TOUR 37: EXPERIENCE CAMBODIA & VIETNAM: Small group adventure holiday
14 Days. From AUD $2,750

 

 

With only 14 days to see some of the best that both countries have to offer and with numerous flight options today we can maximize our time by starting in Siem Reap and finishing in Hanoi.

An included international flight between the two countries maximizes our time even further.

Start with the best of the best in Cambodia with Angkor Wat and finish with one of the big ticks in Vietnam on a deluxe boat on Halong Bay. In between visit one of the most laid-back cities in the region in Battambang before the hectic but always fascinating Phnom Penh.

Then fly to Danang and transfer to another Vietnam highlight of Hoi An. Experience travel with the locals on an overnight train to Hanoi where the old quarter traffic will make Phnom Penh look tame in comparison.

With the flight and no really long travel days plus the three-star accommodation, we will experience Cambodia & Vietnam in comfort also.

ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 11 nights. Deluxe cabin on boat x 1 night, Overnight sleeper train x 1 night.

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From AUD $2,750

Apsaras
taxi
Vietnamese Market

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
Siem Reap, (Angkor Wat); Battambang; Phnom Penh; Hoi An; Hanoi; Halong Bay

Accommodation

  • Three-star hotels, (11 nights).
  • Deluxe cabin on boat, (1 night)
  • Overnight soft class sleeper train, (1 night).

Transport
Bus, Train, 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 a local operator as per itinerary)
  • All airport transfers.

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

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

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our Experience Cambodia & Vietnam small group adventure holiday will stay in; SIEM REAP -  Our Cambodia Vietnam group tour officially starts when you check into your Siem Reap accommodation.  If arriving by air you will be met and transferred from the airport also.

A local guide will take us late afternoon for a  sunset visit of Angkor Wat before a welcoming dinner in the evening. D.

NOTE; depending on how everyone is feeling after any long flights and arrival times our time in Siem Reap/Angkor Wat is totally flexible in regards to what order we do things.

Day 2:

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 3:

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 course.        

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 much of Cambodia Siem Reap also has an amazing choice of international restaurants from French to Mexican and lots in between.

The touristy Pub street delivers on its name and some local food markets are an even better experience for a meal with the locals at far cheaper prices.    The eating and drinking choices are truly amazing.

More local markets for that Angkor souvenir also. B.

Day 4:

Tonight our Best Cambodia & Vietnam small group tour will stay in; BATTAMBANG - A relatively short bus trip today will see us in Cambodia's second city of Battambang.

And what a wonderfully relaxed destination in between 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 and possibly all the region.

Less traffic chaos just, to begin with, makes it the perfect place to explore the old French-era 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 wine. 

Or the more atmospheric riverside market for dinner or a real local lunch experience in the local market beside our accommodation is another possibilities. B.

 

Day 5:

BATTAMBANG - A free day to explore, eat 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 1900s or the Battambang Museum which houses some lintels from the Angkor period among other things.

But it will be the relaxed charm of the city that wins you over. B.

Day 6:

Tonight our Experience Cambodia & Vietnam in comfort small group adventure tour will stay in; PHNOM PENH - Another 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. B.

Day 7:

PHNOM PENH - A day to try and fully take in 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. This is a grim experience that will stay with you forever. You will come away with far more compassion and concern for your fellow  man. B.

Day 8:

Tonight our Cambodia and Vietnam in comfort small group tour will stay in; HOI AN - An international flight will see us in Danang in Vietnam from where we will do the short transfer to one of the super highlights of Vietnam in Hoi An. B.

Day 9:

HOI AN- Hoi An is a favourite with all travellers.

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 ("fresh", draught beer),  Riverside. The above sights are only a few of the many available. 

Most places are free to visit while a few charges a small entrance fee or ask for a donation.

But yet again it will be the charm of the locals, some great food and the relaxed special vibe that will win you over again. B.

 

Day 10:

Tonight our Cambodia &  Vietnam small group adventure tour will stay on; OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN -  A free morning in Hoi An before returning to Danang to travel with the locals on a soft class sleeper train to Hanoi.  This is a real local travel experience. B.

Day 11:

Tonight our Cambodia & Vietnam in comfort small group adventure holiday will stay in; HANOI - An early arrival will give us an almost full day to explore after checking into our accommodation in the Old Quarter.

Think hustle and bustle in the amazing Old Quarter as you get your bearings. No meals.

Day 12:

Tonight our Cambodia & Vietnam in comfort small group tour will stay on; HALONG BAY BOAT - After breakfast, we join a local operator for the drive to Halong City where we 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 with your seafood as you experience the sensational scenery. B. L. D.

 

Day 13:

Tonight our Experience Cambodia &  Vietnam in comfort small group tour will stay in; HANOI - In the morning we will again cruise among the limestone karsts 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.

This dinner will take the form of a roaming street food tour with a local guide. Think, all you can eat, delicious real Vietnamese delights. B. D.

 

Day 14:

Our Experience Cambodia & Vietnam in comfort small group adventure holiday is officially over when we check out of our Hanoi accommodation. An airport transfer is included also. B.

You can head home after visiting some of the super highlights of both countries without any long or arduous travel days and you slept in comfort also.

And most important of all you experienced the local way of life.

Tour Departure Dates

2019
20 Feb, 06 Mar, 20 Mar, 03 Apr, 17 Apr, 01 May, 15 May, 05 Jun, 19 Jun, 03 Jul, 17 Jul, 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 04 Sep, 18 Sep, 02 Oct, 16 Oct, 06 Nov, 20 Nov, 04 Dec

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

Price

P/P, T/S, Includes international flight from Phnom Penh to Danang
AUD $2,750
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,750