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.
Important notice: We’ve had to make major changes to future Cambodia itineraries due to local government action taking place on Koh Rong, an island we usually visit on our trips. This has come with little warning and is unfortunately out of our control. Adjustments to our itineraries in Cambodia affect trips from the end of January until further notice. The full itinerary below has been updated for all trips leaving from 13th March onwards, but please be advised that temporary alterations are in place between 23rd January and 6th March.
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:
On the first day of your Vietnam and Cambodia adventure 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. 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.
The cruise will stop overnight in the heart of the bay. Surrounded by stunning views of the limestone karsts raising dramatically from the blue waters, you can watch the sunset from the ship’s deck, enjoy a great buffet dinner and party atmosphere, and fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the boat.
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.
This evening, you’ll take the sleeper bus to Hoi An.
Day 6 – Hoi An, Vietnam:
You’ll arrive in beautiful Hoi An at around 4am, where you’ll be picked up by your accommodation and taken to rest up. Once you’re feeling refreshed, you’ll head to a lantern making experience, where you will participate in making your own handmade souvenir.
In the afternoon, 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.
This evening, you have the option of joining us for a bar crawl!
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 coconut basket boating. During the farming experience, you’ll learn about how local farmers work in the area.
Before checking out of 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 8pm.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s bustling capital and the traffic and motorbikes is like nothing you have ever experienced. Once you’ve arrived, you can sit down for an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. After, head to the hostel’s rooftop bar, the first stop of this evening’s bar crawl.
Day 9 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
This morning, you’ll begin with a tour of Saigon and explore the local sites. After your tour, sit down for an optional group lunch at a local restaurant.
For the rest of the afternoon, you can either enjoy some free time or explore Ho Chi Minh via 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 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
Wave goodbye to your Vietnam adventure leader, because it’s time to leave Ho Chi Minh City and head for Cambodia. We’re onto our next stop, Phnom Penh!
Once you’ve arrived, you’ll have a chance to explore the city a little before heading to an optional group dinner. Then, if you fancy an evening on the town, join us as we bar-hop around Phnom Penh’s lively Bassac Lane.
Day 12 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
This morning, you will visit the S21 prison and then continue to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, to learn about the darker times in Cambodia’s history.
In the afternoon, if you fancy you can join us for a round of mini-golf! Then, you’ve got the opportunity to take an amazing 2-hour cruise at sunset on the Tonle River, before joining us for a look around the Phnom Penh Night Market.
Day 13 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia:
Transfer to Sihanoukville and take the ferry to Koh Rong Sanloem. 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 afternoon, you’re taking an amazing boat trip, where you’ll get a chance to snorkel and relax on deck, before M’Pai Bay. There, your guide will meet you with masks and snorkels so that you can wade out into the water to experience the wonder that is the bioluminescent plankton.
This evening, explore M’Pai Bay’s nightlife, enjoy the range of restaurants available in the village, or just relax and have a chilled night.
Day 14 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia:
After a delicious buffet breakfast at a local café, your guide will collect you from the hostel for a trek to neighbouring Clearwater Bay. When you arrive, enjoy a swim or relax on the beach and have a picnic lunch.
That evening, walk to the top of the bay with your Adventure Leader where you will visit a cliffside bar to watch the sunset.
Day 15 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia:
If you’d like, today you can spend a free day on Koh Rong Sanloem.
Alternatively, you can join us in the afternoon for an amazing scuba diving experience, where you’ll get to see all the marine life that the island has to offer.
In the evening, you’ve got the opportunity to spend the night sleeping in a tent on a deserted beach, falling asleep to the gentle sound of waves.
Day 16 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia:
Spend a free final morning on Koh Rong Sanloem – if you haven’t snorkelled, now is your last chance! Enjoy a barbeque lunch on the beach for before you head back Sihanoukville. Here, you’ll have a chance to spend some free time before we board a sleeper bus that takes you all the way to Siem Reap!
Day 17 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
After a rest morning in Siem Reap, you might fancy treating yourself to a spa session…
Then, later on, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a night at Cambodia’s incredible acrobatic circus! The Phare Circus is a social organization that supports the Phare School in Battambang, which provides free education and arts training to over 1200 children from poor or impoverished backgrounds every year. This is a lively show with a Cambodian storyline that doesn’t use animals and supports development of the arts.
Day 18 – 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 Angkor 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. Then, later on, you’ll have the opportunity to join Apopo Hero Rats tour – visit the center to learn about demining in Cambodia.
In the evening, the evening is yours. However, you might want to join us for our Bugs & Barcycle experience! It’s a 90-minute tour on a peddle pub-car that gives you the chance to try some local Cambodian delicacies – including crickets, frogs, silk worms and more!
Day 19 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Take a walking tour through Siem Reap, where you can explore the lovely riverside and the Royal Gardens, visit the Made in Cambodia Market, and receive a monk blessing for safe travels at Wat Prum Rat Temple.
Then, if you fancy shopping a little, your leader can take you to Psar Chas (Old Market) where you can buy souvenirs and test out your haggling skills. After that, it’s back to the hostel before you’re collected to take an amazing quad-bike ride out into the Siem Reap countryside. Here, you’ll get a stunning sunset over the rice fields.
Then, tonight, join your group for a farewell dinner!
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 a private island (Halong Bay)
- Karaoke (Phong Nha)
- Ancient town tour (Hoi An)
- Saigon city orientation walking tour (Ho Chi Minh)
- Walking tour (Phnom Penh)
- S21 prison & Killing Fields (Phnom Penh)
- Private boat tour (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Swimming with the plankton (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Clearwater Bay trek (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Island camping (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- BBQ Lunch on the beach (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- City walking tour (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 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 14 – Breakfast, picnic lunch
Day 15 – Dinner
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)
- Coffee tasting (Phong Nha)
- Bike to Bong Lai Village – 150,000 VND / 5.3 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 – 450,000 VND/ 15.9 GBP (Hoi an)
- Ba Na Hills tour – 1,670,000 VND / 55.6 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 – Depends on the group size (Ho Chi Minh)
- War Remnants Museum – 40,000 VND / 1.3 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
- Bassac Lane bar hop – 10 USD (Phnom Penh)
- Mini golf – from 6 to 16 USD (Phnom Penh)
- Sunset cruise – 16 USD (Phnom Penh)
- Sunset at The Cliff – pay for what you order (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Scuba – 70 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Mask & Snorkel 1 USD & Kayak 7.50 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem)
- Optional group dinner – pay for what you order (Siem Reap)
- Spa session (Siem Reap)
- The Cambodian Circus – 18 USD for ticket & Tuk tuk 7 USD return for up to 4 people (Siem Reap)
- Apopo Hero Rats – 8.5 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)
- 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. 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 £450 (based on one person)
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.