Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery


Discover two countries shaped by a fascinating past. Hike the rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi, sample street food in Hanoi. End by exploring the Angkor Wat complex by tuk tuk.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Hanoi (2N) - Hoang Su Phi (3N) - Hanoi (1N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hue (2N) - Hoi An (1N) - Saigon (2N) - Mekong Delta (1N) - Saigon (1N) - Siem Reap (3N) - New Zealand

Day 1-2: Fly to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially influenced atmospheric capital.
Day 1-2: Fly to Hanoi
Day 3: Discover Local Hanoi
Start your day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh complex and the Ethnology Museum to learn about the country’s ethnic groups. Next, stop at the Confucian Temple of Literature, before taking a walking tour of the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, before visiting Ngoc Son temple, perched on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake. This evening, stroll amongst the city’s unique street-side nightlife and food vendors. Taste the varied flavours of Vietnamese street food such as Pho Cuon and Banh Xeo – this is where the locals come to have a good time. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Discover Local Hanoi
Day 4: Hoang Su Phi
After breakfast travel to Hoang Su Phi, an area of emerald green rice terraces. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin exploring. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Hoang Su Phi
Days 5-6: Hike through the Rice Terraces
Take an unforgettable journey on foot through the epic rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi. As you turn every corner, a new view of this outstanding landscape of lush, mist-wreathed terraces will unfold in front of you, providing a plethora of unreal photo opportunities. You’ll make stops at a Red Dao village to learn about local life, a Tay village to have lunch in a family home and a colourful local market. (B,L,D)
Days 5-6:  Hike through the Rice Terraces
Day 7: Return to Hanoi
Travel back to Hanoi and spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L)
Day 7: Return to Hanoi
Days 8-9: Cruise Halong Bay
Depart for Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. Pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you’re onboard – swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season). (B,L,D) On day 8, rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practice Tai Chi on deck. Return to Hanoi and fly to Hue. (B,D)
Days 8-9: Cruise Halong Bay
Day 10: Imperial Hue by Bicycle
Cycle through Hue for a tour of the imperial sights. Start at the Imperial City, then continue to Phu Mong Garden House, part of Hue’s legacy from the Nguyen Dynasty. Stop by Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River before driving to Tu Duc Tomb. Take a cyclo tour on the banks of the Perfume River. (B,L)
Day 10: Imperial Hue by Bicycle
Day 11: Charming Hoi An
Drive to Hoi An, stopping en route at the Museum of Cham Sculpture. Spend the afternoon wandering the beautiful, flowercovered streets of this ancient town. Walk past Chinese traders’ homes, visit local artists and tailors and walk through the 16thcentury Japanese Bridge. Arguably Vietnam’s friendliest town, Hoi An is always a favourite for relaxed exploration. (B,L)
Day 11: Charming Hoi An
Day 12: Farmer and Fisherman Experience
Hop on your bike today and wheel through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques – look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a calming boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try making a fishing net and go paddling in unique bamboo basket boats. (B,L)
Day 12: Farmer and Fisherman Experience
Day 13: Hoi An at Leisure
Enjoy some free time in this beautiful town before flying to Saigon in the late afternoon. (B,D)
Day 13: Hoi An at Leisure
Day 14: Saigon Old and New
Discover the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. On the way back to Saigon there is an option to visit a Wildlife Rescue Station, that aims to stop the endangered wildlife trade in Vietnam. Continue to Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and the War Remnants Museum. This evening take an exhilarating ride on the back of a vintage Vespa, classic Saigon pillion style. Continue to a favourite local eating spot. Wind up your night with drinks, accompanied by a live band (at your own expense). (B,L,D)
Day 14: Saigon Old and New
Day 15: Ben Tre by Bicycle
Drive to Ben Tre and set out on a boat trip through winding, palm tree-lined canals. After lunch, cycle through rice fields and coconut groves and visit the Cao Dai Temple, local markets and a bonsai village. Spend the night in a riverside resort. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Ben Tre by Bicycle
Day 16: Cycle along the Mekong
Take a relaxed morning cycle through the village, sampling freshly picked fruit. Drop by the local market and pay a visit to Cai Nhum Cathedral before returning to Saigon. (B,L)
Day 17: Cambodian Circus
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. There is a special treat that awaits in the form of a performance from the PHARE Cambodian Circus, an NGO that teaches street children to become internationally renowned circus artists. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Cambodian Circus
Day 18: Angkor by Tuk Tuk
What better way to see the world famous Angkor temple complex than from the back of a traditional tuk tuk? You’ll explore Angkor Wat, the centrepiece of Siem Reap’s famous temples, before riding your tuk tuk to Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple, a 12th-century masterpiece. Lastly, buried deep in the jungle, you will find Ta Prohm; a photogenic and atmospheric smorgasbord of trees twisting through temple ruins. (B,L)
Day 18: Angkor by Tuk Tuk
Day 19: Kompong Kleang Floating Village
High water season (Aug to Feb) Visit Kompong Kleang, a settlement of over 20,000 people housed in wooden structures on stilts, suspended up to ten metres above the water. Greeted by waves of friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and easy going family lifestyle. After lunch, head out into the dense forest and find the hidden temple of Beng Mealea, whose wonders lay undiscovered for centuries. (B,L,D) Low water season (Mar to Jul) Journey into rural Cambodia and visit a local village where you will ride an ox cart through the fields before touring the village where you can participate in fishing or farming; learning more about the way of life here. Return to Siem Reap, visiting the hidden temple of Beng Mealea on the way. (B,L,D)
Day 19: Kompong Kleang Floating Village
Days 20-21: Siem Reap to New Zealand
Transfer to Siem Reap airport and board your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Days 20-21: Siem Reap to New Zealand

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Supplement from $820
Land Only (Hanoi to Siem Reap) 19 days from $4,480 pp twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping - US$114 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost.
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.


Why Book This Tour?

You have the chance to discover two fascinating countries. Hike through the verdant rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi and taste street food in Hanoi, and end with an unforgettable exploration of the Angkor Wat complex by tuk-tuk.

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