Vietnam and Cambodia 15 day tour, tailor made

“Two week, tailor made holiday in both Vietnam and Cambodia, starting in Hanoi and ending in Siem Riep. Using a mix of internal flights and minibus transfers, with use of local guides and staying in hotels. ”

Highlights

Vietnam: Hanoi | Boat trip on Bai Tu Long Bay | Hoi An | Hoi Chi Minh/ Saigon | Mekong Delta Cambodia: Phnom Penh | The Killing Fields | Angkor

Description of Vietnam and Cambodia 15 day tour, tailor made

This Vietnam and Cambodia tour is a tailor made holiday that takes in both of these extraordinary countries, with eight days in the former and the rest in Cambodia. Working from north to south, your adventure starts in Hanoi, Vietnamí s ancient capital where you have a couple of days to acclimatise and take in the sights and sounds of this incredible city. Then off to the coast to enjoy some time on traditional junk boat in Bai Tu Long Bay sailing through beautiful rocky, karst limestone waterscapes.

Your first internal flight is down to Danang, which connects you with Hoi An where the famous lantern filled streets and colonial architecture make this a wonderfully atmospheric place to spend a couple of days. Your next internal flight is to Hoi Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, and which lives up to all expectations in terms of its lively, nonstop cosmopolitan scene. Best way to see it is on the back of a Vespa scooter, doing a food tour of the city at night.

In contrast, your next couple of days are all about rural Vietnam, exploring the floating markets and villages of the Mekong Delta, before crossing the border into Cambodia travelling by speedboat no less. Your first stop is Phnom Penh, the capital city, where we recommend a couple of days to take in everything on its doorstep. This is a time of mixed emotions, with visits to tragic sites such as the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, both scenes of utter atrocities. Phnom Penh itself brings you back to a thankfully peaceful present, however, with its hectic markets, tuk tuks, superb architecture and culture.

Last but not least, your tour ends with the glorious temples of Angkor Wat, after taking a six hour bus journey to Siem Riep, to see this vast jungle clad empire in all its glory. Not only worth the journey through Cambodia, but worth the journey to South East Asia.

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Departure information

Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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Environment

Throughout Vietnam and Cambodia we prioritise in booking small scale accommodation that is locally run and employ local people.

Our local partners in Vietnam and Cambodia are conscious about helping you to reduce your carbon footprint, which is another reason why we book small scale accommodations. They constantly encourage their staff to recycle all waste and be mindful of their electricity and water consumption. They record their recycling waste each month and are constantly looking at ways to make their offices greener.

We advise all customers travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia what they can do before and during they travel on how they can be responsible travellers. Including tips on how to be considerate of their water and electricity consumption in hotels and to inform them of any animal exploitation in the places they will travel to.

Here in our UK office we put a great emphasis on food waste and encourage staff to take food home with them so it is not thrown away at the end of the day.

Community

We believe in putting people first and part of this is to bring you closer to the real Vietnam by offering interaction with the local people. As you travel along the Mekong into Cambodia youíll spend the night with a local family where you will be encouraged to help prepare dinner and then eat with the family. As you carry on up the river you will stop by some of the cottage industries that have been set up along the banks of the river and discover the delta way of life.

When you arrive into Cambodia you will be met by a local guide who is is paid fair wages, as our local partners insist upon equality for all of their employees. Throughout this entire itinerary we use local Vietnamese and Cambodian guides, helping to put money directly into the pockets of the local people.

In each destination we support a local project by giving you the option to donate a small amount when you book with us. In Cambodia, we work with the Cambodia-Dutch Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the well being of the Cambodian people through various aid projects. They also raise funds and collect much needed goods such as clothing, tools and toys for those in need of support.

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Reviewed on 11 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The tours with Vespa Adventures were incredible. The experience of Saigon and the Mekong Delta would not have been the same from the inside of a bus or
car. Also fantastic was the sunrise tour of Angkor Wat, the food in Hanoi, and the shopping in Hot An.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you are traveling from Hanoi to the south in the early parts of the year, be prepared for much colder and wetter weather in the north of the country. Also
bring plenty of US dollars with you for both Vietnam and Cambodia.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I feel that the holiday benefitted local people as tourism is a major source of income for many people in Vietnam and Cambodia. All of the guides and drivers
were lovely and hard-working people who have pride for their craft. But I don't feel like I played a role in reducing environmental impacts. Although you are
given a reusable water bottle upon arrival in Cambodia from the tour company to be used at water refilling stations, there was but one refilling station we
encountered and it was at a mall. So you are constantly using plastic bottles throughout the trip.

Also, Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay are both in the process of being destroyed by local residents and tourists alike. The water was polluted and full of trash and the boat exhaust was a constant. If I could have done it all over again, I would have completely skipped Bai Tu Long Bay. Although it was breathtaking to witness the limestone islands and sunset over the water from a boat, witnessing the pollution and breathing exhaust for 24 hours was a total bummer. All I could think about was how I was part of the problem just by being there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Besides Bai Tu Long Bay, it was a wonderful trip. Due to time constraints of my own doing I only had 2 nights in Saigon but I definitely should have added a
third in retrospect. Thank you for a lovely time.

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Loved the countryside and the absence of other tourists for the most part of the destinations. The initial driver and guide were entertainers and good
company as well as informative and helpful, (I understood this more and more as we bumped into other couples to share thoughts, and changed driver and
guides later in the tour) which makes or breaks the experience. Loved the personal treatment.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be careful about packing the right clothing. It was much warmer and humid than I ever imagined. Travel as light as possible due to all the changes of venue.
Don't worry about the food so much as many might concern themselves with, it's good and it's an experience...even the fried insects. Keep the driver and guide
close to you, as they will show you better food, better sights. They will make or break the experience. Don't be squeamish, especially in the countryside.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Maybe benefited local people, but certainly benefited the local people in the "party", which is something that the company should review. One of the things I learned was that services in some instances were clearly chosen due to status of an individual within the party, not the community. I don't believe I
exaggerate. I don't really believe that environmental issues or conservation was high on the agenda.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


What I asked for was delivered...credit to the tour operators. There are things that I would have changed in hindsight, mostly to do with the timings and the agenda, and I would be happy to explain this further. We took away many great experiences and sights, and would certainly book through this operator again.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Richard, thank you ever so much for your fantastic and productive feedback - we are always looking at ways of improving our services and the experiences we offer, especially in the more regions we operate in, and your comments are invaluable in achieving this. We strive to ensure all of our trips benefit the local community as much as possible, such as working with a number of local families to host homestay experiences so that it is not just one party that benefits. We are also working closely with our local partners to raise the awareness of environmental issues across Vietnam. For example, we have chosen to no longer operate cruises to Halong Bay due to the negative impact that the mass of tourism to the area has had and instead now sail in Bai Tu Long Bay, a far quieter bay with fewer licensed boats. Nonetheless, there is always work to do and rest assured we will continue to strive for better standards so future travellers can enjoy a meaningful adventure safe in the knowledge their presence is having a positive impact. We look forward to hearing from you in the not so distant future for your next trip!

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We had a tailor made itinerary for 18 nights and opted to include Hue and the Cardamom Mountains.
Most memorable parts: many! Bai Tu Long Bay, the Angkor temples and in particular the jungle temples of Ta Prohm and Beng Mealea / Koh Ker.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Check the weather: avoid the rainy season which varies with location ( North, Central and South Vietnam are different!).
Bare in mind that travel plans (especially by road) may be affected 'post' rainy season ( extensive road repairs and much longer journey times).
Lengthy journey to Cardamom Mountains due to road repairs currently in progress.
Hue and the jungle temples at Beng Mealea and Koh Ker are amazing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes: theatre and arts performances supported local communities; local markets and traders,

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent in all respects. The organisation, quality of guides and transport arrangements were outstanding. All accommodation was excellent. The personalised itinerary allowed us to achieve all our goals and more. On reflection, we may have chosen to spend more time in Hue and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) instead of the Cardamom mountains ( total journey time in November by road and boat was approx. 8/9 hours each way)

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Angkor temples, Bai Dinh, Hanoi water puppet show.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Research thoroughly beforehand, be prepared for heat, humidity and mosquitoes, wear long sleeved light clothing, traffic is manic in Hanoi.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definately.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing! Truly the holiday of a lifetime.

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Vespa trip and Cambodia temples

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take less clothes!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, local guides and local partners used

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Experiencing a completely different culture. Travelling to different places.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Remember passport photos for visas. Make sure rest days factored in for older travellers. Travel light.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our guides were local. Places we stayed were supporting local tourism. Found the amount of rubbish and plastic waste at tourist locations upsetting. We were given lots of small water bottles as we always needed water to drink. Could the operators not use big containers for tourist to refill bottles?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very well organised. Perhaps would have omitted Cambodia. Found the tipping process difficult - didnít know how much to tip. Would appreciate advice on how much to tip and who expects to be tipped.

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Vespa tour in Saigon! Fantastic fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take loads of sweets to hand out to the kids along the way!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 28 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Many things. Trip to Halong Bay, Hoi Ann, Food Crawl on a scooter in Saigon, boat trip up the Mekong, and Angkor Wat

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do reasearch on Hanoi and Saigon you are only there a full day and donít have time to find your way about effectively. Also take a breakfast bag from the hotel when going to Angkor Wat, saves returning back to hotel for breakfast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The Bamboo workshop showed the use of sustainable material. The vegetable farms were interesting

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very interesting, varied and good value for money.The only downside the long haul flights.

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