advantage of multiple sightseeing options to style your holiday the way you wish.
Vietnam
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Visit the famous Angkor Wat

7 days of Freedom of Choice activities

Enjoy a boat trip along the Mekong Delta 

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise

Tour of Phnom Penh

2 nights to relax in the beachside town of Kep 

Explore Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities with the choice of a fully immersive intense city tour or take a more relaxed pace option to enjoy more time at leisure.

At Halong Bay, drift amongst traditional floating villages, explore magnificent caves and admire the beautiful scenery on an unforgettable overnight cruise.

Gastronome’s may choose a half day food tour exploring the enchanting ancient town of Hoi An.  Meander through the local market, taking in the colourful stalls, and discover a variety of foods and souvenirs on offer. As an alternate option, choose a half day tour to visit My Son, one of the most important examples of Hindu influence in Southeast Asia. Visit the remains of the carefully crafted red brick temples replete with beautiful monuments and epitaphs.

At Ho Chi Minh City, visit the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral, study history at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum or take in Saigon Behind the Scenes exploring the districts of Chung Cu and Ho Thi Ky, uncovering incredible markets and Khmer delicacies.

Choose between exploring the Coconut Land or Mekong’s Path Less Travelled. In the Ben Tre region, famous for coconut production, enjoy a boat trip winding through coconut forests and learn how the locals make bricks by hand as well as other products from coconuts. Explore local life and culture on a bike ride through local hamlets, rice fields and coconut groves.
Alternatively navigate the Mekong by private boat, meeting locals and learning about their daily life. Visit a local factory, ancient communal house, local farm and enjoy cycling around a small island as well as exploring thick mangroves on a small sampan (traditional Chinese & Malay wooden boat).

A visit to Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the iconic Angkor temples. For those feeling a bit adventurous, explore the impressive sites on a bicycle tour or choose to tour by bus and receive a monks blessing.

Become immersed in the local life and culture visiting a floating village and embrace your inner ‘Indiana Jones” exploring the forgotten temple of Beng Mealea. Alternatively combine history and nature visiting the impressively preserved Banteay Srei temple and wandering through the jungle, admiring the spectacularly carved riverbed of Kbal Spean. Learn about wildlife conservation efforts at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity and uncover Cambodia’s painful past at the Landmine Museum.

Enjoy the highlights of Phnom Penh visiting the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom Temple – the birthplace of Phnom Penh. Learn about Cambodia’s recent grim history at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum then sample a taste of daily life at the Central Market. Alternatively take a tour behind the scenes discovering lesser known corners of the city. Enjoy a bicycle ride around a scenic island on the Mekong River and stop in to a silk weaving workshop. Finish the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and stroll through the garden complex of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Unwind in the former colonial beach resort of Kep, exploring the National Park or simply relaxing by the beach.

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Included

2 nights in Hanoi
1 night cruise in Halong Bay
2 nights in Hoi An
2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City
3 nights in Siem Reap
2 nights in Phnom Penh
2 nights in Kep
Professional English speaking local guides
Private transportation throughout
Domestic flight between Hanoi and Hoi An
Domestic flight between Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh
Domestic flight between Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap
Domestic flight between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
13 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner
Tours and activities
Freedom of Choice Days
Admission fees
Tipping for guide and driver
2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on days of transfers and sightseeing

Freedom of Choice Activities

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 5
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 6
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 7
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 9
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 10
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 12

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Itinerary

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Day 1
Hanoi

Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International Airport for your transfer to the hotel.

Overnight stay at Mk Premier Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Room.

Hanoi
Hanoi
Day 2
Hanoi

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Relaxed City Tour - Spend the day exploring Hanoi on a full day tour. You will explore a historic district full of colourful market stalls, visit sites such as the Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace, the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, and end the day on a small private electric cart for a tour around Westlake, the largest lake of Hanoi. You will return to the hotel in the late afternoon, and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

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  • Intense City Tour – After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a full day of touring. Start the day with a visit to the Women’s Museum which exhibits the diversity of Vietnam's culture and the contributions of its women to the country's society and ongoing development. Later you will drive to the Old Quarter, the bustling heart of Hanoi, where you will find shopping, cultural, and historical sites all wrapped into one. After lunch, you will visit the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long before ending the day with a water puppet show, a unique Vietnamese art dating back to the 11th century.

Overnight stay at Mk Premier Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hanoi
Hanoi Presidential Palace
Day 3
Hanoi → Halong Bay

Travel to Halong Bay and embark on your unforgettable overnight cruise. Float amongst traditional floating villages and admire the beautiful scenery. You will see locals fishing offshore, and will have the opportunity to explore magnificent caves, walk along the beach, or admire a panoramic view of the stunning bay. Overnight in a comfortable private cabin with an ensuite.

Overnight on The Bhaya Cruise in a Deluxe Cabin (with ensuite). 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hanoi → Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Day 4
Halong Bay → Hanoi → Hoi An

Rise early today to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Halong Bay. After a light breakfast, you will visit Sung Sot, a beautiful cave but also an important archaeological site. Back on board, you will enjoy brunch while we continue cruising back into the harbour.

You will transfer back to Hanoi and take a short flight to Hoi An. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights.

Overnight stay at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa ​in a Superior Garden View Room. 

Breakfast
Halong Bay → Hanoi → Hoi An
Sung Sot Cave at Halong Bay
Day 5
Hoi An

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Half-day Food Tour - We start our walk across the enchanting ancient town of Hoi An. Follow your guide as you meander your way through the beautiful streets and narrow alleys, which are bordered by ancient yellow-walled houses. We reach a market where you can spend some time exploring the colourful stalls and the variety of foods and souvenirs on offer. Try some local delicacies before we venture further into the town. The guide will show you various places of interest and will also arrange some spontaneous food tastings as we walk. Food, drinks and culinary legends are all on the menu today. The rest of the day is at your leisure

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  • Half-day My Son Tour – Visit My Son, one of the most important examples of Hindu influence in Southeast Asia. Although largely in a state of ruin today, My Son is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Angkor Wat of Cambodia or Ayutthaya of Thailand. You'll be given a brief introduction to Cham history and culture, and its Hindu influence, and then will visit the remains of the carefully crafted red brick temples replete with beautiful monuments and epitaphs.

Overnight stay at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa ​in a Superior Garden View Room. 

Breakfast
Hoi An
Hoi An town
Day 6
Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel before enjoying a half day tour of the city.

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Essentials of Saigon – In the afternoon, you will study history at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, which displays countless artefacts from Vietnam’s history. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, built mostly from materials imported from France in the 1800’s. It is a popular attraction in the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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  • Saigon Behind the Scenes – Travel back in time to District 3, where you will visit the oldest café in town, which opened in 1938. Walk through a massive street market, then continue on to Chung Cu, the heart of Saigon’s working-class, which remains mostly unchanged since the 1960’s. Marvel at the size of these old residential buildings as we walk through and into the Ho Thi Ky quarter. A place known for its spectacular flower market, and its maze of quiet narrow streets. A place also surprisingly famous for its Khmer delicacies since the 1990’s. Here you will be able to enjoy some of these traditional snacks before ending your tour and enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Bay Hotel in a Deluxe Room. 

Breakfast
Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh city
Day 7
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Explore the Coconut Land – After breakfast in the hotel, head south to Ben Tre, a region famous for its coconut production. Upon arrival, set out on a boat trip on narrow channels winding through coconut forests. Stop at brick and coconut processing workshops to see how the locals make bricks by hand and learn how to make different products from coconuts as well. Then jump onto your bike and cycle on village roads through local hamlets, rice fields and coconut groves. Feel free to stop along the way to have a closer look at the local life and culture of this region. You'll then arrive at Mr. Sau Khanh’s house, whose ambition is to collect antiques. His collection varies from ancient and valuable ceramics, pottery pieces like bowls, dishes and vases, to ceiling lights, sculptures and Buddha statues. Chat with him and try out the local skill of climbing coconut trees. Return to the pier and drive to Ho Chi Minh city.

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  • Mekong’s Paths Less Travelled – You will depart from your hotel at 8am. After a 2.5 hour drive out of the metropolis, you will reach a less travelled region of the delta, about 30 kilometers away from the mouth of the mighty river. Hop on a private boat and start your exploration. You will meet people, learn more about their daily lives and navigate the Mekong. After visiting a local factory and an ancient communal house, reach a small island for lunch at a local guesthouse. In the afternoon, visit a honey-bee farm before hoping on bikes and cycling narrow pathways across the island. Stop at another local farm to unveil the secret of Sâm jelly and sample it. Continue across orchards and transfer onto a small sampan to explore a thick mangrove. After returning to the mainland, drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay at Bay Hotel in a Deluxe Room. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Ho Chi Minh →  Mekong →  Ho Chi Minh
Mekong Delta
Day 8
Ho Chi Minh City → Siem Reap

Your last morning is free at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

Sua s’dei and welcome to Siem Reap! You are welcomed at the airport by your driver and guide who will transfer you to your hotel in the city centre (rooms are available from 2pm).

Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure, absorbing the various atmospheres of Siem Reap.

Overnight stay at Tara Angkor Hotel in a Superior Room.

 

Breakfast
Ho Chi Minh City → Siem Reap
Krong Siem Reap
Day 9
Siem Reap

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Angkor Wat by Bicycle Tour - The Angkor temples are undoubtedly the main highlight of any holiday in Cambodia. After a short car transfer to the buffer zone of the temple complex,hop onto a mountain bike and venture out on an extraordinary ride. Adaptable in length (from 15 to over 40 kilometres), this tour will take you on the back roads of the temples complex to visit the three major sites: Bayon, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat temples; as well as a ride along the top of the Angkor Thom city walls. Enjoy photo breaks along the way and let the guide tell you more about these massive pieces of history. As you ride along the single trails through the thick forest of the complex you will also have the chance to spot some lesser known temples lost among the trees.

This tour is for everyone who can cycle, there is no specific level of fitness required and a support car remains nearby in case you want to take a rest from cycling.

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  • Angkor Wat by Bus & Monk’s Blessing – After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for today’s tour of the Angkor temples. First you will explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered structure crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65-metres from ground level. Next, visit the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Bayon Temple, Baphuon, the royal enclosure, and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King are the main elements of this 12th century masterpiece. A lunch break will be arranged in a local restaurant and will be at your own expense. We continue to Ta Prohm Temple, which, unlike most of other Angkor temples, has been left just as it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of the ruins. After your visit to Angkor temples, take a break and meet with a local monk. You will be invited to take part in a blessing ceremony. Witness monks chanting blessings as they sprinkle you with holy water. Afterwards, a sacred bracelet will be tied around your wrist which is said to protect you from evil spirits and misfortune. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Overnight stay at Tara Angkor Hotel in a Superior Room.

Breakfast
Siem Reap
Angkor Thom city walls
Day 10
Siem Reap

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Kampong Khleang & Beng Mealea - After breakfast, you will head out to Kampong Kleang floating village, which is a stilt-houses settlement of over 20,000 people where structures can tower up to ten meters above the water. Greeted by waves of the friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and traditional family lifestyle. To get closer to it, you will have a chance to enjoy a home-hosted lunch and dine on stilts. In the afternoon, we transfer to the forgotten temple of Beng Mealea. After a short walk through a dense jungle, you'll feel like an explorer when entering the completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. It is one of the very few temples that will give the opportunity to climb through it, giving a very 'Indiana Jones' feel to the experience. In the evening, enjoy a dinner with the Apsara dance show.

Note: From February to August/September the water level of the Tonle Sap Lake is very low. It’s muddy and the boat can get stuck. If you are still keen on having a boat trip on the lake we’ll change to Chong Kneas floating village instead of Kompong Kleang where the condition is a little bit better for the boat trip.

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  • Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, biodiversity and war history – This tour offers a nice blend of temples, cultural sites and the outdoors. You will depart your hotel early, at 7am, and head to Banteay Srei temple, located about an hour drive away from the town. Easily recognizable by its pink sandstone, the "Citadel of Women" is reputed being the most beautiful and best preserved of all Angkor temples. Marvel at the sophistication of its intricate bas reliefs before continuing the journey further north to Kbal Spean. This is one of Cambodia’s earliest Hindu sites and refreshingly different from the other Khmer monuments. Take a 3-kilometer walk through the jungle to appreciate the scope and beauty of Kbal Spean. The walk ends at the ‘River of 1000 Lingas’, a riverbed featuring stone carvings of Hindu gods, animals and phallic symbols. Learn about the history of Hinduism in Cambodia while exploring this unique river.After a local lunch, you will visit the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), the first nature conservation project in Cambodia. A knowledgeable staff member will explain about the threats to Cambodia’s wildlife and the efforts of ACCB to protect the environment and promote wildlife conservation through education. For the last stop on the drive back to Siem Reap will be at the Landmine Museum. This is a private museum founded by Aki Ra whom used to be a Khmer Rouge child soldier. After the war was over, he decided to clear the landmines off the fields of Cambodia and devoted his life to help the victims of landmines. We return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon, and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay at Tara Angkor Hotel in a Superior Room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Siem Reap
Beng Mealea
Day 11
Siem Reap → Phnom Penh

After breakfast, you are met in the lobby of your hotel for a short drive to the airport.

Embark on your flight to Phnom Penh. You are greeted upon arrival and driven to your hotel in the city centre.

Overnight stay at Queen Grand Boutique Hotel in a Deluxe Room.

Breakfast
Siem Reap → Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Day 12
Phnom Penh

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Phnom Penh Highlights Tour – After breakfast in your hotel, you will meet your guide and visit historic sites such as the famous Royal Palace, the adjoining Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artefacts. After the museum, scale the steps up this small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh. In the afternoon, you will gain insight into Cambodia's recent history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It is a grim but important visit that will help you to understand Cambodia better. Spend the rest of day shopping at the Central Market, where you can get a taste of the bustling daily life of local people. Try some of Cambodia’s local specialties, while appreciating Phnom Penh's mix of Khmer & Colonial architecture styles.

Note: To see the Royal palace and silver pagoda in Phnom Penh, visitors are required to wear appropriated clothes. Guests wearing short pans (above knee level) and sleeveless tops are not permitted.

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  • Phnom Penh Behind the Scenes Tour – Get ready for a fun and experiential day around some lesser known corners of the city. The guide will pick you up at the hotel and you will travel by local ‘remork’ to a district outside of the city centre. Enjoy a local coffee on the street, visit a true local market (Orussey Market), wander around narrow alleys and immerse you into the fascinating daily life of the locals. Later on, take a ferry to an island on the Mekong River. There we start a 15-kilometre bicycle ride on a small concrete road around the island; offering the opportunity to soak up a bit of rural life just outside Phnom Penh as well as to visit a silk weaving workshop. You will stop for lunch at a local home. Return to the city afterwards and you will have some time to discover the tragic history at the Tuol Sleng museum. The day continues with a stroll in the garden complex of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda before ending in style with a drink on a rooftop terrace with the best views over Phnom Penh’s riverfront.

Overnight stay at Queen Grand Boutique Hotel in a Deluxe Room.

Breakfast
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Royal Palace
Day 13
Phnom Penh → Kep (No guide)

After breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up in Phnom Penh for the drive to Kep, Cambodia’s prestigious beach resort of the 1960s, which is now awakening to its former glory. Check into your hotel where you will be for the next two nights.
Distance: Phnom Penh – Kep: 130Km, Traveling time: 3 hours

Overnight stay at Kep Bay Hotel & Resort in a Deluxe Sea View Room.

Breakfast
Phnom Penh → Kep (No guide)
Kep Beach
Day 14
Kep

Today is a free day at your own leisure. You could take the boat trip to Rabbit Island, take a tuk tuk tour of the countryside, or just simply relax by the beach.

Overnight stay at Kep Bay Hotel & Resort in a Deluxe Sea View Room.

Breakfast
Kep
Sunset at Kep Beach
Day 15
Kep → Phnom Penh

After breakfast in the hotel, meet your private transfer in the lobby for the journey back to Phnom Penh airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Vietnamese
Currency
Vietnamese đồng (VND)
2021 Private Escorted Tours
Personalised & Private!

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

14 nights
from AUD5,583
per person, twin share
Vietnam, Cambodia
Hanoi
Phnom Penh
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours
20 August 2021

Hotel options

Mk Premier Boutique Hotel
Mk Premier Boutique Hotel

Hanoi
MK Premier Hotel combines traditional culture and modern design, hosting 65 rooms uniquely designed to give an unexpected experience to Hanoi and its visitors. Ideally located at the heart of the beautiful and historic old quarter of Hanoi and Vietnam’s famous 36 streets. MK Premier Boutique hotel offers an atmosphere that is at once refined, remembered and inspires traditional Vietnamese style and old world sophistication.

 

Bhaya Cruise
Bhaya Cruise

Halong Bay Cruise
One of the first overnight Halong Bay cruises and now the largest cruise company with 17 ships, Bhaya Cruises is all about delivering unique travel experiences in one of Vietnam’s most beautiful destinations. Deluxe Cabins measure a comfortably compact 12-14 sqm while larger Terrace Suites enjoy a private terrace with sun loungers. All cabins feature hardwood floors, spacious bathrooms, contemporary Asian décor and stunning bay views framed by panoramic windows.

 

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa
Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa

Hoi An
Located on the bank of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is within a 10-minute walk to the ancient town of Hoi An. The 4-star resort, which blends Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities, offers guests gracious hospitality and impeccable service. The resort has 89 well-appointed rooms set in the coconut-tree-shaded gardens that meander along the river. All the rooms are elegantly designed and furnished with the comfort of guests in mind.

Bay Hotel
Bay Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City 
An inviting retreat in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. This 16-storey, non-smoking hotel features a stylish restaurant, rooftop pool and rooftop bar facing the Saigon River. The BAYCOMFORT luxe bedding experience works in unison with the timeless décor and well-appointed amenities to provide all with a haven of rest and an escape from the bustling city. To further enhance the guest experience, the digitally savvy traveller will be cocooned around complimentary WIFI all day, with complimentary mini-bar with daily replenishment.

 

 

Tara Angkor Hotel
Tara Angkor Hotel

Siem Reap
Extravagant hotel in the mystical land of Angkor, conveniently located only 6km from World Heritage site of Angkor Wat Temples, a few minutes stroll to the Angkor National Museum and a short ride to the city town center with an array of Cambodian souvenirs, shopping and culture. 

Queen Grand Boutique Hotel
Queen Grand Boutique Hotel

Phnon Penh
This Elegant Hotel is located near the iconic Royal Palace which is an official Residence of Beloved King Sihamony. Strategically located in the heart of financial and arts capital along the Mighty Mekong River. Queen Grand Boutique Hotel successfully blends its illustrious Boutique with contemporary style, personalized service, excellent dining and panoramic view to offer a destination experience.

 

Kep Bay Hotel & Resort
Kep Bay Hotel & Resort

Kep
Boasting a sun terrace with a swimming pool, as well as free bikes, Kep Bay Hotel & Resort is set in Kep, 1.8km from the famous crab market. All roms have a desk, flat-screen TV, kettle and a private bathroom. Guests can grab a bit to eat in the on-site restaurant 

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