Ultimate Cambodia & Vietnam
28-30 days from £1,739
- Explore the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage sites of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Paradise Cave in Vietnam
- Discover Cambodia's and Vietnam's biggest cities and learn about both countries' devastating histories
- Learn to make traditional Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine with group-cooking master classes
- Stay on Cambodia's tropical island of Koh Rong Samloem and enjoy some blissful beach time
- Go on a junk boat tour and party on the beach on Castaway Island in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay
- Float through Vietnam's water coconut woods in traditional basket boats
Taken from our 'Ultimate Asia' series, this Cambodia and Vietnam combo trip is a traveller's dream-come-true. A comprehensive tour through two of Asia's most fascinating countries, this trip includes a huge number of fun and exciting activities from river cruising, snorkelling, and basket boating, to discovering spectacular caves and riding in open-top Jeeps, as well as offering you the opportunity to explore both countries at your leisure with a group of friendly, likeminded people.
Kicking things off in Siem Reap, you'll spend ten days travelling through Cambodia's remarkable countryside, visiting iconic sites like Angkor Wat and learning about the country's tragic past at the Killing Fields and S21 Prison in Phnom Penh. You'll also get to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation on Kampot's riverside and Koh Rong Samloem's blissfully white sandy shores. Following that, you'll have another seventeen days' exploration through Vietnam, where you'll start in the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and travel up the coast, stopping at gorgeous beach destinations, like Mui Ne and Nha Trang, and quaint historic towns, like Hoi An and Hue, on the way to Hanoi, with plenty of partying and adventure in places like Phong Nha and Halong Bay, too.
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Day 1-6: Cambodia - Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, S21 and the Killing Fields, Kampot
Arriving in beautiful Siem Reap, our team will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. Depending on the time you arrive, you'll have the opportunity to explore the busy streets, colourful markets, and local attractions, or simply chill out. You'll get to bond with the rest of your group exploring the rice terraces on the city's outskirts and learning about rural life in Cambodia. Halfway through the week we'll visit the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat - home to some of the world's oldest and largest religious monuments. We'll then make our way to Phnom Penh where we'll learn about the country's devastating recent history with a sobering tour of the Killing Fields and S21 Prison. At the end of the week, we'll head south to the charming riverside town of Kampot to have fun chilling out and playing in the water.
Day 7-10: Cambodia - Koh Rong Samloem,
Week two starts with a a cooking class in Kampot as well as a visit to see how the world famous Kampot peppers are grown. Then ride through the waves to the exquisite setting of Koh Rong Samloem - another breathtaking island paradise covered in lush green vegetation and long white beaches.
Day 11: Independent Day - Cambodia to Vietnam
The Cambodia part of your trip ends in Koh Rong on day 10. There is usually one free day to relax and make your way to Phnom Penh before hopping across to Vietnam before starting the second leg of your trip. The flight isn’t included in the trip, so you’ll need to arrange travel to Phnom Penh and a flight from Phnom Penh (PHN) to get you to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). Depending on when your Vietnam itinerary begins, you may find you have more than one day between the two countries, so you can either spend some free time in Cambodia, or get to Vietnam nice and early.
We can talk you through the options, help you find accommodation, and sort out flights between the two destinations, just let us know what you feel like doing when you book.
Day 12-20: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An
Spend a bit of time getting to know Ho Chi Minh City and visit the crammed and colourful markets and street shops, take a trip to the National War Museum, or watch the world speed by whilst sipping iced coffee. We'll then head towards the coast, pitching up in Mui Ne and go and check out the beautiful sand dunes for a guided tour. There's time for a bit of chill out time on the beach and water activities before we move on to our next stop, Nha Trang. After a couple of days enjoying our inclusive backpacker resort, we'll catch the night bus to Hoi An where we'll take a traditional lantern making class and enjoy some free time to explore the quaint town. At the end of the week we'll spend a morning crab fishing and bobbing through the water coconut woods in traditional basket boats for an utterly charming experience.
Day 21-28: Vietnam - Hue, Phong Nha, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hanoi
Heading north along the coast to Hue, we'll start week four with an open-top Jeep adventure as we head for the Hai Van Pass, fondly known as the Top Gear Experience. After exploring the former capital properly with a tour of the historic centre and Royal Palace, we'll make the journey to Phong Nha. We'll spend a day exploring the magical cave formations and waterholes of Paradise Cave, a mesmerising UNESCO World Heritage site, before making tracks on an overnight bus to Hanoi. You'll have free time and a fun egg-coffee making class in Hanoi, then halfway through the week, we'll travel to Castaway Island in Halong Bay to enjoy views over the bay with a spot of lunch and an afternoon of water sports before partying on the beach in the evening. The next day, we'll go on a junk boat tour of the ancient caves and lagoons. After a chilled out morning by the beachside, we'll make our way back to Hanoi the day before our trip ends and enjoy an evening of shared stories and farewell drinks. There are no activities planned for the final day, so you're free to leave whenever you like. Your group leader can help you make arrangements for onward or return travel.
Please note the above itinerary is for 2021 start dates only. If you wish to travel in 2020 then the Cambodia trip will follow a slightly longer 12 day itinerary which ends in Phnom Penh. Please speak to a travel advisor for more details.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- Airport pickup (up to 2 days before tour)
- All accommodation
- All transport between destinations on the itinerary
- A dedicated tour guide
- Cooking class
- Sunrise tour of Angkor Wat
- S21 Prison and Killing Fields tour
- Water activities in Kampot
- Rural Cambodian farm experience
- Pepper plantation visit
- Farewell dinner and party
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- Airport transfer on arrival
- 16 nights' accommodation
- All transport between destinations
- Experienced tour guide
- Ho Chi Minh City orientation
- War Museum visit
- Mui Ne sand dunes tour
- Activities at Ninhvana
- Lantern making class
- Basket boat trip
- Hai Van Pass Jeep trip
- Royal Palace visit
- Paradise Caves tour
- Phong Nha National Park tour
- Traditional cooking class
- Castaway experience at Halong Bay
- All meals in Ha Long Bay
- Junk boat trip
- Kayaking and water activities
- Onward travel support
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- International flights
- Travel between Cambodia and Vietnam
- Travel Insurance
- Any meals not indicated in the itinerary
- The price of optional activities indicated in the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Entrance fees to attractions, national parks, and parties, unless otherwise specified
- Return transfers or onward travel
You’ll stay in a range of different accommodation during this trip, which will mainly consist of comfortable backpacker guesthouses. Most of your accommodation in Cambodia will have swimming pools and air conditioning. You’ll share a twin or triple room with other members of the same sex from your group. All of the hostels, lodges, and guesthouses we select for our trips are clean, safe, and set in great locations. If you are travelling with a friend or partner, let us know when you book so we can make arrangements for you to stay in the same room.
Some, but not all meals are included in the price of your trip. Meals outside of those included on the itinerary are yours to choose from, which is a fantastic opportunity to get out and try the local cuisine – which is absolutely delicious in both Cambodia and Vietnam. You'll be able to get recommendations from your tour leaders on which restaurants, cafes and bars to visit - there will be plenty of places serving authentic Cambodian and Vietnamese food as well as diners and eateries offering western-style dishes, especially in the more touristy areas. Do let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.
You should arrange for your flights to arrive into Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia (REP) on your programme start date and arrange onward travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (SGN) from Phnom Penh, Cambodia (PHN), to arrive on the start date of the Vietnam leg of your combo trip. The transfer from Koh Rong island to Phnom Penh is not included but easily arranged locally. We recommend you fly from Cambodia to Vietnam on day 11 of your itinerary. Your trip ends in Hanoi, Vietnam so you'll need to arrange for your return flight or onward travel to depart from Hanoi International Airport (HAN) on your programme end date.
Please note if you are travelling in 2020, your Cambodia itinerary will be 12 days long and end in Phnom Penh. Please speak to a travel advisor for further details.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.
You will need visas to enter both Cambodia and Vietnam. Most UK citizens will qualify for an e-visa for each country, which can be applied for online (you'll need to apply separately for both countries) or a visa on arrival. You must have at least six months’ validity remaining on your passport from the date you plan to return home.
Please check the Cambodian and Vietnam Embassy websites for up-to-date requirements before applying for your visas. Visa regulations are subject to change without prior notice.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?
A rough budget of around £120-£150 per week should be plenty to keep you fed and watered, but you’ll more than likely want to try out a few optional activities and have some extra cash for souvenirs, so make sure you budget for this.
I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?
Yes! Let us know when you book and we’ll make sure you both get to stay in the same rooms.
Do I Need To Bring Bedding Or A Towel?
No need to bring bedding – it’s all provided at your accommodation. We do however recommend you bring at least one towel with you, but if you’re short on luggage space you can always buy towels locally.
Should I Pack A Mosquito Net?
You can do if you like, but it’s not necessary if you make sure the windows and doors to your room are kept shut. It’s worth bringing a decent mosquito repellent with you though!