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Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring

This 20-day journey highlights the amazing endurance of Cambodia and Vietnam, a chance to absorb the beauty of their unique landscapes, vibrant cultures and fascinating history. Start your journey by exploring Bangkok’s lively streets and the next day marvel at the magnificent Angkor Wat. Then go on to explore the funky bars and markets of Phnom Penh and discover Cambodia’s sandy shores. Once you cross the border into Vietnam, munch on the local specialities of Hoi An, sail the stunning Halong Bay and get lost in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring is a unique journey that will broaden your mind and create life-long memories. 


Duration: 20 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126964
Starts: Bangkok, Thailand Finishes: Hanoi, Vietnam
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Hanoi

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
You must arrive on tour with your Vietnamese visa. See the Visa section of the Tour Details for more information and exceptions.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap (1B, 1D)

Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Arrive in time for our included dinner at a Planeterra-project restaurant or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia)
New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.00 hours)

03

Day 3: Siem Reap (1B)

Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum.

Included Activities:
Angkor Wat Guided Tour
Big Night Out

04

Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (1B)

Transfer to Cambodia's capital. Orientation walk around Phnom Penh.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Phnom Penh (1B)

Sights you might choose to visit this afternoon include the National Museum and adjacent complex which includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. To learn about Cambodia's sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pot's reign as leader of the Khmer Rouge.

Additional Notes:
Phnom Penh can be confusing and we recommend to always keep a hotel card with you when you are exploring.

06

Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville (1B)

Swim and relax on the beach after transferring to Sihanoukville.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Sihanoukville

Swim and relax by the beach, or take an optional snorkelling boat trip.

08

Day 8: Sihanoukville/Cần Thơ (1D)

Cross into Vietnam and stay in a basic village homestay that includes dinner.

Included Activities:
Home Meal
Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Cần Thơ/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

This evening, head to one of the rooftop bars such as the Rex Hotel, one of the classic colonial Saigon institutions, where there is often live music.

Included Activities:
Floating Market Boat Trip
Street Food Crawl

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

10

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B)

Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

Additional Notes:
During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Nha Trang

Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

12

Day 12: Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B)

In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An.

Additional Notes:
During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)

13

Day 13: Da Nang/Hoi An (1L)

From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections.

Included Activities:
Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Street Food Crawl

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

14

Day 14: Hoi An (1B)

Enjoy free time; opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.

15

Day 15: Hoi An/Huế (1B)

Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

16

Day 16: Huế/Hanoi (1B)

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))

17

Day 17: Hanoi/Ha Long (1L)

Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

Included Activities:
Hạ Long Bay Junk Boat Trip

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

18

Day 18: Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)

Get to know Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.

Included Activities:
Old Quarter Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

19

Day 19: Hanoi (1B)

Free time to continue exploring Hanoi.

20

Day 20: Hanoi (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note: some of your group will most likely continue travelling through Laos with G Adventures.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project
    • Local Khmer meal at G Adventures-supported project New Hope or local home (Siem Reap)
    • Orientation walks in Phnom Penh and Hanoi
    • Floating market boat trip (Mekong Delta)
    • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
    • Street food crawls in several cities
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (14 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, air-con bus, walking, junk boat, local boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok
  • Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat
  • Enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village
  • Relax on golden beaches
  • Shop Hoi An's quaint streets
  • Float through Halong Bay.