Our Vietnam and Cambodia tours explore the beauty of Vietnam from the Forbidden Purple City to the soaring mountains of Ha Long Bay. In Cambodia, we step back in time and explore the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat.
Almost immediately on arrival, the vibrancy of Vietnam is felt. It a country that boasts an incredible amount of cultural diversity, and the beauty of landscapes feels timeless and unique. It is a place where modern life and historical events synchronize for an escape like none other. Combine this country with Cambodia, another jewel in the Southeast Asia region, and you'll discover why Vietnam and Cambodia tours are amongst our most popular.
The verdant hills that occupy most of the landscape of Vietnam roll eastward with soaring peaks until they reach the unspoiled beaches fringing much of this country's coastline.
In the south, the Mekong Delta although known as the rice bowl of Vietnam is as famous for its tropical fruit and flowers that grow in abundance in the area. It's a fragrant region and our Vietnam and Cambodia tours explore the many channels and canals by boat to better understand the ecosystem as well as the lives of those who call this place home.
Even in a remote channel of a river system that spans six countries, one is never far from a candid glimpse of locals selling, buying and exchanging from their boats.
Attesting to bygone times, our Vietnam and Cambodia tours will take you along Parisian styled boulevards in cities such as Hanoi, crumbling temples with religious relics such as the Cham's My Son complex, and admire the pagodas found along the Perfume River.
In the nearby Forbidden Purple City in Hue, one can absorb the ambiance of former emperors' power with a Citadel and fortress walls that resemble that of the Forbidden Palace in Beijing.
Recent struggles in Vietnam's history, from the French occupation to the Vietnam War, are best explored and understood by visiting sites such as the Cu Chi Tunnels. Originally dug by hand in the 1940s, this vast tunnel complex was used by thousands to seek refuge during the war.
Vietnam is ultimately much more than a country that suffered greatly from war in the mid-20th century. A boat ride along Lan Ha Bay, an area with incredible karst landscapes and mountains rising straight out of the water, proves just how beautiful this area is as well as why the Vietnamese are so proud to call this country home.
At the end of each day of explorations, we'll enjoy a meal in a local restaurant to taste the complex cuisine influenced by the French and Chinese, but one that utilizes local ingredients to create incredible, delicious meals.
Moving westward, our Vietnam and Cambodia tours continue to what was once the home to the Khmer Kingdom and is still home to one of the world's most incredible architectural wonders: Angkor Wat.
The 12th century temple is considered one of the finest religious structures in the world, and it is not uncommon to wander the alleys that are nearly being engulfed by jungle to discover artists and monks equally in awe of this majestic place.
If it is a region of intrigue and diversity you are after, with a chance to explore history and be amazed by the natural elements, then our Vietnam and Cambodia tours are just right for you.
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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The above prices are subject to an additional $80 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.
Optional Single Supplement: $780 USD (number of singles limited).
Breakfast and dinner daily, some lunches (see detailed itinerary for daily meal plan). All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, cruise crew, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
Our October departure is just outside of the coolest time of year and the end of rainy season in Laos and Northern Vietnam; it still rains now and then, but not too much to seriously affect our trip. The scenery is green and lush, and the weather is generally pleasant at this time of year. We will likely still experience some heat, but our October visit avoids the possibility of being caught in cold weather outbreaks that tend to descend from the north Nov-Jan, which can uncomfortably chilly.
Our March date also skips the cool and cloudy winter period and the heat of summer, which begins in May. March may be somewhat less green overall as things begin to dry out; that said, it's an interesting time as it coincides with the harvest of various crops.
Coastal regions, ie Central Vietnam, are cooled by sea breezes. Down south in Cambodia, we will definitely experience some serious heat as this region known for hot and humid conditions throughout the year.
Overall you should prepare for warm-hot, sometimes sticky weather with the possibility of rain and some chilly nights/mornings in a few locales.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout will be by private air-conditioned bus. Most of the driving days are not long, but progress can be slow due to the nature of the roads and traffic. Internal flights via scheduled regional carriers.
The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and some long days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Our level "2" rating for this tour refers to the ambitious itinerary, full travel days, early starts, walking tours, uneven surfaces, and the possibility of heat in some locales.
Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Hotels used on tour are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, 3-4 star properties with en suite bath/toilet. Some are resort-style boutique properties with plenty of charm and atmosphere. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Laundry facilities are available at most hotels for a reasonable price.
Click on "Map & Hotels" tab elsewhere on this page for more info, including details about our cruise vessel.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
This tour is part of a series that can be upgraded to make for a longer trip. For more options, please refer to tour code/s:
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 2 Acivity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
This 22-day Laos & Vietnam tour will give you the chance to discover the relentless beauty of Laos and Vietnam.
Laos' rich history, matched with its splendid natural environment, will wow anyone with the slightest sense of adventure.
Both Laos and Vietnam hold opportunities for boat trips to view ancient structures along the shores; the tours along Vietnam's Perfume River and Laos's Mekong River have unimaginable surprises in store.
The capital cities have bustling markets for any visitor to become enveloped in and the most stressful thing will be trying to choose the perfect gift for loved ones back home.
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 3 Acivity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
Our Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia tour starts at Luang Prabang, Laos, which has a vast array of colonial era buildings that are interspersed with many interesting shops and cafes.
Stand face-to-face with the famous Golden Buddha while visiting the Royal Palace.
A trip down the Mekong River will give you a chance to discover the 4,000 images along the Pak Ou Cave walls.
Empathize with baffled archeologists as we see hundreds of large jars strewn across Xieng Khouang's Plain of Jars.
Then it's off to Vietnam where all the sights will surely overwhelm the senses; from Hanoi's breathtaking architecture to the historical richness of Ho Chi Minh City.
An excursion to Cambodia's Angkor Wat is an opportunity that will not be passed-up.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
... tastefully decorated rooms blend furniture, materials, colours and style to bring a sense of cohesion through a refined charm without pretentiousness. Stone, wood, traditional tiles, ceramics and bamboo are naturally intertwined to create a unique personality and charisma.
Saigon Prince Hotel is uniquely placed within easy walking distance to many of the most famous attractions in the city including Ben Thanh Market, Opera House, Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon River.