20 days Hanoi to Siem Reap
Vietnam to Cambodia Group 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 30 year-olds.
On this budget backpacking tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, start in the ‘Pho’ capital of Hanoi, where streetfood is served on every corner. Travel slowly through the country, sampling the summer rolls as you go. In Phong Nha, explore some of the biggest cave systems in the world before being completely overwhelmed by the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. Into Cambodia and relax on a quiet and private beach on Koh Rong island, sleeping in hammocks before exploring the ancient ruins at Angkor Wat. These South East Asia experiences will stay with you forever and make you never want to leave.
Including hostels, guesthouses & 1 night in hammocks on the beach
Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each country
Transport within Vietnam and Cambodia
Itinerary & map
Day 1 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
On the first day of your Vietnam and Cambodia tour, 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!
After your briefing you will pay a 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 centre 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 2 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
In the morning, you will travel to Halong Bay. 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. 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 3 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
Today, wake up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy a relaxing breakfast. To start 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 4 – Phong Nha, Vietnam:
After a long night of travelling, you can either sleep in until 10am to get some rest or you can some optional activities. Either treat your tastebuds to a Vietnamese coffee tasting session or 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 5 – Phong Nha, 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 6 – 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 7 – 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 8 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
In the morning, you can either have a lie in or grab some breakfast and head to a lantern making experience, where you will participate in making your own handmade souvenir.
Before checking out your hostel grab some lunch and board the bus to Da Nang airport. Then, catch a flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City and arrive at your accommodation at around 6pm.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city 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 9 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
Begin the tour of Saigon and explore the local sites. After your tour, sit down for an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
For the rest of the afternoon, you can either enjoy some free time or explore Ho Chi Minh on the river by taking the water-bus! On your journey down the river, you’ll be able to spot Bitexco, Saigon Bridge and Landmark 81, the tallest building in the city.
In the evening explore a local night market and indulge in some local delicacies.
Day 10 – Ho Chi Minh, 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.
Use the evening to explore Ho Chi Minh after dark.
Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
Begin the tour of the Mekong Delta by visiting a local crafts village where you’ll see how local products are made. After make your way to your next destination where you’ll attend a short cooking class with a local chef. Here you’ll be able to cook your own and food and taste your creations!
In the afternoon, take a boat ride through the tranquil Tra Su Forest. As it reaches evening, arrive at your hostel where you’ll settle down the for the night.
Day 12 – 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.
In the evening unwind at a beach party hosted by the hostel or enjoy some free time to yourself.
Day 13 – 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 14 – 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 reveals 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 15 – 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 16 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
This morning, you will visit the S21 prison and then continue with an optional visit to the 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 17 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Catch an early bus to your next stop, Siem Reap. Upon arrival head out on a walking tour of the city, followed by an optional group dinner.
Later in the evening, you can get involved with an optional bar crawl, where you’ll enjoy some group drinks experience Siem Reap’s famous nightlife.
Day 18 – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Today you have the optional to take part in a couple of fun-filled activities. You can begin your day with an optional visit to a local floating village, where you’ll get the opportunity to meet a local family. Your Adventure Leader will help you to engage and communicate with the locals.
In the afternoon get involved with a boozy bike tour around the beautiful luscious countryside. Treat your tastebuds to some local rice wine and different flavoured rum whilst trying your hand at some mini-golf.
Later, whisk yourself away into a world of circus-style entertainment. Sit back and enjoy a night filled with circus-style performances and live band entertainment.
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 an optional last night out. Visit the local bug market, grab a bite to eat and have a couple of drinks on Pub Street.
Day 20 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
After spending 20 days of revelling in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, it’s time to bid farewell to your companions. You’ll take the bus back to Bangkok which will arrive at around 4pm. Safe travels!!
Accommodation is in dorm rooms 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:
• Boat tour (Halong Bay)
• BBQ dinner on a private island (Halong Bay)
• Karaoke (Phong Nha)
• Ancient town tour (Hoi An)
• Saigon city orientation walking tour (Ho Chi Minh)
• Mekong delta (Ho Chi Minh)
• Private boat tour (Koh Rong)
• S21 prison (Phnom Penh)
• City walking tour (Siem Reap)
• Sunrise at Angkor Wat (Siem Reap)
Meals are included in the price of our 20-day Vietnam to Cambodia group tour on the following days:
Day 1 – Breakfast
Day 2 – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 – Breakfast and lunch
Day 4 – Breakfast
Day 5 – Breakfast
Day 6 – Breakfast
Day 7 – Breakfast
Ho Chi Minh:
Day 8 – Breakfast
Day 9 – Breakfast
Day 10 – Breakfast
Day 12 – Breakfast
Day 13 – Breakfast, lunch and dinner (only included only between Sep 30th to June 1st when camping)
Day 14 – Breakfast, lunch and dinner (only included only between Sep 30th to June 1st when camping)
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) there may be weather and wave conditions which mean we are unable to use boats to access the remote part of the island where we spend the night. In these circumstances we will offer trekking or an experience of a similar value to compensate, should these conditions coincide with your visit.
Activities that aren’t included:
• Hoa Lo Prison – 30,000 VND / 0.99 GBP (Hanoi)
• Optional group lunch – pay for what you order (Hanoi)
• Visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
• Water puppet show – 100,000 VND / 3.3 GBP (Hanoi)
• Coffee tasting (Phong Nha)
• Bike to Bong Lai Village – 120,000 VND / 3.9 GBP (Phong Nha)
• Rest afternoon by the pool – 60,000 VND / 1.9 GBP (Phong Nha)
• National park tour – 1,350,000 VND / 44.6 GBP (Phong Nha)
• Night out – pay for your own drinks (Hoi an)
• Coconut basket boat and farming (Hoi an)
• Ba Na Hills tour – 1,390,000 VND / 46 GBP (Hoi an)
• Beach visit (Hoi an)
• Lantern making experience – 250,000 VND / 8.2 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
• Optional group dinner – pay for what you order (Ho Chi Minh)
• Rooftop bar and bar crawl – pay for your own drinks (Ho Chi Minh)
• Optional group lunch (Ho Chi Minh)
• Saigon water-bus tour – 30,000 VND / 0.99 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
• Night market (Ho Chi Minh)
• Cu Chi tunnels – 230,000 VND / 7.6 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
• War Remnants Museum – 40,000 VND / 1.3 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
• Beach party at hostel (Koh Rong)
• Scuba – 80 USD (Koh Rong)
• Killing Fields (Phnom Penh)
• Grand palace – 10 USD (Phnom Penh)
• Optional group dinner – pay for what you order (Siem Reap)
• Bar crawl – 5 USD which includes a shot in every bar (Siem Reap)
• Floating village tour – 21 USD (Siem Reap)
• Boozy bike tour – 29 USD (Siem Reap)
• The Cambodian Circus – 28 USD (Siem Reap)
• Bug market visit (Siem Reap)
• Final group dinner – pay for what you order (Siem Reap)
• Pub street – pay for your own drinks (Siem Reap)
If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person.
Double room is £450 (based on two people sharing)
Single room is £450 (based on one person)
The room upgrade is not available in Halong Bay, Ha Tien or on Koh Rong island.
Hanoi and Bangkok are some of the greatest places in South East Asia and you can get lost in the neighbourhoods for days. We can arrange additional nights accommodation if you want to arrive early or delay your return home.
We can also pick you up from the airport and drop you off so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our South East 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 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our South East 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.