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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia ExpressVietnam

From £2,119 per person for 6 nights
See the best of these Southeast Asian neighbours, on a trip through ruined kingdoms, buzzy cities and tranquil countryside.

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Summary

Vietnam & Cambodia

Take an action-packed adventure across Cambodia and Vietnam, from the bustling town of Siem Reap - the gateway to the breathtaking Angkor Wat temple complex - to the serene waters and incredible sunsets of Halong Bay in Vietnam. 

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Helicopter over Angkor Wat (option) - then explore it by ox-cart
  • Cruise around Siem Reap in a vintage American Army Jeep
  • Choose to seaplane from Hanoi to Halong Bay, then voyage on a traditional Junk
  • Explore Hanoi on a Soviet era motorbike
  • Be blessed by monks in a remote Cambodian monastery


Angkor Sunrise


On this private trip, you’ll experience the incredible contrast between ancient and modern in two of Southeast Asia’s most exciting countries. 


angkor faces 


Starting in Siem Reap, the gateway to the UNESCO-listed temple complex around Angkor Wat, you’ll have plenty of time to explore its temples, spend time with locals in the surrounding villages and explore the countryside by American army Jeep (you can even take an optional helicopter flight above the ruins). Afterwards, you’ll head for Vietnam to explore buzzy Hanoi by Soviet-era motorbike. Speed around the labyrinth of Hanoi’s backstreets, taking in the madness of Vietnam’s capital. Taste incredible street food and visit sprawling markets on an exhilarating day in the city. Then finish your week-long trip with some time in magical Halong Bay: after a scenic seaplane transfer from Hanoi (optional), you’ll cruise its tranquil waters on an overnight trip by traditional vietnamese junk boat, trying your hand at night fishing with the locals and waking up to a stunning sunrise over the water.


halong junboat


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For inside info on this experience, have a look at our blogs here and here.


For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Arrive in Siem Reap

Welcome to Cambodia! Your first stop is the cosmopolitan town of Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Your driver and private guide will meet you at the airport and you’ll travel to your hotel for check in at 2pm. If you’d like you start exploring straight away, there’s the option to take a quad bike trip through the rice fields that surround the city to admire spectacular sunset views (age 16+; no driving licence necessary). You'll have a special welcome dinner at the hotel in the evening, the perfect start to your trip. 

Overnight in Siem Reap

We offer a variety of hotel classes to suit different budgets. You can choose the style that’s right for you.
Select from Classic, Premium or Deluxe when booking, and click hotel name below for more details.

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique

Premium - Hotel Shinta Mani Shack

Deluxe - Heritage Suites

Meals included: Dinner

Rice Paddies


Day Two: Angkor Wat Exploring; Helicopter flight

Most people come to Siem Reap to visit the vast 12th-century temple complex around Angkor – your morning will start at Siem Reap Airport for your flight above it by helicopter (option), heading towards Tonle Sap and the floating village of Chong Kneas. Back on the ground, you and your guide will make for its most famous temple, Angkor Wat, swathed in exquisite carvings. At noon you’ll travel by traditional ox cart to a secret temple far away from the tourist crowds for a picnic lunch. Post meal, a foot massage will soothe your temple-hopping feet before you visit the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, which had a starring role in Tomb Raider. Your trip will end around 5pm, giving you some time to relax and grab some dinner before your evening activities. This evening, enjoy an action-packed, circus-style performance courtesy of Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO founded to give artistic training to poor young Cambodians.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique

Premium - Hotel Shinta Mani Shack

Deluxe - Heritage Suites

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Angkor Wat


Day Three: Siem Reap and Temples

Prepare for adventure, as you traverse Siem Reap’s surrounds by American army Jeep. First stop is the romantic sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, surrounded by a moat and covered in stunning carvings. Next, you’ll travel to the villages at Siem Reap’s very edges, to experience everyday life here: start by helping to make rice noodles for your breakfast in one village, then travel to the next to assist with the food prep while filling up on local snacks. Lastly, you’ll stop at the house of a family who makes a living from traditional palm leaf handicrafts, and they’ll help you to make your own as a souvenir. Round off the morning with an authentic lunch at a nearby family home. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore more of Angkor’s temples, as your guide leads you to the surreal Bayon Temple, covered in serenely smiling faces. You’ll continue on to the huge, 11th-century Baphuon temple mountain and the intricately carved Terrace of the Leper King. Later, travelling by car and boat, you’ll make your way through the countryside to Villa Chandara, a little known private house that serves delicious dinners by candlelight, surrounded by lily ponds and paddy fields. After a pre-dinner cocktail you’ll be served an unforgettable feast as you savour your surroundings.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique

Premium - Hotel Shinta Mani Shack

Deluxe - Heritage Suites

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Bantaneay Srei


Day Four: Tonle Sap Lake; Onwards to Vietnam

Check out this morning, bound for the vast lake of Tonle Sap. But first, bring good luck for your onward journey with a sacred Monk Blessing Ceremony in a remote temple. After being blessed with water, you’ll have the chance to chat with the monks about life in the temple, before journeying on to Kompong Khleang floating village to board a boat captained by a local, who will criss-cross the waters of Tonle Sap between tiny Khmer and Viet villages. (This holiday is designed as a half day excursion, and can last anywhere between 2 and 4 hours depending on personal preference). After lunch at a village house, it’s time to say goodbye to Cambodia with a private transfer to the airport ready for your onward flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Vietnam, you’ll be your local guide and driver who will take you to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Hanoi

Classic - Hanoi La Siesta

Premium - Silk Path Hanoi

Deluxe - Hotel de L'Opera

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Kompong Kleang


Day Five: Explore Hanoi on foot and by motorbike

Get ready for an action-packed day in the Vietnamese capital, starting with a private trip of its must-sees sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum and One-Pillar Pagoda, the 1,000-year-old Temple of literature (Vietnam’s oldest university) and leafy Van Mieu Park, your trip will start between 8 and 9am and last several hours, depending on personal preference. After this, it’s time to take a less touristy approach to the city, as you’re picked up from your hotel and whisked through its maze of narrow back streets and alleys riding pillion on a Soviet-era Minsk motorcycle (approx. 3 hours). Travelling through lesser-visited parts of the city, you’ll taste street food, meet locals and see the strange and varied produce of the sprawling black market, before whizzing past the Mausoleum again, heading for West Lake. Come evening, experience the ancient Vietnamese art of Tuong, a compelling theatrical performance telling folk stories through music, mime, acting and singing. You’ll also have the chance to meet the performers, play the traditional instruments and try on the intricate costumes. 

*Please note: To be allowed to enter the mausoleum, you must cover your legs, stand in pairs in silence without crossing your arms, or putting your hands in your pockets.

Overnight in Hanoi

Classic - Hanoi La Siesta

Premium - Silk Path Hanoi

Deluxe - Hotel de L'Opera

Meals included: Breakfast; snacks

Hanoi Streets


Day Six: Halong Bay Seaplane and Cruise 

Leave Hanoi by seaplane bound for the stunning UNESCO-listed Halong Bay (option).* You’ll combine your transfer with a scenic flight high above the bay, admiring its 1,600-strong collection of rocky islets (many uninhabited). Arriving at the nearby marina, you’ll transfer to a traditional junk and spend the day cruising past craggy limestone peaks, soaking up the magical atmosphere. You’ll be served lunch and dinner made from just-caught local seafood and, after admiring a stunning sunset, you’ll get the chance to try your hand at night fishing yourself. Spend your night aboard the junk, lulled by the gentle waves of the bay.

*Please note that the seaplane transfer is weather dependent. In the case of adverse conditions, the transfer will be by road. Your flight will depart at either 9 or 10am. 

Overnight in Halong Bay

Classic - Pelican

Premium - Indochina Sails Premium

Deluxe - Ha Long Jasmine

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Halong Junk


Day Seven: Depart Halong Bay; Goodbye Vietnam

You’ll have time for a final cruise of Halong Bay during your last day in Vietnam. Wake to an incredible sunrise over the water (depending on the season), then set out into the bay one last time. Your private road transfer back to Hanoi airport will leave at 11am and heads through a shimmering sea of paddy fields, taking in the tranquil scenery of the Red River Delta on the way (approx. 4 hours). After arrival at the airport and check-in, there’s the chance to relax in the Business Class Lounge.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Halong Sunrise


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 4 lunch; 3 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Helicopter flight over Angkor
  • Motorbike trip of Hanoi
  • All internal transport and accommodation

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience: call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the holiday
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with kids.


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 432 0885


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take 13-15 hours.

For this particular Experience, we have found that the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Siem Reap - Hanoi - London.

Experience start point: Siem Reap (REP). Arrive any time (hotel check-in from 2pm).

End point: Hanoi (HAN). Depart in the evening.


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information.


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Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of these extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Rice Paddy Quad Bike Tour

If you’d like you start exploring straight away, there’s the option to take a quad bike tour through the rice fields that surround the city, to admire spectacular sunset views (age 16+; no driving licence necessary).

Helicopter ride over the breathtaking landscape of Siem Reap.

Hai Au Aviation seaplane

A seaplane transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay

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