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Wondrous Vietnam Cambodia – 22 Days

This 3 week Vietnam Cambodia tour is an inviting occasion to gain insight knowledge of two neighboring countries, not only world renowned destinations but also lesser known sites in the region.

People will love…
• Challenge yourself with rafting adventure along the calm river in Pu Luong.
• Get a kick of adrenaline when zip-lining across Mooc river.
• See the historic and modern PhomPenh.
• Unveil the mystic of Angkor – one of the most imposing temple complex in human history.

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Hanoi Old Quarter - Vietnam
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Mooc stream- Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh city - Vietnam
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Cu Chi Tunnels - Vietnam
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Angkor - Cambodia
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Wat Ek Phnom - Cambodia
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Sihanoukville - Cambodia

3 Week Vietnam Cambodia Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (Meal: N/A)
Welcome to Hanoi, the 1000 year old capital of Vietnam, the starting point of our 3 week Vietnam and Cambodia tour. The name Hanoi actually means ‘Inside the river' and other name in the past like Thang Long means Ascending Dragon. Once the capital of French Indochina, the European structural style made its mark in the city's architecture, which you might quickly notice in the city center area.

Depending on your location of hotel, you may pass Old Quarter and its 36 streets – the historical heart of the 1000-year-old merchant city whose street’s names are originated from the goods produced and sold there: Cotton, Iron, Sugar, Traditional Medicine and so on. Optional stop at Ma May Street to visit the Ancient House of Vietnamese – the characteristic feature of traditional Hanoi architecture. The rest of the day is free for your relaxation. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi full day tour (Meal: B)
Embark on an orientation tour around Hanoi. We will drive along tree-lined avenues to discover Hanoi’s most remarkable cultural and historical monuments:

First of all, we make a visit to the recently excavated Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the first political stronghold of the millennial capital. Continue to Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam under Ly and Tran dynasties. This ancient site offers a chance to take unique photos of turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards and passageways that were once used by royalty.

Then together we head to Ba Dinh Square, the complex of former Indochina Governor Palace which is close to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his stilt house. Another highlight of the trip is Vietnam Museum of Ethnology – the collection of 25,000 ancient and contemporary ethnic objects from all corners of Vietnam.

After touring, we enjoy Water puppet shows which is recognized as an UNESCO Intangible Heritage. In the evening, it is your own time strolling around the Old Square to witness the daily life of Hanoians. Please feel free to taste some street food, have some beers or cocktails at local bars and immerse yourself in the vivid colors of Hanoi at night. Overnight at Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meal: B, L, D)
Morning depart for Halong by shuttle bus (without private guide), the most beautiful bay of Vietnam, one of the most beautiful landscapes of Asia. Located 180 km east of Hanoi and close to China, Halong is an expanse of water, about 1500 km². It is famous for thousands of limestone karsts of all shapes and sizes emerging from the emerald waters, with magnificent cellars eroded in the islands and islets over the centuries by the wind and the sea. On arrival, welcome by cruise staff and embark with the shuttle boat for short transfer (approximately 5 minutes) to the main cruise. Welcome cocktail and check-in on board.

Enjoy your lunch while cruise passing by some of the most scenic locations mountains and a floating village. In the afternoon, swimming, kayaking if weather permitted (Kayak is on your own expense). Do not miss the chance to capture breath taking and sunset scene on the bay. In the evening, dinner is served while the cruise anchored in quiet water area. Overnight on board.

Note: The itinerary and activities of the cruise may vary according to the proposed junks.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Meal: B, Brunch)
In the early morning, greet the morning as the first ray shines through thousands karst of the bay. We then visit splendid caves of Halong Bay including the French-baptized “Surprise Cave” , study stalagmites and stalactites which date back thousands of years ago. Have brunch on board.Return to Hanoi at the end of the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.

Note: The itinerary and activities of the cruise may vary according to the proposed junks.
Day 5: Hanoi – Mai Chau (Meal: B, D)
In the morning, drive to Mai Chau - a peaceful and poetic valley of Hoa Binh province. Surrounded by pristine, rustic villages and imposing mountain ranges, Mai Chau is a great place for both people who love to get away from excessive amount of stress in the big cities or those who want to challenge themselves with picturesque hiking trails.

On the way, we make visit to Giang Mo Village whose residential Muong ethnics are known by their stilt houses and slash-and-burn agriculture practice. This peaceful village is home to just around 100 Muong households who are mainly living by cultivate agriculture.

After leaving Giang Mo village, we continue on the road and top on the way at the summit of a pass overlooking the whole valley, a wonderful point to contemplate the stunning view of rice paddies dotted with villages and traditional houses, the mountains covered with bamboo forests… If weather permits, take a short walk or bike ride through the rice fields and Thai villages for a glimpse of their culture and daily lives and top at Hao, a Thai family in Nhot village toward the end of the day. Welcomed by your hosts then have free time for relaxation. Enjoy dinner with the family served with taste of flavorful food with ruou can – local wine made from fermented sticky rice. Overnight at an ethnic stilt house in Mai Chau., overnight in a stilt house in Mai Chau.
Day 6: Mai Chau – Mai Hich – Pu Luong (Meal: B)
Road to Pu Luong National Park, the largest karst forest area in northern Vietnam. Stop en route to Mai Hich village in Mai Chau, a green valley populated by Thai minorities. Walk around the village, meeting Thais who are working on rice fields.

Afternoon, transfer to the entrance of Pu Luong Nature Reserve to reach the starting point of the trek. Easy walk for 2-3 hours through beautiful villages located on the hillsides, surrounded by beautiful rice paddies, observing bamboo water wheels made by hand.

Late afternoon, settle in a Thai white family in Hang village. Welcome by your hosts then free time for your rest. Dinner with the family, tasting “Ruou Can” – local wine made from fermented glutinous rice. Overnight homestay in a stilt house in Pu Luong.
Day 7: Pu Luong waterwheel and rafting (Meal: B)
You will be transferred to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.

Arrive at a local fisherman’s house, you have a short rest to gear up for the rafting adventure. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts.

Arrive at scenic Tan Lap bridge. Drive back your hotel in Pu Luong to overnight.
Day 8: Pu Luong– Hanoi (Meal: B)
Today, you are free to relax on your own time until check out time at mid-day. Pu Luong is famous for the hamlet and the rice fields so please feel free to take a full lung of fresh air in the nature. After check out time, we drive back Hanoi and spend the rest of day to explore Hanoi on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi full day tour - Quang Binh (Meal: B)
Today we have an orientation tour around Hanoi in the afternoon before the night train to Quang Binh. Attractions include:

Sword Lake with the temple of Jade Mountain and the islet of the Turtle Tower- the heart of Hanoi. The Palace of King Ly Thai To overlooking the Sword Lake where you could discover the long-lasting history of the Vietnam’s capital. The Old Quarters and its 36 streets – the historical heart of the 1000-year-old merchant city: walking through artisanal streets whose names are originated from the goods produced and sold there: Cotton, Iron, Sugar, Traditional Medicine and so on. Stop at Ma May Street, take a visit to the Ancient House of Vietnamese – the characteristic feature of traditional Hanoi architecture. The colonial heritage with French concessions: cyclo-ride through the Opera House, the 5-star Hotel Metropole, the State Bank and the Central Post Office. After your dinner, we are ready to experience the night train to Quang Binh province. Overnight on train.
Day 10: Quang Binh – Suoi Mooc day trip (Meal: B)
Mooc stream in Quang Binh, heading west to the foot of the grandiose Truong Son mountain range on quiet Ho Chi Minh road, the west branch which is winding through the peaceful villages. This stream connects with Chay River which is about 10 kilometers long and flows through Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The tropical limestone forest is home to many species of birds, insects and animals and a rich biodiversity with seasoned trees, orchids, ferns and lianas. With the special color of clear crystal blue water, this stream looks like a bright and giant emerald in the jungle.

Although most famous for adventurous sports activities such as zip lining and kayaking, Mooc stream is also very suitable for swimming and relaxation. You are free to try free water sport or water games which are included in the ticket fee. We will spend a half day on this heavenly place before coming back to hotel in Quang Binh to overnight.
Day 11: Quang Binh – Ho Chi Minh city (Meal: B)
Take morning flight from Quang Binh to Ho Chi Minh city. On arrival, wasting no time, we take the city tour to deeply explore the charms:

We pass by the hallmarks of the city which used to be called “The Gem of Far East”, Cathedral of Notre Dame which is built by the French in 1880, the first basilica of Vietnam, Central Post Office which is an iconic symbol of Saigon mixing of Gothic, Renaissance and French architecture, Former Catinat Street (now Dong Khoi Street) with a score of restored French buildings, Headquarter of the People’s Committee of Chi Minh City (formerly Central Park) which is considered as the most beautiful colonial building of the city.

We then continue to visit War Remnants Museum – Ho Chi Minh city’s past during the years of the American-Vietnamese War (1954-1975), Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine to discover traditional Vietnamese medicine dating back more than 3000 years old ago. The tour concludes with Cho Lon (Chinatown) with the Temple of the Celestial Lady and Ben Thanh Market - the representative image of Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel (Meal: B)
Take an excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels in the suburbs of the city. Being the ex-battlefield of the cu chi tunnels Indochina War, Cu Chi is home to an immense network of underground galleries and narrow gutters hand-dug by guerrillas and Vietnamese fighters during the fight against the French and American.

On arrival, descend underground to discover a picturesque world: tunnels of a length: 200 km, width: 70 cm, height: 90 cm, sheltering several meeting rooms, kitchen rooms, hospitals and so on. Please get ready to get a little dirt under the ground (Note: Casual clothes are highly recommended in this day). Then you travel back and overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh city– Siem Reap (Meal: B)
Free at your own leisure until your flight from Ho Chi Minh city to SiemReap, start to explore the next country in our 3 week Vietnam and Cambodia tour. This city which literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region of contemporary Cambodia. Its close proximity to the Angkor Wat temple complex has turned the city into one of the world’s premier travel destinations. Overnight in Siemreap.
Day 14: Siem Reap – explore the temples of Angkor (Meal: B)
Get up early and catch the stunning sunrise before visiting the magnificent temples complex of Angkor. Our day will start at the famous South Gate of Angkor Thom, then to the famous Bayon, the spectacular central temple which represents the intersection of heaven and earth.

We then continue to visit the Royal Enclosure, the Elephant Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. We make a stop at Ta Prohm, the beautiful crumbling temple, bound by massive roots of huge trees which is used as location in the film Tomb Raider.

Afternoon, we visit Srah Srang and Prasat Kravan before head to Angkor Wat – the biggest religious monument ever constructed on earth in a special style and Spend the last moment of the day enjoying the sunset in Phnom Bakheng. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 15: Siem Reap – explore other temples of Angkor (Meal: B)
After breakfast, we will departure for the discovery of other temples of Angkor complex. Drive through Angkor Thom to Preah Khan, one of the largest complex of Angkor, a maze of fine carving, large stone stela then visit to some ancient temples that dated back between the 10thand 13th century: Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean and Banteay Samre, they are among the most intricate of the whole complex.

In the next stage of the trip, we stop at other temples to admire the architecture and history of Angkor before coming back to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 16: Siem Reap – Battambang by car (Meal: B)
Leave Siem Reap in the morning by road and travel via Sisophon in Banteay Meanchey province, travelling through rice fields and the Cambodian countryside featuring traditional houses. On the way at a silk farm you will see all the steps involved in making silk the traditional way from raising silkworms to weaving the silk and dyeing it. You’ll also stop along the road to meet stone sculptors and watch them at their work. Arriving at your hotel in Battambang around 13.00.

After check in your hotel and a short rest, set out to discover the charming town of Battambang, beginning with a tour by local Tuk-Tuk from which you’ll be able to see the elegant colonial French-houses along the river. A visit to the provincial museum and a pretty wooden pagoda precedes your arrival at an 11th century temple, Wat EK Phnom. On the way, help a family make rice pancakes and talk with local Cambodians about their daily life. Back to hotel in the late afternoon, the rest of the day is for you to explore the town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Battambang - Kompong Luong - Phnom Penh (Meal: B)
Early in the morning, we drive through the countryside heading back to Phnom Penh. You’ll see magnificent scenery along the way of rice fields with large sugar palms and many traditional wooden stilt houses. On the road there’s a stop at Kompong Luong where you’ll board a traditional boat. From here you can watch community life on the lake seeing a real floating village. Continuing down the road for about an hour, arrive at Kompong Chhnang where after a walk through the village you will have lunch at a local restaurant (which is quite basic). Arrive at Phnom Penh at the end of the day and check into your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: Phnom Penh – City tour (Meal: B)
A day dedicated to explore the beauty of the capital in a traditional cyclo. It will take you to Phnom Penh’s main sights including the Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Royal Palace is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. The National Museum is designed in Khmer style in 1917 and contains a collection of Khmer art throughout the ages. Tuol Sleng Museum serves as the testament to the crime of the Khmer Rouge. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 19: Phnom Penh – Koh Dach – Cycling tour - Return by boat (Meal: B)
After the pick-up at your hotel, you will start your journey to Koh Dach Island by embarking a local boat. Upon arrival on this 7-kilometer long island, you will disembark your boat and continue your journey by bike. You will quickly realize how the landscape and views are changing from an energetic city to countryside life with farms, wooden houses and small pagodas. You will start the tour right at the pier, take your time and feel free to stop at any time to take pictures or walk around for a while. After around 6 easy-going kilometers without any elevation, you will reach a traditional stilt house that serves as a small restaurant and have a nice lunch break in a relaxed and familiar atmosphere. Here, you can also rest for a while before continuing your journey slowly towards the pier where you will start your return journey back by boat into the colorful city of Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phom Penh.
Day 20: Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville (Meal: B)
Wake up and enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and transfer without guide from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville – the Cambodia’s premier beach resort. There are white-sand beaches around the headland, unspoilt islands off the coast and the popular Khal Chhay waterfall near town. Upon arrival, we first go for lunch. You can also relax with the massage supplied by Starfish Project with their experienced blind masseurs, or take the opportunity to keep in touch with your family and friends with their Internet Centre. Afterwards, you will have a whole free afternoon to explore the beaches. Overnight at Sihanoukville.
Day 21: Sihanoukville, relaxing day (Meal: B)
Today, enjoy more time at leisure. There is an optional visit and boat ride to Ream National Park (not included). It is an ideal place where we will explore the mangroves by boat and view wildlife on the shore. Spend your night in Sihanoukville.
Day 22: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh – Departure (Meal: B)
Enjoy some time at leisure until your direct transfer without guide to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departure flight. This is also the end of our 3 week Vietnam and Cambodia tour.

Price Details

Price per pax
2 pax
4 pax
6 pax
3-star
2530 $
1960 $
1710 $
4-star
2870 $
2300 $
2050 $
5-star
3480 $
2900 $
2640 $

Included in price:

  • Well-selected accommodation as mentioned in the tour
  • Boat trip/ sampan/cruise if included in the tour
  • Daily breakfast served at the hotel
  • Private transportation/shuttle bus including round-trip airport transfers
  • Domestic flight tickets as mentioned in the tour
  • English speaking tour guides - other languages on request
  • All entrance and visiting fees per program
  • Other meals that mentioned in the tour

Not included in price:

  • Visa arrangements/ airport taxes
  • International airfares (On request)
  • All medical and travel insurance coverage
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages or other meals that not mentioned in the tour
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Other things that not mentioned in the “Trip inclusions”

Optional accommodation

mai chau homestay

Homestay
Mai Chau - Vietnam

ho chi minh hotel

★★★

Sanouva hotel
Ho Chi Minh city - Vietnam

Halong Bay cruise

★★★★

Prince cruise
Halong Bay - Vietnam

SiemReap hotel - Charming Angkor resort

★★★★

Charming Angkor resort
SiemReap - Cambodia

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