Route: Hanoi Halong Bay Phong Nha Hoi An Ho Chi Minh Koh Rong Island Phnom Penh Siem Reap and Bangkok
Group Size: 4-22
Age Range: 18-60
Transport: Public transport, including overnight buses
Dates: Range of departures throughout the year
Summary: Throw yourself into Southeast Asia’s huge variety of unforgettable experiences on our 20-day adventure tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Adventure leaders will show you the best of the region’s hidden gems and major highlights so you can get the most out of your trip. Trek through jungle to a remote waterfall, play with monkeys and swim in perfectly clear water… Travelling South East Asia will stay with you forever.
Hanoi, cultural and political capital of Vietnam, is known for its architectural contrasts of old vs. new, and foreign influences. Meet your tour leader and explore the Old Quarter, visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long before kick-starting your trip with a bar crawl!
Wake up to see the sun rise from your window before heading to the Hoa Lo prison, a site used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and then later by North Vietnam for U.S. Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War. Before lunch on Old Quarter Street we’ll head over to the Hoan Kiem lake for a dip!
105 miles/ 170km from Hanoi lies Ha Long Bay. Home to thousands of tiny islands and stunning beaches, it’s not surprising it’s featured in so many films like Kong. We will be heading to the Bay first thing in the morning travelling by bus and boat, where you’ll have lunch in the floating village (included activity) with plenty of time to spend boat jumping before we have a group BBQ dinner.
On day 5, we’ll spend the morning kayaking, before heading to Hanoi to hop on the sleeper bus to Phong Nha.
It’s time to relax. Explore Bong Lai Valley by bike and cycle past rural farms and villages. Stop for a drink, a quick snack and if you fancy, a game of volleyball with the locals. Nip off for a quick nap in one of the hammocks or float your way down-river. For those of you that don’t fancy cycling, you can opt to go Easy Tiger to relax by the pool! After 7 days we think the time is right for singing your lungs out with an evening of karaoke!
An action packed day in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO site that is famous for its 400 Million year old karst mountains. Spend the day exploring its’ wondrous caves, floating in mud-pools, kayaking, and zip-lining across the water! There will be plenty of time to relax this evening (the national park tour is now an optional activity).
It will be an early start today as we hop on the bus to Hoi An. Hoi An was once a major port during the ancient Champa Kingdom, and is well known in Vietnam for it’s stunning architecture. Explore the Ancient Town and sniff out hidden treasures in its boutiques and market stalls. Head off for a night out for the true Vietnam experience!
Relax on the beach or jump on a Coconut Basket boat to do some farming. The choice is yours!
Saigon is a vibrant and youthful city that played a decisive role in Vietnam’s history.
Arrive at 11am, and head directly to your hostel, which has its own roof top bar and pub crawl. You’ll be right at the heart of one of the region’s most buzzing cities! Visit Ben Thanh Market for great fashion bargains and a delicious street food dinner. Make sure you sample some Pho while you’re there!
A day of history starts at the Cu Chi tunnels dug by the Communist guerrilla group, the Viet Cong, that used the tunnels as a war asset to fight American and South Vietnamese troops during the civil war. Spend your afternoon at the War Remnants Museum to learn about the impact of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Both of these history fixes are optional activities so you can decide which one you fancy or both!
The Mekong Delta is filled with homes, markets, and boats that float on its rivers. Begin your tour of this waterside paradise by visiting the floating market. In the afternoon, take a boat tour through the Tra Su Forest wildlife reserve. The reserve is home to over 70 different bird species and over a hundred different types of flora and fauna.
Get ready to be stunned! Today we enter Cambodia, crossing at the border by Ha Tien towards Koh Rong Island. The island is the definition of a Southeast Asian paradise and a must stop for anyone looking to experience a Moon Party. Tonight, chill out on the beaches and absorb the impressive scenery or head to one of the many beach bars on Koh Touch.
Today is a perfect day to enjoy the beach and wander the island. Want something more active? Take the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive. Not for you? Don’t worry you can relax and enjoy the sun!
Explore the surrounding islands on a boat tour, visit a local village, and go swimming. If you’re lucky, you might get a chance to spot seahorses, blue spotted ribbon-tail rays, and diamond fish on your excursion.
Travel to the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh, by ferry and bus via Sihanoukville. Grab a roadside snack en route, you’ll find everything from fresh mangoes to deep fried spiders…
Hit by bitter times of war, this trendy and alluring city was formerly known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. Admire the Royal Palace, and take a sobering visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek as well as the S21 prison. In the evening amble along the riverside promenade. For a touch of class, have a drink at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. One of the city’s most sophisticated joints (the killing fields is now an optional activity but the entrance fee is only $3).
Today’s travel takes us to Siem Reap also known as the ancient gateway of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat. Spend the afternoon visiting the local villages and relaxing at the pool and in the evening take on the Fear Factor Food Challenge complemented by enjoying drinks from a tuk-tuk cocktail bar.
Today we will be heading to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat – the biggest religious monument known to man and one of the Wonders of the World. Today you will be exploring the Temples of Angkor; amongst them Ta Prohm – famous for featuring as the backdrop in Tomb Raider. In the afternoon there will be time for a dip in the pool before getting ready for our final big night out. Explore Pub Street, and visit the night market for a bite to eat.
After 20 days of travelling in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, it’s time to bid farewell to your companions. However, rest assured, while you may be leaving Southeast Asia, the spirit of these beautiful nations will never really leave you. Take the bus back to Bangkok to head home – or continue your travels. You’ll arrive in Bangkok at approx 16.00 so we’d recommend staying overnight before you continue your travels or leave SEA.