Experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia in just 3 weeks. This comprehensive itinerary covers Siem Reap's majestic temples, Hanoi's vibrant streets, Sapa's picturesque landscapes, Ha Long Bay's surreal beauty, and Hue's imperial history. Immerse yourself in the charm of Hoi An's lantern-lit streets and explore the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh. Continue your adventure with a visit to the captivating Mekong Delta, where you'll witness the rhythms of river life. Conclude your journey with some well-deserved relaxation on the pristine beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure packed with culture, history, natural beauty, and beach bliss.
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Xin chao! Welcome to Siem Reap!
Upon arrival, your guide or driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Set off early to see the sun rise over the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and the best-preserved temple in the complex. This visually spectacular massive three-tired pyramid has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its flag. Admire the grandeur of its architecture its extensive decoration of bas-relief friezes.
Continue to Ta Prohm, one of Cambodia’s most beloved temples. Unusually, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found. The combination of large trees growing out of the ruins and the surrounding jungle give the temple a truly magical feel. Take a break for lunch and then set off to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance.
Next visit Bayon, a richly decorated temple. Its most distinctive feature is the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. Impressive bas-reliefs tell stories of daily life and of the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais.
Move on to Phimeanakas, a pyramid-shaped temple with two ponds in the rear. Climb to its top and take in the awe-inspiring sight of the Angkor ruins below before taking in row upon row of elephant trunks that form the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants.
Note: The tour can be organized on bicycles if you wish
Take a short 15-kilometer drive to Tonle Sap Lake, located south of Siem Reap. Here embark on a cruise to Kompong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on stilts. The community has about 3,000 residents who farm fish and vegetables on the floating platforms. Admire the floating village with a Buddhist monastery right in the middle.The cruise will also take you through the flooded forests that surround the village, a unique ecosystem where millions of fish come to spawn each season, attracting a myriad of water birds. Enjoy the views and keep an eye out for wildlife, especially birds and crab-eating macaques.
Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi!
Upon arrival, your guide or driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
For your authentic culinary experience, we partner with Rose Kitchen, the no.1 cooking class provider in Hanoi. Today you will be picked up at your hotel by shared transfer. Head straight to a local market to purchase ingredients for the class and learn about produce integral to Vietnamese cuisine. Learn to cook in a local luxurious villa of 500m2 with a local chef. In the kitchen, you’ll prepare and cook authentic dishes, such as spring rolls, a salad of banana flowers, and barbecue pork with noodles and fish sauce. Once you’ve finished cooking, you’ll sit down to feast on the fruit of your labors,accompanied by free and unlimited local wine tasting. You will then be dropped off at your hotel.
In the afternoon take a breezy cyclo ride through the Old Quarter’s 36 streets, named after the products that were sold from their shops. Today, vendors on Tin and Bamboo Streets still sell the same wares. Next, sip a strong Vietnamese coffee in a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake - an important symbol in Vietnamese folklore. End your day with a delightful water puppet show, a traditional art that is still being performed today. In the evening you will be transferred to the station for your overnight train to Sapa.
Upon your early arrival at Lao Cai station (5:55 am), our guide will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy an early check-in with breakfast, allowing you to unwind before your afternoon tour.In the afternoon, our guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you to a local restaurant for lunch.Following this, embark on a half-day guided tour to Sapa's Love Waterfall. A 40-minute drive brings you to Tram Ton Pass, the highest pass in Vietnam at 2047 meters above sea level. Revel in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park.Take a 30-minute walk to appreciate the stunning scenery on both sides of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, where the wind plays with the clouds, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Continue your adventure with a 30-minute trek through the forest, surrounded by vibrant wildflowers. Following the stream, you'll reach the magnificent Love Waterfall—a true natural marvel. Standing at 100 meters tall, the waterfall sparkles in the sun, with water cascading into a golden stream, set against a backdrop of lush greenery and thick bamboo. It's an enchanting sight that captures the beauty of Sapa's landscapes.
Begin your morning adventure by descending into the enchanting Sa Pa valley, a scenic drive that takes approximately 2 hours. Along the way, be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking vistas of the expansive paddy terrace fields and vibrant cornfields, showcasing the largest terrace paddy in Sa Pa. Pass through Ban Ho village before ascending to My Son Village and Nam Cang Village, nestled at the far end of the valley and home to various ethnic minority groups like Xa Pho, Red Zao, and White H'mong. Pause at Nam Than Village before continuing your journey with a hike to Nam Nhiu village, where the Red Dao people reside. Experience the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the towering mountains and immerse yourself in the warmth of the local village atmosphere. Cross a suspension bridge and be greeted by the refreshing sight and sound of small waterfalls along the trek. Prepare to be captivated by the stunning landscape of the lowest valley, adorned with scattered "Buffalo houses on stilts" nestled among the paddy terraces. As you trek, be serenaded by the melodious songs of the forest, the delightful chorus of birdsong filling the air. After approximately 2 hours of trekking, enjoy a hearty lunch in a traditional minority people's house on stilts in Thanh Phu Village. Conclude your day by returning to Sapa, where you can witness the mesmerizing sunset over the picturesque mountains.
Free day at leisure until you are transferred to Hanoi.
Check in your hotel in Hanoi and relax.
Depart from Hanoi and travel by road to the Tuan Chau Island pier in Halong Bay. Set off on your luxury cruise, where you’ll be pampered in style and comfort whilst meandering through the towering limestone cliffs and emerald green waters of Ha long Bay. Stop in Tra Bau, a secret hideaway in Lan Ha Bay that has beaches, caves and coves.
You can try kayaking or simply swim in the clear waters of the bay. Back to your boat, enjoy life aboard the vessel or in your suite, and with cocktail in hand watch the sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. In late afternoon part in a professional cooking demonstration before indulging in a luxurious dinner in the dining hall. Spend the rest of the evening as you’d like: watch a movie in the dining area, relax on the deck with a cocktail, or go squid fishing under the cover of night.
Rise with the sun and practice Vivonam on the sundeck while taking in majestic views of the surrounding bay and the cool sea breeze. Wrap up your experience with a bamboo boat trip to visit Dark and Bright Cave before cruising back to Tuan Chau Marina. Your guide and driver will take you to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.
Upon arrival in Danang you will be taken to your hotel in Hue.
Start your tour with the ancient walled Citadel, which was closely modelled along the lines of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Then visit Khai Dinh tomb, admire the unusual combination of architecture that blends a traditional Chinese past with a modern Western future. Khai Dinh was the Nguyen Dynasty’s most eccentric and unusual king, who reportedly embraced French colonialism. Much like his father, Khai Dinh favoured imported luxuries, spent huge sums of money on his tomb, and was the subject of ridicule by nationalist leaders. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In afternoon you’ll have a tour of Thien Mu pagoda, one of iconic sights in Hue and An Hien garden house. An Hien garden house contains many large and small architectures built according to the traditional architecture style of Vietnam in general and Hue in particular. The garden house is strongly influenced by fengshui. The main architecture of An Hien garden house is a 3-room 2-gable house with wooden structure and beautifully sculpted patterns. Over a century of existence, An Hien remains almost intact both in landscape and architecture
Today you will be transferred to Hoi An over the scenic Hai Van Pass,probably the most scenic stretch of coastal road in Vietnam. You will visit Cham museum which houses the largest exhibition of Cham sculpture in the world with almost 300 terracotta and stone works of art ranging from the 7th to the 15th centuries. The tour continues with a visit to the Marble Mountains which are a group of five limestone and marble hills in Ngu Hanh Son District. The mountains sheer porous limestone is punctuated by caves and tunnels which are fitted with spectacular Buddhist and Hindu shrines. Check in your hotel in Hoi An. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Begin your story of Hoi An, a former port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. Today it is renowned for its old quarter lined with two-storey Chinese shops, with elaborate carved wooden facades and terracotta tile roofs. And not forgetting expert tailor shops and delicious food! The tour includes stops at several famous landmarks. The first is Chua Ong Pagoda, dating back to 1653 and built in honor of the Chinese general Quan Cong, who is worshipped by many as a symbol of loyalty and justice. Next, pop into Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshan Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors. From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An. After a Vietnamese lunch, take a short boat trip down the river and visit a craft village where local artisans make ceramics. End your afternoon with a visit to the docks and see traditional fishing boats and the unusual round basket boats that ply the water.
Set off on a culinary adventure in Hoi An to discover the flavours and dishes that make this coastal town unique. Alongside an expert local guide, your journey introduces you to the stories behind Hoi An’s most iconic dishes at the town’s most famous eateries. Start your tour at a local restaurant famous for white rose dumplings, found exclusively in Hoi An. Enjoy the delicacies while marveling at the work that goes into them. The staff churn out up to 6000 of these dumplings every day and each one is as beautiful as the last. Your visit here includes a chance to try making a few of your own dumplings too! Continue on to find the world's best Banh Mi! Prepared with a crusty baguette, generous fillings of grilled pork, pate, fresh herbs, and tangy pickled vegetables, Banh Mi is a mouthwatering delight that has gained international acclaim. Continue onward to sample grilled pork noodles and visit the central market on way. Wrap up the tour with a local Vietnamese coffee- the perfect ending to any meal.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight Upon arrival, your guide or drive will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a half day walking tour of Saigon. Start your Story of Saigon with a visit to the War Remnants Museum. Here, your guide will tell the story of the city’s darkest and most tragic hours during the Vietnam War. The museum contains displays of military aircraft, weaponry and many photographs - some that are quite graphic in nature. Although many of Vietnam’s 90 million people are now too young to remember the war, its legacy is still felt strongly across Vietnamese society. Next, visit the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government. It was here on 30 April 1975, that the war ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. See the war room, the banquet hall and the presidential office with the unusual gifts which have been received. Then, continue to the Central Post Office, designed and constructed by the renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, and take a moment to send a postcard! Just behind the post office is the Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic Saigon landmark built in neo-Romanesque style by the French between 1863 and 1880. Today it’s a favoured backdrop for Vietnamese wedding photographs.Next, stroll down follow Dong Khoi Street, which figured prominently in Graham Greene’s famous Vietnam novel, The Quiet American, as Rue Catinat. The walk ends at the Saigon Opera House. From a bomb shelter to housing the parliamentary Lower House, the Opera House has had an interesting history.
Depart from your hotel at 8am and drive about 2 hours from Saigon to the township of Cai Be to board the Cai Be Princess. The crew welcomes you aboard with cold towels and are freshing drink as the Cai Be Princess Sampan sets off for its leisurely cruise on the busy waterways of the Mekong Delta. On the river, all sorts of boats ply the water, from small fishing boats to cargo barges loaded with fruit and vegetables. Observe a little of river life as it plays out on the banks - noting the people and the stunning landscapes - while your attentive crew serves you tea and seasonal fruit. At Tan Phong Islet board a little rowing boat to explore the canal’s hidden mangroves. Return to yoursampan to visit an ancient house built in the 19th century. Make stops along the way to provide glimpses of local cottage industries, including factories for the production of coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn), products that provide a living for the river people. Your cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villaset in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit trees, giving you a sense of life during the Indochina of yesteryear. After lunch, take a short walk along a small canal, towards the Ba Bon Bridge where your personal vehicle awaits to drive you to Can Tho. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon.
The Cai Rang floating market is one of the most unique and colorful markets in Southern Vietnam. Learn about the history and culture of the market and buy fresh fruits from one of the charming local vendors. Then, visit a traditional family owned“noodle house” where colorful noodles are made using traditional techniques.See the fascinating process of making noodles and sample some of the delicacies. Make your way along the idyllic canals in search of a traditional cocoa farm, where you will learn a lot of interesting facts and stories about chocolate! Find out how organic cocoa is used to make everything from wine to cosmetics, while enjoying a glass of cocoa milk or cocoa wine! Delicious! You will then be transferred to Can Tho airport for your flight to Phu Quoc.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight.
November - April is the best time to do this itinerary when weather is the most pleasant.
If you don't mind some sporadic rain and hot weather then you can benefit from travelling in green season (May - September) when it is generally less crowded and most hotels offer reduced rates during this time of year.
For more information on weather please visit our Vietnam weather page.
For this itinerary you need to fly into Noi Bai airport (HAN) in Hanoi and out of Tan Son Nhat airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City.
Yes absolutely. The above itinerary is just a suggestion of what you could do. We can take things out or suggest other experiences that are more to your liking.
Visitors from certain countries might enter Vietnam visa-free for a certain number of days.
From 15 March 2022 Vietnam has reintroduced visa waivers for the nationals of some countries including the UK, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Finland, Japan, Italy & Denmark., Russia, Belarus (under 15 days); Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos (under 30 days); Philippines (under 21 days) and Myanmar & Brunei (under 14 days).
If you are not passport holder of the above mentioned countries or if you wish to stay longer than what is allowed then you would need to apply for Vietnam e-visa
E-visa costs 25 USD and generally takes 3 days. You will receive your code by email to print your visa. You can enter Vietnam on an e-Visa at any of the country's eight international airports, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, as well as 14 land crossings and seven seaports.
Visitors to Cambodia can obtain a visa on arrival for tourism (US$30) or business purposes(US$35), for a maximum stay of 30 days. Extensions are possible. Passport should be valid at least 06 months before expiry date and 1 passport photo is required.
You can also apply for Cambodia e-visa online.
From 15 May 2022 you no longer need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Vietnam.
You also don’t need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Vietnam.
Debit/ credit cards are widely accepted in Vietnam at restaurants, hotels and shops.
For smaller purchases, you can consider taking some USD in cash which you can change to Dong (at your hotel or tourist centres) upon arrival.
If you don't want to take cash you can get a prepaid 'travel money card' which is usually safer and cheaper than using your debit/credit card to withdraw money at ATMs in Vietnam.
ATMs are widely available in Vietnam, especially in big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City & Danang. If you travel to more rural areas consider taking some cash with you.
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