- Spend 3 days cruising Ha Long Bay on a junk boat, including a night on a private island
- Watch the sun come up over the one-and-only Angkor Wat
- Learn about Cambodia's tragic past at S21 Prison and the Killing Fields, Phnom Penh
- Explore the historic streets, markets and waterways of atmospheric Hoi An
- Bliss out on Koh Rong's sugar-white beaches
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and flavours of two of Southeast Asia's most fascinating countries. This group trip takes you to hot-spots and hidden gems across 21 extraordinary days with the perfect mix of beach time, bustling cities and rich cultural experiences. Spend a night under the stars on a private island in Ha Long Bay, cycle through the lush landscapes of Ninh Binh, go crab fishing in pretty Hoi An, go underground in Ho Chi Minh City at the Cu Chi Tunnels, chill in tropical paradise on Koh Rong, go river tubing in sleepy Kampot and end your trip with sunrise over Angkor Wat - what a trip!
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Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi. Welcome to Vietnam! One of our local team will meet you at the airport and take you to your boutique hostel in the heart of the bustling city. Get settled in, before meeting the rest of your group and heading out for a bowl of pho and an ice-cold beer.
Day 2: Hanoi. You’ve got a full day to experience Vietnam’s dynamic capital. Wander round the atmospheric Old Quarter, pick up some unique souvenirs, grab some bun cha for lunch and take a stroll round Hoan Kiem Lake. Then freshen up, ahead of a night on the town.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay cruise. Board our Vietnamese ‘junk’ boat, ready for our 3-day cruise through the emerald-green waters of Ha Long Bay. Soak up the sun on deck, explore limestone islands by kayak, and spend the evening under the stars before letting the waves gently rock you to sleep.
Day 4: Private island stay. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ve lined up a night on your very own private island. After a day chilling in paradise, watch the sun go down over the ocean before a night of dinner, drinks and laughs on the sands.
Day 5: Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh. Cruise back to the mainland, before travelling south to the unspoilt limestone landscapes of Ninh Binh (AKA ‘Ha Long Bay inland’). Grab a drink and hop into a hammock to watch the sun go down at our private riverside bungalows - amazing.
Day 6: Ninh Binh & night train to Da Nang. Take a bicycle tour through lush landscapes before cruising down the river on a rowboat. Next, tackle the 450 steps up to Dragon Mountain Viewpoint for some out of this world views. Then freshen up before hopping on a night train to Da Nang
Day 7: Hoi An. Take a short bus ride from Da Nang to the historic town of Hoi An. Take a stroll round the picturesque town centre, snap some pics at the Japanese Bridge, pick up some Banh Xeo for lunch, and visit the Museums. After dark, stroll along the waterways, lit up with thousands of colourful Chinese lanterns.
Day 8: Hoi An crab & cooking. We’ve got a day of cultural activities lined up, beginning with a crab-fishing session led by some local fishermen on traditional circular basket boats. Then join our authentic Vietnamese cooking class where you'll sizzle up a storm before sampling your creations.
Day 9: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City. Take a short flight to the buzzing city of Ho Chi Minh. Check in to your central hotel, before getting to know the lively local area. Tonight, eat street side like the locals before a beer or two with the group.
Day 10: Mekong Delta. Leave the city streets behind today as we head for the lazy waterways of the Mekong Delta. We’ll learn first-hand about the unique way of life here with visits to local villages and floating markets – it’s a fascinating insight into the culture of Southern Vietnam.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh & Cu Chi Tunnels. Head underground today with a visit to the maze-like Cu Chi Tunnels, where you'll learn about what life was like during the Vietnam war. Then you’ve got one last night in Vietnam, so make it count!
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Leave Vietnam behind today as we take the bus over the border into Cambodia. We’ll arrive in the capital in the afternoon, giving you plenty of time to either chill by the pool at your boutique hotel, or head into the city.
Day 13: Phnom Penh. Get amongst it with a tuk tuk tour of the city’s highlights, before a dip into Cambodia’s tragic past with a visit to the infamous S21 Prison and the Killing Fields where you'll learn all about the Khmer Rouge regime, and the resilience of the Cambodian people.
Day 14: Phnom Penh to Kampot. Head south into the sleepy Kampot province today - it’s the perfect antidote to the hectic city streets of Phnom Penh. We've lined up some kayaking and tubing on the river. Then explore some of the town’s cool cafés and bars after the sun’s gone down.
Day 15: Kampot. Wander round some of Kampot’s colourful markets, and a pepper plantation, where we’ll pick up some fresh pepper to use in our Khmer cooking class. Make some authentic dishes, before tucking into what you’ve made. Round the day off in style with a sunset river cruise.
Day 16: Koh Rong. Take a bus followed by a fast ferry to the paradise island of Koh Rong. With dazzling beaches, gently swaying palms and turquoise waters, the island is the definition of tropical bliss. Spend the night dancing barefoot with the sand between your toes at our brilliant beach party.
Day 17: Koh Rong boat trip. Hop on board our long-tail boat as we search out the island’s top snorkelling spots. Spend the whole day swimming, snorkelling, and stopping off at pristine, hidden beaches, before watching the sun go down over the ocean.
Day 18: Koh Rong to Siem Reap. Make the most of your last morning in paradise, with a Khmer massage on the beach. Then hop on the fast ferry back to the mainland. We’ll have dinner in the seaside town of Sihanoukville, before boarding our luxury overnight bus to Siem Reap.
Day 19: Siem Reap. Wake up as the bus pulls into Siem Reap and spend the morning chilling by the hotel pool. This afternoon, explore some of the traditional floating villages around the city before a night enjoying some of Cambodia's liveliest nightlife.
Day 20: Angkor Wat. We’re up early today for a real bucket list moment - watching the sun come up over Angkor Wat. We'll follow that up with a tour of Ta Prohm, the jungle smothered temple from Tomb Raider. After a full day exploring the temple complex, enjoy a final dinner with the group.
Day 21: Trip end. Your amazing journey through Vietnam and Cambodia has come to an end. Say your goodbyes and check out of your accommodation this morning before making your way to the airport. See you next time!
- 20 nights’ accommodation
- 17 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 5 dinners
- Group guide
- All in-country transport
- Arrival airport transfer in Hanoi
- Rickshaw tour of Hanoi
- Night out in Hanoi!
- Overnight boat trip on Ha Long Bay
- Sea kayaking & caving
- Private island stay
- Riverside homestay
- Bicycle tour of Ninh Binh
- Row boat experience in Ninh Binh
- Sunset at Dragon Mountain Viewpoint
- Vietnamese cooking class
- Crab fishing boat tour
- Phnom Penh tuk tuk tour
- Guided tour of S21 prison
- Tour of the Killing Fields
- River kayaking & tubing in Kampot
- Kampot boat trip
- Market & pepper plantation visits
- Khmer cooking class
- Koh Rong snorkelling boat trip
- Traditional Khmer massage
- Siem Reap tuk tuk tour
- Floating villages visit
- Angkor Wat sunrise tour
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Activities
- Most meals and drinks
- Return airport transfer in Siem Reap
This trip includes 20 nights of accommodation. Rooms are on a twin, triple, or multi-share basis (see below for more details).
- Hanoi – 2 nights in a boutique hostel in the heart of the old town, with 4 bed dorm rooms with ensuite and an awesome hostel bar.
- Ha Long Bay – 1 incredible night on an overnight boat, with twin/double/triple share rooms, all with ensuite and air con.
- Private island – 1 unforgettable night in a bungalow on a private island. Rooms are multi-share with ensuite and air con and your stay includes hammocks, kayaks and beach volleyball.
- Ninh Binh – 1 night in private riverside bungalows. Rooms are twin/doubles with ensuite and riverside hammocks.
- Overnight train – 1 night in an air-conditioned 4-berth cabin on an overnight train.
- Hoi An – 2 nights in a central hotel with swimming pool. Rooms are on a twin/double/triple basis with ensuite and air con.
- Ho Chi Minh City – 2 nights in a central hotel in twin/double/triple share rooms with ensuite and air con
- Mekong Delta – 1 night in a local homestay on a tiny island on the Mekong. Rooms are twin/double/triple with ensuite.
- Phnom Penh – 2 nights in a boutique hotel with swimming pool. Rooms are twin or double and have ensuite and air con. There’s a great restaurant and bar too.
- Kampot – 2 nights in a traditional guesthouse by the river with ensuite twin/double rooms with air con and free kayak hire.
- Koh Rong – 2 nights in simple, but beautiful beach bungalows with twin/double rooms, ensuite, air con and balconies.
- Overnight bus – 1 night on a deluxe bus with single/shared double bed, bathroom and air con.
- Siem Reap – 2 nights in a funky hostel with swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Rooms are twin/double with air con and ensuite.
If you’re travelling with a friend, make sure you let us know so we can place you together. Please note all accommodation is subject to change and the above information is given as a guideline only.
31 meals are included on this trip - 17 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 6 Dinners. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals, snacks, and drinks yourself. Food in Southeast Asia is delicious and affordable, and this gives you flexibility to explore the delicious cuisine on offer at your leisure.
Our local team have installed safe refillable water stations at every overnight stop on this tour and also at many of the activity destinations as well. In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics, we ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you on this trip.
You’ll need to arrive into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on day 1. You’ll be met by one of our guides and taken to your accommodation.
You can arrive before the start date and still take up the inclusive transfer if you book extra nights of accommodation through us. If you want to arrive before the start date then please let us know in advance.
Please note if your flight arrives before 7am on day 1 you will automatically be booked an extra night so you can check into your room straight away. Please budget about £15 for this as you’ll need to pay on arrival.
Your tour ends in Siem Reap on day 21. A return airport transfer is not included but it’s really easy to arrange. It’ll take around 40 minutes to get to Siem Reap airport. Your guide will be able to help you organise onward travel.
This trip is designed for those aged 18-39. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fulled vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
British nationals will need to apply for a visa before travelling to Vietnam. You can apply for a eVisa, which will allow for 30 days in Vietnam, through the offical Vietnamese government website.
You will need a visa to enter Cambodia. You can apply for a visa online before travelling or simply complete a form on arrival at the Cambodian border (where you will need to pay a 30USD fee). If you are planning to extend your stay it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid visa for the entire duration, or obtain any necessary visa extensions while you are in Cambodia. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
Can I Arrive Early?
Absolutely. Unless you tell us otherwise, we’ll book you into our accommodation from the date of your arrival and you can just pay the extra when you get there.
When’s The Best Time Of Year To Join This Trip?
There’s never really a bad time to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. It’s hot and humid all year round in most parts of both countries and you’re likely to experience some sunshine and some rain. In the North of Vietnam, it can be a little cooler, especially between November and February, so just make sure you pack some appropriate clothing.
Is There Wi-fi On This Trip?
Most of our accommodation has free Wi-Fi, but the service may be less reliable than you’re used to at home.
If I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?
Absolutely! Just let us know at your time of booking that you’re together, and we will arrange appropriate room shares.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.