HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Journey from magnificent Angkor to idyllic Halong Bay. See the best of Cambodia and Vietnam on a 12-day bespoke tour

12 Days, 11 Nights     FROM US$ 1455 PER PERSON

Embark on an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime adventure on a tailored Cambodia and Vietnam tour.

You’ll see the world wonders of magnificent Angkor and cruise the famous karst island waters of Halong Bay. Discover off-the-beaten-track floating markets in the Mekong Delta and explore the charming old town of Hanoi. Immerse yourself in the fascinating and unique Cambodian and Vietnamese cultures while sample local delicacies, seeing important local sites!

You’ll travel by cyclo, remork, car, boat and plane—as well as on your own two feet—as our expert local guides show you all the highlights on a custom Cambodia and Vietnam tour.

You’ll journey from bustling cosmopolitan cities to sleepy riverside villages, starting in Phnom Penh. Travel to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom temple to orient yourself in Cambodia’s capital. You’ll fly next to Siem Reap for your two-day exploration of the magnificent temples of Angkor. Then, your Cambodia and Vietnam tour whisks you off to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll discover Chinatown, visit a traditional medicine museum, and enjoy the city’s major colonial sites.

Next, it’s time to slow down on a leisurely cruise in the Mekong Delta. You’ll visit the area’s floating markets, cottage industries and Dong Hoa Hiep Island. Then, fly to Danang and discover Hoi An on a walking tour. In Hue, you’ll uncover the history of Vietnam’s dynastic rulers before traveling to Hanoi, where a spectacular overnight cruise in Halong Bay awaits. On your return, you’ll have the chance to peruse Hanoi’s charming old quarter before heading home from Noi Bai Airport.

 

 

“This adventure covers the highlights of both Cambodia and Vietnam, giving you the chance to see and do more. You’ll see ancient wonders, experience different cultures and travel through unique landscapes.”

Wai Lin, Backyard Travel Asia Supervisor

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

See Phnom Penh from the comfort of a traditional cyclo
Explore the famous sites of Angkor on a privately guided tour
Visit a local floating market in Cai Be in the Mekong Delta
Indulge in am overnight cruise in spectacular Halong Bay

Daily Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Penh

    Welcome to the first day of your bespoke Cambodia and Vietnam tour! Once you arrive in Phnom Penh, you will be greeted by your expert local guide and taken to your hotel.

    Once you’ve freshened up, you’ll explore the sights of Phnom Penh from the comfort of a traditional cyclo. The first stop will be the famous Royal Palace, which dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. There you will also see the Silver Pagoda, where the floor famously comprises more than 5,000 silver tiles. The temple has a unique collection of gold, silver, crystal and bronze Buddhas.

    Next you will visit the Khmer-style National Museum, which boasts a collection of over 5,000 ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. An added surprise is that the roof is home to a large bat colony!
    Your tour will finish at the founding place of the city, Wat Phnom, which is situated on top of a small hillock and provides a great viewpoint.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    No meals included on this day

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  • Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

    Start your Cambodia and Vietnam tour today with a flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, where you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.

    In the afternoon, visit the world-famous Angkor temples starting at Angkor Thom, the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. The city is surrounded by an 8-meter-high and 4-kilometer-long wall that forms a perfect square. You will enter through an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giants on the south side. Fifty-four carved gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake lining each side of the entrance path.

    You’ll continue on to Bayon Temple in the center of the city, famous for the 54 towers with four faces, which represent the 54 provinces of the former Great Khmer Empire. You will also see the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, known for their detailed bas-reliefs. Once you have finished exploring this temple, return to your hotel.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Bas-Reliefs at the Outer Walls of The Bayon, Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat 3-day tour
  • Day 3: Siem Reap - Tour

    After breakfast, continue exploring the Small Circuit Angkor temples by remork, which are local vehicles similar to the Thai tuk tuk. You’ll start at Ta Prohm temple, which was built in the mid 12th to the early 13th centuries. Overgrown by jungle trees and twisted vines, this crumbling temple has been left largely as it was found. The ancient charm of this temple makes it one of the most memorable temples in the complex. You’ll also stop by Banteay Kdei, a 12th-century Buddhist monastery, and Srah Srang, or the “pool of ablutions.” In the midday heat, return to your hotel to relax.
    In the afternoon you’ll go on a special tour of magnificent Angkor Wat, which is believed to have taken over 30 years to build. This temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The stone bas-relief walls depict Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. The revered Angkor Wat is also renowned for more than 2,000 Apsara dancers that decorate the temple. Angkor Wat symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people and is featured on the Cambodian national flag—the only flag in the world to depict a building. At the end of your tour, return to your hotel.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 4: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City

    Today, your Cambodia and Vietnam tour crosses the border and brings you to Vietnam’s bustling Ho Chi Minh City (still known to locals as Saigon). Spend the morning at your leisure until it’s time for your scheduled flight.
    Upon your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Then, you’re free to spend the rest of the day in this exciting city as you please.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Full Day City Tour

    Start today with a full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the fascinating Chinatown district to discover markets, shops and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda. Stop by FITO, Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum, which has over 3,000 items on display. Tools used to prepare indigenous herbs and items found in traditional pharmacies are displayed in the galleries alongside ancient books and documents.
    Next, marvel at the fresh produce for sale at the Ben Thanh Market in the center of the city.
    In the afternoon you can choose to explore the War Remnants Museum, the History Museum (closed on Mondays) or the former Presidential Palace. Discover the city’s other major colonial sites on foot, including the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall before heading back to your hotel.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

    Today, leave the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. Once you arrive you’ll board a boat and embark on a full-day cruise. Your first stop will be a floating market where traders have been working for generations. The fresh produce is suspended from poles at the front of the boats to attract buyers.

    You’ll continue on to visit a local cottage industry: a family-run factory specializing in “pop-rice” (a local snack), rice paper and coconut candy. After sampling these treats, cruise on to Dong Hoa Hiep Island. You’ll be able to observe local village life and see stunning natural scenery along the way. Enjoy a lunch of local Mekong specialties before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An

    Start today by transfering to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to the central Vietnamese city Danang. From there you will be taken to Hoi An, a relaxed and architecutally beautful port city. The city was a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries and has remained relatively unchanged over the years. You’ll discover the ancient town center, visit former merchants’ homes, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market on a walking tour.
    Spend the rest of the afterrnoon at your leisure.

    Overnight in Hoi An or Danang

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 8: Hoi An - Hue - Half Day City Tour

    Depart Hoi An for the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue. Uncover fascinating insights into the imperial families and their subjects through the tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam. The ancient citadel reveals the lavish and also troubled times of the dynastic rulers.
    Visit the Cham Museum, which proudly hosts the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. On a scenic driver, you’ll journey over the Pass of Ocean Clouds to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co.
    Explore Hue’s Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.
    Next you will visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda, which was constructed in 1601 and is located by the Perfume River. The 21-meter tower represents the seven reincarnations of the Buddha. You’ll also see the famous Austin car that a local monk drove to Saigon to protest the southern regime in 1963. The photo of the monk’s self-immolation is one of the most renowned images of the Vietnam War.

    Overnight in Hue

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 9: Hue - Half Day City Tour - Hanoi

    You’ll set off today to the vibrant Dong Ba fresh produce market. Then, continue in a cyclo to explore the Old City and Tinh Tam Lake, where you will see many local coffee shops where students come to study.
    Stop for a visit at the tomb of former emperor Minh Mang, which is surrounded by serene gardens and ponds.
    Continue on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb, which is uniquely designed in a mixture of traditional Vietnamese and European styles.
    You’ll then travel to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Once you arrive in Hanoi you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay

    After breakfast, you’re in for one of the highlights of this Cambodia and Vietnam tour: drive to Halong Bay to board your cruise vessel. Enjoy a delicious lunch as your boat heads out into the bay. In the afternoon you’ll have the chance to participate in activities or just relax on the boat’s deck. As the sun sets, your boat will be moored among the karst formations. Enjoy dinner on board with this stunning view.

    Overnight on Halong Bay

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi

    Rise early to watch the sunrise over Halong Bay and enjoy breakfast as your boat slowly cruises back towards port. After you disembark you’ll travel back to Hanoi.
    Today, you’ll visit Ethnology Museum (The Museum is closed on Mondays), Hanoi’s charming Old Quarter and explore its local hotspots on a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and Hoan Kiem Lake. The busy little lanes of this neighborhood are packed with small businesses and provide ample opportunity for taking photos.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 12: Half Day City tour - Departur Hanoi

    On the last day of your Cambodia and Vietnam tour, the cultural exploration continues with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Known as Quoc Tu Giam, this ancient site offers a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s first university, which was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty and members of the elite. The university functioned for 700 years and its well-preserved architecture and gardens remain a highlight.

    Visit one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples, the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. Continue on to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and former home. (Please note: Ho Chi Minh’s former home can only be viewed from the outside and is closed Mondays and Fridays and from October to November.)

    If you want to continue exploring, visit the stunning West Lake, the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda or the Taoist temple of Quan Thanh. Alternatively, you might like to pick up some souvenirs before you transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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Tour Details

This Cambodia and Vietnam tour can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)



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