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Essential Vietnam to Cambodia 14DAYS 13NIGHTS

DURATION 13 days 12 nights

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Discover, learn and compare the most majestic temples of Vietnam and Cambodia and experience some of the fascinating lesser-seen temples and religious sites.

Investigate the unaltered way of life on the Mekong in both Cambodia and Vietnam and understand the significance of the river to life throughout Asian Countries.

Visit the colorful floating market of Cai Be where you will see local traders​​ sell their products on the boat. Visit the prominent Cu Chi Tunnels to experience the incredible underground tunnel network.

Discover the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat and many other marvelous temple structures in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Visit the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh to glitter the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum.


Floating Market of Cai Be Siem Reap Halong Bay Cruise

Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City on flight.  Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: None


Day 02: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

Depart Ho Chi Minh City xin the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.

Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch.

This afternoon, our tour includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. Continue to the Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral. The last stop is Ben Thanh — the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colorful areas. Following your tour head back to your hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: Lunch

Day 03: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Can Tho

The colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination. This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.

On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market are hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer.

After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Following your cruise drive in the late afternoon continue by vehicle to Can Tho where you will spend the night.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meal included on this day: Lunch

Day 04: Can Tho - HO Chi Minh City

Make an early start this morning to visit the lively and colorful floating market of Cai Rang which is in full swing  (recommended early start for this day).

You’ll take a small boat and explore the waterways where hundreds of vessels congregate with a piece of fruit or a vegetable attached to a pole at the bow signifying what is for sale on each. During the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of.

The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple and other types of produce. After the market return to Can Tho by boat through the back canals and waterways where you’ll get a view of everyday life of the locals who live along the delta’s watery arteries. Look for the 'monkey bridges': narrow, flimsy bamboo bridges that span the canals. Then, head back to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner is free for your own discovery.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 05: Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh

Today, free at leisure until meet with your tour guide at the hotel lobby and then be transferred to Ho Chi Minh airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. 

Transfer you to your hotel, free at your leisure.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 06: Phnom Penh

n the morning, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a very fun way to explore this lively city.

First, head to the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Continue to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. As the sun begins to set, visit the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom.

This afternoon, explore the recent dark history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. The museum is housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture centre. You will also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, 15 kilometers outside of the city.

Enjoy your most wonderful sunset boat cruise along Mekong River.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 07: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Today free and easy on your on leisure at the hotel pool until time to transfer to airport for your departure to Siem reap by flight.

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by your English speaking local guide and transferred to Siem Reap town. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.

Overnight in Siem Reao
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 


Day 08: Siem Reap

After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom in an ecofriendly electric vehicle. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square.

Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

This afternoon, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. From here, it is only a short hop to the most beautiful temples of the Grand Circuit, like the overgrown Preah Khan Temple and Neak Pean with its artificial lakes.​​​ Enjoy your sunset view at pre Rup temple.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast 

Day 09: Siem Reap

Early today, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia.

It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs, depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness and education. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities. Transfer back to Siem Reap in the afternoon.

This afternoon, you will finally visit the famous Angkor Wat by local tuk tuk. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Enjoy your most wonderful dinner with Khmer traditional dance show.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Siem Reap

This afternoon embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season.

During the dry season it is roughly 2,500 km2, swelling to about 4 times it size in during the wet season: 10,000 km2! Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where we’ll see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends.

On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Take free and easy on your own leisure in the afternoon to explore the city.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 11: Siem Reap - Hanoi

Upon arrival, meet with your guide and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Free at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 12: Hanoi

Depart for the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov). Then it’s on to a wooden ethnic minority style house which was his temporary residence from 1954 – 1969.

In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.  Your next stop will be the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university.  Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Continue to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc, and the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which dates from the Ly Dynasty.

Have lunch in one of the cities finest restaurants before taking a walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore, with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.

In the afternoon the Ethnology, Army or National Fine Arts Museum, will be visited next, time will only allow for one to be visited so decide which one you would most like to see.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meal included on this day: Lunch

Day 13: Halong Bay

Depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay. Journey there through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes.

Arrive in Halong and board your day junk for the cruise on the emerald green waters of Halong Bay, among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands. A fresh seafood lunch will be served on board. 

In the afternoon your boat will start the cruise back to Halong City where your vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to Hanoi; arrival time will be in the early evening.  

Note: During the monsoonal months boat cruises may be subject to last minute cancellations due to weather conditions (June – September). Day boat is on a non private basis.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meal included on this day: Lunch

Day 14: Hanoi - Departure

Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meal included on this day: Breakfast


  • Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a driver and Private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers.
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Visa processing for taking visa upon arrival Vietnam ( excluded Stamping fee)


  • International flights to and from your home country
  • Vietnam visa arrangements
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc....
  • Personal insurance
  • All domestic flights not mentioned

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