TOUR 35: (S). BEST of CAMBODIA & VIETNAM; Small group travel tour package.
20 Days. From AUD $3,790

The  best of both Cambodia & Vietnam is included on this 20 day journey. Start in Bangkok and finish in Hanoi. In between visit all the must see big tick destinations while experiencing local food & culture amid the local way of life. The latter is most likely what you will be raving about back home rather than Angkor Wat even. Relaxing in charming Battambang or exploring amid the chaos of the Old Quarter in Hanoi are both eye popping experiences for all visitors just to begin with, albeit in vastly different ways. Stirring the pot further we add in  Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hue, Halong Bay and an overnight train trip and “BEST OF” is the perfect description.

ACCOMMODATION = 4* hotel x 1 night, 3* hotels x 7 nights, 1* to 2* hotels x 9 nights, deluxe en suite cabin on boat x 1 night, overnight soft class sleeper train x 1 night.

NOTE: Even though the tour finishes in Hanoi there is also a flight back to Bangkok included also. If you don’t need this a discount is available.

From AUD $3,790

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Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

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English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
Bangkok - Siem Reap, (Angkor Wat) - Battambang - Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Accommodation

  • Four star hotel, (1 night).
  • Three star hotels, (7 nights).
  • One to two star hotels, (9 nights).
  • Deluxe en suite boat cabin, (1 night).
  • Soft class overnight sleeper train, (1 night).

Transport
Bus, Train, Boat, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips

  • Angkor Wat, (two or three hours at sunset followed by a full day).
  • Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S21) Genocide Museum, (half day).
  • Halong Bay; Two days and one night. (All inclusive with local operator as per itinerary)
  • All airport transfers.
  • Mekong Delta, (full day).
  • Guided tour of Citadel in Hue, (half day).
  • Hanoi dinner street food tour.

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
22 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group travel tour package will stay in; BANGKOK - Our Best of Cambodia & Vietnam  group tour officially starts when you check into your Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. D.

If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the  Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local markets in nearby Nonthaburi province.

A few of the  dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.

 

Day 2:

Tonight our best of  Cambodia & Vietnam small group adventure tour will stay in; SIEM REAP - Our small group travel tour will have a long but interesting days travel today. Firstly by bus to the Thai border town of Aranya Prathet. After completing immigration duties in Poipet we will travel on the much improved road to Siem Reap. Late afternoon we will visit Angkor Wat for the sunset views. B.

 

Day 3:

SIEM REAP - A full day by  van or car with a local guide to explore the majestic and mysterious spectacle of Angkor Wat. Apart from the main Angkor Wat complex you will also visit the Bayon, Tha Prohm and Angkor Thom. B.

Day 4:

SIEM REAP - A free day to wander around, not so  sleepy these days,  Siem Reap.
A few of the sights and/or activities may include:
The Angkor National Museum. or a cooking courses.        

For shoppers: 

Artisans d'Angkor has a shop selling various pieces relating to local culture. 

Shops set up to benefit the blind, disabled and other worthy causes include Krouser Thmey, Nyemo,Rajana, Rehab Craft, Sentaurs d'Angkor and Tabitha Cambodia.

These shops sell a variety of goods which include silk products, arts and craft, clothing, wallets, bags and the like. 

Unlike the lesser visited places Siem Reap also has an amazing choice of international restaurants from French to Mexican and lots in between. Local markets for that last souvenir  also. The aptly named PUB street will cater for those in need of a cold Angkor beer also. B.

Day 5:

Tonight our Best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group adventure travel tour will stay in; BATTAMBANG - A   shorter bus trip today will see us in Cambodia's second city of Battambang.  What a wonderfully relaxed destination after mildly hectic Siem Reap and the even more so Phnom Penh to follow. A rose between two thorns for charm and relaxation.  This is the chill out capital of Cambodia. Less traffic chaos just to begin with makes it the perfect place to explore the old French architectural buildings. Some of the best coffee anywhere and more great food with the Eden Cafe just one worth a mention for dinner and a glass of red. 

Or maybe the more atmospheric riverside market  for dinner or a real local lunch experience in the local market beside our accommodation  are other possibilities . No meals.

 

Day 6:

BATTAMBANG - A free day to explore, eat and and/or relax by the pool. Some of the attractions include the historic train station minus any trains, the historical Governors Residence from the  early 1900's or the Battambang Museum which houses some lintels from the Angkor period among other things. How can we not fall in love with Battambang? B.

Day 7:

Tonight our best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group tour will stay in; PHNOM PENH - Another interesting bus ride will see us in the hectic but no less fascinating capital of Phnom Penh. The rest of the day can be used for finding your way around or relaxing by the pool. Lots of  restaurants and bars nearby riverside and the many side streets in this great central location. No meals.

Day 8:

PHNOM PENH - A day to try and fully comprehend the short but brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge. A visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where the Khmers have made fantastic efforts to come to terms with their recent history. Then to the just as infamous S21 which is now Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Here you can view 100's of black and white photos Pol Pot's regime took both before and sometimes after torturing his victims. This experience will stay with you forever. You will come away with far more compassion and feelings for your fellow  man. B.

Day 9:

Tonight our Best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group adventure tour package will stay in; HO CHI MINH CITY. (Saigon) - A short in distance but longer in time bus trip today as we stop for immigration duties on our way to Ho Chi Minh City and the again hectic capital of South Vietnam that awaits. B.

Day 10:

HO CHI MINH CITY -  A free day in Ho Chi Minh City to explore after a lazy breakfast. Hopefully  we will quickly  master how to cross the roads so seeing more of the attractions will not hold as much fear of the teeming traffic chaos. B.

There is lots to see and do.

The War Remnants Museum is a must see for many for a truly gruesome look at the utter futility and horrors of war or on a lighter note the History, Fine Arts or museum of Ho Chi Minh City will keep you fully occupied.

Any free time in between could be used to visit the nearby Ben Thanh Market or the Huynh Thuc Khang street market.

A taxi ride to Cholon will see you in either the Binh Tay or An Dong markets with the latter particularly good for clothing and cheap local eats.  

 

Day 11:

HO CHI MINH CITY -  MEKONG DELTA - A full days tour with a local operator by bus and boats to the Mekong Delta to get a close up view of the lifestyles of the locals.

Firstly by bus to the town of My Tho, seventy kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. Then by boat you will visit Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. Sights along the way include a fishing port and stilt houses. Lunch will be had riverside in an orchard. Then it will be by a small local rowing boat through some smaller jungle shrouded channels to try some local fruits and honey as well as be entertained by some island villagers performing Southern Vietnamese folk music. B. L.

 

Day 12:

Tonight our best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group adventure holiday will stay in; HOI AN - After breakfast our small group tour will transfer to the airport for the short domestic flight to Danang.  A short taxi ride on arrival will see our  group tour in the UNESCO World Heritage listed  Hoi An. 

If ever a Vietnamese town should be called charming or quaint then surely it must be Hoi An. This extremely likable and laid back town is the perfect place to stroll around and check out the local shops and  sights. B.

Day 13:

HOI AN - Hoi An is also the place to look out for that tailor  made suit you were thinking about or just relax with a coffee   riverside. Hoi An is a favorite with all travellers. B.

For sightseeing  there are numerous attractions on an easy half day meander around  town. Start at the Phac Hat pagoda followed by the Truong family  chapel, the assembly hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation, the Quan  Cong Temple, the Quan Am Pagoda and history museum, the museum of Sa  Huynh Culture, the Hoi An Church, the Japanese covered bridge and  finish with a local coffee or  glass of beer Hoi,9fresh), by the river.  The above sights are only a few of the many available.  Most places are free to visit while a few charge a small entrance  fee or ask for a  donation.  

 

Day 14:

HOI AN -  Another free day to soak up the atmosphere of Charming Hoi An Checking out the local markets for yet another souvenir along the river is  another option today. B.

Day 15:

Tonight our best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group adventure travel tour package will stay in; HUE - A short bus trip today will see our  group tour in the historical city of Hue. The rest of the day is free to wander around this again laid back destination . B.

Day 16:

Tonight our Best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group travel tour package  will stay on;  OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN - This morning a local guide will take us on a half day tour of the historical Hue Citadel.

Late afternoon we will board our soft class overnight sleeper train to Hanoi. A true local travel experience.

A limited food menu  and drinks are available on board but you may  like to bring some of your own preferred snacks also. B.

Day 17:

Tonight our Best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group tour will stay in HANOI -We arrive early in the morning so after checking into our hotel  we will have an almost full day to get out and explore Hanoi.

Once again beware of crossing the roads is the best advice as Hanoi's Old Quarter is even more chaotic, traffic wise, than Ho Chi Minh City.

 Shops and local culture abound.

The Old Quarter is the best place to start to get a feel of the local way of life along with a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. Pay your respects at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum as we continue our exploration of the many sights and attractions.

A few being the Ho Chi Minh Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Dien Huu Pagoda, Tay Ho Pagoda among many other pagoda's and temples as well as St Joseph Cathedral. Another museum or three may include the History, Fine Arts, Womans, Army, Air force, Loa Lo Prison or Museum of Vietnamese Revolution. 

In the evening a local guide will make getting dinner easy with a roaming, all you can eat street food experience tour.  Have a light lunch is good advice.    D.

Day 18:

onight our best of Cambodia & Vietnam small group adventure holiday will stay on; HALONG BAY BOAT - After breakfast join a local operator for the drive to Halong City where you will board our deluxe boat  to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay for an afternoon of cruising, cave visiting and swimming in spectacular Halong Bay.

Overnight will be on board our boat with a deluxe en suite cabin. 

Optional activities will be available such as having a beer as total relaxation takes over amid the stunning scenery. B. L. D.

 

Day 19:

Tonight our best of Cambodia &  Vietnam  small group travel tour will stay in; HANOI - In the morning we will again cruise among the limestone karst scenery back to Halong City.

 Our  group tour will then continue by bus back to Hanoi, arriving late afternoon.

A farewell dinner will be had in the evening.  B. D.

 

Day 20:

Our Best of Cambodia & Vietnam  small group travel  tour package is officially over when we check out of our Hanoi accommodation. B.

 BONUS; A flight back to Bangkok is also included for those needing it or a price discount for those traveling home directly from Hanoi.

Tour Departure Dates

2018
01 Dec

2019
05 Jan, 02 Mar, 06 Apr, 04 May, 01 Jun, 06 Jul, 03 Aug, 07 Sep, 05 Oct, 02 Nov

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, T/S. Includes domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh city to Danang & international flight from Hanoi to Bangkok.
AUD $3,790
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,690