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All accommodation: Hotels (14 Nights), Sleeper Train (1 Night), Junk Boat (1 Night).
Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Knowledgeable English-speaking local guide
All transport between destinations - including internal flights
Guidance from an amazing G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Variety of activities and tours included in price
All entrance fees inc. Halong Bay caves and Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Huế)
Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
Mekong Delta day trip
Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide
Two-day Angkor Wat complex entry and guide, including sunrise tour (Siem Reap)
17 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia TourEmbark on this wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures across 17 action-packed days
What to Expect
Featuring a combination of guided excursions and plenty of free time to explore beaches, ruins, urban culture and awe-inspiring landscapes, this 17 Day Vietnam and Cambodia Tour is a wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures.
Cruise the Mekong for a day and overnight on a traditional sailing junk boat in Halong Bay witness the heights of Cambodia's past at Angkor Wat and contemplate its lows by walking the infamous Killing Fields.
Create the ultimate cultural adventure on this south-east asian tour that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
Where we visit
Day 1: Hanoi
There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting where you will meet your CEO and fellow travellers. Learn more about your tour with the option to head out for a local meal afterward.
Day 2: Hanoi/Ha Long
Today you'll drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Here, thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meal for dinner with a variety of dishes to sample before you drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board.
Please note: On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.
Transport: Today you'll travel via shared can between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay for approx. 3 hours, then a junk boat at Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise.
Accommodation: Junk Boat
Day 3: Ha Long/Huế
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board before sailing back to the port and return to Hanoi where you can spend a few hours exploring this beautiful capital city. Visit some shops, have a bia hoi on a street corner or grab a coffee in a lakeside café.
Transport: Today, travel by private vehicle between Ha Long Bay and Hanoi for approx. 4 hours. Then, spend overight on train for approx. 13 to 14 hours between hanoi and Hue.
Acommodation: Basic Overnight Train
Day 4: Huế
Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam, before starting your day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda. At 7 storeys high, this is one of the tallest and, perhaps, most elegant pagodas in Vietnam. Take a step back in time touring this historic temple - built more than 400 years ago along the north shore of the Perfume River which has been the site of many political protests.
You'll then embark on a tour of this one-time capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site. See the walled fortress and former palace, which has many palaces, gateways, courtyards, and gardens to explore. The Forbidden Purple City (modelled on China's Forbidden City) inside the citadel was once home to the imperial family and was significantly damaged during the Vietnam War.
Afterwards, visit the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors before heading back into the city streets, where you can try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes) and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.
Day 5: Huế/Hoi An
Today, you'll cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.
Take advantage of Hoi An's many tours and activities over the 2.5 days you'll spend in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.
With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.
Transport: Today, travel via provate vehicle between Hue and Hoi for approx. 4 hours.
Day 6: Hoi An
Another day where you'll get to explore the city for yourself, you'll also get the opportunity try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types) available in the city during a tasty cooking class.
Developed exclusively for this tour, the former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program run by STREETS International, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of delicious noodles.
This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry while you get to enjoy your yummy creations and more about the local cuisine and this empowering initiative.
Day 7: Hoi An
Spend another free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.
Day 8: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City
On Day 8 of your tour, you'll drive to Da Nang for your flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City.
Once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre, here you can start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.
Transport: Today, you'll fly between Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City for approx. 1 hour.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning and discover a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels which were once used to store ammunition, operated as underground hospitals and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.
Enjoy some free time in the afternoon and opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas or stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Today, enjoy some time in the Mekong Delta where you'll board a small boat and navigate through narrow canals, witnessing local living along the way. Stop to see cottage industries and their products for which the area is famous: delicious, chewy coconut candy and rice cakes. Then, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City in time for an optional dinner.
Travel: Today you'll travel via private vehiclel between Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta for approc. 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh
Travel day with border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia. Enjoy a cyclo tour through the city departing from Wat Phnom. Tour busy streets to soak up the real vibe of the city. Pass the post office and Van's restaurant, both stunning colonial buildings, and make your way to the Royal Palace and National Museum. Go along the riverside road and take in the atmospheric cafes that line the street.
Today, you'll drive to the border and cross into Cambodia. Continue on to the capital, Phnom Penh, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the city for a street-level perspective.
Travel: Today you'll travel via a local bus between Ho Chi Minh City and Bavĕt for approx. 2 hours and Bavĕt to Phnom Penh for approx. 3 hours.
Day 12: Phnom Penh
Today, you'll meet a local guide to learn more about the dark side of Cambodian history. Visit Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields and learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge - with the grounds now standing as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site and see where thousands of Cambodians perished.
Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon to sightsee. Opt to explore the city's many sights: the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. With time, choose to visit the Russian Market, Wat Phnom or sip a drink at a riverside café.
Day 13: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap
Today, you'll embark on a drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat.
Transport: Today, travel in a shared van between Phnom Penh to Siem Reap for approx. 6 hours or 320km.
Day 14: Siem Reap
Watch the sun rise over the massive Angkor temple complex during a guided tour, as you follow a local expert through the massive grounds across 2 days. You'll have the opportunity to go in and out of the complex, resting at the hottest part of the day.
Depending on the day of the week your tour visits Siem Reap, you will either enjoy a traditional meal at the New Hope project or in a local home in a nearby village. With so many travellers coming through this area, alternating experiences helps to allow multiple small businesses to flourish. Both experiences are truly unique and memorable. The New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant provides skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members. The project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre, while meals at Phila's house support the education of underprivileged children in the area. Visit either project – both run by locals – and see how they have supported positive change in the community.
Day 15: Siem Reap
Spend another day in Siem Reap, exploring more temples of Angkor or going further afield.
Day 16: Siem Reap/Bangkok
Cross the border from Cambodia into Thailand and continue on to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok.
Travel: Today, you'll travel via private vehicle between Siem Reap and Paoy Pet for approx. 3 hours.
Day 17: Bangkok
Today is departure day so feel free to leave at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Allow $185 - $240 USD for meals. Eating is a big part of traveling. On this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.
In some major cities in Vietnam and Thailand, many hotel rooms do not have windows.
Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Train travel in Vietnam is very basic and train cleanliness is often not a priority for train staff. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although many people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group.
Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. Water should also be bought before the journey.
Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.
When arriving at Noi Bai Intl Airport in Hanoi you have a choice of pre paid taxi or Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus to get you into the city. The airport is 35 km outside of the city and the drive should take between 40-50 minutes depending on traffic. The airport taxis are a safe and convenient way to arrive at your hotel. The cost is 16 USD and is paid directly to your driver upon arrival at the hotel. The other option is to take the Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus which drops everyone at the Vietnam Airlines office downtown, The cost of the tickets is 45000 Dong (approx 3 USD). From the Vietnam Airline office there are taxis that can take you to your hotel with the meter on about 2-4 USD.
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Rubber gloves
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
Note: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.
Yes. Please note that visas for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your governments foreign ministry website or with your travel agent as rules do change.
VIETNAM - If you require a visa for Vietnam, they need to be arranged ahead of time (BEFORE your trip) as the processing time varies and they are not available upon arrival.
As of March 2017, a select 40 nationalities are now eligible to enter Vietnam with an E-Visa. Please contact your Foreign Ministry or Vietnamese consulate to see if your nationality is eligible. Please note that you should ONLY apply for a Vietnam E-Visa if you are entering Vietnam by international airport - either Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).
If you are entering Vietnam by land border, please apply for a regular visa for Vietnam. Many of the land borders we travel through do not accept the Vietnam E-Visa.
Please note that while MOST countries require a Visa ahead of time for Vietnam, certain countries may be allowed entrance for 15 days with proof of exit. As of July 1st, 2015 this will include citizens of Scandinavian countries, Japan, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. However, we STRONGLY recommend checking with your Embassy on the requirements as these change often. Please contact your Foreign Ministry for up to date entry/exit requirements. Your sales agent can assist with departure documentation from Vietnam once we are within 30 days from departure.
CAMBODIA - Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Embassy or on arrival in Bangkok (if your tour begins in Thailand). You will need at least one full working day to arrange this. You can also obtain your visa at the Cambodian border or Siem Reap Airport for approx. $30 USD very easily. Please have *at least* 2 passport photos with you as well.
*Please have extra USD on hand in case the customs officials charge more at the border crossing.
Cambodia has now also introduced an e-visa that can be applied for in advance. Please contact the Embassy for more details if you would prefer to get your visa in advance (please be sure to check that your nationality is eligible).
Please be aware that you will require two clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.
THAILAND - Most nationalities do not need a visa for Thailand for stays of up to 30 days. If you do require a visa you can get it at the border or airport. Please note that as of December 2008, 30 day Thai visas are no longer available at land borders. Only 15 day tourist visas are issued when you enter Thailand overland. If you are staying more than 15 days you should consider getting your visa prior to your trip.
*Please note that certain nationalities (including: Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Czech, Estonia, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Oman, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan and Ukraine) may not be able to obtain visa at a land border.
Please be aware that you will require 2 clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least 6 months validity.
As Vietnam embraces capitalism with open arms it is also falling victim to some of the problems of the West. Some parts of city centres are now a favourite hangout for pickpockets. If doing some exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt. Valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe - organize this at reception. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.
Please do not buy gems in Bangkok unless you know what you are doing. Even if genuine you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.
The minimum age for clients traveling on this tour is 12
An adult over the age of 18 must accompany each child under the age of 18. It is imperative that one adult accompany each child
The supplier reserves the right to restrict the number of travelers under the age of 18 on tours
Date of birth must be submitted for this product
There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.
When you are checking onto your international flight heading to Vietnam, you will often be asked by airline ticket counter personnel to provide a proof of exit from Vietnam. In respect to this requirement, we encourage our travellers to print out a copy of their tour vouchers, along with a PDF copy of their Tour Details from the webpage. These references, along with entry and exit details on travellers Vietnam visa should be sufficient information.
For a tour departing between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, travellers will be permitted to cancel their confirmed tour services, pre- or post tour accommodation services, extra services, or transfer services at any time prior to 14 days from the date of tour departure at no charge if they also rebook another tour service and/or reschedule travel to a later date, which later date must be within two years of the initial departure date.
The traveller must rebook their deferred travel at the same time as their cancellation in order for the policy to be applicable.
For tours booked to depart between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, the traveller will be responsible to pay the difference if the rebooked tour is priced higher than the original tour and will receive a travel credit for the difference that will be kept on file with The Supplier for two years from the date of rebooking if the rebooked tour is priced lower than the original tour.
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