16 day popular itinerary visiting temples of Angkor and the Mekong Delta through to the natural grandeur of Halong Bay, experiencing all on a 16 day Vietnam Cambodia itinerary.

trip highlights

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  • Cruise to bustling Kampong Kleng, an off-the-beaten-track floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, where you’ll get an authentic look at unique local life.
  • Try your hand at ancient cultivation techniques with members of the local farming community in Tra Que village and enjoy a cooking demonstration of a regional speciality.
  • Take your seats for ‘the Quintessence of Tonkin’, an outdoor spectacular that perfectly showcases the rich culture and daily life of Vietnam’s northern river delta through talented performers, water puppetry, and lights.
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itinerary details

Day 1: Siem Reap

Siem Reap arrival, meet and trasnfer to hotel. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 2: Tonle Lake

High Water Season (Aug to Feb):

Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor. This evening sit down to dinner and an apsara dance show.

Low Water Season (Mar to Jul)

Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D’Angkor after visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an apsara dance show.

Day 5: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum before climbing up to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Fly to Saigon.

Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels

Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to the city and gain further insights at the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum, finishing at the lively Ben Thanh Market.

Day 7: Mekong Delta

Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits.

Day 8: Hoi An

The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world but
is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. See Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the
Central Post Office and Thien Hau Pagoda before flying to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9: Tra Que Village

Drive out into the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and
try your hand at age-old farming techniques before taking part in a cooking demonstration, learning the art of a local dish. After lunch take a walking tour of Hoi An, to see the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market. Stop en route to
visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.

Day 10 - 11: Hue

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An before heading to Hue, travelling over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise along the Perfume River. The next day, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh and Minh Mang. Move on to a beautiful old ‘maison’ that has been transformed into a Truc Chi workshop, where you’ll learn to create art with bamboo paper. Continue to visit the imposing
Imperial Citadel.

Day 12 - 13: Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi this morning. This afternoon take a thrilling cyclo ride through the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.

Explore the sights of Hanoi, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature.

Day 14 - 15: Halong Bay Cruise

Spend two days aboard a comfortable cruise boat sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks
on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Spend the night on the boat before returning to Hanoi and attending the Quintessence
of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.

Day 16: Departure

End of this amazing 16 day Vietnam Cambodia trip, transfer to the airport, departure