20-day Vietnam to Cambodia Tour
Embrace Southeast Asia’s wealth of unforgettable experiences on our 20-day adventure tour of Vietnam and Cambodia (finishes in Bangkok, Thailand). It’s an action-packed adventure designed to feed the wanderlust of 18 to 45 year-olds.
Our adventure leaders will guide you around the region’s hidden gems and major highlights so you can get the most out of your trip. Explore ancient ruins in Siem Reap, stay overnight on a private island, and snorkel amidst bio-luminescent plankton in Koh Rong. Experiences that will stay with you forever. Curious to find out more? Use the chat on the right hand of your screen to speak to our experts or enquire below to book your incredible Southeast Asian experience!
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The meeting time and place for this trip is on Day 1 at 21:30 at the lobby of Central Backpackers Hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Day 1 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
On the first day of your Vietnam and Cambodia trip, meet your group and Adventure Leader at the hostel in Hanoi. You can drop off your belongings, listen to a pre-departure talk and get to know your travel companions!
Hanoi is the big bustling capital of Vietnam’s north and it’s known for its narrow streets, French architecture, rich culture and incredible street food. After checking into the hostel, join in the free bar crawl, which heads out around the city’s Old Quarter. If you’re hungry, you don’t have to go too far, street food stalls line the pavements and the smell of ‘pho’ and ‘banh mi’ fills the air.
Day 2 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
Today you will visit the Hoa Lo Prison and learn about Vietnam’s history. This was a prison used by North Vietnam and the Viet Cong communists, for U.S. prisoners during the Vietnam War. After, you will head over to Hoan Kiem lake with its temple in the centre. You can walk around the lake, watching the locals play games on the wide streets built by the French in the historical center of Hanoi.
If you’re hungry, you can grab lunch at Old Quarter Street followed by a free afternoon to explore Hanoi’s narrow streets and practise crossing the road like a local.
In your free time, you could pay a visit to the Hanoi Opera House, built by French colonial administration – you can take a look around the building for free or pay to see one of the shows on offer. If you fancy some evening entertainment, why not watch a unique Water Puppet Show?
Day 3 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
Today, you’ll have the option to head to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of Vietnam’s most iconic leader and Hanoi’s most important site. You can also visit the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the country’s history.
Grab a bite to eat for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day to explore as you please! Get a good night’s sleep as it’s an early start tomorrow.
Day 4 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
In the morning, you will travel to Halong Bay by bus and boat. Located in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is recognized for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. The area is known for its beautiful and dramatic landscape, defined by its towering peaks. In fact, it’s where the movie King Kong: Skull Island was filmed.
Here, you’ll spend the afternoon on a boat cruise, stopping at various swimming spots along the way and if you are bold enough, you can go cliff jumping. In the evening, head out to spend the night on your own private beach with a chance for some partying and late-night bonfires.
Day 5 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
Today, wake up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy a relaxing breakfast. To start off the morning activities, you can hop into a kayak and explore the famous peaks of Halong Bay on the water, paddling through sea caves and spotting monkeys.
Grab some lunch to refuel before heading back to Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi around 5pm and then hop on a night bus to Phong Nha, this bus will leave around 6.30pm and arrive at Phong Nha at 4am.
Day 6 – Phong Nha, Vietnam:
After a long night of travelling, you can either sleep in until 10am to get some rest or you can enjoy a late morning cycle into Bong Lai village. Bong Lai is a rural valley in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park area, with farms and small villages. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is one of Vietnam’s hidden gems and much quieter than anywhere you have been to yet. It’s towering limestone karsts dot the landscape and winding roads make for dramatic views.
In the afternoon, you’ll bike to the brilliantly named ‘Pub With Cold Beer’ – here, you can take a chance to relax, play some volleyball, eat some food and jump in the river.
Tonight, spend the evening enjoying some karaoke with your group. You should be comfortable enough to sing around each other now, right?
Day 7 – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam:
You have the option to spend the day exploring Phong Nha’s giant cave systems. They are the biggest in the world and while you can’t visit the biggest (it is very expensive and takes several days to hike there) there are plenty of others to explore. You can also enjoy hiking along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and mountain biking You may also be lucky enough to spot wildlife including tigers, bears and elephants.
In the evening you’re free to do as you wish.
Day 8 – Hoi An, Vietnam:
It’s a very early start as you transfer to Hoi An on the 4am bus, with a mid-way stop for some breakfast.
In the afternoon you’ll arrive in beautiful Hoi An – you’ll have a tour of the old town and the riverfront, learning about the town’s Japanese and Vietnamese history as an important trading post. Hoi An is the place to shop until you drop and tonnes of tailors line the streets. The shops will perfectly tailor anything you need, taking your measurements during the day and working on the design overnight – all for prices you wouldn’t see at home.
Day 9 – Hoi An, Vietnam:
Today is a free day!
You have the option to embark on a Ba Na Hills day tour. Ba Na Hills is one of the latest attractions in the country, it’s a mountaintop complex that looks like a medieval castle, but with modern accommodation, world-class restaurants and a theme park.
You can also hire a bike and cycle out to Hoi An’s beach or have a go on a crab boat.
Alternatively, go to a local farm and learn about how local farmers work in the area. Enjoy a free evening to grab some delicious food, pick up your new clothes or explore Hoi An at night.
Day 10 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
In the morning, grab some breakfast before boarding the bus to Da Nang. Then, catch a flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City and arrive at your accommodation at around midday.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s bustling capital and the traffic and motorbikes is like nothing you have ever experienced. You then have the option to embark on an orientation walking tour of the city. For those interested, visit Ben Thanh Market for great fashion bargains and a delicious street food dinner. Head to the hostel’s rooftop bar, the first stop of this evening’s bar crawl.
Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
Today you have the option to have a day of history at the Cu Chi tunnels dug by the Communist guerrilla group. These tunnels were used as a war asset to fight American and South Vietnamese troops during the civil war. Spend your afternoon at the War Remnants Museum to learn about the huge and lasting impact of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) on the country.
Take advantage of the evening to explore Ho Chi Minh after dark.
Day 12 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
Begin the tour of the Mekong Delta by going to the Tho Floating Market. No trip to Vietnam would be complete without seeing a floating market! Grab some fruit, an iced coffee or a full blown Vietnamese breakfast.
In the afternoon, take a boat ride through the tranquil Tra Su Forest. As it reaches evening, arrive at the hostel in Ha Tien.
Day 13 – Koh Rong Island, Cambodia:
Cross the border at Ha Tien and wave goodbye to your Vietnam Adventure Leader as you enter Cambodia.
Transfer to Sihanoukville and take the ferry to Koh Rong Island. Koh Rong is known for its white sanded beaches and coral reefs, but also has luscious jungles dotted with coconut trees and waterfalls. Embrace the beautiful paradise island you have now entered, full of stunning beaches and moon parties.
Day 14 – Koh Rong Island, Cambodia:
Enjoy a free day beach hopping on Koh Rong Island.
If you’re a restless soul and the beach isn’t enough, you have the option to try out scuba diving.
Day 15 – Koh Rong Island, Cambodia:
Set off in the morning to go on a boat trip for the day. Explore Koh Rong island by boat, stopping at a local village and lots of small bays where you can go snorkelling to discover the marine life lying beneath the waves.
As the daylight fades, bioluminescent plankton reveal themselves in the seawater. Jumping into the water, your body’s movements will light up the plankton as you swim. It’s an incredible sight, which you’ll never forget.
Tonight, you will spend the night sleeping in a hammock on a deserted beach and fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves.
Day 16 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
It’s time to leave paradise and head for Phnom Penh. Board a boat back to Sihanoukville, where you’ll transfer to a bus taking you to Phnom Penh.
Day 17 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
This morning, you have the option to visit the S21 prison and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, to learn about the darker times in Cambodia’s history.
In the afternoon explore a completely different side of the city’s history, with a visit to the stunning Royal Palace.
Take an evening off to soak up Phnom Penh, the riverside promenade is beautiful at night. For a touch of class, have a drink at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. One of the city’s most sophisticated joints.
Day 18 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Hop on the bus to Siem Reap to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool or shopping in Siem Reap’s markets. In the evening, the streets come alive and you can take on the Fear Factor Challenge (exploring exotic food) complemented by enjoying drinks from a ‘tuk tuk cocktail bar.’ Remember to get an early night though, you will be up early tomorrow.
Day 19 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
It’s an early morning wake-up call today to visit Cambodia’s number one tourist highlight, Angkor Wat. Sunrise is one of the best times to see the ruins.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious site in the world.It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple but has gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. Much of the site is still being restored and you can spend days exploring all of the different temples. Some of the most popular are Angor Wat, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm and each one has a different story and features to look out for.
This afternoon, escape the heat and enjoy some free time by the pool.
In the evening, get ready for our last night out! Explore Pub Street, the centre of Siem Reap, and visit the night market for a bite to eat.
Day 20 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
After 20 days of revelling in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, it’s time to bid farewell to your travel companions. You’ll take the bus back to Bangkok which will arrive around 4pm. Safe travels!!
Our Southeast Asia tour package price includes the following features:
• Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each country
• Transport within Vietnam & Cambodia
• Accommodation (including hostels, guesthouses & 1 night in hammocks on the beach)
• Selected meals, listed below
Please note: Accommodation is in dorm rooms as a standard on our Southeast Asia tours.
Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.
Check out our included activities below:
• Visit Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi)
• Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
• Visit Hanoi Opera House (Hanoi)
• Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Hanoi)
• Imperial Citadel (Hanoi)
• Boat tour (Halong Bay)
• Kayaking (Halong Bay)
• Karaoke (Phong Nha)
Find our extra optional activities here.
• Ancient town tour (Hoi An)
• Walking tour of the city (Saigon)
• Floating market (Mekong Delta)
• Motorbike ride through the Tra Su Forest (Mekong Delta)
• Chill out on the beach (Koh Rong)
• Boat trip around the island (Koh Rong)
• Visit S21 Prison (Phnom Penh)
• Fear Factor Challenge (Siem Reap)
• Sunrise at Angkor Wat (Siem Reap)
Food is included in the price of our 20-day Vietnam to Cambodia tour package on the following days:
Day 1 – Breakfast
Hanoi & Halong Bay:
Day 4 – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 – Breakfast, lunch
Day 6 – Breakfast
Day 7 – Breakfast and lunch
Day 9 & 10 – Breakfast
Day 11 – Breakfast
Day 12 – Lunch and dinner
Day 13 – Breakfast
Day 15 – Lunch and dinner
Day 16 – Breakfast
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Southeast Asia tours, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £100 GBP / $150 USD / €150 EUR / $200 AUD. If you book on to our Southeast Asia tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date.
Looking for assistance booking pre/post trip accommodation? Just let us know what you need!
All accommodation is in private rooms.
Upgrades & Extras
If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. Just email us at least three weeks prior to departure to let us know you’d like to upgrade. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person. Room upgrades include single and double rooms. This upgrade does not apply to the night spent on the beach in Koh Rong.
20 days: Double room is £275 ($355) and £279 ($360) for a single room upgrade.
Frequently Asked Questions
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.
At certain times of the year (low season particularly) we have days when the weather and wave conditions mean we are unable to use boats to access around the islands. In these circumstances we continue to operate by trekking through the island instead so should these conditions coincide with your visit we would have to adapt the tours accordingly.
This may also apply to the conditions for camping and hammock stays, we may have to adapt the tour to include village homestays or accommodation we have on other beaches around the island. Prices may vary in accordance with the accommodations requested.
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