Cambodia & Vietnam Discovery

Start: Phnom Penh Finish: Hanoi

Visiting: Phnom Penh, Krong Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hội An, Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay


Duration: 12 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: TKKCC

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

The best of Cambodia and Vietnam is unveiled on this journey from Phnom Penh to Hanoi. Discover the region's culture and beauty as we visit the stunning ancient temples of Angkor, and be immersed in Vietnam's markets and vibrant streets. Add to the adventure an overnight boat stay on Halong Bay, friendly locals and lots of scrumptious food - the only thing left to do is choose when to go.

Highlights

  • iconVisit some of the must see sights with your group such as a walking tour in Hoi An and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as enjoy some free time to make your own discoveries
  • iconThis is a Comfort style trip, which means slightly higher standard hotels and a few more inclusions and meals than on most Original style itineraries. We also fly between destinations to make the most of our time together
  • iconDine at the Friends restaurant in Phomn Penh, and KOTO in Hanoi, to not only taste delicious local food but also supporting organisations promoting and protecting disadvantaged local children
  • iconDiscover just why Halong Bay is so popular as you spend the night on a boat among the evocative karst landscape and indulge in a feast of fresh seafood
  • iconDiscover a land of contrasts and turbulent history, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek as well as the opulent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
  • iconExplore the amazing Angkor archaeological complex in depth with your included three-day pass, so as well as guided tours, you have the option to return and explore at your own pace

Places You'll See

Countries:
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Hoi An
Halong Bay
Sieam Reap
Phomn Penh

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Sua s'dei! Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight. If you arrive early, perhaps stroll the streets of Phnom Penh, taking in the interesting French colonial architecture. The National Museum, with its collection of classic Khmer craftsmanship, is well worth a visit. Dinner tonight will be at the Friends International restaurant, an organisation that provides training and employment in the hospitality industry to disadvantaged youth. It's a great restaurant to support and the food is delicious – the Western and Asian fusion tapas dishes have put this restaurant on the must-visit list.

Included Activities:
-Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Optional Activities:
-Phnom Penh - National Museum

icon Day 2 : Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today a full city tour introduces you to the sights of Phnom Penh, a city that lies near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are home to King Sihamoni and are closed to the public. You will, however, be able to visit the Silver Pagoda that lies in the palace complex, which is the most sacred temple in the country. Phnom Penh remains a living relic of the country’s past struggles and successes. Your included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek tell the story of the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng is a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre, and it’s estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here. The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are home to a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls, marking the site of the infamous location. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng, and standing in this peaceful setting, it's almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9000 corpses have been exhumed from the area. The visits are major parts of the experience here, but if you don't wish to visit them, please let your leader know. There is an optional visit to Wat Phnom, the temple that gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th century. After today's activities, you may wish to spend this evening relaxing in a cafe by the riverfront.

Included Activities:
-Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
-Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
-Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Optional Activities:
-Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom
-Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour

icon Day 3 : Siem Reap

Location: Krong Siem Reap

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Take a short flight to Siem Reap (approximately 1 hour). The small but expanding town of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and is the most popular destination for travellers in all of Cambodia, perhaps even in South East Asia. You'll probably notice a change of pace here, so take a walk and enjoy the atmosphere. A visit to the old market is a must, even if you're not looking for souvenirs, wandering through the stalls and surrounding shops the silks, cottons, sarongs, silver and statues are a riot of colour and a feast for the eyes – and there will be one for your stomach too if you try some cheap, delicious street food! There's also a long tradition of shadow puppetry in the region, and if you're lucky you might catch a show at one of the local restaurants in the evening, perhaps while you're eating the specialty cuisine of Cambodia – amok, the name given to curry steam-cooked in banana leaves.

Included Activities:
-Siem Reap - Leader-led orientation walk

icon Day 4 : Siem Reap / Angkor Wat

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Angkor Wat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided exploration. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure, and the only one of Angkor's temples that has its entrance facing west – the others face east. Of all the temples visited today, Bayon is the centrepiece, with over 200 smiling carved faces and more than 50 gothic towers. For lunch you'll visit the Sala Bai Hotel School where disadvantaged local youth learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. Afterward, you will head to Ta Prohm, a temple where nature has taken over, as large trees have become embedded in the stone foundations of the structure. End the day with a sunset view of the temples – an extraordinary way to see the sun go down.

Included Activities:
-Siem Reap - Lunch at Sala Bai
-Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass
-Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour

icon Day 5 : Siem Reap / Angkor Wat

Location: Angkor Wat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embrace a very early start today if you wish to experience a sunrise visit to the Angkor complex (this is optional). Today you'll visit the temple of Banteay Srei – you'll see it's not a huge temple, but thanks to its intricate stone carvings it is sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. Later this afternoon, get an insight into the daily life of Cambodians on a village tour. See the rice fields and family allotment that surround the traditional stilt houses. Be welcomed into a local home as you join together for sunset drinks. This evening, enjoy a final farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and one last night of delicious Cambodian cuisine at a specially chosen restaurant.

Included Activities:
-Siem Reap - Banteay Srei Temple visit
-Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
-Siem Reap - Village visit

Optional Activities:
-Siem Reap - Khmer traditional massage

icon Day 6 : Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

You will be transferred back to the airport, where you will say goodbye to Cambodia and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Please note that you will be unescorted on this flight. Upon arrival you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers and your Vietnamese tour leader. This meeting is generally followed by an optional group meal out at one of Ho Chi Minh City's many fantastic eating spots.

Included Activities:
-Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

icon Day 7 : Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Start your tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was the site of South Vietnam's surrender at the end of the war. Next, head over to the War Remnants Museum where you’ll see old military equipment including an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter. Finally, you’ll tour the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, as well as underground life during the Vietnam War.

Included Activities:
-Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
-Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
-Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
-Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

icon Day 8 : Hoi An

Location: Da Nang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Ho Chi Minh City and fly to Danang (1 hour 30 minutes). From here you’ll make your way to My Khe Beach, a beautiful spot which lies against a backdrop of the Marble Mountains. This location was significant for both the Americans and the Vietnamese during the war. Enjoy a visit to the Marble Mountains to explore its caves and pagodas. Access is via rock hewn staircases or for a fee of VND40,000 you can use the elevator. After your visit continue to Hoi An where you’ll stay for the night (approximately 30 minutes by private minibus).

Included Activities:
-Danang - Marble Mountain
-Danang - My Khe Beach

icon Day 9 : Hoi An

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Your leader will take you on a walk around Hoi An’s Old Town today. The city was a major trading port from the 17th century onwards, and has various architectural influences from Europe, China and Vietnam. Today the city is being restored and looks exactly like it did over a century ago. The tour will take you to a historic house, the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. The rest of the day is free for you to do some optional activities or soak up the ambience of the place. You may like to wander the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. Hoi An is also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within a few hours.

Included Activities:
-Hoi An - Old Town walking tour

Optional Activities:
-Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure
-Hoi An - Hoi An Boat & Bike with Sunset BBQ Urban Adventure

icon Day 10 : Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Vietnam’s charming capital of Hanoi (1 hour 30 minutes). You’ll be taken on a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting major sites such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. The tour will also include lunch at the KOTO cafe, an amazing project which provides vocational training for disadvantaged young people. You’ll have some free time this afternoon. Hanoi is a strangely quiet city compared to its southern counterpart. Escape from the noise by visiting the various parks and lakes, or hire a bike and cycle around town for the best view of the city.

Included Activities:
-Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
-Hanoi - Temple of Literature
-Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's stilt house
-Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
-Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda

Optional Activities:
-Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum
-Hanoi - Water puppet show
-Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure

icon Day 11 : Halong Bay

Location: Hạ Long Bay

Accommodation: Overnight boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel by private minibus to the famous Halong Bay (approximately 4 hours), one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. Once you arrive at the bay, you’ll take a long, slow cruise through the area, exploring the beautiful green waters and amazing Surprise Cave. Access to Surprise Cave is via staircases. Once inside the cave the pathways are a little uneven and slippery. You may also have the opportunity to go swimming from Ti Top Island beach. You’ll spend the night on the boat. The traditional junk-style boat has twin-share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There's also a dining room and bar where you’ll enjoy all of your meals, including fresh seafood for lunch and dinner.

Included Activities:
-Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
-Halong Bay - Lunch on Boat
-Halong Bay - Dinner on Boat

icon Day 12 : Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Head back to Hanoi by private minibus (approximately 4 hours). This afternoon take in a unique water puppet performance. This evening is free for you to explore this delightful city. Why not relax at a cafe or stop for a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter?

Included Activities:
-Hanoi - Local water puppet performance

icon Day 13 : Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you are free to leave at any time, as there are no activities planned today. If you would like to spend some more time in Hanoi, we’ll be happy to organise some additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Optional Activities:
-Hanoi - Village Discovery by Bike Urban Adventure
-Hanoi - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle Urban Adventure
-Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison

What's Included

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    Halong Bay - Lunch on Boat

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    Hanoi - Local water puppet performance

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    Danang - Marble Mountain

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    Siem Reap - Leader-led orientation walk

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    Siem Reap - Lunch at Sala Bai

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    Siem Reap - Village visit

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    Halong Bay - Dinner on Boat

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (11 nights), Overnight Boat (1 night)

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    Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

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    Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch

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    Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

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    Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum

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    Hoi An - Old Town walking tour

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    Siem Reap - Banteay Srei Temple visit

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    Transport

    Boat, Private minibus, Plane

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    Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels

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    Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise

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    Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda

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    Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace

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    Meals

    12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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    Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's stilt house

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    Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

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    Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour

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    Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass

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    Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)

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    Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour

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    Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

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    Hanoi - Temple of Literature

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    Danang - My Khe Beach

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Transport

  • Boat , Private minibus , Plane

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
  • Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
  • Siem Reap - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Siem Reap - Lunch at Sala Bai
  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Banteay Srei Temple visit
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Village visit
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
  • Danang - Marble Mountain
  • Danang - My Khe Beach
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's stilt house
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Halong Bay - Lunch on Boat
  • Halong Bay - Diner on Boat
  • Hanoi - Local water puppet performance

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    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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