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The Best Of Vietnam & Cambodia

  • 14 Days 13 Nights
  • $2,290
  • 2024
  • Domestic Airfares in Vietnam
  • Accommodation 3 ⭐️ Hotels4 - 5 ⭐️ Hotels Option Available

Highlights

Discover the ancient temples, bustling cities, and spellbinding countryside at the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 14-day tour with highlight as below:

  • Explore the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to explore the vibrant mix of influences, from the French to Asian traders, settlers and indigenous peoples.
  • You’ll also have the chance to take an overnight cruise through the unearthly emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, gliding majestically through jungle-clad limestone peaks.
  • Explore the charming old town of Hoi An, known for its quaint canals and historic architecture. Sit down to enjoy a famed egg coffee at a local cafe and relax from the hustle and bustle.
  • Observe as daily life unfolds along the banks of the Mekong Delta on a boat cruise, with stops in coconut groves to see how the skills behind ancient handicrafts are handed down from generation to generation.
  • Visit Phnom Penh capital -the nation’s primate city and its economic, industrial, and cultural centre.
  • Explore the world-famous Angkor Wat: spend a full day discovering these ancient archaeological wonders.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrival – Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Free Day
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (Domestic Flight)
Day 5: Hoi An – Free Day
Day 6: Hoi An – Free Day
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Domestic Flight)
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Free Day
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh (By Bus)
Day 11: Phnom Penh – Free Day
Day 12: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by Giant Ibis Bus (By Bus)
Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Tour (By Bus)
Day 14: Siem Reap – Departure

Itinerary

Day 1Hanoi - Arrival (No Meal)

Welcome to Hanoi! Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), a tour guide will meet you and guide you to your driver for transfer to your hotel. Then you are free.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal included: None

Day 2Hanoi - Free Day (Breakfast)

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Optional tour to Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave

07:00 – 07:30 – Our guide will meet you at your hotel/stay and start a 110km modern Bus-journey through the verdant landscape of the countryside. Short-brake en route.

10:45 – Visiting Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel with Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple dating back to the 17th Century.

12:00 – Enjoying the lunch at our restaurant with the great local cuisines.

13:30 – Leaving for the Trang An Grottoes, an out-standing natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometers rises dramatically out from rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountains are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.

Embarking on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through numerous caves: Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, Thanh Truot Cave,…and Cao Sơn Temple, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Temple…

15:30 – Arriving at Mua Cave and starting an amazing trek up to the top of Ngoa Long mountain for watching the spectacular rice valley with a specious view of nature.

17:15 – Returning to our bus and then come back to Ha Noi

19:30 – Dropping you off at your hotel/stay. Trip ends.

Day 3Hanoi Halong Bay Overnight on Cruise (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After breakfast, our tour guide and driver pick you up from the hotel to transfer to Halong Bay – the number one destination of Vietnam.

Itinerary for Garden Bay Cruise

08:15 Hotel pick-up in hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter.

12:15 Arriving at Sunworld International Harbor, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City. Transfer to Tonkin Cruise Boat by tender (5 -10 minutes)

12:30 Enjoy welcome drink, safety briefing then check in to your cabin

13:00 Cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay & having lunch with Set Menu

15:30 Kayaking to explore some lagoons, Swimming, Relaxing at the Beach in Cap La

17:30 Relax and enjoy the sunset party with Happy Hour (from 5h30pm- 7h30pm) while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong-Cong Do area to anchor for overnight

19:00 Having BBQ dinner (on the sundeck if condition permit otherwise in the restaurant)

21:00 Free evening to join some activities of board games or squid fishing, play guitar, watch movies or karaoke (advance request) or taste the variety of drinks at our luxury sky bar (chargeable) with wines, cocktails, brandy, juices…

Itinerary for Calypso Cruise

12:15 – 13:00 From Tuan Chau wharf, Tuan Chau island of Ha Long city, we go to Calypso Cruise by small boat. A warmly welcome drinks will be served upon arrival the cruise then has a short time for check in proceeds: get a brief introduction and safety guidelines then check in
Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Ha Long Bay, admiring the fascinating nature, then anchor at Lan Ha Bay area.

15:00 Join a guide to explore hidden parts of the bay, the area of Dark and Bright cave where to go through the cave, under the mountain to a lake which is formed by a Karst – well like a dragon eye inside the mountain. This is a very beautiful sight that visitors like the most. You share a sampan with other tourists with a local rower OR take a kayak on your own.
Return to Calypso Cruises for changing swimming suits then join swimming time in the sea or at the swimming pool on sundeck.

17:30 Enjoy happy hours with various drinks on discounts, try swimming pool and charming the bay with our handsome bartenders. Sun set can be seen from the sundeck if it is a lucky day.

18:00 Take part in a cooking demonstration and food décor with our Chef.

19:00 Join dinner at Calypso Cruises restaurant.

20:30 – 22:00 Time for relaxation after a day on the sundeck, leisure in a room for watching films, singing karaoke in a restaurant or going to tender for squid fishing with cruise staff.

Overnight in Lan Ha Bay.

Itinerary La Regina Grand cruise

08:00 – 08:30 La Regina Grand Cruise luxury limousine picks you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to start your journey to La Regina Private Lounge.

11:30 Arrive at La Regina private lounge – Lot 24, Tuan Chau Marina – Ha Long, enjoy a welcome drink and express check-in before boarding.

12:15 Transferred by speed boat to La Regina Grand Cruises. Welcome aboard the cruise, refresh with our welcome drink while Cruise Manager briefing cruise orientation, activities & on board safety. The boat starts cruising to Lan Ha bay.

13:00 Cruise leaves to explore Lan Ha Bay. You will be enjoying a meal that features the distinctive Vietnamese cuisine taste while relaxing and avoiding the crowds on well-traveled roads.

15:30 You will arrive at Light and Dark Cave – one of the best attractions on Lan Ha Bay which is best known for its pristine and tranquil beauty. Exploring the area by local boat or kayaking. After that, you can swim in the green emerald and cool water around the cruise.

17:30 Return to the cruise and enjoy the Bay sunset while enjoying the “Happy Hour” special. You may also join our chef in the kitchen to learn how to make traditional spring rolls.

19:00 If the weather permits, enjoy dinner on the sundeck or in HaLong Bar & Restaurant, which is on the second floor. You will have the chance to savor meals produced from premium, fresh ingredients in a distinctive fusion style that fuses the essence of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the innovative influences of modern cuisine.
After dinner, it’s your choice for a fun squid fishing, spa (charge fees) or relaxing.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner on cruise

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch and dinner on cruise

Day 4Halong Bay Hanoi Danang Hoi An (Breakfast / Brunch)

Suggestion flight time from 16:30 – 17:30

Itinerary for Garden Bay Cruise

06:30 Wake up early in the morning for Taichi exercise.

07:00 Have a light breakfast.

07:45 Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village by bamboo boat to discover the daily life of the fisher communities

09:00 Back to the main boat, relaxing, packing up

09:30 Checking-out and relaxing on the sundeck

10:30 Enjoy the last scenery of the HaLong Bay over lunch when the boat cruises back to shore.

11:45 Disembark and relax in our cafe lounge

12:15 Transfer back to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. On arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Itinerary for Calypso Cruise

06:00 Welcome a new day with amazing dawn on the Legendary Gulf of Tonkin. Refresh your body & soul by taking a Tai-chi lesson on the sundeck.

06:45 – 7:30 Have breakfast in the restaurant.

07:30 – 08:30 Join a guided tour and get your hands on some Kayaking to explore Tra Bau area. Those who do not fancy kayaking can swim at the swimming pool on the sundeck or swim in the sea.

08:30 – 9:30 Return to Calypso Cruises for a shower. Check out of your room.

09:30 – 10:30 An early lunch will be served.

10:45 – 11:00 After paying the bills, a small boat will take all of us to Tuan Chau wharf.

11:00 – 11:45: Disembark at the pier and return to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. On arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Itinerary for La Regina Grand cruise

06:00 Greet the new day on the sundeck with a tachi session. Enjoy the fresh air on the bay while you unwind with a cup of tea or coffee.

06:45 Enjoy a quick breakfast on board and get your day going with plenty of energy.

07:30 You will join the tour of Cat Ba World Biosphere. It will take you around 30 minutes to transfer from Gia Luan to Trung Trang – one of the most impressive caves in Cat Ba Island, Vietnam.

09:40 Lunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor.

11:00 Disembark from the cruise as our crew say farewell, back to Tuan Chau Marina by our speed boat. Then we will return to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. On arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoian.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch on cruise

* Details of the cruise program will be updated upon confirmation. Anyway it still can change prior to departure date without notification due the weather or quay policy.

Day 5Hoi An - Free Day (Breakfast)

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Optional tour to Bana Hills

07:00 – 08:00: Pick up at your hotel and depart to Ba Na hills.

09:00: Arrive at the cable car station Hoi An. Sitting in the cabin, in mid-air, looking upon the endless tree line of the forest. Experiencing the pristine ecological system of the Ba Na Mountain will leave you with a sense of unforeseeable discovery.

09:30: Visit the Le Jardin, old wineries – remains of French Villas and Linh Ung pagoda with a 27m high Buddha statue. Leave Le Jardin for Gare Debay, the second cable car station, to go to the top of Ba Na

10:30: Visit and play games at the Fantasy Park- Ba Na Hills Fantasy Park- the third largest indoor amusement park in the world (only some free games depending on Ba Na policy).

11h30: Have a lunch buffet at Restaurant.

12:30: Conquer the Peak of Chua Mountain at the height of 1,487m. Enjoy the panorama view of the Da Nang from the top of Ba Na Hills. And then visit Golden Bridge.

14:30: Return to cable car station and transfer to Da Nang

15:00- 15:30: Return to your hotel.

Day 6Hoi An - Free Day (Breakfast)

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoan. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Optional tour to My Son

8.00 – 8.30: our guide picks you up at your hotel and departs to My Son holy land – the world cultural heritage.

10.00: Arrive at My Son and we’ll have 2 hours to discover the site by walking throughout the landscape, learning histories with our local English-speaking guide, and enjoying the Champa’s traditional performances.

11.30: Get back to the minivan and move to a local house to learn how to make rice paper, you will enjoy your own hand-making product later!

12.00: Back to the van and have lunch at another local house. relax with cold herbal tea, nice foods, and fresh air.

13.30: take a boat trip to Hoi An with a nice and cool breeze on boarding, beautiful river scenery on the biggest river in the Central of Vietnam named as Thu Bon River.

14.30: arrive at Hoi An, we will drop you at your hotel. Tour ends!

Day 7Hoi An Danang Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Suggestion flight time from 10:00 – 12:00

There is some free time for your own exploration in Hoi An until we transfer to the airport to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 8Ho Chi Minh City - Free Day (Breakfast)

Today you are free for your own exploration in Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Optional tour to Cu Chi tunnels

In the morning, we head to Cu Chi Tunnels which are in an area known during the American War in Vietnam as the ‘Iron Triangle’, on account of the strength of its Communist insurgency. Cu Chi was also the conclusion to many caravan paths that traced down from the Chinese border, across mountain borders with Laos and into the Mekong Delta, which later became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The network, which is several stories deep in some parts, includes trapdoors, living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.

Day 9Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta My Tho Ben Tre (Breakfast / Lunch)

7h30 AM Our tour guide will welcome you at your hotel before heading to My Tho city. Enjoy the scenery and green rice paddies during the one-and-a-half-hour bus ride. Along the way, we will visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Continue to My Tho, where we take a boat trip along the Mekong River, where you can see fish cages and floating houses on the river.

The boat takes you to a small canal, escaping the hustle and bustle of the town. We disembark at a coconut island in Ben Tre and enjoy a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea and honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music performed by the villagers. Check out the coconut candy shop and learn how to make candy, and see handicrafts made from the coconuts.

Take your time snapping photos and enjoy the natural scenery before we head to the local restaurant. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food. Enjoy your lunch outside under the shade of the trees. After lunch, enjoy your time relaxing, walking around the village, or perhaps going for a short bike ride. Travel back to Saigon and arrive around 5.00 pm for the end of the tour.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 10Ho Chi Minh City Phnom Penh (Breakfast)

Your time in Vietnam has come to an end today, as you rise early and cross the Moc Bai Border toward Phnom Penh, your first stop in Cambodia.

The country’s cultural epicenter, riverside Phnom Penh is home to ornate temples, fascinating museums, and fragrant cuisine, all waiting to be uncovered. After your arrival, the rest of the day is spent at your leisure – visit the city’s legendary temples, abandoned centuries ago by the ancient Khmer kingdom or head to the Royal Palace for a glimpse into how the historic nobility once lived. Then you are free. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 11Phnom Penh (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you’ll have another full day to catch the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh at your leisure. You may choose to discover Cambodia’s tragic past with an optional Killing Fields tour. Begin at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, used as a prison in the days of the Khmer Rouge regime, before travelling to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. This poignant memorial sits on the site where over a million people are thought to have been executed during the Khmer Rouge rule. After an authentic lunch at a local restaurant, set off to discover Phnom Penh from a different angle with a cruise of the Mekong River, admiring the city’s architecture rising from the banks as daily life unfolds. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 12Phnom Penh Siem Reap by Giant Ibis Bus - No Guide (Breakfast)

Breakfast is at the hotel. Meet our driver (no guide) in the hotel’s lobby then transfer to Giant Ibis bus station for the journey within 6 hours to Siem Reap City. Once you arrive in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed and transferred (no guide) to the hotel by our car driver. Check in, simply have free time at the hotel’s poolside.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 13Siem Reap Angkor Tour (Breakfast)

Siem Reap’s famous temple complex awaits you today – a bucket-list attraction for travellers across the world.

Begin with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Rising majestically from the jungle, this 12th-century Buddhist temple complex spans 400 acres and is rich in archaeological treasures. Unofficially acknowledged as one of the wonders of the world, this incredibly well-preserved site is an architectural triumph.

Continue to Angkor Thom, the last city of the Khmer Empire, whose 12th-century temples and statues are a fascinating remnant of the Cambodian Middle Ages. Explore Bayon Temple, with its collection of smiling stone faces, and explore the hauntingly beautiful remains of Ta Prohm, a 12th-century Buddhist temple reclaimed by nature, with winding vines weaving around its crumbling walls.

To finish the day, climb to the upper terraces of one of the ancient buildings to view the spectacular sunset.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 14Siem Reap - Departure (Breakfast)

Your final day starts with breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. You will then be transferred to the airport for the departure flight to the next destination.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

End of services.

Tour Prices & Hotels

Private Tours For The Whole Itinerary

Net Tour Cost Per Person in AUD Base on Double/Twin Sharing
Group size (Min.2 person) Standard Class (3*) Superior Class (4*) Deluxe Class (5*)
Price per person $ 2,290 $ 2,490 $ 3,090
Single supplement for min 03 person $ 700 $ 900 $ 1,400
Solo Price for 01 person $ 3,990 $ 4,390 $ 5,490

Peak Season Surcharges

Time Holiday
08 – 16 Feb 2024 Tet Holiday
30 Apr – 02 May 2024 Victory and Labour Day
01 – 04 Sep 2024 Independence Day
22 – 25 Dec 2024 Christmas Holiday
29 Dec 2024 – 05 Jan 2025 New Year

List of Hotels (or Similar)

Standard Class (3*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi Chalcedony Deluxe City View
Halong Bay Garden Bay Cruise Deluxe
Hoi An Lantana Riverside Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City Acnos Deluxe
Phnom Penh Okay Boutique Hotel Superior
Siem Reap Ratana Angkor Superior

Superior Class (4*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi The Q Hotel Deluxe
Halong Bay Calypso Cruise Deluxe
Hoi An Hadana Boutique resort Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City Alagon D’antique Deluxe Windows
Phnom Penh The Orna Hotel Deluxe
Siem Reap Royal Empire Superior

Deluxe Class (5*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi Pan Pacific Deluxe
Halong Bay La Regina Grand Bai Tu Long Suite
Hoi An Little Oasis ROH
Ho Chi Minh City Grand Saigon Premium Deluxe
Phnom Penh Sun & Moon Riverside Deluxe
Siem Reap Royal Angkor Resort Superior

Tour Inclusions

Departure Dates

Travel period: 31 December 2024

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Flight

  • 02 domestic airfares: Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Ho Chi Minh City

Cruise

  • 02 Days 01 night on cruise in Ha Long (shared cabin on shared Cruise) by shuttle bus

Meal

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in itinerary (Vietnamese local cuisine).
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel.
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch on cruise

Drink

  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles

Tour guide

  • English-speaking local guides
    • Hanoi – Ha Long Bay: 01 guide
    • Da Nang – Hoi An: 01 guide
    • Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta: 01 guide
    • Phnom Penh: 1 guide
    • Siem Reap: 1 guide

Transport

  • Private vehicle with air conditioning for airport transfers in Hanoi/ Danang/ Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to border.
    • 1 – 2 pax: 07 car seats
    • 3 – 7 pax: van of 16 seats
    • 8 – 12 pax: coach of 25 – 29 seats
    • 13 – 15 pax: coach of 30 – 35 seats

Other

  • SIC tour to Mekong Delta
  • Private tour in Siem Reap – explore Angkor Wat

Tour Exclusions

Tour Exclusions

  • International airfares to/ from Australia (quoted separatedly, if requested)
  • Book a multi-city ticket with Vietnam Airlines, your connections are protected and get 02 complimentary domestic airfares.
  • Need domestic Australia/ New Zealand connecting flights to join Vietnam Tours? Let us handle in “one booking” with special ADD ON fares and convenience.
  • Visa to Vietnam (Clients can click here to apply E-visa online or contact VN Holidays team to help with service fee.)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program

Other Information

Changes

  • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels, and operating conditions.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.

Special requests

  • Your special requests (diet, vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date.

VN Holiday's responsibility

  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices.
  • VN Holidays is not responsible for any loss or theft, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers.
  • Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
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