Vietnam & Cambodia Intro
The perfect introduction to Vietnam and Cambodia!
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Group Size: Avg 12, max 20
Trip code: VNCM
Duration: 21 days
Tick off two fantastic Southeast Asian countries in one action-packed trip. Discover Vietnam’s neon-lit cities, paradise beaches and gorgeous natural landscapes, before heading to Cambodia for white sand beaches, floating villages and temple tours. See all of this region’s hotspots in just 21 days, with bags of included activities and excursions. With everything organised for you, and a group of like-minded travellers to go with, there’s nothing to do but have fun!
- Cruise Ha Long Bay on a traditional junk boat!
- Explore the tranquil countryside of Ninh Binh and stay with a local family
- Wander the streets of lamp-lit Hoi An and get some clothes made
- Bliss out with a beach massage on beautiful Koh Rong Samloem island
- See the sun rise over the unforgettable Angkor Wat temple
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Day 1: Welcome to Vietnam. Touchdown! Arrive into Hanoi Airport, where you'll be met and taken to your hostel to meet the rest of your group and start the adventure!
Day 2: Bright Lights, Hanoi City. Launch yourself into the craziness of Vietnam’s capital city in a rickshaw. See the sights, meet the locals and munch on some street food. Head out for dinner and drinks later, in some of the city’s hottest spots.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay cruise. Board our traditional Vietnamese junk boat and sail into beautiful Ha Long Bay. Drink in the gorgeous landscapes, go caving and sea kayaking and spend tonight drinking and eating under the stars before being rocked to sleep by the waves in your cosy cabin.
Day 4: Ha Long to Ninh Binh. Our destination today is stunning Ninh Binh, referred to as ‘Ha Long Bay inland’ because of its dramatic limestone scenery. Gaze out on a sea of rice paddies and mountains from your riverside homestay as you raise a sundowner.
Day 5: Ninh Binh. Join a bicycle tour through the countryside, then hop on a boat and glide along gentle rivers and caves. After lunch, ascend the 450 steps of Dragon Mountain Viewpoint and prepare for a magical sunset before an overnight train to Danang.
Day 6: Hoi An. Wake as the train rolls into Da Nang and take the short bus ride to historic Hoi An. Explore the ochre-tone streets, wander around the shops, and market stalls or simply gaze out over the waterways. After the sun goes down, enjoy a lively evening in this World Heritage Site.
Day 7: Hoi An crab fishing and cooking. Jump aboard a traditional basket boat and navigate rivers and coconut groves with the help of some local fishermen while attempting to catch crabs! Then learn how to whip up some tasty Vietnamese delicacies at an authentic cooking class.
Day 8: Hoi An lanterns and beach. Get crafty today with a floating lantern making class. Then take a bike ride to one of the golden beaches just outside of the town, where we’ll kick back with some time in a local beach club.
Day 9: Explore Ho Chi Minh. Take the flight to Ho Chi Minh, and spend your day really getting to grips with this charming, hectic whirlwind of a city.
Day 10: Mekong Delta. Today explore the beautiful Mekong Delta and learn first hand how locals live, visit local villages and experience daily life on the Mekong.
Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling network of underground passages that were used during the war. Then enjoy a last night out in the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Head to Cambodia. Jump on the bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia! When you arrive, check out your accommodation before heading out for some food and a beer with your buddies.
Day 13: S21 Prison & Killing Fields. See the best of Phnom Penh by tuk tuk. Visit the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields – an important part of understanding the history of this intriguing country.
Day 14: Kampot Kayaking. Say goodbye to the city, and head to pretty Kampot, with its crumbling colonial building, and vast pepper plantations. Cool off in the river this afternoon with some tubing and kayaking.
Day 15: Kampot Market & Cooking. Visit a market and a pepper plantation to pick up some ingredients for a Khmer cooking class, and then eat what you’ve made! In the evening, take a sunset boat cruise on the river.
Day 16: Koh Rong Samloem Beaches. Transfer to the stunning island of Koh Rong Samloem. Snap your friends, lazing on the white sands, and dance the night away at an awesome beach party!
Day 17: Island Boat Trip. Take a long-tail boat to the island’s best snorkel and swimming spots. Launch yourself off the boat and marvel at the brightly coloured coral and tropical fish.
Day 18: Khmer Massage & Chill. Get pampered with a Khmer massage on the beach this morning, then board the ferry back to the mainland. After dinner, board the overnight sleeper bus that’ll take you up to Siem Reap.
Day 19: Siem Reap Floating Villages. Arrive in Siem Reap and spend the morning unwinding by the hotel pool. Later, visit Siem Reap’s traditional floating villages, surrounded by lotus flowers and flooded forests.
Day 20: Angkor Wat. Wake up early to get to Angkor Wat. Seeing this majestic temple, bathed in red and orange as the sun comes up, is a sight you’ll never forget. A guide will show you the highlights of the whole breathtaking site, including the jungle covered Ta Prohm where Angelina Jolie filmed the Tomb Raider movies. Head out for an epic final dinner and party with your travel buddies.
Day 21: Onward Travel. Your fantastic tour through Vietnam and Cambodia has come to an end! Say your farewells and check out of your accommodation this morning before making your way to the airport. Your guide can help you organise your onward travel.
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You’ll need to arrive into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on day 1. You’ll be met by one of our guides and taken to your accommodation.
You can arrive before the start date and still take up the inclusive transfer if you book extra nights of accommodation through us. If you want to arrive before the start date then please let us know in advance.
Please note if your flight arrives before 7am on day 1 you will automatically be booked an extra night so you can check into your room straight away. Please budget about £12 for this as you’ll need to pay on arrival.
Your tour ends in Siem Reap on day 21. A return airport transfer is not included but it’s really easy to arrange. It’ll take around 40 minutes to get to Siem Reap airport and will cost around $6 USD. Your guide will be able to help you organise onward travel.
20 nights of twin, double or triple accommodation are included on this tour. You’ll stay in a combination of hotels, hostels, guesthouses and homestays. 1 night will be spent on a traditional junk boat on Ha Long Bay, 1 night on an overnight train and 1 night will be spent on an overnight bus..
19 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners are included. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself. It’s a great way to experience local culture by sampling Southeast Asian delicacies. Food in Southeast Asia is mainly pretty cheap, so eating out shouldn’t break the bank.
Our local team have installed safe refillable water stations at every overnight stop on this tour and also at many of the activity destinations as well. In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics, we ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you on this trip.
The minimum age to join this group tour is 18 years old. This trip is designed for those aged 18-39. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
British nationals will receive 15 days of entry to Vietnam visa-free on arrival.
You will need a visa to enter Cambodia. You can apply for a visa online before travelling or simply complete a form on arrival at the Cambodian border (where you will need to pay a 30USD fee). If you are planning to extend your stay it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid visa for the entire duration, or obtain any necessary visa extensions while you are in Cambodia.
It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.