On The Go Tours Essential Vietnam & Cambodia - 17 days

17 Day Tour

Experience this 17 day tour visiting Cambodia and Vietnam with On The Go Tours.

Details
Length 17 Days
Code BEVC
Group Size 32
Age Group
Category Budget

Overview

Travelling from bustling Hanoi to Siem Reap and the spectacular Angkor Temple Complex, this 17-day adventure packs in the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia. Visit Cat Ba island in the beautiful Halong Bay region, charming Hoi An, capital city Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake and much more.

Highlights

  • Hanoi - independently explore the capital
  • Cat Ba Island - spend a night on Ha Long Bay's largest island and cruise idyllic Lan Ha bay, with its beautiful limestone peaks and islets (note: from May to August, Cat Ba Island will be replaced with an overnight junk boat cruise on Halong Bay)
  • Hue - tour the ancient Imperial Citadel and visit the enchanting village of the Mandarins
  • Hoi An - wander around this enchanting UNESCO Listed ancient town, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches
  • Mui Ne - relax on the beautiful stretch of sandy beach and swim in the emerald green waters
  • Ho Chi Minh City - free time to explore the ‘Pearl of the Orient' or join an optional city tour
  • Phnom Penh - independently explore Cambodia's capital or take in the highlights on optional tours
  • Battambang - enjoy a ride on the famous bamboo train, visit Phnom Sambov Mountain, Battambang Market and a local village
  • Siem Reap - free time to shop at the central market and take in the nightlife of Siem Reap's famous 'Pub Street'
  • The Angkor Complex - gaze in wonder at incredible Angkor Wat, visit the iconic Ta Prohm Temple and explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom
  • Kampong Phluk - visit the floating villages of Kampong Phluk, built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Lake

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Hanoi

    Sunday. Welcome to Vietnam and the start of your adventure! Make your own way to our start hotel in Hanoi. At 4pm meet your guide and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby for a welcome meeting and drinks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    Please note: if you'd like more time to explore Vietnam's charming capital, we can book pre tour accommodation for you upon request.

    Meals:

    Accommodation:

  • Day 2 Cat Ba Island & Lan Ha Bay

    Hanoi - Cat Ba Island. This morning we travel to the coast and take the ferry to Cat Ba Island, the largest island in the beautiful Halong Bay region. From there we board a boat for a scenic cruise to Beo Floating Village and pristine Lan Ha Bay, with its emerald waters and karst rock formations, enjoying lunch on board. This afternoon there's the opportunity to kayak and explore Cat Ba Island's lagoons or enjoy a 10km cycle across the jungle to the island’s most remote village (included in the price of the tour).

    Later in the afternoon we return to our hotel and enjoy some free time, perhaps unwinding on the beach or visiting Canon Fort, which is known for its stunning sunset views over the archipelago.

    PLEASE NOTE: from May-August our visit to Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay day cruise will be replaced with an overnight Halong Bay junk boat cruise. Please read the trip notes for further information.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

    Accommodation: Cat Ba Princess Hotel

  • Day 3 Cat Ba Island

    Cat Ba – Hue. This morning offers free time to enjoy our surrounds or there's an optional excursion to visit Cat Ba fish market and hike up to one of the island’s many peaks, which boasts breathtaking views of Cat Ba National Park from its summit. After some time to freshen up at our hotel, we travel to Hanoi train station to catch our overnight train (simple 4 berth cabins) to the imperial city of Hue.

    Please note: from May-August our visit to Cat Ba Island will be replaced with an overnight Halong Bay cruise. Please read the trip notes for further information.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

    Accommodation: Sleeper Train

  • Day 4 Hue sightseeing

    Today we tour Hue’s biggest highlight, the Imperial Citadel, and learn all about this city’s fascinating past. We then continue to the Village of the Mandarins, set on the banks of the Perfume River, to get a taste of local life and enjoy lunch at one of the villager’s homes.

    This afternoon we travel to our hotel, where the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Either hit the beach or visit the imperial tombs and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Or, alternatively, take one of our optional excursions to watch the sunset at Chuon lagoon or to cycle through Hue's rural outskirts.

    Meals: 1 Lunch

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  • Day 5 Hoi An

    Hue – Hoi An. Departing Hue, we travel by public tourist bus (modern coach with air conditioning) to Hoi An, an enchanting port town on Vietnam’s central coast. After dropping our luggage at our hotel, we enjoy an orientation walking tour of the town’s UNESCO-listed centre, visiting sights such as the iconic Japanese Bridge. The rest of the day is free for you to stroll along the riverside with its colourful fishing boats and explore Hoi An's cobbled streets which are bedecked with lanterns and home to some of Asia's best tailors, wonderful craft shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 6 Free time in Hoi An

    Hoi An – Mui Ne. Enjoy a free day in Hoi An, perhaps unwinding on the beach or shopping in the town’s colourful markets. We also offer two optional excursions, either cycling and paddling through the surrounding countryside or visiting a local farm to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

    This evening we continue to Da Nang railway station, where we catch our overnight train (simple 4 berth cabins) to Mui Ne, one of the most popular beach resorts in Vietnam.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

    Accommodation: Sleeper Train

  • Day 7-8 Mui Ne beach

    Around noon today, we arrive into Bihn Thuan railway station, where we transfer to our hotel in the coastal resort town of Mui Ne. Mui Ne is a real Mecca for surfers and kite-surfing enthusiasts and it's also the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Spend the rest of day 7 and day 8 at leisure. Perhaps soak up the sunshine by the pool or on the glorious 21km stretch of golden sandy beach, with its colourful fishing boats, famous sand dunes and emerald sea.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 9-10 Ho Chi Minh City

    Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City. Travelling by public tourist bus, we make our way to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Spend the rest of the day either enjoying some free time or exploring the sights on our optional city tour.

    Day 10 is free to further explore the city or there is an optional excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning, a vast underground network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters in the Vietnam War. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City at lunch time, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps sampling some of the city’s famous street food and shopping in the markets, visiting the sobering War Remnants Museum or the historic Reunification Palace.

    Meals: 2 Breakfast

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  • Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

    Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). This morning we travel by public tourist bus across the border into Cambodia and on to its capital Phnom Penh. After hotel check-in, we meet our guide and travel by tuk tuk to the Mekong River for a scenic walk along Phnom Penh's riverside, before heading to the famous Foreign Correspondents Club for a drink.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 12 Phnom Penh

    Today is a free day to either explore Phnom Penh at your leisure or choose one of our optional excursions. In the morning our optional city tour takes in the Central Market, the National Museum and the Royal Palace with its famous Silver Pagoda. Then you can learn about horrors of the Pol Pot regime on an optional afternoon tour to the Killing Fields and Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21). Alternatively, those feeling energetic have the option of a cycling trip to scenic Koh Dach island in the afternoon.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 13 Battambang

    Phnom Penh – Battambang. This morning we journey to the agricultural province of Battambang, considered the rice bowl of Cambodia, stopping en route to visit a local pottery. Arriving into Battambang we visit Phnom Sambov Mountain, a place steeped in legend, with Wat Sampeou at its peak and a group of caves used as ‘killing caves’ by the Khmer Rouge.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 14 Wat Banan & the Bamboo train

    Battambang – Siem Reap. After breakfast, we visit the lively Battambang Market and visit a local village which is renowned for its old wooden houses. Here we'll discover past and present Khmer architecture, look inside some of the local families' homes and gain an insight into the Cambodian way of life. We'll also learn about the process of producing rice paper, sticky rice and other Cambodian treats, as well as visiting a weaving and handicraft centre.

    Next we enjoy a fun ride on Battambang's famous bamboo train, a raft-like device used by local villagers to transport their goods, before driving to Wat Banan, an 11th-century mountain-top temple. We climb to the top of the mountain to explore the temple and take in the fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Bidding farewell to Battambang we travel on to Siem Reap, where the evening is free to spend at your leisure.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 15 Angkor Temple Complex

    We spend this morning exploring magnificent Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all the temples within the Angkor Complex. This afternoon we visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, with the Bayon Temple at its centre. This 12th-century masterpiece is known for its Gothic towers decorated with smiling faces.

    Our final stop is Ta Prohm temple, made famous by the Tomb Raider movie starring Angelina Jolie. Left just as it was discovered, the temple is slowly being overtaken by the surrounding jungle, with vast tree trunks growing amongst its ruins.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 16 Kampong Phluk & Tonle Sap Lake

    Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake. Travelling to Tonle Sap Lake this morning we visit the villages of Kampong Phluk, which feature stilt houses built within the floodplain of the lake. Boarding row boats we explore Kampong Phluk, passing houses, schools and local businesses built on stilts which hover above the surface of the lake, whilst nearby, the petrified trees of a flooded forest are revealed whenever the water level drops. Returning to Siem Reap, this afternoon offers free time, perhaps shopping in the central market or discovering the buzzing atmosphere of Pub Street. This evening there's an optional dinner and Apsara dance show.

    PLEASE NOTE: During the dry season (Mar - Sep), when the water level is low on Tonle Sap Lake we visit the Chong Kneas floating village instead of Kampong Phluk.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

    Accommodation:

  • Day 17 Siem Reap

    Tuesday. Our tour comes to an end today. Depart at any time or, if you would like to extend your stay in Cambodia, we can arrange post-tour accommodation.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

    Accommodation:

Inclusions

  • 14 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • 14 nights 3 star hotels
  • 2 overnight sleeper trains: Hanoi - Hue and Danang to Mui Ne (basic, 4 berth cabins)
  • Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles and public tourist bus from Hue - Hoi An, Mui Ne - Ho Chi Minh City and Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh
  • Lan Ha Bay cruise (or overnight Halong Bay junk boat cruise from May to August)
  • Guided sightseeing in Hue, Hoi An, Battambang, the Temples of Angkor and Kampong Phluk
  • Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide

Accommodation

3 Star

  • La Dolce Vita Hotel, Hanoi - 3 Star Hotel
  • Hong Ha Hotel, Hanoi - 3 Star Hotel
  • Cat Ba Princes Hotel, Cat Ba Island - 3 Star Hotel
  • Duy Tan Hotel, Hue - 3 Star Hotel
  • Carnosa Hotel, Hue - 3 Star Hotel
  • Hoi An Rose Garden Hotel, Hoi An - 3 Star Hotel
  • Sunshine Hotel, Hoi An - 3 Star Hotel
  • Sandune Mui Ne Beach Resort & Spa , Mui Ne - 3 Star Hotel
  • Nam Chau Resort, Mui Ne - 3 Star Hotel
  • Hoang Phu Gia Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - 3 Star Hotel
  • Universe Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - 3 Star Hotel
  • Cardamom Hotel & Apartments, Phnom Penh - 3 Star Hotel
  • Khemara Battambang 1, Battambang - 3 Star Hotel
  • New Riverside Hotel, Siem Reap - 4 Star Hotel

Exclusions

  • International flights and visa
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Entrance Fees: USD$65-75pp, paid in USD or VND

Map

Notes

Age Policy

18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult

Pricing Information

"Guaranteed" refers to departures that are confirmed for departure. Pricing is Per Person.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.