Vietnam & Cambodia Experience


This immersive tour is exclusively for solo travellers, discovering the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia with cultural experiences, group activities and a great chance to spend quality time amongst the infamous temples of Angkor.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hoi An (3N) - Saigon (2N) - Phnom Penh (2N) - Siem Reap (3N) - New Zealand

DAYS 1-2: FLY TO HANOI
Fly overnight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city. On arrival at the airport you will be met by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team and transferred to the hotel for a two-night stay.
DAY 3: EXPLORE HANOI
This morning, you will head out to explore the city, visiting Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, then sample traditional Vietnamese egg coffee. Dinner will include a cultural performance and cooking demonstration, and feature local dish, bun thang. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY
Take to the waters of incredible Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, the Bay’s limestone karst peaks set the scene as you sail lazily past, soaking up the views from the deck of your traditional vessel and docking to visit an impressive cave. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY
Rise early to watch the sun rise, and to take part in an invigorating session of Tai Chi on deck. Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. (B)
DAY 6: TRA QUE VILLAGE
This morning, share a community experience in the rural village of Tra Que, joining a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration. This afternoon, wander the sights of Hoi An, stopping at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, before enjoying a well- deserved tea break in the tea house. (B,L)
DAY 7: FREE TIME IN HOI AN
Today is a free day for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. (B)
DAY 8: FLY TO SAIGON
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest, and most vibrant, city. Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. (B,L)
DAY 9: MEKONG DELTA
Journey to Ben Tre to discover the Mekong Delta, a rich and fertile region that produces a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Taste some of the produce of the area, enjoy traditional music, paddle through the palm-lined canals in a sampan and visit a floating fishing village. (B,L)
DAY 10: FLY TO PHNOM PENH
Start by exploring the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office before visiting the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. This afternoon, fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s lovely capital, and toast your arrival with a cold glass of beer on the riverfront. (B,L)
DAY 11: CITY CYCLO TOUR
Take to the roads of Phnom Penh by cyclo, before visiting the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and browsing the artefacts of the National Museum. This afternoon, you’ll learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the affecting Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. (B,L,D)
DAY 12: ANGKOR BY TUK-TUK
Fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the temples of Angkor. Travelling in a fleet of tuk-tuks, you’ll explore Angkor Thom, the old walled city of the Khmer Empire, and see the Bayon and Terrace of the Elephants. As the sun sets, take a cruise to float peacefully on the waters of Angkor Thom’s moat. (B,L)
DAY 13: EXPLORE ANGKOR
Head back to Angkor, starting amongst the atmospheric ruins of Ta Prohm before exploring the wonders of Angkor Wat, then travel farther afield to Banteay Srei, a temple famous for its incredibly intricate carvings. End an adventure-filled day by relaxing in a rooftop bar with a cocktail. (B,L)
DAY 14: TONLE SAP LAKE
High water season (Aug-Feb) Cruise the waters of Tonle Sap Lake to the floating village of Kampong Kleng, and meet the community who call it home. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor for some shopping. Low water season (Mar-Jul) Visit the floating village of Chong Kneas, and meet the community who call it home. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor for some shopping. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish – shopping at the local market is a good option. This last evening together, share a farewell dinner before enjoying the fantastic Phare Circus. (B,L,D)
DAY 15-16: FLY SIEM REAP TO NEW ZEALAND
Transfer to the airport for your flight to New Zealand, arriving the ollowing day. (B)

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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:


Land Only (Hanoi to Siem Reap), 14 days From $5,080 per person twin share
Customary tipping paid locally US$84
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 not required for visitors to Vietnam if your stay is less than 16 days. If your stay is for longer than 16 days then a visa is required by all nationalities and 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. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
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 Wi-Fi 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?

Our Vietnam & Cambodia Experience itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

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