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12-Day Cambodia and Vietnam Highlights

12-Day Cambodia and Vietnam Highlights

By Nora OuUpdated Aug. 2, 2023
A Journey to Mysterious Cambodia and Idyllic Vietnam

Learn how the people have conquered dark times of the Khmer Rouge; walk with a schoolar at Angkor Wat and observe the wonder from a different angle. Sample tropical fruits picked from the orchard; have your own private cooking class in Hoi An and kick back on the sundeck of a Halong Bay cruise junk. This is a journey for true explorers with real wonders.

  • Days:12±
  • Best For:First-timers
  • Price:from US$3,038 p/p

Tour Highlights

Tragic history of Khmer Rouge with a modest approach

the palace in Cambodia

A scholar who's dedicated to the Angkor culture leads your way at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Row a sampan in the Mekong Delta and feast on fresh tropical fruits

vendors on Mekong River

Private cooking session at a riverside restaurant in Hoi An

Free your mind and body on your patio and take in awesome views of Halong Bay

halong bay

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Day 1
Phnom Penh Arrival, Cambodia

Sua s'dei. Welcome to Cambodia. Transfer to your hotel and free at leisure. Among all the international transport hubs, we'd recommend Bangkok or Hong Kong for your entry,as there are better airfares and it is easier to get around.

Day 2
Phnom Penh | Heart-Breaking Past and Hopeful Present

Take a mind-provoking tour in Phnom Penh that covers the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum in the morning. After lunch, you will be taken to Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum. Stop at the Central Market when you are back to downtown in the afternoon.

Stop by Central Market at the end of today
Stop by Central Market at the end of today
Day 3
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap | Tomb Raider in Bayon and Ta Prhom

Take an afternoon flight to Siem Reap.
Afternoon is the perfect time to visit Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm as the shady trees set up a mysterious stage that you might have seen in the movie of Tomb Raider.
Wrap it up today with a delightful Apsara dinner show at a fine resort.

You can see his smile from any angle at Bayon Temple
You can see his smile from any angle at Bayon Temple.
Day 4
Siem Reap | Angkor Wat in Depth

Outside the first loop of the Angkor Wat Complex, there lies the sparkling pearl of Banteay Srei. This small temple complex is constructed by sandstone. This site is at its best in the early morning when the sun casts brightly.

Get back into the first loop and a scholar will accompany you for a visit at Angkor Wat. Spend another hour at Angkor Thom, which used to be the palace grounds for the Angkor Kingdoms.

You will have a 2-hour walking tour at Angkor Wat with a local scholar who's dedicated to Angkorian cultures. He has worked with some local cultural academy and his rich knowledge will provide you detailed explanations for the Khmer civilization and Angkor Kingdoms.

Delicate details of Banteay Srei
Delicate details of Banteay Srei
Day 5
Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City | Saigon at Dusk

Take a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Most of Ho Chi Minh City's attractions are within easy reach and this afternoon you will have a glance at Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and An Dong Market.

Notre Dame Cathedral viewed from above
Notre Dame Cathedral viewed from above
Day 6
Ho Chi Minh City | Mekong Impression

My Tho, the bustling twon of the Mekong Delta, is 2 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, your tour guide will brief about the life of this region. Upon arrival, hop on a sampan boat that is controled by an experienced local fisherman (or woman) who knows how to dodge away from stretching branches along the canals.

Visit some local workshops where you will learn fascinating manufactory of coconut candy, rice wine and rice papers (which you used to make spring rolls a couple of days ago). Sample some seasonal fruits that are picked right from an orchard. Talk with the garden host and learn about his philosophy of life.

Rowing a small boat into the grove of the Mekong Delta
Rowing a small boat into the grove of the Mekong Delta
Day 7
Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An

Morning fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, a lovely town with delights await.

Day 8
Hoi An | Delicious Memories

Immerse yourself in the cultural ancient town of Hoi An, your tour guide will lead you to some key sites including Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall and Old House of Tan Ky. Have some simple lunch at a local restaurant and step into Chen Family Chapel where you learn about fascinating family history. Later, your private tour guide will take you to Hai Scout Cafe, where a staff from Red Bridge Restaurant waits for you and he/she will take you for an interesting cooking session outside of the ancient town.

Make yourself a table of Vietnamese delicacies in Hoi An
Make yourself a table of Vietnamese delicacies in Hoi An
Day 9
Hoi An - Danang - Hanoi

Transfer to Danang and take a flight to Hanoi. Check in and free at leisure.

Day 10
Hanoi | Hanoi from Different Angle

Hanoi might be one of the most fascinating cities that you've ever known. She is rich in cultures and history yet modest in lifestyles.

Take the chance to know about Vietnam's history and cultures with an interesting city tour that leads you to the Temple of Literature, Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and Hoan Kiem Lake.

In the afternoon, hop on a cyclo in the Old Quarter where you will find hidden gems under your tour guide's help: Hanoi's best egg coffee, weird-looking fruits and all-age-favorite ice creams.

Funky bamboo masks for sale in the Old Quarter
Funky bamboo masks for sale in the Old Quarter
Day 11
Hanoi - Halong Bay | Relaxing Cruising in Halong Bay

Your Halong Bay cruise will take you to Cua Van Fishing Village, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Me Cung Caves, Virgin Cave, and Surprise Cave, as well as some small islets, such as Flight Cock Islet, Human Head Islet, and Toad Islet etc (subject to different itineraries of different boats)

In the evening, the junk will harbor anchor in a less-crowded area for your sweet dreams under the stars.

Cruising in Halong Bay
Cruising in Halong Bay
Day 12
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hanoi Departure

After breakfast onboard, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. Meet up with your private tour guide again and get to the airport for homebound flight. Have a safe flight home, and we hope to see you again soon!

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

Special experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

the colorful boats on the sea
A Extension to Mui Ne

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all-terrain vehicle
Quad Adventure in the Countryside

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rice growing
Farming Experience in Tra Que Village

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the tanks
Ho Chi Minh Long Tan NuiI Dat For Veterans Day Tour

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Hotel with nostalgic style in Hanoi
Hotel with nostalgic style in Hanoi
hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Central located hotel in Ho Chi Minh
hotel in hoi an
A riverbank resort in Hoi An
Hotel with Cambodian style in Siem Reap
Hotel with Cambodian style in Siem Reap
Boutique resort in Phnom Penh
Boutique resort in Phnom Penh

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per person (Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels)
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • 4-star accommodations for 11 nights
  • Flights between cities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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