• Vietnam & Cambodia

  • Vietnam & Cambodia

  • Vietnam & Cambodia

  • Vietnam & Cambodia

From scenic Halong Bay to the temples at Angkor: the best of Vietnam and Cambodia

Days: 12 | From: $4,230/per person

  • Accommodations at best-in-class luxury hotels
  • Curated tours with superb private guides
  • From scenic Halong Bay to the temples at Angkor: discover the best of Vietnam and Cambodia

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At a glance

  • Ho Chi Minh City
    2 nights: Visit the bustling modern city formerly known as Saigon
  • Hoi An
    2 nights: Meander through this delightful town with art and architecture at every turn
  • Hanoi
    2 nights: Enjoy history and culture in Vietnam's capital city
  • Halong Bay
    1 night: Cruise overnight through scenic Halong Bay
  • Siem Reap
    3 nights: Discover the temples of Angkor
  • Phnom Penh
    1 night: Explore Phnom Penh's Royal Palace and learn about its painful past

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City!

Skyline Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Fly into Vietnam’s largest city, a sprawling metropolis comprising everything from narrow alleyways to new world skyscrapers. Home to over 9 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is still known to many as Saigon, and features remnants of French colonial charm alongside busy street food stalls and neon lights.

Set out with your private guide to explore the city’s main landmarks, including the Museum of Vietnam History. The museum features exhibits on the Vietnamese culture and its development, partly as a struggle for independence from Chinese domination and partly as the march southwards by the Viet people from the Red River Valley, absorbing ethnic groups and territory along the way. Stop to see the Reunification Palace, French colonial Notre Dame cathedral, and the Main Post Office.

Later, enjoy a private walking tour of the thematic streets of Saigon. From birds to bonsai to antiques, there is a street for everything. Browse local markets selling everything from decorative flowers to wartime objects.

Accommodations: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, 2 nights

Embark on a journey back in time to Vietnam in 1930s with Hôtel des Arts boutique lifestyle hotel in Saigon. Combining the classical charm of French Indochina with a sense of timeless chic, the hotel is as much an art museum as it is a 5-star hotel. The Social Club restaurant and rooftop bar on the 23rd floor pays homage to an era of speakeasy gatherings, while Saigon Kitchen offers a stylish and unique design inspired by classic Asian street food markets. The Café des Beaux Arts takes a detour from French elegance on its journey to old world glamour, with a light and airy interior where you can take your afternoon tea to the soft sounds of piano music while enjoying a book from our library.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Park Hyatt Saigon, The Reverie Saigon, Caravelle Hotel, and others
Day 2:

Tunnels of Cu Chi

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Saigon City Hall, Vincom Center towers and colorful street traffic blurred in motion. Saigon downtown with its famous landmarks. Stock image with removed logos.

Journey through the lush countryside northwest of Saigon to Cu Chi, where you will learn about the vast underground network of tunnels (totaling 155 miles!) used during the war. These tunnels, once used by the Viet Cong as shelter to infiltrate the city during the Tet Offensive of 1968, are now maintained as a museum. Afterward, return to Saigon and tour the War Remnants Museum, depicting the Vietnamese perspective of French occupation and the “American War.” This evening, enjoy a food and nightlife tour of Saigon by Vespa. Zip around the city like a local with stops at a rooftop bar, Vietnamese street food stalls, artsy cafes and more.

Accommodations: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Explore the architecture of Hoi An

Japanese Covered Bridge, aka Lai Vien Kieu, in hoi an, vietnam

Fly to Danang and drive to Hoi An, famous for its classic immigrant architecture and thriving artist colony. Today a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Hoi An is filled with small streets, shops, markets and cafes. Explore the local market, Tan Ky House, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year old Japanese covered bridge. Here you can also see local residents raising silkworms to produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. Local tailors abound, and you can have clothes tailor-made during your stay here.

Accommodations: Allegro Hoi An, 2 nights

Situated in the heart of town, Allegro Hoi An exemplifies the heart of Hoianese people: hospitable, honest, and welcoming. They love to share the hidden beauty of this ancient town while providing you with upscale comforts and the ideal ambience to unwind and absorb Hoi An’s peaceful pace of life.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Anantara Hoi An, Intercontinental Danang, TIA Wellness Resort, The Nam Hai, Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery, and others
Day 4:

Free day to explore Hoi An

Gorgeous view of cozy street decorated with colorful silk lanterns at sunrise. Scenic traditional old yellow houses of Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam. Hoian is a popular tourist destination of Asia.

Spend the day in lovely Hoi An exploring on your own. You may choose to take a bike ride through the countryside, visit the Cham Hindu temple ruins at My Son, participate in a cooking class, or relax with some beach or spa time.

Accommodations: Allegro Hoi An, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 5:

Tour the capital city of Hanoi

Turtle Tower in Hanoi Hoan Kiem foggy lake in Vietnam

Hop a morning flight to Hanoi. Vietnam’s capital is located along the Red River, and is known for its tree-lined boulevards, hordes of motorbikes, and French colonial architecture. This morning, visit Ba Dinh Square, site of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and his nearby spartan wartime residence. Continue to the unique One Pillar Pagoda, then on to the Confucian academy known as the Temple of Literature, considered Vietnam’s first university.

This afternoon, enjoy a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Guild District, where each of 37 small streets and alleyways feature one traditional craft or profession and its wares. This excursion concludes at the city’s traditional center, Restored Sword Lake, with a tour of Ngoc Son Temple.

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium, 2 nights

The La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel in Hanoi is a true gem nestled in the heart of the city. This boutique hotel exudes elegance and sophistication, offering a luxurious retreat for travelers seeking a perfect blend of modern comfort and traditional charm. With its prime location, guests can easily explore the vibrant Old Quarter and immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of Hanoi. The hotel's rooms are tastefully designed, providing a tranquil oasis after a day of exploration. Moreover, the warm and attentive staff ensure a personalized experience, making guests feel right at home. Whether indulging in exquisite Vietnamese cuisine at the on-site restaurant or relaxing by the rooftop pool overlooking the bustling streets, La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel promises an unforgettable stay in this enchanting city.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Capella Hotel Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Silk Path Hotel
Day 6:

Explore Hanoi by Vespa

The Saigon to Hanoi Train line in Old Quarter Hanoi

Hop on a Vespa for a unique perspective on Hanoi’s history and culture. Whiz through narrow alleyways and across bridges, with stops in different locations to explore what the capital has to offer. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore on your own.

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7:

Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay

Unesco World Heritage Site. Most popular place in Vietnam. this landscape you can seen from the island Titop

Journey by car to Halong Bay to board your cruise and set sail into the beautiful scenery. Here, limestone “karst” formations create an archipelago of over one thousand pinnacle-shaped islands dotting the sea. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and an overnight onboard your ship.

Accommodations: Paradise Elegance Cruise

A sleek, modern vessel that fuses contemporary styling with Vietnamese design concepts, the Paradise Elegance is a meticulously designed steel boat that has reimagined luxury cruising on Halong Bay. Boasting a piano bar, day spa and wellness center, butler service, and the full range of dining options, the Elegance is fully equipped for your Halong Bay adventure.

*Includes: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Orchid Premium Cruise, Violet Cruise Heritage, Emperor Cruises Legacy, and others
Day 8:

From Halong Bay to Siem Reap

sailing at sunrise on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Cruise through Halong Bay and enjoy swimming, kayaking, or exploring the local caves. Around midday, you will disembark and transfer by private car to the Hanoi airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

Accommodations: Jaya House River Park, 3 nights

Peacefully located alongside the Siem Reap river and surrounded by fully grown trees, Jaya House River Park is a hidden gem. The hotel is located about a 6-minute tuk-tuk journey from town in the direction of the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Each of the 36 rooms has either a balcony or direct garden & pool access.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Phum Baitang, Shinta Mani, Anantara Angkor Resort, and others
Day 9:

Discover the wonders at Angkor

Angkor Wat monk. Ta Prom Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest. Famous landmark, place of worship and popular tourist travel destination in Asia

The ruined capital of the powerful Khmer kingdom, Angkor flourished from the 10th to the 15th centuries and comprises some 400 sandstone, brick and laterite temples, walls, tombs and other structures surrounded by jungle. Begin your temple exploration with Preah Khan, “The Sacred Sword” temple dedicated by Jayavarman VII to his father and Neak Pean, the temple built as a sort of healing center, with pools representing water, earth, wind, and fire.

Finish the day at Ta Prohm and experience the feeling of a modern day “Indiana Jones” in this temple which is slowly being swallowed up by the jungle.

Accommodations: Jaya House River Park, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 10:

Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat await

Beautiful view of Angkor Wat in the golden sunlight before sunset in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Set out for Angkor Thom, royal city of the 12th century god-king Jayavarman VII. Explore Bayon, with its 54 symmetrical towers topped by giant stone faces, the Terrace of the Leper King, and Phimeanakas, where the god king made a nightly rendezvous with the sex goddess! Enjoy an afternoon rest at your hotel during the heat of the day, then continue your temple exploration with the jewel of Cambodia: Angkor Wat, whose temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. This 12th century masterpiece is considered the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture, and combines Buddhist and Hindu imagery on a vast scale.

Accommodations: Jaya House River Park, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 11:

Phnom Penh - Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng

The Silver Pagoda or Wat Preah Keo, Wat Ubosoth Ratanaram or Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh.

Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital city of over 2 million residents. Today, set out to explore the extensive Royal Palace grounds, including the Silver Pagoda, paved with floor tiles of solid silver. Learn about the grim history of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot era with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison, used for “processing” prisoners. Afterward, wander the nearby markets or enjoy a walking tour exploring the alleys of Phnom Penh.

Accommodations: La Rose Suites

La Rose Suites is a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of Cambodia's bustling capital. Nestled on a quiet street near Independence Monument, the Royal Palace and National Museum, La Rose Suites is the perfect location for a walk in the local park or a stroll along the riverside promenade. Dually inspired by the charming architecture of French Indochina and the grandeur of Angkor Wat, La Rose Suites aims to please aesthetically while tempting your other senses.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Raffles Le Royal, Rosewood Phnom Penh, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, and others
Day 12:

Depart Phnom Penh

Roof of the Royal Palace, Pnom penh, cambodia.

Today you say goodbye to your local guide as you transfer to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

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