Vietnam & Cambodia small group tour

“A 16 day, small group tour of Vietnam and Cambodia's cultural highlights including Angkor Wat and Halong Bay. With domestic flights and staying in a variety of accommodation from hotels to homestays.”

Highlights

Vietnam: Hanoi | Ha Long Bay | Hue | Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City Cambodia : Angkor Wat | Angkor Thom | Phnom Penh

Description of Vietnam & Cambodia small group tour

The histories of neighbours Vietnam and Cambodia have intertwined throughout the centuries; power and influence ebbing and flowing regularly between the two. Our 14-day exploration picks out the highlights of these two contrasting but equally fascinating and beautiful destinations, and traces the common bonds that link them together to form such a remarkable pair.

Commencing in the great northern capital, Hanoi, we journey south through Vietnam, seeing history unfurl through the imperial and colonial eras, and into the dark days of more recent history, before stepping back in time to conclude in the heart of one of history's most remarkable civilisations, at the temple complex of Angkor.

This tour combines the fascinating cultures, profound histories and distinct landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia; we’ll see the great Imperial Citadel and grand tombs of the Nguyen Emperors in Hue, the port of Hoi An (once amongst the largest in Asia), and the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor.
Beginning in Vietnam, modern history unites this country, starting in Hanoi at the immense Stalinist mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and finishing in Ho Chi Minh City. Still known as Saigon to the locals, it was the final place to fall to the North Vietnamese in 1975 and renamed in his memory.

For a change of pace, we’ll soak up the scenery at UNESCO World Heritage sites. There will be plenty of opportunity to do your own exploring too; swim in the sea at Halong Bay, go on a cycle ride in Hoi An and take a Sampan ride through the Mekong Delta.

We’ll hit the skies to reach Cambodia, the second country of the tour. Learn about the devastating modern history of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the 1970s as well as the illustrious history of a place that, nearly a millennium ago, was one of the greatest cities in the world.

Another short flight takes us to low-rise, laid-back Siem Reap, home to the largest religious monument in the world. Spend three days exploring; visit the remarkable temples of Angkor (including the lesser-known and beautiful Banteay Seri), take a Khmer cookery class, watch a performance by the acclaimed Phare Cambodian Circus and relax at our resort accommodation before heading home.

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29 Oct 2018
£ 2620
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19 Jan 2019
£ 3475
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30 Nov 2019
£ 3475
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vietnam & Cambodia small group tour

Environment

Travelling as part of a small group with a maximum of 14 people offers many benefits, particularly when exploring some of Indochina’s most fascinating and sensitive areas. Not limited to the big buses of the large groups we like to mix up the modes of travel included in our tours – on our Vietnam and Cambodia Uncovered tour we travel by boat, bike, cyclo, tuk tuk and on foot to explore the places other tour groups can’t reach.

At the remarkable temples of Angkor in Cambodia the number of big tour groups from across the world has increased dramatically over recent years, providing significant environmental challenges to this delicate and precious World Heritage Site. By exploring by a combination of local tuk tuk and on foot we both minimise the impact of our visit, and hugely increase the quality of the experience. While the buses queue at Angkor Thom we stroll through the little-visited East Gate, experiencing a sense of discovery and magic missed by the masses.

Community

One of the undeniable highlights of any visit to Vietnam and Cambodia is the food. We are committed on our tours to introducing you to the very best of the delicious and varied fare on offer as you travel through the region, and we are only able to do this because of our excellent and knowledgeable tour leaders and local guides, our small group sizes and our commitment to going local and getting beneath the surface.

Our tour leaders live in the region full time, so when they’re not on tour they’re exploring the back-streets hunting down the tastiest street eats, the best local restaurants and the coolest cafes. We don’t include many fixed meals in our tours because we know people like variety, but every night you’ll be welcome to join your tour leader as they head out to one of their own favourite spots, guaranteed to be something new, exciting, and supportive of the local community. Whether it’s a lovely little restaurant in a converted colonial house in Hue or a street food stall in Hanoi, we love the places that source their ingredients from the local markets fresh every day, that cater for the locals as well as the tourist market, and who can introduce you to unique flavours and textures of each particularly region.

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