Tours of Vietnam and Cambodia don’t come better than this! With this private travel experience you can enjoy a fascinating cruise on the Mekong River and take in the magnificent Angkor temples.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3HanoiColonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient ArchitectureSilk Path Hotel, The Apricot Hotel
3 - 4Halong BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingDragon's Pearl, Ginger Cruise Halong Bay
4 - 6HuéPerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HousePilgrimage Village, Azerai - La Residence Hue
6 - 8Hoi AnUNESCO World Heritage Site, Beach, Relaxation, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese ArchitectureBoutique Hoi An Resort, Anantara Hoi An Resort
8 - 10Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleLiberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel, Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection
10 - 11Can ThoMekong Delta, Boat Ride, Floating market, Can Tho MuseumVictoria Can Tho Resort, Azerai Can Tho
11 - 12Chau DocBorder Town, Ethnic Minorities, Traditional FabricsVictoria Chau Doc Hotel
12 - 14Phnom PenhCambodia’s Capital, Royal Palace, Riverside Promenade, Colonial ArchitectureVilla Langka, La Rose Suites
14 - 16Siem ReapAngkor Wat Temple Complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tonle Sap Lake, Khmer Architecture, Rice FieldsShinta Mani Shack, Heritage Suites Hotel - Siem Reap

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hotel

Hanoi

2 Days

Hanoi has served as an erstwhile capital city and the seat of government for over a thousand years. Explore exotic ancient monuments and remnants of colonial imperialism as well as affable merchants at Hanoi’s night markets and at bustling street food stalls.

Included Activities

Full Day Tour Of Hanoi With Cyclos Ride
Delve into Hanoi’s colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Start at the historic mausoleum and former house of Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. Visit the beautifully designed lotus-shaped Buddhist temple of One Pillar Pagoda. If you wish to gain an overview of Hanoian culture and ancient architecture then you will be in for a treat at the Temple of Literature, whilst the Museum of Ethnology offers fascinating insights into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. You can observe the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter with a thrilling one hour cyclo ride, where many local people go about their daily lives. To complete this culturally rich day, enjoy a performance at the mystical Water Puppet Theater, which brings to life a traditional artform describing daily life and the legends of Vietnam’s history. (Full Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs; Private activity & transfer; Fitness level: Easy. Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every afternoon on weekdays except Monday and Friday when it is closed all day; between September to December it is closed everyday.)

Hotel Options
Silk Path Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSketch King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 4

Drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay via new highway (160 kms, 2.5 hrs)

Halong Bay

1 Day

Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkins is a dazzling world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can witness the dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone islands as they rise spectacularly from the ocean.

Included Activities

Halong Bay Cruise Activities on the Dragon Pearl
Enjoy a marvellous one night cruise aboard the Dragon Pearl! From your hotel you will be taken to the harbor where you can check-in, meet your crew and receive a safety briefing. The you can set sail to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay and Cap La, where the astonishing formations of Halong Bay await you. Enjoy a delicious lunch en route. If you wish, you can disembark and visit the local fishing village or go kayaking. Back on board, relax and unwind or have a swim before dinner. The following day you can cruise through an incredible panorama of grottos and explore Thien Canh Son cave. Enjoy a swim and another delicious lunch aboard the junk before a smooth cruise back to the harbor at Hanoi. (Open all year; Best Time to Travel: March – May, October – November; Full Day; Duration: Overnight; Shared Activity; Private Transfer; Meal included; Fitness level: Easy)

Hidden World Cruise On Halong Bay: 2D/1N
The Ginger Cruise offers an intimate sailing experience on the idyllic La Han Bay, Vietnam. Day 01: Set sail around noon with a welcome drink in hand, soaking in the sight of the bay around you. Gather for lunch, and watch the beautiful scenery pass by. Enjoy various facilities available onboard – swim in the rooftop pool as you pass by towering limestone karsts or check into the spa for a unique massage out at sea! Bask on the sundeck that offers panoramic views of limestone pillars and lush islets around. Stop by at Cat Ba Island, the largest in this archipelago, and explore the island on bikes or electric cars, absorbing the lifestyle of the islanders. Learn about local cuisine during an interactive cooking class onboard. As night falls, enjoy a fine selection of drinks under a starlit sky. After a hearty dinner, watch a cinema with aperitifs by your side, or join the staff to fish for squids before retiring to your suite! Day 02: Wake up early for Tai Chi sessions on the sundeck, followed by morning beverages and pastries. Cruise to Tra Bau and discover the scenic emerald-green bay on kayaks and bamboo rafts. Enjoy the magnificent setting of tree-topped islands amid shimmering waters. After breakfast onboard, reminisce about your experience as you head to shore and bid farewell! (2D/1N; Private Transfer; Meals included: Full board; Fitness level: Moderate. Please note that this ship cruises only in Lan Ha Bay and does not include visits to Halong Bay or any caves.)

Hotel Options
Dragon's Pearl – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
RoomJunior Suite
MealsFull Board
StyleCruise
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Halong Bay to Hanoi via new highway (160 kms, 2.5 hrs)

Flight from Hanoi to Hue

Transfer from Hue airport to your hotel

Hué

2 Days

The ancient Imperial Capital of Hué, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.

Included Activities

Imperial Vietnam By The Banks Of The Perfume River
Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich imperial heritage on this tour of historic Hué. The town is dotted with ancient pagodas, royal tombs, and the remains of an imperial stronghold. Set off after breakfast to visit Hué’s iconic, 17th century monument of Thien Mu Pagoda, whose narrow, seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterwards, you could either explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hué Monuments centered on the Imperial Citadel, or the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. At the Imperial Citadel, be dazzled by the regal architecture and royal gardens. Set amid a forested area, the Royal Tomb is equally spectacular. In the afternoon, drive down to the charming little village of Duong No, which was home to the young Ho Chi Minh. Walk over to the ornate Thanh Toan Covered Bridge spanning the Perfume River, featuring traditional Asian design and a timber arch dotted with ceramic elements and elaborate calligraphy. (Full Day; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Hue to Hoi An via Hai Van tunnel (130 kms, 3 hrs)

Hoi An

2 Days

Hoi An pays testament to its remarkable history as a major port town, booming with grand architecture of old Japanese merchant houses, pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shopfronts lit with glowing silk lanterns, and ageing tea warehouses.

Included Activities

Walking Tour Of Ancient Hoi An
Discover the magnificent Ancient Quarter of Hoi An on a walking tour. Glance into the city’s illustrious past as a trading port as you meander through narrow pedestrianized narrow streets, brimming with well-preserved buildings and unique cuisine. Visit the restored 17th century Chua Ong Pagoda, which was dedicated to ancient Chinese General, or head to the Chinese Assembly Halls of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, which boasts outstandingly ornate wood carvings. Explore the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the delightful 400 year old Japanese covered bridge, and other historic merchant houses whose architecture have been influenced by the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Soak up the atmosphere in the quarter’s colorful market, which offers an array of silks that you can get stitched into stunning garments within a day or two! Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
RoomDeluxe Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 8 - 10

Drive from Hoi An to Danang (30 km, 1 hr)

Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh / Saigon

Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon airport to your hotel

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

2 Days

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony. Rapid and thrilling and, even with the maddening traffic as cyclo drivers speed under vast neon billboards, you can immerse yourselves in variety at HCMC.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Ho Chi Minh City
Explore Saigon, a city that never sleeps! With its vibrant, exciting energy and brimming with people, you’ll quickly notice how modernity has collided with its rich history. The best way to explore Saigon is by foot, as you wander along and witness quaint yet sure French colonial buildings on Dong Khoi Street, also known as Rue Catinat. Witness many other historic landmarks, including the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the spectacular Presidential Palace. Visit the central Post Office, not to send your postcards home but to witness a magnificent feat of architecture. Want to make a wish? Visit Thien Hau Temple in District 5, where it is the local custom to attach your dreams to an incense coil. Kindly note that it is not possible to visit inside the Notre Dame during church services.

Saigon Opera House & AO Show (2 Hours)
Discover the iconic opera of Ho Chi Minh City! In the late evening, set out to discover the unique history and architecture of the 19th century Saigon Opera House, which was built by famous French architect Eugene Ferret. Witness a live performance inside the theatre to truly appreciate this historic venue. Before the A O Show begins, step backstage to witness an exclusive presentation of instruments used in the performance and/or meet one of the actors. Gain unique insights into the history and inspiration for the performance. An intricate blend of bamboo cirque, acrobatics, live music and visual drama, the show itself is a beautiful depiction of life in urban and rural Vietnam. Enjoy traditional live music and plenty of action, supported by exquisite stage design and lighting to make it an unforgettable experience! (Evening Activity; Private Transfers; Show Timings – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm or 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Day Trip To Ben Tre
Explore a beautiful tropical paradise! Set out from Ho Chi Minh and travel southwards to reach the quaint Mekong village of Bến Tre. Climb aboard your private boat and cruise to a coconut workshop to witness how coconut products are used for daily local life. Your next stop is a tropical orchard just a short tuk tuk or bicycle ride away, where your host will show you around the lush garden. Continue onwards and if you like, stop by a wooden chopstick workshop before you break for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch and a short break, board a sampan (wooden boat) and row through a tranquil palm creek. Afterwards, return to your main boat and cruise to Hung Vuong Pier where you private vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 10 - 11

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon to Can Tho (169 km, 4 hrs)

Can Tho

1 Day

Can Tho, or nine dragons as it literally translates, is the largest town in the Mekong Delta. Can Tho buzzes with life, and the colorful burst of large floating markets and riverside hamlets with sculpted gardens are a unique sight to witness.

Included Activities

Can Tho Floating Market and City Tour
Embark on a half day motorboat trip to Cai Rung, the most renowned and biggest floating market in Can Tho, where you can witness boats laden with fruits and vegetables and freshly caught fish. The way the busy market sellers advertise their goods in their own time-tested manner, shouting across the waters and tying their goods on tall poles that rise out of their boats and can be seen on the horizon. After this exuberant visit, head to Can Tho Museum, that holds over 5,000 Mekong relics, and venture into the countryside where you can see how ethnic Vietnamese, Chinese and Khmer live together. Finish your tour with a drive to Binh Thuy Ancient House, a feat of French influenced architecture that houses many valuable antiques. So as not to miss the market in full swing, we recommend you start this activity in the early morning.

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Azerai Can Tho – Opt 2
RoomGarden Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 11 - 12

Drive from Can Tho to Chau Doc (132 km, 3 hrs)

Chau Doc

1 Day

Chau Doc is a border town in the Mekong delta between Vietnam and Cambodia. The town itself is situated on the west bank of the Bassac River and is a border crossing for river borne traffic.

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 12 - 14

Transfer from Chau Doc hotel to the pier

Transfer from Chau Doc pier to Phnom Penh by speedboat. On the border to Cambodia you do the immigration formalities. At the pier in Phnom Penh our representative will meet you and accompany you to your hotel. Please note that the boat ride takes place in a group. (7 hrs)

Transfer from Phnom Penh pier to your Hotel

Phnom Penh

2 Days

Phnom Penh offers a heady mix of bustling city life and a sincere cultural experience. It’s a harmonious blend of the past and present, tempered with delicious Khmer and French cuisine.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Phnom Penh
Explore the finest examples of Khmer architecture with this marvellous city tour. The Royal Palace is a grand building overlooking a tranquil plaza and still houses Cambodia’s royalty, King Sihamoni. On the south side of the palace lies the Silver Pagoda, which is aptly named as it has been crafted out of 5,329 solid silver tiles. Wander along to Wat Preah Keo Morakot, the Buddhist temple where Royal ceremonies are performed, or Wat Phnom, the namesake of the city. You can also visit The National Museum, which houses many fascinating and historical relics, and King Ang Duong Stupa, the burial site of King Norodom Sihanouk, the 20th century monarch. To respect local customs, please dress conservatively.

Hotel Options
Villa Langka – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
La Rose Suites – Opt 2
RoomLa Rose Junior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 14 - 16

Transfer from your hotel to Phnom Penh airport

Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Transfer from Siem Reap airport to your hotel

Siem Reap

2 Days

Siem Reap is a most marvellous window to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Temple complex, with its fascinating Khmer architecture in varying states of preservation.

Included Activities

Tour Of Kampong Khleang And Beng Mealea
Discover the fascinating water world of Kampong Khleang and the picturesque temple ruins at Beng Mealea on this day tour. Take a two hour ride on a local boat to reach Kampong Khleang, and learn how nearly 20,000 people still live the way their ancestors did, near the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake. Admire the ecological and social intricacies of the land that have sustained the local community through the years. Watch the flooded forest (the waters recede during the low water season) and the colorful floating houses, before settling down to a scrumptious picnic lunch. Enjoy local delicacies from Downtown Siem Reap in a traditional wooden house by the lake. After a satisfying luncheon eaten out of packed baskets, travel down to the ruins of Beng Mealea. This is essentially the ruins of an ancient, 900 year old temple complex overgrown by jungles. Relive your childhood fantasies of exploring overgrown temple ruins, right out of those adventure stories! (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Duration: 8 hrs; Meals included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Full Day Tour Of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm
Explore one of the seven wonders of the world with a fascinating full day tour of the glorious, ancient and impressive Angkor Wat. This stunning temple complex boasts five magnificent towers and vast gallery complex, with the main attraction being the dominating Angkor Wat, which magically reflects in nearby water at sunrise and sunset. Head onwards to Angkor Thom, a moated royal city in the bayon style of large faces on all sides. Discover Ta Phrom, a quiet and sprawling jungle clad monastic complex engulfed by massive fig and silk cotton trees. With incredible legend of regal feuds and religious overhaul, this temple complex is undoubtedly one of the finest in the world. For this reason, it can sometimes become busy with crowds.

Hotel Options
RoomPool View Room
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
RoomBungalow Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

Transfer from your hotel to Siem Reap airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,430 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,490 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 16 days / 15 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Hanoi – Hue
    • Danang – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
    • Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
  • All activities as listed :
    • Hanoi: Full Day Tour of Hanoi with Cyclos Ride
    • Halong Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Dragon Pearl)
    • Halong Bay: Hidden World Cruise on Halong Bay: 2D/1N
    • Hue: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
    • Hoi An: Walking Tour of Ancient Hoi An
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Saigon Opera House & AO Show (2 Hours)
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Day Trip to Ben Tre
    • Can Tho: Can Tho Floating Market & City Tour
    • Phnom Penh: Highlights of Phnom Penh
    • Siem Reap: Full Day Tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
    • Siem Reap: Tour of Kampong Khleang and Beng Mealea
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
What our guests say about this trip

This was perhaps the most luxurious tour I’ve been on. It was such a treat to come into an airport and be met and transported to a beautiful hotel without any fuss. Having our own guide at the sites we visited meant that we could move at our own pace and ask as many questions as we wanted.

– Roberta Louise Hickok and Friends
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Vietnam and Cambodia with Mekong Meander

16 days $ 4,430 / person

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