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Cambodia + Vietnam

12 Days / 11 Nights

Journey into Indochina on this multi-country adventure that combines Cambodia and Vietnam. From exploring the ruins of ancient Champa and Khmer empires to experiencing the buzz of rapidly progressing modern cities, touring these neighboring countries reveals a diverse blend of old and new. Explore the awe-inspiring Angkorian temples and the hidden canals of the Mekong Delta.
Visit the quaint town of HoiAn and the former imperial capital Hue. The ideal way to complete your holiday is to cruise on a traditional junk boat through hundreds of limestone karsts at stunning Halong Bay.

Product Description

Tour Highlights

  • Phnom Penh
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Mekong Delta
  • Angkor Temples
  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Halong Bay
  • Hanoi

Tours Details

DURATION: 12 Days / 11 Nights

FREQUENCY: Daily

JOINING CITY: Phnom Penh airport

DEPARTURE CITY: Hanoi airport

ACTIVITIES: Cities and temples sightseeing

TOUR TYPE: Private tour

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: Year-round

What's Included

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
All internal transport as per the itinerary
Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
English speaking guide
Entry Fees
Meals as specified (B: breakfast, L: lunch, PL: packed lunch, D: dinner)

THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Internal flights
Beverages
Travel Insurance
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Naturalis Expeditions control

Day 1: ARRIVE IN PHNOM PENH

On arrival in Phnom Penh airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

After a relaxing break, you will set out to discover 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.

The sightseeing includes Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum which houses the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic and Wat Phnom temple.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to your hotel.

This afternoon, start your visits to Angkor by visiting the ancient city of Angkor Thom which was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII.

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. Return to the hotel.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 3: SIEM REAP 

After breakfast explore the temples of the Small Circuit by ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai ‘tuk tuk’). Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. 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.

Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.

In the afternoon depart on sightseeing of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods.

After the tour return to your hotel.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 4: SIEM REAP – HO CHI MINH CITY 

After breakfast, free till transfer to the airport for departure flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon).

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 5: HO CHI MINH CITY

Depart your hotel for a full day Ho Chi Minh City tour. Head to Cholon, the Chinatown district, to discover the area’s markets, shops, and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda – dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. Visit Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum, with an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine.

Head back to the city centre to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market exploring the variety of goods for sale.

This afternoon visits the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace. Stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the tour head back to your hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 6: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA 

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 in 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 back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

BREAKFAST| LUNCH

Day 7: HO CHI MINH CITY – DANANG – HOI AN 

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the short flight to Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colorful market.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An or Danang.

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Day 8: HOI AN – HUE 

Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Its mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.

Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.

In Hue visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.

After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha.

Overnight in Hue.

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Day 9: HUE – HANOI 

Start your day with a visit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market to see it’s abundance of fresh produce. After exploring the market take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax, full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake were university students come to study.

Continue to former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds.

Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb designed in traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.

From here transfer to Hue Airport for a short flight to Hanoi. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 10: HANOI – HALONG BAY 

Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight on Halong Bay.

BREAKFAST| LUNCH| DINNER

Day 11: HALONG BAY – HANOI

Enjoy your fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.

In Hanoi, in the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), a research centre and public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam.

Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.

Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely north Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 12: HANOI – DEPARTURE 

After breakfast visits the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Vietnam’s first university Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, the picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda and Taoist temple of Quan Thanh.

After the tour transfer to Hanoi airport for your onward flight.

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