Vietnam Cambodia Tours

Cambodia Vietnam Delights

Number of days: 16

Price from: 00$

Tour type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Siem Reap or from any other city on request

Highlights: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Saigon, Mekong Delta, Cuchi Tunnels, Hoian, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Discover the delights of both Cambodia and Vietnam from an in-depth exploration of the many temples at the magnificent Angkor Wat complex to an overnight junk cruise on Halong Bay and the cities of Saigon, Hoi An and Hanoi. With this itinerary, ancient history and spectacular scenery combine to create one of our most popular tours.

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  • DESTINATIONS 


    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex  
    * Phnom Penh - Capital of Cambodia surrounded by the Mekong River; home to majestic palaces and pagodas

    * Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) - Vietnam’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant city 

    * Mekong Delta - ‘Rice basket of Vietnam’ and home to many living, working and travelling along the river 

    * Hoi An - Discover this charming UNESCO World Heritage listed site 

    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital  
    * Hanoi - Exploration of this charming, historical centre and its French provincial influences 

    * Halong Bay - Vietnam’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’; the stunning beauty of the 3,000 islets of the Gulf of Tonkin


    ACTIVITIES


    Cultural Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Shopping / Walking Tours / Boating & Sailing


    BRIEF ITINERARY:


    Days 1: Arrive Siem Reap


    Day 2: Siem Reap – Kampong Kleang

    Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat

    Day 4: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

    Day 5: Phnom Penh to Saigon

    Day 6: Saigon

    Day 7: Saigon - Mekong Delta

    Day 8: Saigon - Cu Chi & Tay Ninh

    Day 9: Saigon to Hoi An

    Day 10: Hoi An – Tra Que village

    Day 11: Hoi An to Hue

    Day 12: Hue to Hanoi

    Day 13: Hanoi

    Day 14: Hanoi to Halong Bay

    Day 15: Halong Bay to Hanoi

    Day 16: Hanoi - Departure


    Tour includes:

    - 15 night accommodation on a twin/double-share basic with daily breakfast

    - Internal flight tickets: Siem Reap-Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh-Saigon, Saigon-Danang, Hue-Hanoi (economy class) including fuel charge & Airport taxes.

    - Meals as mentioned in the itineraries

    - All landed transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at airports on arrival and departure days

    - English Speaking Tour guide. Other languages on request.

    - Boat trips as per program

    - All entrance and sightseeing fees

    - All taxes & services charge.

    Tour does not includes:

    - International airfare and airport tax 

    - Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program

    - Visa fees to Vietnam

    - Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels

    - Massage onboard

    - Travel insurance

    - Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)

    - Tipping/ Gratuities

    - Single supplement


  • DETAILED ITINERARY:

    Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap
    On arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met at Siem Reap Airport in the arrivals hall by our guide, you will transfer approx. 30mins to your hotel and check-in. Then, leisure time to rest and recover from jet-lag. Overnight in Siem Reap. 
    Meals: None. 

    Day 2: Siem Reap – Kampong Kleang
    Early this morning leave for Tonle Sap for a 1 hour cruise on the river. Visit the floating village of Kampong Kleang. Afterwards, travel for approx. 2 hours (80km) to Beng Mealea, located outside the UNESCO protected area. There is a new boardwalk that you can use to explore the temple. When walking anywhere outside the walls of the temple ruins, you must follow marked paths as the landmine clearance project here has not been completed yet. After 1.5 hours here, drive back to Siem Reap.
    Overnight in Siem Reap. 
    Meals: Breakfast.


    Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat
    Rise early to explore the amazing temples at Angkor. Sightseeing within the Angkor area involves driving to and exploring the temples on foot. It can get hot and humid here so you must carry sun protection and drinking water with you. Spend the morning and afternoon sightseeing within the Angkor complex, returning to town for lunch in the heat of the day. UNESCO manages the complex and to enter, your group will drive approx. 6km out of town to the main entrance gate to get your entrance passes, which you must carry with you. If you choose to climb at any site, you must be able to climb and descend without assistance.
    Overnight in Siem Reap. 
    Meals: Breakfast.

    Note: The Central Tower of the Angkor Wat complex has a limited number of visitors allowed at any given time, under regulations from UNESCO. If you wish to visit this tower you will be required to wait in the queue alongside all other visitors. The ability to do this will be determined upon the groups’ schedule.

    Day 4: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
    Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Phnom Penh (flight duration 55 minutes). There will be approx. 3 hours of leisurely sightseeing this afternoon, including visits to the Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace and the National Museum. Overnight in Phnom Penh. 
    Meals: Breakfast. 


    Day 5: Phnom Penh to Saigon
    Sightseeing at the Tuol Sleng Musuem involves 1 hour on foot. This museum commemorates the atrocities that occurred during the regime of Pol Pot. Most people find it quite confronting and emotional so you will be given time to explore on your own. Climg up Wat Phnom for city vistas. Transfer  to  the  airport  for  your  flight  to  Saigon (flight duration 1 hour). Transfer (45 minutes’ drive) to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Saigon.
    Meals: Breakfast. 

    Day 6: Saigon
    Sightseeing in downtown Saigon involves approx. 4 hours on foot over the whole day. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. There are graphic pictures in the War Remnants Museum that some people might find upsetting. Easy sightseeing and shopping time at Ben Thanh Market; watch your valuables in this area. Overnight in Saigon.
    Meals: Breakfast.


    Day 7: Saigon - Mekong Delta
    Rise early to drive 2-2.5 hours (80km) to the city of Ben Tre. You will travel by motorised, wooden boats between the islands and then change to smaller, paddle boats in the canals. Sightseeing involves hopping on and off these boats, often on unsteady and slippery surfaces, sometimes without handrails or assistance. Approx. 2-2.5 hours later, you will return to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.


    Day 8: Saigon - Cu Chi & Tay Ninh
    Remember to take insect repellent today as mosquitoes are more common in the Cu Chi district. Transfer 2 hours (70km) to Cu Chi. Sightseeing here involves 2 hours on foot on uneven mud paths through the bush and, if you choose, crawling through some of the tunnels. Transfer 1.5 hours to Tay Ninh to the ‘Holy See’ and watch some of the Cao Dai service. Then drive 10 minutes to a local restaurant for lunch; the meal is simple but this is the only suitable restaurant in the   area. Transfer   3   hours   (100km)   back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch. 

    Note: At the Cu Chi Tunnels you will be given the opportunity to shoot a range of guns on your own expense (example AK47, M16). If you decide to do this, please be aware that the level of noise is extremely high and although ear muffs are available, they may not provide the level of protection required. It is recommended you bring ear plugs from home if you would like to participate.


    Day 9: Saigon to Hoi An
    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang (flight duration 1 hour and 15 minutes); the closest airport to Hoi An. There is easy sightseeing at Danang Beach. At Marble Mountains there are some uneven stone steps and it can get hot. If you are unable to complete this activity, you will have to remain with the driver/coach. Transfer 45 minutes to the hotel in Hoi An and check-in. At least 2 hours on foot around Hoi An Old Town, including visits to the Japanese Bridge and the Chinese Temple. Overnight in HoiAn. 
    Meals: Breakfast. 


    Day 10: Hoi An – Tra Que village
    Travel by minutes by road to Tra Que village where you will spend some time walking leisurely through the vegetable gardens and meeting the local farmers. There will also be walking in the countryside surrounding the village, so please remember to bring sun protection. Overnight in HoiAn. 
    Meals: Breakfast.

    Day 11: Hoi An to Hue
    Drive north for 4 hours (approximately 140km) over the Hai Van (Cloudy) Pass to Hue. This is a winding and steep but scenic road along the coast. Take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel. Each cyclo takes 1 passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. There is 2 hours of easy sightseeing at the Citadel, which is mainly in the open so remember your hat/sunscreen etc. There are steep and uneven steps without handrails. Overnight in Hue.  
    Meals: Breakfast.


    Day 12: Hue to Hanoi
    Sightseeing around the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang this morning involves approx. 1hr on foot. Spend 45 minutes on foot at the Thien Mu Pagoda. Transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Hanoi (flight duration 1hr).Transfer (1 hour drive) to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meals: Breakfast. 

    Day 13: Hanoi
    Sightseeing in Hanoi involves approx. 4hrs on foot and includes visits to  the Ho  Chi  Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. This afternoon your sightseeing involves 1.5-2 hours on foot walking through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Late afternoon, watch a traditional Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meal: Breakfast

    Note: Your Local Guide will confirm the menu for tomorrow’s seafood lunch and dinner on board the junk boat tonight, so please mention any food allergies or dislikes to them again before you start driving to Halong Bay.


    Day 14: Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Drive 3.5 hours (170km) to Halong Bay and port, including a 20 minute rest stop. There is usually a crowd of boats at the docks; however the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing. Boarding your junk boat could involve navigating your way over and through other boats, moored between it and the dock, sometimes without handrails, ladders or assistance from staff. The junk boats have been modelled on the traditional ‘junk’ which was both home and working vessel for fishermen for centuries. They usually hold about  20 dining passengers (or 18 maximum overnight), have an enclosed dining area and an open deck on the upper deck. We have lunch on board and cruise around the bay before anchoring for the night. Sightseeing includes visiting underground caves on the islands which require climbing up and down steps inside and outside of the caves. A torch is optional as the caves have been lit in colourful lighting. Overnight on boat. 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 

    Note: Your Halong Bay cruise may be affected by  local weather conditions.


    Day 15: Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After an early lunch (or brunch meal), return to the docks and drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meals: Brunch. 

    Day 16: Hanoi - Departure
    You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. Transfer from your hotel to Hanoi airport, for your overnight flight back home or next destination.

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


  • VIETNAM:

     

    Visa and Passport
    Except for a number of ASEAN countries a visa is required to visit Vietnam. If your itinerary requires two
    entries into Vietnam then a double entry visa must be obtained. If your trip is postponed or delayed it may be necessary to obtain another visa if your original visa is not valid for your new dates of travel.


    Tourist Visa
    A Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for the period of 30-days and for a single entry (unless endorsed for a double entry at additional cost). The cost charged by the Vietnamese embassy is $65 for a single entry visa and $130 for a double entry visa. Your passport must be sent to the embassy along with payment with prepaid shipping arrangements with Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, FedEx, etc., two completed visa applications and two passport photos. Allow five-business days for processing.

    Visa-on-Arrival
    A Visa-on-Arrival is available if you are pre-approved for the visa. In lieu of a stamped visa in your passport prior to departure a fax from the Department of Immigration is issued and used as your travel document for boarding your international flight to Vietnam. This system has been working for a number of years now and is extremely reliable. Visa-on-Arrival processing charges are normally $25 and a $45 fee is payable directly to Vietnamese Immigration upon arrival.

    Double Entry Visa
    A Double Entry Visa is a Tourist Visa endorsed for a double entry. If your itinerary requires a double entry be sure and obtain the Double Entry Visa.

    Re-Entry Visa
    Re-entry Visas, prior to departing Vietnam, are possible to obtain in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through authorized agencies for a fee of approximately $25, however it requires one-to-two days and the deposit of your passport. This is not advisable unless your itinerary allows ample time and you remain in the city where the application was filed until the visa is issued. It is strongly advised to obtain a Double Entry Visa prior entering Vietnam.

    Passport Validity Dates
    Your passport must have a validity date of at least six-months remaining after your visit to Vietnam is completed.

    Travel Document Companies
    Unless you live nearby a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or are experienced in dealing with embassies by mail or telephone, it is advised that you use a travel document company to obtain your visa.
    Notes: You can email us at info@privateasiatours.com for more advice on Vietnam Visa information. The service is free of charge. All the emails will be replied within 24h.

    Entry Procedures
    Arrival and Departure Cards are required to be completed upon entry into Vietnam; they will be provided by the airline or at the border gate. The yellow copy of the card will be returned to you and must be submitted when you depart Vietnam; keep it in a safe place. Making a photocopy of it is a good idea and keeping it with your other photocopies.
    If you have been pre-approved for a Visa-on-Arrival simply process though the Visa-on-Arrival lane at immigration.
    Once your visa formalities have been completed claim your baggage and process through customs.


    Duty Free
    One-carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor.

    Exit Procedures
    Complete the customs declaration and process through customs then complete the immigration processing where you will be required to return the yellow copy of your Arrival and Departure Card.

    Airport Departure Taxes
    Domestic Departure Taxes are included in the price of the airline ticket. International Airport Departure taxes are $14 (Hanoi) and $12 (Ho Chi Minh City). First check-in for your flight and then obtain the receipt for the payment of your departure tax to present upon clearing customs.

    Tendering Passports
    Vietnamese law requires that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening. This may appear odd to Western travelers but until the 1960's a number of European countries required that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening.

    Travel Insurance
    Traveler's Insurance is strongly recommended. A number of companies sell competing policies and it is a good idea to read the fine print and ask questions if you are in doubt. Note : some insurance companies cover travel insurance in their existing policies; check, you may already be covered. Policies have differing benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and dental coverage, emergency medical transportation, lost baggage, missed connections, and accidents.
    Of special note is the emergency medical transportation. This is extremely costly; if you any health condition which may require medical evacuation you should check to see if you are currently covered and 
    if not purchase the insurance. Medical treatment, if required, can be costly and the pay is usually in cash.

    CAMBODIA:

    Passports

    Passport valid for at least six months after date of return from Cambodia required by all nationals.

    Visas
    Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for stays of up to 30 days on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor. Visas are also available from Immigration at the border posts of Bavet, Poi Pet and Koh Kong. Visitors are advised to check current situation before traveling. E-Visas are only valid for entry via Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Cham Yeam land border, Poi Pet land border and Bavet land border.
    Visa Note
    Applications by post will only be accepted through a recognized visa courier. For further details, contact the nearest consulate (or consular section of embassy). 
    Nationals flying in to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport will be able to apply for a 30-day visa on arrival in Cambodia. 

    Validity
    All visas are valid for a one month period, and visas issued by the embassy must be used within three months of date of issue. Extensions of up to one extra month for Tourist visas or six or 12 months for Business visas (which can be multiple) may be granted by the Ministry of the Interior at the Immigration Office in Phnom Penh.

    Climate:  

    Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. The monsoon season runs from May to November. The most pleasant season is the dry season, from November/December to April. In the north, winters can be colder, while throughout most of the country temperatures remain fairly constant. There is often seasonal flooding in Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia in late July and early August, and travel may be disrupted at these times.

    Required Clothing
    Lightweight clothing is worn all year. Rainwear is essential during the monsoon season.

    Travel Tips:  

    Most visits to Cambodia are trouble-free, however public order is fragile. Travelers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. The greatest risks to travelers are from road traffic accidents, armed robbery after dark, landmines and unexploded ordnance in rural areas.

    Travelers should be aware of the risk of robbery and other crime (including sexual offences) in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, particularly after dark, and take sensible precautions. Travelers should be on their guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially when traveling around the cities.

    Outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) in Cambodia have resulted in a small number of human fatalities. As a precaution, travelers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where they may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.

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