Days
26
Price from
$2,885NZD
Map of Cambodia & Vietnam Highlights including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

This trip has it all. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, beaches in Sihanoukville, history in Phnom Penh, and pho in Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Phong Nha, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hanoi…

Never heard of Indochina? Don't stress. You'll come for Angkor Wat, but you'll stay for the pho/amok/spring rolls (we could go on).

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018:
This trip has had a name change for 2018 and was previously published as “Indochina Highlights”


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Destinations
Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
Code
GTMMC
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
9 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • This is a combination of two of our most popular Geckos trips in the entire range.

  • Travel South East Asia with a small group of like minded travellers your own age and an expert leader to make sure you get the best out of your time in each destination.

  • Is Angkor the most incredible thing in Southeast Asia? Decide for yourself as you temple-hop with an expert local guide. Here's how to escape the crowds: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/escape-the-crowds-at-angkor-wat/

  • Enjoy a meal at the excellent Friends International restaurant dedicated to training vulnerable young people in hospitality. Here's more about them: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/friends-international-travel-for-...

  • Learn more about Cambodia's confronting but important history, with optional visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial.

  • It's not just boring hotels on this trip where you could be anywhere in the world. We mix it up with a guesthouse in the Mekong Delta, a homestay in rural Cambodia, overnight trains and of course our night on board in Halong Bay.

  • Where better to enjoy loads of free time than in the coastal cities of Sihanoukville and Nha Trang, which feature irresistable beaches, crazy-good snorkelling and even mud baths! Here's what you have in store for you: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/nha-trang-vietnam/Limestone karsts and mysterious caves - Halong Bay feels a world away from the world we live in. Many other tour groups just visit for the day - we stay overnight on the boat.

  • There's great food wherever you go in Vietnam, but combine sumptuous snacks with cycling in the surrounding countryside and you will see why we love Hoi An. Check it out: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/5-awesome-things-hoi-vietnam/

  • It's taken 400 million years for the Phong Nha Caves to look this good! Explore the spectacular scenery of  underground rivers and caverns that form some of the world's largest caves.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is for travellers who appreciate a bit of independence. You'll get plenty of free time in each location to make your own choices and do your own activities. Your leader will always be there to give you tips and suggestions.

  • Some travellers are nervous about the Cambodian home stay and Mekong Delta guesthouse experiences before they arrive, but we find most end up naming this as a highlight of their time in South East Asia and a rewarding, authentic experiences. Other accommodation is in no frills, simple guesthouses and hotels, perfect for travellers on a budget like you.

  • Temperatures and humidity can be high in Cambodia, especially walking around sights like the Angkor complex where there may be little shade. Be prepared by taking plenty of drink breaks and wearing appropriate skin protection. Some travellers find an umbrella handy to keep the sun off (this will also come in handy should it rain!).

  • On occasion our accommodation may not have hot water, but you will probably be keen to cool down from the heat with a refreshing cold shower!

  • The stories shared at the Killing Fields and S21 are confronting and many travellers will find them upsetting. This is an important part of Cambodia's recent history that we feel is important to share, however if you would prefer not to join in these options your leader will be able to suggest alternatives. Here's what the experience of visiting here is like: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/what-its-really-like-to-visit-cam...

  • This trip includes three overnight train journeys, each one taking up to 12 hours. You'll be sharing a cabin with three to five other people and toilets with the rest of the carriage. Although the rides are long and the conditions basic, this is an awesome way to see Vietnam and travel alongside the locals as well as experience some of these emotions: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/26-emotions-youll-have-on-an-over...

  • Vietnamese roads can be hectic and intimidating to cross. Never fear - your leader will show you how to do it like a local in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Here's a guide if you want to prep yourself: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/crossing-the-road-vietnam-style/

  • To make sure this is the right trip for you, make sure you also check out our Vietnam & Cambodia Odyssey (GTHSC) trip.

Itinerary

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Bangkok has so much going on if you've got time to explore. Why not hit the canals for riverboat trip to Chinatown? Visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha? Or indulge in some Thai massage?
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho - THB200
  • Bangkok - Chinatown Food Discovery Urban Adventure - THB2149
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1913
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Brace yourself for a long day of travel as you board a private bus to Siem Reap (approximately 10 hours, including border crossing and lunch). Say 'Laew phop gun' to Thailand as you exit at Aranyaprathet, and enter Cambodia at Poipet. Your tour leader will help you with border crossing procedures. You'll need some US currency for this, so ready those greenbacks. When you arrive in Siem Reap (150 km or so past the border), the markets are a great place to start practicing those haggling skills. Better yet, try some cheap and tasty street food. Get some rest and relaxation tonight before your Angkor visit tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Time to visit the mighty Angkor complex with your guide. Get that camera ready, because it's going to be oh-so-pretty. Some of these temples are over a thousand years old, going back to the days when the Khmer Empire was top dog in South-East Asia. These beauties were known to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. Let your mind be blown as you roam around the complex with your leader. Don't even think about missing the sunset. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 square kilometres, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap, so you'll have plenty of time to get to grips with the larger-than-life Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

Notes: A 1-Day Angkor Pass is included on this tour. If you'd like to return to Angkor outside of your included visit, you can buy a longer pass. Just ask your leader.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day for you to experience Siem Reap in your own way. If you're all templed out, but still feel like something pretty out-there, you can opt for a Angkor zip-line course, which will have you soaring like an eagle over the rainforest (and perhaps getting that ticker started again, if Angkor Wat made it stop).
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Remork transport to Angkor complex - USD20
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass - USD62
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline - USD129
  • Siem Reap - Phare, the Cambodian Circus ticket - USD18
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Cambodian Cook-Out - USD52
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventures Tonle Sap Secrets - USD45
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Jump on a bus and head to Kompong Cham (approximately 5 hours). It's a public bus, which means you'll reaaally travel like a local. When you arrive, you might notice how chilled out this town is. It used to be an important trading hub in the area. Mingle with the locals and enjoy the change of pace. It's a slice of small-town Cambodia with plenty to see and do. You can explore the 11th-century Wat Nokor (also very chill, some might say 'tranquil'). You can hire a bike to explore the rural island of Koh Paen, linked to Kompong Cham by a fancy bamboo bridge (in the wet season you'll have to take a ferry over). The locals here make their living fishing and growing tobacco and sesame, so it's an awesome place to go for a closer look at some of Cambodia's cottage industries. A little further afield are the twin 'mountain temples' of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kompong Cham - Wat Nokor - USD1
  • Kompong Cham - Bicycle hire - USD2
  • Kompong Cham - Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei - USD10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Catch a private bus to the capital city of Phnom Penh (approximately 3 hours). Cambodia's capital is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some mighty fine examples of French-inspired architecture. Top of the list of things to do: head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial, and the infamous Killing Fields where a stupa made of some 8,000 human skulls lies. Confronting but important to see, these sites are places to learn about the dark legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda to learn about brighter parts of Cambodian history. You can also explore Wat Phnom, check out the National Museum, take a cyclo tour of the city's key sites, or hit the pretty art-deco Psar Thmei aka Central Market (it's pretty AND pretty art-deco). Tonight, tuck in at Friends restaurant – not only will you get a serious taste of delicious local food, you'll also support an organisation that helps vulnerable local children.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Killing Fields of Choueng Ek - USD3
  • Phnom Penh - Transport to Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) - USD15
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21) - USD5
  • Phnom Penh - Killing Fields - guide - USD17
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng (S21) - Guide - USD17
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Travel by private bus into rural Cambodia (approximately 3 hours) to the region of Kampong Speu and the village of Chambok. This is the location of your homestay for tonight. Here is your chance can really immerse yourself in everyday life. Facilities may be basic, but this is your chance to BE in Cambodia with the PEOPLE. Not to mention feast on a traditional Khmer dinner, prepared by your lovely and very talented hosts.

Notes: Accommodation is multi-share, with mattresses, bedding and moquito nets provided. 
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
Optional Activities
  • Chambok Homestay - Bike Ride - USD2
  • Chambok- Entrance Fee to Waterfall - USD3
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Take a private bus to Sihanoukville (approximately 4 hours). Named after the Cambodian royal family, Sihanoukville has loads of beaches and welcoming folk. It's probably stating the obvious that you'll want to take a dip here.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sihanoukville - Foot massage - USD8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are plenty of ace things to do here, like taking a boat bound for one of the nearby islands. If you do that, you can chillax among swaying palms trees and have nice barbeque lunch. Or, if the jungle is more your thing, make the trip out to the Ream National Park. It's 21 hectares of coastal mangrove forest, buzzing with exotic birds and animals.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sihanoukville - Island Boat Trip & Snorkelling - USD20
  • Sihanoukville - Ream National Park entry fee - USD5
  • Sihanoukville - Express Boat to Koh Rong Island - USD25
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a local bus back to Phnom Penh (approximately 4 hours). Tonight will be your last night in Cambodia before you move on to Vietnam. The perfect way to cap off your time here would be to take an optional traditional massage at the Seeing Hands Massage Centre. The visually impaired masseurs here are some of the best in town, and it's a great cause to support. Also, let's be honest, after that bumpy bus ride you could probably use a little limbering up.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Traditional Khmer massage - USD8
  • Phnom Penh - Mekong Sunset Urban Adventures - USD63
  • Phnom Penh -Cyclo Tour - USD4
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by local bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 7 hours). You'll exit Cambodia at Bavet and enter Vietnam at Moc Bai. Your leader knows the drill, so they'll assist you with border crossing procedures. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and get your first taste of this fast-paced, fun city. You'll see it's a combo of all kinds of flavours, old and new, East and West. Get a French baguette, best taken with a cup o' joe (the coffee is excellent here). Don't miss Reunification Palace. And there are some really cool things to see at the War Remnants museum, like a helicopter and a fighter jet.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you may be required to move to a different hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, for the next section of your trip. Your leader will let you know if this is the case, and will help with the transfer to the next hotel. You have a free day to consider many optional activities.Some of the Urban Adventures available in Ho Chi Minh City include Mekong Discovery, Cyclos & Markets, Cu Chi Experience and Saigon Street Food by Night. Your leader can help you book on the tour of your choice. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Much of city life takes place on the busy streets lined with shops, stalls and vendors, who have their wares spread out on the footpath and sell everything from soup to sophisticated electronics.

If you arrive early, this city has a vast array of sights and sounds to explore: ancient pagodas and cathedrals sit squarely up against the former Presidential Palace, historic Dong Khoi Street (the Rue Catinat from Graham Greene's novel, The Quiet American) and the bustling markets of Ben Thanh and Cholon (Chinatown).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Ho Chi Minh Discovery Urban Adventure - USD53
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cyclos & Markets Urban Adventure - USD41
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by bus to the Mekong Delta today (approx 3 hours). Explore Ben Tre, where coconut is everything and everywhere. Coconut candy anyone? The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as its waterways. Board a private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. Then head to a guesthouse, our home for the night. Lunch and dinner are included today, so fill up on typical Vietnamese staples and enjoy some home cooking.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and guesthouse
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Our accommodation tonight is simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Toilet facilities are shared and there are basic cold water showers.

Wake to dawn on the Delta and enjoy a simple breakfast before getting back on the boat and then bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. You'll have a bit of free time here to squeeze in more sightseeing or street food. Shared hotel rooms will be available today between up to 6 members of the group, so you can prepare or repack if needed before your train journey. Late this afternoon transfer to the train station and board our first overnight train to Nha Trang (approx 11 hours). Settle in for the night and enjoy the experience of snoozing as you snake through the countryside, knowing you'll wake up in a new and exciting destination tomorrow morning.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth depending on seasonal variations and group configuration), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be times where you'll be sharing with local travellers or others who are not part of your group. Some trains have a dining carriage serving simple food or snack carts, but travellers tend to prefer to take some of their own snacks (bread, cookies, fruit etc) in case of getting the munchies.
Arrive in Nha Trang at approximately 5am and transfer to your hotel. As it's early we may not be able to check in right away, but there's always a cafe selling Vietnamese coffee nearby to perk us up. We will have shared use hotel rooms before regular check in. Nha Trang is one of Vietnam's most popular beach side cities. In recent years it has ended up on every Chinese and Russian tourist's bucket list, which means that you'll see plenty of other travellers around town. Still, Nha Trang's sandy palm-lined beach and island-dotted bay make an idyllic picture. Spend your days here soaking up the sun on the beach, exploring the local markets or checking out the ancient Cham Towers nearby. Make sure you try some of the excellent seafood restaurants - you are right by the sea after all! There are Urban Adventures available here too. Check them out here: https://www.urbanadventures.com/destination/Nha-Trang-tours. Your leader can help you to book.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Nha Trang - Boat trip - VND1316000
  • Nha Trang - Row boat tour - VND20000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is the day is all yours! Fit in some more time seaside or maybe check out the mud baths. There's also a palace near here known as the Bao Dai Villa. Board our next overnight train late in the evening, this time bound for Danang (approx. 8 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Nha Trang - Mud baths - VND280000
  • Nha Trang - Bao Dai Villa - VND120000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive in Danang around 7am and travel by private vehicle to Hoi An (approx 1 hr). Declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. It's also a shopping mecca – with so much to browse and buy. Spend your hard earned pocket money on original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and more. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from. Bring your favourite piece of clothing or even just a picture, and you'll be able to have it copied. Sweet! It's not just shopping here though. Your leader will take you on a walk through the old town streets and cooking classes here are always a hit. Of course, there's Urban Adventures here too: https://www.urbanadventures.com/destination/Hoi-An-tours
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Hoi An - cooking course - VND420000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This one of our favourite days of the trip! There's no better way to explore the peaceful countryside of Hoi An than by bike. Your leader will take you to places not every tourist gets the chance to see, past green rice paddies and small creeks and out into rural Vietnam. It's a leisurely cycle, no need to be a professional. In the afternoon you might like to head out to the My Son ruins, the most extensive legacy of the Cham dynasty in Vietnam or take a boat trip along the river.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An - Countryside bicycle tour
Optional Activities
  • Hoi An - My Son Cham day trip - USD35
  • Hoi An - Thu Bon river boat trip - VND100000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note that helmets are not included for the bike ride today, so if you would prefer to wear one consider bringing one from home.
Departing Hoi An by bus, we pass by My Khe Beach before crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick break here, continue on to Hue. Total travel time is usually 5 hours, including stops. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Your afternoon is free to explore. The Dong Ba market, which sells everything imaginable, is a great place to spend some time. Visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war as well as a glimpse of the distant past.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is another free day. Some favourites are dragon boating on the Perfume River or visiting Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the symbol of Hue. It's an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays inside is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hue - Imperial Citadel - VND150000
  • Hue - Perfume River cruise & Thien Mu Pagoda - VND220000
  • Hue - Royal tomb - VND136000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Bus your way to Phong Nha today, around 4 hours journey. On the way there's the chance to check out the Hien Luong Bridge – it's smack bang on the 17th Parallel, so it separated the North from the South during the war. You can also choose to head underground at Vinh Moc, an expansive network of limestone tunnels that locals used as shelters from the bombing. Travel on and take the afternoon to explore your surroundings. You'll stay just outside town, and there are loads of optional activities to take advantage of. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is an amazing landscape riddled with caves and underground rivers. Maybe take a boat through Phong Nha Cave, or check out one of the spectacular huge caverns such as the giant Paradise Cave.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Make the most of your time in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the oldest karst (which basically means underground eroded limestone) mountain range in Asia. This bad boy is over 400 million years old so there's plenty to explore. Jump on one of the optional tours available or just take in this stunning scenery. Later today you'll head back to Dong Hoi and hop onto our final sleeper train, leaving around 8pm. You'll be pro at this now and know exactly what to do!
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive in Hanoi very early (like 5.30am early!) and transfer to your hotel. Shared use hotel rooms are available at your hotel this morning before check in. The capital of Vietnam is a charming city with a population of over six million. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. As Vietnam develops to compete with other South-East Asian countries, the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake reflects the contrasts of modern office buildings, old Buddhist temples and the tangle of ancient streets in its still surface. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter with your leader. You'll visit Dong Xuan market, the biggest wholesale market in northern Vietnam and stroll through some of the ancient '36 streets' where you can discover an amazing selection of shops selling everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing. For your free time today, see the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Mausoleum to learn more about the revered man himself, stop in at one of the many excellent museums (we highly recommend the unique Womens Museum) or take in some more war history.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum - VND80000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Army Museum - VND20000
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - VND40000
  • Hanoi - Village Discovery by Bike Urban Adventure - USD33
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by private minibus (approximately 4 hours) to the awesome World Heritage site of Halong Bay. This secluded harbour has something like 2,000 little limestone islands. And the water is one pretty green scene. It's one of Vietnam's most 'scenic' places, so get that camera ready. You'll jump on a boat and cruise the bay so you can take it all in. You'll explore some of the awesome caves in the area and fill up with both lunch and dinner onboard. What's on the menu? Seafood of course. Enjoy optional kayaking or swimming from Ti Top Beach in the warmer months. Once you settle into junk boat life you won't want to go anywhere – so spend the night rocking away on the waters of Halong Bay (with the waves and maybe a spot of karaoke).
Accommodation
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Pack a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay as it will make it easier for boarding your boat. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi for tonight.

Kayaking and swimming is restricted to designated zones within the bay.

There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight. To ensure all travellers can be accommodated on board available boats, on rare occasions you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels. If this happens a group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.
Perhaps wake up early if you want to practice some Tai Chi on the deck. All that is left to do is enjoy another meal prepared by your crew as you cruise on in to port around midday. Take a bus back to Hanoi (approx. 3 hours) for some free time and a optional final group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The trip ends in the morning today. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. For those staying on longer, there are Urban Adventures to keep you busy. Check them out here and ask your leader to book for you: https://www.urbanadventures.com/destination/hanoi-tours
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD31
  • Hanoi - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle Urban Adventure - USD88
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle, Public bus, Overnight sleeper train, Remork (tuk tuk)

Accommodation

Guesthouse (6 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (14 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and guesthouse
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hoi An - Countryside bicycle tour
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise

Reviews

Our Cambodia & Vietnam Highlights trips score an average of 4.78 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.

Cambodia & Vietnam Highlights, April 2018

Chloe Kerr

Indochina Highlights, July 2017

Lachlan Dennis

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes Days 7 & 13 (homestays), Days 14,16 & 22 (overnight trains) and Day 24 (overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. Please provide your full name as per passport and passport details 45 days prior to departure in order to secure Vietnam train tickets.
3. As this is a combination trip, the composition of your group as well as your group leader may change.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2019:
This trip will become a 24 day trip in 2019. We will no longer visit Sihanoukville, all other locations remain the same. The 22 day Vietnam & Cambodia Odyssey (GTHSC) will still visit Sihanoukville. In 2019 there will be changes to destinations and activities on the Vietnam section of this trip. Changes will be finalised in the coming months.

Essential trip information

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