Vietnam & Cambodia in 15 Days
A trip for the independent traveler
Vietnam and Cambodia are joined together by landscape and history. They are both breathtaking countries, with sights that few regions in the world can rival, and are both extremely hospitable. Yet they are also different, and complement one another beautifully as part of a 15-day journey. From bustling Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, from Halong Bay to Tonle Sap Lake – Vietnam and Cambodia are Southeast Asia at its most spectacular.
Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi
Arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, a beautiful city filled with romantic building from the city’s French period. A warm welcome by our representative at Noi Bai Airport. Transfer to hotel. Stayover in Hanoi.
Day 2 – Hanoi – Night Train
A tour of the city, including a visit to the house and mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (if possible), the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and the Hanoi Hilton (a jailhouse from the French rule period). A rickshaw ride around the lake and the city’s old quarters. A water puppet show, which is a traditional show practiced in rural Vietnam. Transfer to the train station for the trip to Lao Cai. Sleep within the train’s private cabins.
Day 3 – Sapa – Local Tribe Market
A visit to one of the villages and colorful market. Approx. 70 mountain tribes and peoples reside in the mountains north of the Red River, close to the China and Laos borders, who still practice their traditional lifestyle. Each people has their unique colorful clothing, and they dress up during the days of the market (the big market operates on Sundays). After the visit, we will continue the tour by walking through the villages. Stayover in Sapa.
Day 4 – Sapa – Hanoi
The landscape in which Vietnam’s mountain tribes live is dramatic and unique: narrow valleys, agricultural terraces on steep slopes, clear rivers and forests filled with bamboo and pine trees. A visit to the villages in the area, where we will catch a glimpse of local tribe life. An afternoon drive back to Hanoi via the main road (approx. 5 hour drive). Arrival in Hanoi in the evening. Stayover in Hanoi.
Day 5 – Halong
A trip to Halong. A boat ride in the famous Halong Bay, where green rocks protrude from the waters of the sea. The view of the Karstic Islands in unforgettable. A visit to the stalactite cave. Boat ride includes lunch. Dinner and stayover in the “Junk Boat” – deluxe conditions and private cabins.
Day 6 – Halong-Hue
Breakfast on the boat and a return to Halong Bay (arrival in late morning). Transfer to airport in Hanoi for flight to Hue (afternoon). Transfer to hotel. Stayover in Hue.
Day 7 – Hue – Hoi An
Hue was Vietnam’s imperial capital city. The city lies on the banks of the Perfume River and is an important cultural, religious and educational center. A tour of the city includes kings’ tombs, the forbidden city and the local market, not to mention a boat ride on the Perfume River and a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda. The afternoon will include a trip to Hoi An via the “Pass of the Clouds”. Stayover in Hoi An.
Day 8 – Hoi An
A tour of Hoi An, an ancient port city that seems “frozen” in time. A walk through the old city – the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Old House of Tan Ky and the nearby artist villages. The afternoon is free for resting on the beach. Bicycle rental available. Stayover in Hoi An.
Day 9 – Ho Chi Minh City
A morning ride to Danang airport and a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Arrival and a tour of the city, including the War Remnants Museum, Saigon Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Independence Castle (from the outside), and Chinatown (the Pagoda and the Market – in accordance with flight schedule). Stayover in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 10 – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels
A trip to Cu Chi, where the Northern Vietnamese forces fought the South Vietnamese and their American Allies. A visit to the Viet Kong underground tunnels, and then to Tay Ninh Temple, where we will be acquainted with the Cao Dai religion that blends Eastern philosophical traditions and religions. An afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Stayover in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
A ride south through villages and watery rice fields, to the Mekong Delta. A boat ride along the delta, to meet with farmers, fishermen and village folk. A ride to Cantho at day’s end. Stayover in Cantho.
Day 12 – Cantho – Ho Chi Minh City
A morning motorboat ride to the Kay Rang Floating Market, where we can see boats laden with fruit, fish, rice, etc. A visit to the fruit orchards, where we can sample tropical fruit and meet local farmers. An afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City. Stayover in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13 – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport, and a flight to Siem Reap. An afternoon visit to Ankgor Wat until sundown. Dinner at restaurant. Stayover in Siem Reap.
Day 14 – Siem Reap
We will continue our tour amongst the magnificent temples and palaces dispersed throughout the vast rainforest area, which were built by the Khmer people between the 9th-13th centuries. Some of the sites were covered by the forest after Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century, and were rediscovered only in the 19th century. We will visit the city gate, the elephant gate, Bayon temple, the king’s stage and more. In the afternoon, we will visit Neak Pan, Preah Kan and Ta Phomb. Dinner in restaurant. Stayover in Siem Reap.
Day 15 – Siem Reap – Bangkok
Breakfast at hotel. Free morning. An afternoon boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, which offers a view of floating villages. A visit to the local market and handcrafts center. A drive to the airport, and a flight to Bangkok.
The price includes:
Accommodation in “Standard” double rooms in hotels as mentioned in the program or similar subject to approval.
Breakfast all day trip.
Transfers and private car tours with English-speaking guides according to plan.
Transfers from airports to hotels and back to the car.
Entrance fees as specified in the program.
Price does not include:
International and domestic flights.
Meals not mentioned in the program.
Tips for service providers.