Essential Vietnam & Cambodia

TRIP OVERVIEW:

TOUR OPERATED BY: G Adventures
TRIP CODE: AVEV
DEPARTURE DATE: 9th January 2016

A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, this 17-day trip offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches, ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day and overnight on a traditional sailing junk boat in Halong Bay. Witness the heights of Cambodia’s past at Angkor Wat, and contemplate its lows by walking the infamous Killing Fields. Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure.



TRIP REVIEW:

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia from G Adventures is a tour that allows you to tick a lot of Items of your travel bucket list; Halong Bay, Killing Fields & S21 Prison and the amazing Angkor Wat temple complex.

The Accommodation was good throughout the trip and a lot of Activities were included as part of the package:

  • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner along with cave entrance
  • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
  • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project (Hoi An)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Mekong Delta day trip
  • Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
  • Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide
  • Angkor Wat complex entry and guide, including sunrise tour (Siem Reap)
  • Local Khmer dinner in nearby village either at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project or with a local family (depends on departure)

Our guide, a Cambodian national, was very knowledgeable and passionate about his country and the issues and problems the region currently faces.

Food and drink on the tour was varied and good, restaurant recommendations and group meals were pretty good quality.

We especially enjoyed the overnight on the Junk Boat in Halong Bay, this was a little piece of unexpected luxury on the tour, great cabins, amazing scenery and a seeming unlimited and endless amount of food served at meal times.

Transportation is mostly by private minivan.

WHAT WE LOVED:

  • Overnight Junk Boat Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Good amount of time in Hoi An, Lots of Activities like Noodle Making, Bike Rides and Visiting the tailors for some custom clothing
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Mekong Delta Boat Trip
  • Killing Fields & S21 Prison Visit
  • Angkor Wat

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:

  • A couple of the Local Guides could have been a little better
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FULL ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Hanoi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 – Hanoi/Ha Long

Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 – Ha Long/Huế

Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 – Huế

Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda. Optional countryside motorbike tour.

Day 5 – Huế/Hoi An

Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An’s many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 – Hoi An

Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 – Hoi An

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 – Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 – Ho Chi Minh City

Guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning, free time in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 – Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a boat cruise through the villages, islands, and markets of the Mekong Delta, and visit traditional candy factories.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh

Travel day with border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia. Enjoy a cyclo tour through the city to benefit a local organization.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 – Phnom Penh

Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields). Opt to visit the Royal Palace, the National Museum or the Central Market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 – Phnom Penh/Siem Reap

Drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 – Siem Reap

Enjoy a guided tour of the Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit the Tonlé Sap floating village and the Angkor National Museum. Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food either at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project or in a local home in a village outside the city.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 15 – Siem Reap

Spend another day in Siem Reap, exploring more temples of Angkor or going further afield.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 – Siem Reap/Bangkok

Cross the border into Thailand and continue on to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 – Bangkok

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast