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Hanoi to Siem Reap
18 days
From $3,187
Tour code: AVLHA

Highlights

Dine on local specialties in Huế, Explore the Vietnam War-era Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, Visit a coconut product manufacturer on Thoi Son Island, Experience sunset at Sam Mountain, Watch the sun rise over the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex

With so many incredible coastal sights to experience in Cambodia and Vietnam, we take to the water on this 19-day river experience. Stay overnight on a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour, visit floating markets in Cai Be, and see old colonial houses along the Mekong Delta. We've saved one of the most memorable bucket list destinations on Southeast Asia for last — a guided tour through the incredible, ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat at sunrise.

What's included?

Meals

15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, junk boat, overnight train (beds), plane, Toum Tiou II Riverboat.

Accommodation

Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).

Included activities

Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Hoi An. Halong Bay Overnight Cruise. Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda in Huế. Guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels. Visit to Cai Be Floating Market and Coconut Product Maker. Visit to Vĩnh Trang Pagoda in Mỹ Tho. Visit to Sam Mountain in Châu Đốc. Sa Dec Visit. Cyclo Tour in Phnom Penh. Guided Tour of Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison). Visit to Koh Chen and Kampong Chhnang fishing port. Guided tour of Angkor Wat. All internal flights and transportation.

Itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

Optional activities:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda Visit
  • Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance
Day 2
Hanoi - Ha Long
Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.

Transport: Shared Van, Junk

Included activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Optional activities: Kayaking

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 3
Ha Long - Huế
Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.

Transport: Shared Van, Basic Overnight Train (beds)

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 4
Huế
Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda. Experience the city from the back of a motorbike - like the locals do - when you pre-book the optional Hue Motorbike Tour on the checkout page.

Included activities: Tien Mu Pagoda Visit, Imperial Citadel Tour, Royal Tombs Visit

Optional activities: Hue Motorbike Tour

Day 5
Huế - Hoi An
Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Hoi An
Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

Included activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

Optional activities:

  • Bike Rental
  • Tailor Shops
  • Mỹ Sơn Excursion
  • Thu Bon River Boat Trip
  • Hoi An Cooking Class

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 7
Hoi An
Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

Optional activities:

  • Mỹ Sơn Excursion
  • Thu Bon River Boat Trip
  • Hoi An Cooking Class

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city.

Transport: Plane

Meals: breakfast

Day 9
Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City.

Included activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Ben Thanh Market
  • Cholon Visit
  • Giac Vien Pagoda Visit
  • Thien Hau Pagoda Visit
  • War Remnants Museum Visit
  • Reunification Palace Entry
  • Dam Sen Water Park Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City - Mỹ Tho
Transfer to the pier for the start of the riverboat journey. Embark, settle in, and get to know the crew as the adventure begins. Sail towards My Tho. Meet in the lobby of our accommodation at 12:00pm for the transfer to the starting point of the riverboat journey.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Riverboat Welcome Meeting

Meals: dinner

Day 11
Mỹ Tho - Sadek
Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda with a short tour of My Tho town en route. Take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians. Continue on to Cai Be and enjoy a visit to the floating market. Opt to wander the small paths through local communities on the island and visit a Rice Popping cottage industry. Continue by local boat to Vinh Long to meet the vessel. Embark for the evening sail to Sa Dec.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Cai Be Floating Market Visit, Coconut Manufacturing Visit, Vĩnh Trang Pagoda Visit

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 12
Sadek - Xã Vĩnh Xương
Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you cruise the Mekong. Arrive at Chau Doc and visit Sam Mountain for sunset. Gaze out over the rice paddies or relax in a hammock. Visit some temples and pagodas along the way. Opt for dinner in town.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Sam Mountain Visit, Sa Dec Visit

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 13
Xã Vĩnh Xương - Phnom Penh
Cross the border into Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh. Enjoy an evening in the capital city starting with a cyclo tour to see the city from a new perspective. Opt to finish up at the Foreign Correspondents Club for Happy Hour overlooking the river or dinner in town. During the border crossing all passengers must stay on board and the formalities are done on the riverboat. The ship will usually stay at the border for a 2-3 hours whilst all the formalities are completed. Depending on the time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary, although this process is usually quite simple delays can happen.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia), Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 14
Phnom Penh
Visit the sobering S21 Museum and the Killing Fields with a local guide. After lunch, use free time to visit sights like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, or the Russian Market.

Included activities: Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour, Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Royal Palace
  • Russian Market

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 15
Phnom Penh - Kâmpóng Trâlach
Continue to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Kampong Tralach Visit

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 16
Kâmpóng Trâlach - Koh Chen
Sail on to Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap RIver. Learn more about the fish farming, pottery and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries. Enjoy lunch back on the ship en route to Koh Chen, an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. Enjoy an evening cocktail and the Captain's farewell dinner.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Kampong Chhnang Visit, Koh Chen Visit

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 17
Koh Chen - Siem Reap
Enjoy last breakfast before traveling to Siem Reap. Dinner at New Hope project.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 18
Siem Reap
Sunrise at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Explore Angkor Wat for the morning before return to the hotel where the tour ends. All onward travel must be booked after 3pm.

Included activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour, Departure Day

Meals: breakfast

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