Best Of Vietnam & Cambodia – 19 Days

Discover the historic cities, stunning landscape and extraordinary beaches of Vietnam then travel to Cambodia to explore its capital Phnom Penh and the glories of the temples at Angkor on this comprehensive tour of Indochina’s highlights.

Duration: 19 Days 18 Nights
Start city: Hanoi City
End city: Phnom Penh

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DETAIL ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival – Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel to check in and enjoy a welcome buffet dinner at a restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, welcome buffet dinner
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, begin your city tour at the Ho Chi Minh Complex, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the famous One Pillar pagoda, then continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam established in 1076. Have lunch in one of Hanoi’s famous restaurants then, in the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, take a traditional cyclo ride around the city’s bustling Old Quarter, visit Dong Xuan market and finish your day with a water puppet show, a unique northern Vietnamese entertainment that delights both young and old. Free time in the evening to enjoy dinner and a stroll around romantic, historic Hoan Kiem Lake with the locals.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast, and lunch.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong

Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi at 8:30AM and drive to Halong, arriving at the port around noon. Our crew will welcome you on board the junk with a welcome drink and help you check into your cabin. A seafood lunch will be served and the 3.5 hour cruise around Halong Bay begins at 13:00, sailing past the amazing limestone karst formations including Mat Qui (Monsters Face), But Moc, and Cap De islets as well as Trong (Drum) and Trinh Nu caves, to a floating fishing village for a glimpse into this unique way of life.

Explore Luon cave from 16:40 to 17:30 and enjoy plenty of time for swimming and sun bathing. Enjoy a great sunset dinner and relax on deck under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin. Overnight on the boat.

Includes: Transportation, accommodation on boat, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Night Train to Lao Cai

Early risers will enjoy spectacular views of the landscape in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee and fresh fruit on deck. From the upper deck you will experience the stillness, fresh air and gentle breezes as you view the breathtaking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters, accompanied by the tranquil sounds of birds singing and cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against the boat.

Explore Sung Sot (Amazing) cave from 8.00 to 9:00, and swim and relax at Titop Beach before returning to the boat at 09:30 for the cruise back to the harbor and a brunch buffet from 10:30 to 11:30, arriving in Halong port by 12:00 noon. Drive back to Hanoi for about 16:00 for time to relax and have dinner before being escorted to the Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai, departing around 22:00PM Overnight on train to Lao Cai.

Includes: Transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat

Arrive in Lao Cai around 06:00 and transfer to Sapa by car. Check in to your hotel and have breakfast before meeting your guide at the hotel for a short trek to Cat Cat village, which belongs to the H’mong ethnic minority in the valley and has remained generally untouched by outside influences. Be amazed at the stunning views of the valley, the magnificent limestone mountains and the lush terraced rice fields and visit some local families to learn about their customs.

Head down into the valley to the “White Curtain” of the Cat Cat waterfall surrounded by a flowering valley and deep green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall are a popular place for taking picturesque photos and sunbathing during fine weather. Return to Sapa for a free evening to have dinner and explore the town. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Sapa, tour guide, entrance fee, breakfast and lunch.
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van Villages

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a private car takes you to the Black Hmong Lao Chai village. Go on a short trek along the river to visit a hill tribe house and see the local women making their hand crafted traditional clothing. Further down the road is Tavan village belonging to the Dzay people where you will learn about their lifestyle and customs. Trek back to main road to meet the car back to Sapa and transfer to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train .

Includes: Transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, Train from Lao Cai to Hanoi, breakfast and lunch
Day 7: Hanoi – Hue

The train arrives in Hanoi around 4:30 in the morning and you will be picked up to have breakfast and lunch, relax, go sightseeing or do some shopping until you leave for the airport to catch the 12:40 flight to Hue. You will be met by our representative in Hue and taken to your hotel for a free evening to relax, have dinner, and explore a bit of the city.

Overnight in Hue.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hue, tour guide, flight from Hanoi to Hue, breakfast.
Day 8: Hue Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Royal Citadel which was constructed by Emperor Gia Long during the first decades of the 19th century based on the style of French military architect Vauban. Before leaving the Imperial city, you will visit the Imperial Museum where many historical artifacts salvaged from the Imperial City are on display, then head on to Khai Dinh’s tomb and eat lunch.

Enjoy a relaxing boat trip along the famous Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb, and the Dong Ba market. Return to Hue for dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hue, tour guide, entrance fees, boat ride, breakfast and lunch.
Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An

Drive to Hoi An after breakfast, travelling over the Hai Van Pass and seeing beautiful Lang Co Beach on the way to Danang, where you will have lunch and visit the Cham Museum. Continue on to Hoi An, stopping for a short visit at famous Marble Mountain en route. Check in to your hotel in Hoi An and have the evening free for dinner and sightseeing or relaxation.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Includes: Transportation, hotel/ resort in Hoi An, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch.
Day 10: Hoi An – Danang – Nha Trang

Take a walking tour of ancient Hoi An after breakfast to explore this quaint town that was a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries but with architecture and a relaxed lifestyle that has changed little over the years. Walk through the ancient town center and visit centuries old merchants ‘homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant, colorful market. Have Lunch in Hoi An before transferring to Danang airport for the 14:10 flight to Nha Trang, arriving at 15.30.

Pick up at Nha Trang airport and transfer to your hotel or resort to check in, have dinner and relax. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Includes: Transportation, hotel/ resort in Nha Trang, tour guide, entrance fees, flight from Danang to Nha Trang, breakfast and lunch.
Day 11, 12, 13: Nha Trang

Free time to enjoy the beach and pursue your own interests.

Includes: Hotel/resort in Nha Trang, breakfast.
Day 14: Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy the day in Nha Trang before checking out of your hotel/resort and transferring to the airport for the flight 16.10 flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be met upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City at 17.00 and taken to your hotel to check in. Have the evening free to eat dinner, do some sightseeing and relax.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Saigon, tour guide, flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City, breakfast.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

Drive to My Tho province after breakfast to embark on a boat cruise around the Mekong Delta to observe the local lifestyle, visit a farm breeding snakes for traditional medicines and wine, and the famous floating markets. Return Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. Free evening .

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch.
Day 16: Saigon city tour – Siem Reap

After breakfast, visit the former Presidential Palace the War Remnants Museum, the central complex of colonial architecture including Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall and the Municipal Theater, as well as Xa Loi Pagoda, Ben Thanh market and Cholon (China town). Transfer to the airport to fly to to Siem Reap, Cambodia, at 18:35. You will be met by our representative upon arrival in Siem Reap at 19.35 and taken to your hotel to check in. Enjoy a free evening to have dinner, explore the town and relax.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Siem Reap, tour guide, entrance fees, flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, breakfast and lunch.
Day 17: Siem Reap

Wake up early to experience the sunrise at Angkor Wat, then start your tour at the popular South Gate to the Angkor temple complex before visiting the temples of Angkor Thom, built by Angkor’s greatest king, Jayavarman VII. The major attractions of Angkor Thom are the numerous Buddha faces on the enigmatic Bayon temple, which had a function and symbolism that remains a mystery to this day. Then go to Baphoun, one of Angkor’s most spectacular temples in its heyday, the Terrace of the mysterious Leper King, and the amazing Elephant Terrace that once served as the king’s grandstand for public ceremonies.

Visit the famous Angkor Wat, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is considered the most important archaeological site in Southeast Asia. Relax for a moment in the evening enjoying the view from the Phnom Bakheng Hill before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Overnight and free evening in Siem Reap.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Siem Reap, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch.
Day 18: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh at 9.25. Our representative will meet you at the airport in Phnom Penh and escort you to your hotel to check in and have lunch. Spend the afternoon visiting the unforgettable Toul Sleng Prison, the largest detention center and torture chamber of the Khmer Rouge regime, and the infamous Cheung Ek Killing Fields. (Please note: both places contain graphic descriptions and items associated with particular historical atrocities that may be distressful for some visitors.) Free evening and overnight in Phnom Penh.

Includes: Transportation, hotel in Phnom Penh, tour guide, entrance fees, flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, breakfast and lunch
Day 19: Phnom Penh – departure

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and enjoy free time until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Finish your unforgettable Indochina Holiday arranged by Vietnam Tours Expert.

Includes: Transportation

Service included

  • Accommodation at hotels in as indicated in the program
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transportation as indicated in program
  • All admission costs to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai and return : (4 berth, A/C, soft sleeper); Royal or Tulico for 3 or 4 star hotel options , Victoria Express for 5 star hotel option.
  • Flights from Hanoi to Hue; Danang to Nha Trang; Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City; Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap; Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • Tour guide at places on the itinerary (language upon request)
  • Boat trips
  • Letter for visa on arrival (excludes visa stamping fee at arrival airport)

Service excluded

  • Other meals, drinks and personal expenses
  • International air fares and airport taxes
  • Visa stamping fee for Vietnam and visa for Cambodia