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Adventure Tours

Essential Vietnam and Cambodia Tour

From €1869pp tour-only
Depart From
Hanoi, Vietnam
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
17 Days
Destination
Vietnam & Cambodia
Price
From €1869pp tour-only
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Explore the beauty and wonder of Vietnam and Cambodia.

A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures. This 17-day trip to Vietnam and Cambodia offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches, ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes.

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.

Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure.

Who goes on Adventure Tours? Everyone! Group sizes are 10- 16. There's a rough ratio of 60:40 female-to-male, and the ratio of solo travellers to others (couples, friends travelling together, etc) is roughly 40:60.

 

  • Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

  • Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

  • Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

  • Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

  • Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Hanoi/ Ha Long

Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.

  • Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Board a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour and cruise out onto serene waters. Marvel at massive limestone karst mountains jutting out of the water, creating unforgettable spectacular scenery. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meals with a variety of dishes to sample. Drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board.

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Ha Long/ Huế

Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue. Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Huế

Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda. 

Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors.

After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery.

While in the city, 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.

  • Tien Mu Pagoda Visit

Visit Tien Mu, one of the tallest and, perhaps, most elegant pagodas in Vietnam, at seven storeys high. Take a step back in time touring this historic temple - built more than 400 years ago along the north shore of the Perfume River, it has been the site of many political protests.

  • Imperial Citadel Tour

Tour 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.

  • Royal Tombs Visit

Visit the Royal Tombs along the Perfume River in Hue. Embracing the concept of Feng Shui, these tombs are extremely ornate and provide fantastic insight into the lives of the former rulers.

Day 5: Huế/Hoi An

Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.

Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Hoi An

Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

  • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by G Adventures for Good partners, STREETS International, the class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7: Hoi An

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

There's plenty to see and do in Hoi An, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like learning about Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class, trying your hand at making traditional lanterns, and visiting the ruins of My Son. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Hoi An/ Ho Chi Minh City

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city. Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

Guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning, free time in the afternoon.

  • Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, 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 (if you’re not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a boat cruise through the villages, islands, and markets of the Mekong Delta, and visit traditional candy factories. After enjoying a day in the Mekong Delta, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City in time for an optional dinner.

  • Day Trip to Mekong Delta

Travel to where the mighty Mekong empties into the South China Sea. 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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City/ Phnom Penh

Travel day with border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia. Enjoy a cyclo tour through the city to benefit a local organization. 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.

 

  • Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour

Settle in a traditional cyclo and depart 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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Phnom Penh

Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields). Opt to visit the Royal Palace, the National Museum or the Central Market.

Meet a local guide to learn more about the dark side of Cambodian history. Visit to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields. After, visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison), the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.

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.

  • Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour

Learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the killing fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site with a guide.

  • Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour

Learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap

Drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Siem Reap

Enjoy a guided tour of the Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit the Tonlé Sap floating village and the Angkor National Museum. Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food either at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project or in a local home in a village outside the city.

Spend two days exploring Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom and one of the wonders of the archaeological world. See some of the highlights of this ancient capital, like sunrise at the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple.

Enjoy a traditional meal to learn about Khmer food and meet some friendly locals. Alternating locations of our included local meal means we can support multiple small businesses and projects in the area. Each experience is truly unique and memorable.

 

  • Angkor Wat Guided Tour

Follow a local expert through the massive grounds of Angkor Wat for 2 days. You'll have the opportunity to go in and out of the complex, resting at the hottest part of the day.

  • Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal

Depending on the day of the week your tour visits Siem Reap, you will either enjoy a traditional meal at the G Adventures-supported 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, an initiative kickstarted by G Adventures, provides skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members. The project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. 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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 15: Siem Reap

Spend another day in Siem Reap, exploring more temples of Angkor or going further afield.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16: Siem Reap/ Bangkok

Cross the border into Thailand and continue on to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok.

  • Border Crossing (Cambodia - Thailand)

Get ready to cross into Thailand. Aranyaprathet is known for being one of the most hectic border crossings but your CEO will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. The border crossing is done on foot and can take up to an hour so be patient and think of all the fun Thailand has in store.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17: Bangkok

Depart at any time. Not ready to leave this vibrant city? Extend your stay with post-tour accommodation. Ask us for suggestions.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Accommodation: Hotels (14 nights), Sleeper train (1 night), Junk boat (1 night)
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners 
  • Allow USD185-240 for meals not included
  • Transportation: Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, plane (internal flight), walking, cyclo, boat
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Activities and tours:
    • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
    • Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap
    • Your Discover Moment: Hoi An
    • Halong Bay caves entrance
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
    • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
    • 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)

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  • International flights- we'll find the best fare for your chosen travel dates and departure airport
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