Explore the undiscovered lands of Vietnam from the bustling capital of Hanoi to the lush Central Highlands and historic Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise overnight on magical Ha Long Bay, discover the cultures of rural Buon Ma Thuot and experience the beaches of Nha Trang and Mui Ne. Cross the border into Cambodia to explore historic Phnom Penh and the temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.
Ready to explore the natural wonders and vibrant culture of Vietnam and Cambodia? Head to your departure airport to check in for an overnight flight to Hanoi. Night on board.
* If your flight arrives in Hanoi in the early hours of the morning, and you wish to have your room available before 2:00 p.m, you can book early check-in in the next step of the booking process.
Touch down in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital and a city filled with glistening lakes, shaded boulevards, colonial architecture and bustling, moped-filled streets. Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the city, enjoying a brief orientation tour along the way. Arrive at the hotel, check-in, and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a guided tour of the city’s highlights. Visit the Ethnology Museum to learn about Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups and the richness and diversity of Vietnamese culture and enjoy a bowl of traditional Pho soup for lunch, considered the national dish and voted as one of the worlds 50 best dishes. In the afternoon discover the Old Quarter on an exciting walking tour. Visit the Heritage House, a traditional house built around the end of the 19th century and now preserved as a point of interest with exhibitions providing information on the history of Hanoi city as well as showcasing the lifestyle of the former inhabitants. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. We recommend an optional visit to a local home with dinner to get to know more about life in Hanoi from an authentic Vietnamese family.* Overnight stay in Hanoi.
* Optional Local Home Visit with Dinner: Get to know a local family personally as you spend an evening enjoying warm Vietnamese hospitality at a family home in Hanoi. Understand more about Vietnamese culture and traditions whilst feasting on tasty traditional homemade food.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, getting to know vibrant Hanoi at your own pace, exploring its authentic neighbourhoods or shopping for souvenirs. We recommend an optional excursion to Ninh Binh City.* Overnight stay in Hanoi.
* Optional Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion: Set off to the region of Ninh Binh, famous for its karst mountains and misty caves. Take a rowing boat along the natural canals of the Thung Nham Valley and explore a number of mystical caves along the way. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch before continuing to Mua Cave, where a 20-minute climb rewards you with breathtaking views of the Tam Coc landscape.
Please note: There are 465 steps to the peak of Mua Cave. It is not suitable for small children or those with reduced mobility.
After breakfast at the hotel, set off by road to Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay (depending on the selected boat) one of Vietnam's most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here, thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Board your cruise boat and enjoy a welcome drink as you settle in on board. As the boat begins to cruise throughout the stone islets, enjoy lunch as you take in the amazing landscapes and see the floating villages and beaches of Ha Long Bay. Stop at one of the floating fishing villages and take some time to relax on the sundeck. The boat continues to a quiet overnight area as you enjoy dinner and an evening on board at your leisure. Overnight on board in Ha Long Bay.
Please note: the itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions or local administration regulations and is dependent on the selected cruise ship.
Enjoy brunch on board as the boat sails past the captivating scenery of the bay. Return to the wharf and disembark mid-morning before transferring to Hanoi, a journey of approximately 3 hours. From here, continue to Noi Bai airport. Take an evening flight to Buon Ma Thuot. Set in the heart of Vietnam’s picturesque Central Highlands, Buon Ma Thuot is the coffee capital of Vietnam and is home to majestic waterfalls and dense forests and is known for the authentic cultural traditions of its ethnic groups. Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Buon Ma Thuot.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, drive out to Lak Lake, one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in Vietnam. Located at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level, the lake is home to the M’nong minority community who live in distinctive traditional longhouses. On the way, visit a coffee farm and Ede Village to understand the local way of life and their unique customs. At Lak Lake meet the M'Nong community at Jun Village and enjoy a traditional lunch to sample the local delicacies. In the afternoon, explore the waterfalls of Draynur and Dray Sap, the largest and most spectacular in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Overnight stay in Buon Ma Thuot.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Buon Ma Thuot this morning to discover a rubber tree plantation on your way to Nha Trang, an idyllic beach resort area on Vietnam's southern coast. Arrive in the early afternoon and enjoy the stunning white sandy beaches, the abundance of marine life and the thriving coral reefs. Visit Po Nagar Tower, a medieval Cham temple, still actively used for worship by Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists, before transferring to the hotel and enjoying the rest of the day at your leisure. Relish the beautiful views of the South China Sea or experience the local nightlife. Overnight stay in Nha Trang.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a leisurely free day in beautiful Nha Trang, sunbathing, swimming in the sea or simply relaxing at your own pace. We recommend an optional day cruise to discover the diverse off-shore islands.* Overnight stay in Nha Trang.
* Optional Nha Trang Bay Cruise with lunch: Board a deluxe wooden boat and start cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay, passing the Tam and Mot Islands. Stop at a mini beach on Mieu Island where you can either go swimming, kayaking, snorkelling or simply relax. After lunch, we visit a local fish farm and experience a unique basket boat ride around the fishing village.
Breakfast at the hotel. Hit the road this morning, headed for Mui Ne, a journey of approximately 4 hours along one of the country's most scenic coastal roads. Along the way, pass stunning lagoons, salt fields, majestic sand dunes and vast wind power farms. On arrival in Mui Ne, visit the incredible White Sand Dune, nicknamed, 'Little Sahara Desert' and explore a local fishing village. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, watching the local kitesurfers and sailing boats or taking in the impressive sunset views. Overnight stay in Mui Ne.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying quiet strolls along the serene beachfront, sampling the local cuisine, or exploring the vast sand dunes that border the coastline. Overnight stay in Mui Ne.
Breakfast at the hotel. Relish another day at your leisure in beautiful Mui Ne. Why not visit one of the local temples, such as Hoi Tinh or Phuoc Thien Pagoda or go shopping in bustling Mui Ne Market. Overnight stay in Mui Ne.
Breakfast at the hotel. Bid farewell to the paradise shores of Mui Ne today as you set off for Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the 'Pearl of Indochina'. Spend the afternoon exploring the fusion of Vietnamese, Chinese and French cultures, on a half-day tour. Visit the moving War Remnants Museum, which presents a fascinating view of the Vietnam-America War, and the Reunification Palace. Appreciate the eclectic architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the impressive Central Post Office, designed by the architect Gustav Eiffel. Conclude the tour at the bustling Ben Thanh Market, where you can experience the bustling atmosphere of local life in Ho Chi Minh. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure, getting to know Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon and a city of immense historical significance. We recommend an optional full-day excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta.*
* Optional Full-day Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Excursion: Spend the morning exploring the impressive tunnel complex of Cu Chi, dug in 1948 for guerrillas to escape the bombardment of French forces. Explore the underground villages and understand the history of these incredible tunnels. Afterwards, set off for the Mekong Delta, stopping to enjoy tasty local delicacies for lunch. Arrive at the waterfront pier and hop on a motorboat to take in the Delta scenery, including houses built on stilts and local fish farms along the way. Disembark the boat and explore a tranquil islet on foot. Take a leisurely walk along shady and palm-fringed trails observing rural life along the way. You will also have the chance to visit a family-run coconut business where they make coconut candy directly in front of the pier.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, cross the border between Cambodia and Vietnam on the Mekong Express/Giant Ibis bus headed for Phnom Penh. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city and its famous night market, perfect for picking up some authentic souvenirs. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we explore the landmarks of Phnom Penh on a city tour. Visit the Governor General’s House, the beautiful Hokkien Chinese temple, Nagas Bridge, Wat Phnom Railway Station and the Central Market. After lunch, set off on a poignant excursion to The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, for a moving insight into the bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Realise the horror and tragedy of this period in Cambodian history at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and visit the notorious Killing Fields. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, catch the Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus headed for Siem Reap. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure, exploring the city and perhaps shopping in its lively night market or stopping for a drink at the famous 'Pub Street'. Alternatively, why not enjoy an optional Tuk-Tuk Street Food tour.* Overnight stay in Siem Reap.
* Optional Evening Tuk-Tuk Street Food Tour: Set off in the evening to the local night market and discover the wide array of regional cuisine and snacks. Take a tuk-tuk to a local Cambodia restaurant to enjoy a traditional dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today explore the most significant temples in the Angkor Complex. Visit the ancient capital, Angkor Thom and enjoy the unique decorative towers of the Bayon Temple. At Preah Khan Temple, wonder at the 12th-century splendour before you continue to Ta Prohm in the afternoon, home to the enormous iconic fig tree roots that grow through the middle of the temple. Admire Bayon architecture at Banteay Kdei temple before you finally arrive at Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most revered of all the Cambodian temples. It features the longest bas-relief in the world and is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the entire temple complex. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at the hotel.* Enjoy your final moments in Cambodia, doing some last-minute souvenir shopping or revisiting your favourite Cambodian dishes before it's time to head home. If your departure time allows, we recommend enjoying an optional excursion to picturesque Tonle Sap Lake**. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US.*** Night on board.
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
** Optional Morning Tonle Sap Lake Excursion: Transfer to Tonle Sap Lake, a huge freshwater body of water, known for its floating villages. Enjoy a boat ride through the villages, complete with floating farms, schools, gardens and temples. Return to dry land and visit the Old Market of Siem Reap.
*** If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Arrive in the US and end your trip.
20 days trip including flights*
18 days and 17 nights in destination
NYC - HAN
NYC - HAN
Ha Long Bay
Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
REP - NYC
REP - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Adamas, Larosa, Lenid Tho Nhuom.
Cambodia visa (on arrival), Vietnam E-visa (online before travelling) *, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* US & CA passport holders are required to get an entry visa before departure. US & CA passport holders are able to apply for a 30-day single-entry e-visa to visit Vietnam through the website:
You MUST select ‘Moc Bai Landport’ as the point of entry in order to be allowed to enter through the checkpoint. Alternatively, if you choose to purchase the optional flight from Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City instead of taking the bus, you MUST select 'Saigon' as the point of entry.
* The itinerary of the Ha Long Bay cruise is subject to change without notice due to weather or local government regulations and depends on the selected ship.
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.
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