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 tents on the beach
Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each country
Transport within Vietnam and Cambodia
Itinerary & map
Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure Tour
Day 1 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
This afternoon, head to the hostel where you’ll meet your Adventure Leader (who’ll be coming from the airport!) and the rest of your group.
Following a comprehensive pre-departure briefing about the journey ahead, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow Dragons with an group dinner. If you’re all feeling up to it, you can even head out into Hanoi’s famous nightlife for an evening crawling the bars.
Day 2 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
Your day begins with a visit to the historically significant Hoa Lo Prison, where you’ll delve further into the compelling history of Vietnam. Following this, you’ll make your way to Hoan Kiem Lake, home to a captivating temple at its centre. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake’s perimeter, where you can observe local residents engaged in various games on the broad avenues constructed by the French in Hanoi’s historic district. If your appetite beckons, consider satisfying it with lunch at Old Quarter Street.
The afternoon is yours to explore the enchanting, narrow streets of Hanoi, providing an excellent opportunity to hone your skills in crossing the bustling roads just like a local. For those seeking evening entertainment, a visit to watch a Water Puppet Show can be a delightful choice.
Day 3 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
Your adventure takes you to Halong Bay today, an enchanting destination nestled in Vietnam’s northeastern region.
Once you reach the shores of Lan Ha, a serene boat cruise will provide the perfect start to your experience. You’ll be guided to the finest locations, inviting you to partake in a refreshing swim or perhaps even try a thrilling cliff jump. As the day draws to a close, the group will relish a delectable buffet dinner on the cruise.
Day 4 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
Your day commences with an invigorating kayak tour on the mesmerizing emerald waters of Halong Bay. As you paddle, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the limestone islands. Following this adventurous morning, you’ll join the group for a satisfying lunch.
Later in the day, you’ll make your way back to Hanoi and board an overnight bus to Phong Nha.
Day 5 – Phong Nha, Vietnam:
Upon your arrival in Phong Nha at around 4 am, you’ll proceed to your hostel, where you can take the opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep. Afterward, you’ll embark on a delightful bike ride to Bong Lai village. Here, you’ll make a pit stop at the ‘Pub With Cold Beer,’ engage in some volleyball, and savor a delicious meal. As the day transitions into evening, don’t hesitate to consult your Adventure Leader for suggestions on how to make the most of Phong Nha’s nightlife.
Day 6 – Phong Nha, Vietnam:
Today, you have the option to immerse yourself in an exciting activity. Spend the day exploring Phong Nha’s vast cave systems, including Paradise Cave and Dark Cave. Alternatively, you can embark on a hiking adventure along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, where you might be fortunate enough to encounter incredible wildlife like tigers, bears, and elephants. Following dinner, it’s time to board the sleeper bus to Hoi An.
Day 7 – Hoi An, Vietnam:
Your arrival in Hoi An is scheduled for 4 am. Take some time to rest at your accommodation in the morning. In the afternoon, you can opt for a lantern-making experience. Later, embark on a guided tour of the ancient town and the riverfront. During this tour, you’ll gain insights into the town’s rich history, particularly its significance as a vital trading post with Japanese and Vietnamese influences.
Day 8 – Hoi An, Vietnam:
Today is your free day to explore Hoi An at your own pace. Alternatively, you can choose from several optional activities. You might opt for a visit to Ba Na Hills, a French-style village accessible by the world’s longest cable car. Alternatively, you can explore a local farm or rent a bike to discover one of Hoi An’s beautiful beaches. In the evening, savour delightful local cuisine or immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife.
Day 9 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
Commence your day with an engaging Coconut Basket Boat and Farming adventure. Later, proceed to the airport to catch a flight to our final destination in Vietnam. Relish a dinner in the vibrant city and soak in the nighttime cityscape from a rooftop bar before embarking on an exciting bar crawl.
Day 10 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
Commence your day with a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, exploring some of the city’s renowned landmarks. Savor a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, and take a relaxing break. In the afternoon, you have the choice to visit the War Remnants Museum, an institution that offers vital insights into the history of the Vietnam War. Come evening, relish your time at a bustling night market.
Day 11 –Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
Set out on an exploration of the Cu Chi tunnels, an intricate network of connecting tunnels employed during the Civil War. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in a captivating coffee workshop. Conclude your last evening in Ho Chi Minh City with a thrilling 2-hour karaoke session, where you can sing your hearts out and create lasting memories!
Day 12 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
Day 13 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
This morning, engage in a tour of the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, delving into the harrowing history of Cambodia. Traverse the city in a Tuk Tuk with a knowledgeable local guide. You can opt for a serene sunset cruise or explore the vibrant night market to conclude your day.
Day 14 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia:
Embark on a journey to Sihanoukville, where you’ll board a ferry to Koh Rong Samloem Island, a serene paradise celebrated for its pristine sandy shores, crystalline waters, and tranquil ambiance. Savor a leisurely afternoon by the beach or partake in an exciting kayaking adventure.
As evening descends, we’ll rendezvous at a cliffside bar for drinks, allowing you to relish a cocktail while witnessing a breathtaking sunset. The night will lead you to the beach, where you’ll wade into the water to witness the mesmerizing bioluminescent plankton phenomenon.
Day 15 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia:
Commence your day with a delectable buffet breakfast, setting the perfect tone for an island day adventure. Your journey will include a visit to a traditional fishing village, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture, followed by some leisure time on the sun-kissed beach. Explore the wonders beneath the sea by snorkelling in the vibrant coral reef at a nearby island, enjoying paradise.
Day 16 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia:
Kickstart your day with a scuba diving session, a beach clean-up, or simply laze under the sun to work on your tan. Savor a delightful BBQ lunch on the beach, and in the afternoon, make your way to the mainland where you’ll catch the sleeper bus bound for Siem Reap.
Day 17 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
You’ll reach your lodging bright and early, kickstarting the day with a walking tour of local villages. Spend a leisurely afternoon indulging in spa sessions, and in the evening, relish a captivating night at a Cambodian circus.
Day 18 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Begin your day at the break of dawn as you venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument globally! Dedicate a few hours to explore the Temples of Angkor, including Ta Prohm, which gained notoriety for its role in Tomb Raider.
In the afternoon, you can opt for the Apopo Hero Rats Tour via Tuk Tuk. Come evening, you have the choice to partake in a 1.5-hour tour on a pedal-pub car, which includes one free drink per person, followed by drinks at bar prices and the opportunity to sample local Cambodian delicacies.
Day 19 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Embark on a half-day cycling tour that guides you through a typical Cambodian village. You’ll make various stops, offering you a genuine glimpse into local village life. Visit a duck farm, learn about rice cultivation, and savour local palm wine. In the evening, relish a farewell dinner with your group, where you can discuss and reminisce about the tour’s highlights.
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 5pm to finish your Vietnam and Cambodia adventure tour. Safe travels!
Accommodation is in dorm rooms on our Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure Tour. Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.
Included activities on our Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure Tour below:
- Hoa Lo Prison (Ha Noi)
- Boat tour (Halong Bay)
- Buffet dinner on cruise (Halong Bay)
- Bike to Bong Lai Village (Phong Nha)
- Ancient town tour (Hoi An)
- Karaoke (Ho Chi Minh)
- Saigon city orientation walking tour (Ho Chi Minh)
- Walking tour (Phnom Penh)
- S21 prison & Killing Fields (Phnom Penh)
- Swimming with the plankton (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Island day trip with Clearwater Bay trek (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Island camping [seasonally dependent] (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- BBQ Lunch on the beach (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- City walking tour (Siem Reap)
- Cycle through Lotus Fields (Siem Reap)
- Sunrise at Angkor Wat (Siem Reap)
Meals are included in the price of our 20-day Vietnam to Cambodia adventure tour on the following days:
Day 2: Breakfast
Day 3: Breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner
Day 4: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Breakfast
Day 6: Breakfast
Day 7/8/9: Breakfast
Ho Chi Minh:
Day 10/11/12: Breakfast
Day 15: Breakfast and picnic lunch
Day 16: BBQ Lunch
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during our Vietnam and Cambodia adventure tour. 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 on the Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure Tour:
- Optional group lunch – pay for what you order (Hanoi)
- Visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
- Water puppet show – 100,000 VND / 3.3 GBP (Hanoi)
- 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 – 450,000 VND/ 15.9 GBP (Hoi An)
- Ba Na Hills tour – 1,670,000 VND / 55 GBP (Hoi An)
- Beach visit (Hoi An)
- Hoi An Memories Show – 600,000 VND-1,200,000 VND / 20-40 GBP (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)
- Night market (Ho Chi Minh)
- Coffee experience – 450,000 VND / 15 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
- Cu Chi tunnels – Dependent on the group size (Ho Chi Minh)
- War Remnants Museum – 40,000 VND / 1.3 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
- Drinks at karaoke – at your discretion (Ho Chi Minh)
- Bassac Lane bar hop – 10 USD (Phnom Penh)
- Sunset cruise – 16 USD (Phnom Penh)
- Sunset at The Cliff – pay for what you order (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Kayaking tour – 15 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Scuba – 70 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Beach clean – 2.5 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Optional group dinner – pay for what you order (Siem Reap)
- Spa session (Siem Reap)
- The Cambodian Phare Circus – 18 USD for ticket & Tuk tuk 7 USD return for up to 4 people (Siem Reap)
- Apopo Hero Rats – 12 USD (Siem Reap)
- Bugs & bar cycle – 10 USD (Siem Reap)
- Sunset quad bike tour – 35 USD (Siem Reap)
- Final group dinner – pay for what you order (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. The room upgrade is not available in Halong Bay or on Koh Rong.
- Double room is £450 (based on two people sharing)
- Single room is £520 (based on one person)
The room upgrade is available in all destinations aside from the overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay. Please note: if you are upgrading to a private room in Koh Rong Sanloem, please be aware that only double rooms are available here.
There are parts of this trip in which you may not have hot water or electricity during the day – please bear this in mind and keep an open perspective, especially in countries such as Cambodia, where the local levels of development or infrastructure may not be the same as your country of origin. Please also be aware that where upgrades on accommodation are available through the tours, not all of these upgrades to private rooms include en suites. In certain hotels, upgrades to double rooms may include an en suite, where twin rooms may include a shared bathroom usage. In others, due to the layouts of the accommodation, shared bathroom facilities may be the norm across all room upgrades.
Hanoi and Bangkok are some of the greatest places in Southeast 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 Vietnam and Cambodia adventure tour, 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 Vietnam and Cambodia adventure tour 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.