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Classic Cambodia & Vietnam

From £2370 for days
Trip Overview
From Vietnam to Cambodia, discover incredible diversity, delectable cuisines, dramatic histories and natural beauty. Travel to Cambodia and delve into the dramatic Khmer legacy in Phnom Penh and explore the intricate temples of Angkor Wat. Travel to Vietnam and view the country's colourful history on the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and explore the colonial-era among the architecture of Hanoi. This trip offers places of breathtaking beauty, from the beaches of Nha Trang and the backwaters of the Mekong Delta, to the jungles of Cambodia and the wonder of Halong Bay. Add a mix of friendly locals and age-old traditions to ensure the ultimate Indochina experience.
Essential Info
Starts: Phnom Penh
Ends: Hanoi
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: ITKKHC
Countries visited: Cambodia, Vietnam
What's Included

Meals

18 Breakfasts included
6 Lunches included
6 Dinners included

Transport

Boat,Overnight sleeper train,Plane,Private Bus,Private vehicle

Accommodation

Homestay (1 nt),Hotel (16 nts),Overnight boat (1 nt),Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

Trip Highlights
-Wander among the richly decorated temples of Angkor
-Experience local life on a Mekong homestay
-Be seduced by the riverside charms of Phnom Penh
-Cruise among the islands off Nha Trang
-Sail the mighty Perfume River
-Spend an evening on the peaceful waters of Halong Bay
Dates & Availability
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Price GBP
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19th December 2016
7th January 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,560pp 
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Good
26th December 2016
14th January 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,370pp 
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Good
28th December 2016
16th January 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,370pp 
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Limited
9th January 2017
28th January 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,465pp 
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Limited
23rd January 2017
11th February 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,560pp 
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Limited
13th March 2017
1st April 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,560pp 
G
 
Limited
27th March 2017
15th April 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,560pp 
G
 
Limited
3rd April 2017
22nd April 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,610pp 
G
 
Limited
10th April 2017
29th April 2017
Phnom Penh - Hanoi
£2,610pp 
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Good
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - Phnom Penh
Sua s'dei! Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. You'll be met on arrival at Phnom Penh airport and transferred to your hotel. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight - check with hotel reception for more information and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. If you have free time in the afternoon, perhaps stroll the streets of Phnom Penh and explore the city, 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 restaurant run by the Friends organisation, a group which offers food, shelter, medical care, training and educational facilities for homeless, vulnerable or abandoned children. It's a great restaurant to support and the food is delicious – the Western and Asian fusion tapas dishes has put this restaurant on the must visit list.

Additional Activities

Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Included in Price
Day 2 - Phnom Penh
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 Prison Museum 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 Choeung Ek Memorial is home to stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls, marking the site of the infamous Killing Fields. 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 9,000 corpses have been exhumed from the area. There is an optional visit to Wat Phnom, the temple that gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th century. An ideal way to spend your second evening here is to relax in a cafe by the riverfront.

Additional Activities

Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21)
Included in Price
Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
Included in Price
Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
Included in Price
Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom
2 USD
Phnom Penh - National Museum
5 USD
Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour
4 USD
Day 3 - Siem Reap
Take a short flight to Siem Reap (approximately 1 hour). The small but expanding town of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. This 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 stomach too if you try some of the 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.
Day 4 - Siem Reap / Angkor Wat
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. Then there is Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', a temple that is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Of all the temples visited today, Bayon temple 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 underprivileged local youths learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. After lunch you will head to the Ta Prohm temple, where nature has taken over again, with large trees 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.

Additional Activities

Siem Reap - Lunch at Sala Bai
Included in Price
Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Included in Price
Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
Included in Price
Day 5 - Siem Reap
Embrace a very early start today if you wish to experience a sunrise visit to the Angkor complex (this is optional). Later in the morning, venture to the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), a organisation that rehabilitates animals that have fallen victim to wildlife trafficking and provides a breeding facility for highly endangered animal species. From here, continue onto 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’. At this point you can either head back to your hotel or carry on exploring more temples, such as Preah Khan. This temple contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. Your ticket for the Angkor ruins also lets you spend more time exploring this site. Otherwise you might like to take a free afternoon to explore the town or visit Tonle Sap Lake and its floating villages. If you have time, perhaps indulge in a traditional Khmer massage or a Khmer cooking class.

Additional Activities

Siem Reap - Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
Included in Price
Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Included in Price
Siem Reap - Khmer Cooking Class
25 USD
Siem Reap - Khmer traditional massage
17 USD
Siem Reap - Remork transport to Tonle Sap Lake
10 USD
Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake Boat Trip
15 USD
Siem Reap - Landmine Museum
5 USD
Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City
We transfer to Siem Reap Airport for the short flight (approx. 1hr) to Ho Chi Minh City. Please note that you will not be accompanied on this flight. When you arrive in HCMC you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel 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 at 6pm 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. This meeting is followed by an group meal out at one of Ho Chi Minh City's many fantastic eating spots.
Day 7 - Mekong Delta
Start the day with a buffet breakfast at KOTO Restaurant, which is one of our Intrepid Foundation supported programs that teaches street children hospitality skills. Next, drive for about three hours to Cai Be. Here you’ll board a boat to explore the canals of the Mekong Delta. The delta is known as ‘Vietnam’s rice bowl’ for its abundance of rice paddies, fruit and flower orchards. During the boat trip, you’ll stop to sample some of the fresh tropical fruit and visit some cottage industries in the area. Around sunset you’ll make your way to your homestay to spend a night with the locals and enjoy a wonderful meal of local specialties.

Additional Activities

Ho Chi Minh City - KOTO breakfast
Included in Price
Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City
Wake up early and see daily life begin on the delta at dawn. You’ll visit the enormous Cai Be floating market, where locals sell their produce on their boats. In the afternoon, return to Ho Chi Minh City and take a walking tour in town. Experience the hustle and bustle of former Saigon and explore some of the city's more interesting sights such as the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace.

Additional Activities

Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
Included in Price
Mekong Delta - Floating Market
Included in Price
Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
30000 VND
Day 9 - Ho Chi Minh City
Make a day trip to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, and offers a glimpse of what like was like during the war. This evening, board an overnight train to Nha Trang. Conditions are basic on these trains and they may be a little dirtier than what you’re used to, however overnight trains are the best way to brush shoulders with the locals and make the best use of your time. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers like to take some fresh bread, cheese and fruit for the journey.

Additional Activities

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
Included in Price
Day 10 - Nha Trang
Arrive in Nha Trang and transfer to your hotel. Nha Trang has been referred to as the ‘Cannes of the Orient’ because of its beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan vibe. Enjoy a free day in Nha Trang. Perhaps you’d like to soak up more sun on the beaches, or make an optional visit to the nearby Po Nagar Cham Towers. This archaeological site dates back to the middle ages and is dedicated to the indigenous goddess Yan Po Nagar.

Additional Activities

Nha Trang - Mud baths
280000 VND
Nha Trang - Po Nagar Cham Tower
22000 VND
Day 11 - Nha Trang
Today you’ll go on a boat trip to some of the nearby islands and visit a fishing village. You’ll also have plenty of free time to go swimming and snorkelling, and you’ll be treated to a seafood buffet on the cruise.

Additional Activities

Nha Trang - Hon Mun Island swimming and snorkelling
Included in Price
Nha Trang - Boat trip including lunch
Included in Price
Day 12 - Hoi An
Take a short flight to Danang and then travel by minibus for one hour to Hoi An. 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 Hoi An Market and the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. It’s also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within a few hours.
Day 13 - Hoi An
Your leader will take you on a walk around the Old Town. The city was a major trading port with the west from the 17th century onwards, and has a 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 afternoon is free. You can rent a bicycle and take a trip out to the nearby beach. There’s also an optional Urban Adventure including a countryside bike ride and finishing up with a cruise along the Thu Bon River.

Additional Activities

Hoi An - Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
Included in Price
Hoi An - Street Food By Night Urban Adventure
28 USD
Hoi An - Hoi An Boat & Bike Urban Adventure
51 USD
Day 14 - Hoi An
Enjoy a free day in Hoi An. If you can muster an early rise this morning, head to the local produce market to watch animated shoppers haggling over fresh fish, spices and vegetables. Your leader can help you arrange an optional Vietnamese cooking course. Perhaps visit the ruins of My Son, Vietnam's most important Cham site. Set in a verdant valley, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the massive Cat's Tooth Mountain, the elaborate World Heritage-listed temples here reflect the rich cultural traditions of the Cham civilisation that flourished in this region between the 4th and 12th century. Make the most of your last day in Hoi An by doing any activities you couldn’t fit into your schedule yesterday.

Additional Activities

Hoi An - My Son Cham day trip
35 USD
Hoi An - Hoi An Walking & Cooking Class Urban Adventure
49 USD
Day 15 - Hue
Continue on your journey today and drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, an incredibly scenic and mountainous stretch of highway with views of Lang Co Beach. Make a stop at beautiful Lang Co for an optional lunch. Arrive in Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial capital. Here you’ll visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City which was almost entirely destroyed by bomb blasts during the war.

Additional Activities

Hue - Imperial citadel
Included in Price
Day 16 - Hue
Take a cruise on a dragon boat along the Perfume River. You’ll stop off at the Thien Mu Pagoda, and see an active Buddhist monastery dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists. You’ll also visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its lake, frangipani and pine trees.

Additional Activities

Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
Included in Price
Hue - Royal tomb
Included in Price
Day 17 - Hanoi
Fly from Hue to Vietnam’s charming capital of Hanoi. This afternoon, take a half-day tour of Hanoi that captures the beauty and the history of the laid-back, tree-lined capital. You’ll visit major sights including the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. You’ll also pass by the Hoan Kiem Lake and enter the ’36 Streets’ of the historic Old Quarter. If you have some free time this afternoon, you may like to visit the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. This Museum plays a crucial role in maintaining and promoting the cultural heritage of Vietnam’s ethnic communities.

Additional Activities

Hanoi - Temple of Literature
Included in Price
Hanoi - Old Quarter Tour
Included in Price
Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda & HCM stilt house
Included in Price
Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum
30000 VND
Day 18 - Halong Bay
Travel by private minibus for about four hours to the spectacular World Heritage site of Halong Bay. This is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful places, a secluded bay of emerald waters flecked with sandstone islands and caves. Go on a cruise to explore the rock formations and caves and in the warmer months, go for a swim. You’ll spend the night on the boat. The sailing junk 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 a lavish seafood buffet for lunch.

Additional Activities

Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
Included in Price
Halong Bay - Kayaking
220000 VND
Day 19 - Hanoi
Drive for about four hours back to Hanoi. Along the way, you’ll stop at Dong Trieu Factory to watch locals creating ceramic art pieces. On return to Hanoi this afternoon enjoy a unique water-puppet performance hosted by a family, who are experts in this art form. Enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travellers.

Additional Activities

Hanoi - Local water puppet performance
Included in Price
Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison
30000 VND
Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
180000 VND
Day 20 - Hanoi
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Additional Activities

Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure
31 USD
Hanoi Urban Adventure - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle
88 USD
Hanoi Urban Adventure - Village Discovery by Bike
33 USD
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