Vietnam & Angkor Wat 15 days
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About This Experience
Witness the dramatic history that unfolded in Southeast Asia, and see how this region is reinventing itself today. Commemorate the war in Vietnam, peruse the markets and soak up the vibrant, contemporary culture. Then, cruise amidst the staggering seascapes of Ha Long Bay before wandering among Angkor’s temples and terraces, where you’ll discover one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
12 nights in handpicked hotels; 1 night aboard a Ha long Paradise cruise ship
Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 7 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Magical, mystical Angkor Wat
The warm, spicy goodness in a bowl of pho
The enduring legacy of the Indochina Wars
The colorful market at Hoi An
The unique scenery of Ha Long Bay
Vietnam’s optimistic atmosphere
Overnight Flight1 night
Hô Chi Minh City3 nights - hotel info
Trace Vietnamese history, from colonial churches to war memorials
Reunification Palace, History Museum
Take in the sights of the largest city in Vietnam on a guided tour. Witness Vietnam’s progression from French colony to unified, independent nation as you view the city’s major landmarks. The Reunification Palace, the General Post Office, City Hall, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the Museum of Vietnamese History each have a unique story to be told. You’ll also stroll along Lê Công Kiêu, a street known for its treasure trove of antiques. Get to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Ride a sampan through the canals and markets of the Mekong Delta
Optional Excursion - Mekong Delta Cruise
Today is free to explore Hô Chi Minh City on your own. Alternatively, consider joining our optional Mekong Delta Cruise. On board a motorized sampan, you’ll be introduced to the floating market at Cái Bè and then continue on to the labyrinthine canals and streams of the upper river.
Mekong Delta Cruise $45* pp
Journey south to the Mekong Delta town of Cái Bè to board a motorized sampan for a winding introduction to life on the river. Cái Bè is known for its large floating market, where locally grown produce hangs from bamboo poles over the market's boats. From here, your sampan will traverse the upper tributaries of the river. You’ll pass by numerous fruit plantations and stop for an included lunch, with a sample of tropical fruit, in the shade of a local farmer’s home. Then, rejoin your craft for a leisurely cruise back to Cái Bè. You’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.
Hôi An2 nights - hotel info
Go underground to explore the Viet Cong’s Cù Chi Tunnels
Optional Excursion - Cù Chi Tunnels
This morning is free to enjoy at leisure. You might join our optional excursion to the Cù Chi Tunnels. Centered in the northern suburbs of Hô Chi Minh City, these tunnels were the staging ground for the Tet Offensive’s attacks on what was then Saigon. Later, transfer to the airport and board your flight for Dà Nang. Upon arrival, you’ll continue on to Hôi An in time for an included dinner.
Cù Chi Tunnels $25* pp
At Cù Chi, you’ll visit the vast underground network of tunnels built as a defense against the French and expanded during the Vietnam War. From here, the North Vietnamese waged guerrilla warfare against the South. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper-level tunnels. Those preferring to remain above ground will have ample opportunity to view excavated areas. Some tunnels are easily accessed by stairs. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering. Please note: Good walking shoes and sun protection are recommended, as are clothes that can get slightly dirty.
Shop the markets, cook the food, feast on the fruits of your labor
Reunification Palace, History Museum
Visit a local market on the Thu Bôn River this morning, where you’ll select ingredients with your guide and learn about market shopping. Then, try your hand at Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking class, followed by a lunch of the delicacies you helped prepare. This afternoon, return to Hôi An for a guided tour featuring the Japanese covered bridge, the Old Town, and brief visit to a local school (sites and duration may vary based on the time of the this morning’s excursion).
Huê1 night - hotel info
Float down the Perfume River to the towering Thiên Mu Pagoda
Journey to Huê this morning via the Hài Vân Pass, known for its sweeping views of the East Sea (known outside Vietnam as the South China Sea). Upon arrival in Huê, you’ll set out on a guided tour of this former national capital beginning with a cruise down the Perfume River and continuing on to the Thiên Mu Pagoda and the Imperial City.
Hanoi2 nights - hotel info
Pay your respects to the emperors of the long-ruling Nguyen dynasty
This morning is free to discover Huê at your leisure. You might join an optional excursion to the tombs of two emperors, Tu Dúc and Khài Dinh Early this afternoon, you’ll board a flight to the northern city of Hanoi, arriving in time for dinner.
Discover Hanoi’s places of beauty and pieces of history
Today’s guided tour introduces you to Hanoi, including Ba Dinh Square, where Hô Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. You’ll also visit the Hô Chi Minh Museum, the Governor’s Residence and the Opera House. Examine the One Pillar Pagoda, designed to resemble a lotus blossom, and wander through the Temple of Literature, a walled complex dedicated to Confucious. Hoàn Kiém Lake is a focal point for Hanoi public life, with an enchanting red wooden bridge.
Ha Long Bay1 night - hotel info
Cruise through the stunning limestone cliffs and karst of Ha Long Bay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transfer overland to Ha Long Bay, where you’ll embark on a luxurious cruise for an overnight stay. Ha Long Bay is home to more than 3,000 limestone towers, cliffs and arches, along with many fishing villages. Relax among some of the most stunning scenery in all of Vietnam, and savor a leisurely dinner on board.
Siem Reap3 nights - hotel info
Explore Angkor’s elaborate temples and evocative terraces
Angkor Temple Complex
Start your day with a sunrise visit to Angkor Wat. It is arguably the largest religious building in the world and an outstanding example of Khmer architecture. Unique among nearby temples, Angkor Wat is oriented toward the west. After an included lunch, you’ll visit Angkor Thom, the ruined capital of the Khmer Empire. Pay special attention to the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enormous carved stone faces of the Bayon temple.
Climb on jungle-clad ruins and cruise through floating villages
Angkor Temple Complex
Today, you’ll explore Ta Prohm, a 12th-century temple that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. It’s an intriguing and evocative setting (even featured in the movie Tomb Raider), as nature takes over the man-made structures. You’ll also explore the ruins of the nearby Preah Khan temple. This afternoon, embark upon a cruise on Tonlé Sap lake to visit floating villages. Tonight, you’ll see a performance of traditional Apsara dance during dinner.
Bangkokfor a day - hotel info
Overnight Flight1 night
Extend Your Stay
Add Bangkok $249*
Bangkok—it’s exotic, energetic and downright delicious. Start your Southeast Asian tour early with two nights in the “City of Angels.” Wander through ornate palaces and Buddhist temples; explore the quaint canals and floating markets; and feast on scrumptious, spicy Thai cuisine.
Bangkok2 nights - hotel info
Wander the wats, examining thousands of holy images
This morning is free to relax or explore Bangkok on your own. In the afternoon, a guided tour introduces you to the city, including the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Temple of the Golden Buddha.
Passport & Visa
In order to enter Vietnam and Cambodia, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of your return home. A visa is also required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders to enter Vietnam and Cambodia. Although it is possible to obtain a Cambodia visa at the airport upon arrival (you will need $20USD cash and two passport-sized photos), we recommend that you obtain both your Vietnam and Cambodia visas in advance using our provider VisaCentral (www.visacentral.com/goaheadtours). If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing & Packing Tips
Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Remember that it is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
There are no major health risks when traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. However, some of the diseases known to exist in Vietnam and Cambodia include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis, diphtheria, dengue, malaria, tetanus, polio, rabies and HIV/AIDS. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements. More information on vaccinations and other health precautions can be found via the CDC website.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. A wide range of international cuisines is available in both Vietnam and Cambodia, but the indigenous cooking styles are among the best in Southeast Asia. The subtle mixing of herbs, spices and market-fresh ingredients makes dining a special culinary experience. The staples in both countries are rice and noodles, accompanied by a variety of dishes that can be eaten in almost any order and seasoned to individual taste. Fresh seafood is abundant, and there are many options for vegetarians.
Round-trip flights arrive in Hô Chi Minh City and depart from Bangkok. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and internal flights.
The electrical current for both Vietnam and Cambodia is 220 volt, 50 cycles. Many sockets will take both two-prong round pins and U.S.-style flat pins; however, it is recommended to bring a universal adaptor. It is a good idea to use a power surge device if using a laptop computer. Adapters may be available in Vietnam and Cambodia; however, it advisable to bring one from home.
Vietnam and Cambodia are seven hours ahead of Greenwich meantime, and 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time. When it’s 9 a.m. in New York, it’s 9 p.m. the same day in Vietnam and Cambodia.
The official unit of currency in Vietnam is the dong (VND). It is recommended to use VND for most transactions. ATMs are widely available in airports, major cities and towns and issue VND only. United States dollars (USD) can be used in some hotels and restaurants, or for larger purchases; however, other currencies (AUD, GBP, CAN, NZD) will need to be exchanged into the local currency. It is useful to bring a combination of debit and credit cards, as well as some USD cash. If you bring traveler’s checks, it is best to use USD, but these are now becoming harder to cash. It is not possible to exchange dong outside Vietnam. The official unit of currency in Cambodia is the riel (KHR). In Cambodia, USD cash is accepted everywhere, though change may be given in riel. ATMs dispense U.S. dollars and can be found in most major tourist centers. Most hotels and restaurants, shops, taxis, buses and airlines set their prices in U.S. dollars, but small transactions (less than a dollar) are usually done in riel. Change of less than $1 is given in riel. Always carry some small riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks and other small purchases. There is no coinage in Cambodia, only currency notes. Cambodian riel notes come in 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 denominations, but the distinctive red 500 riel note and the 1000 riel note are the most useful and common. Riel cannot be exchanged outside Cambodia. Cash advances via Mastercard or Visa can be obtained at exchange booths and banks and Siem Reap. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted in most mid-range to upmarket hotels, as well as some boutiques and restaurants. If you bring traveler’s checks, it is best to use USD, but these are now becoming harder to cash.
Shopping on Tour
Please note that some excursions may include a stop at a market or specialty store. Go Ahead Tours has no relationship with these vendors and encourages you to research specialty items you’re interested in purchasing abroad before you leave to ensure you’re receiving the best quality.
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3 USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6 USD/CAD to $9 USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2 USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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Exciting cultural escape
Cambodia and Vietnam are two places unlike any other. On this trip you visit two fantastic countries with amazing history, sites and food. You get the opportunity to enjoy ruins, cultural adventures and taste some of the best cuisine in the world. The tour combines the massive sites of Angkor Wat and then visit North, Central and Southern Vietnam. Throughout Vietnam you explore the cultural differences between each region while taking in the sights, sounds and amazing taste that each area has to offer. It's an amazing trip filled with fantastic sites, delicious eats and amazing people.
My trip to Cambodia and Vietnam was more than I thought it would be. There was a suprise at every stop on the itinerery. Our guide Rodd made Cambodia special. In Vietnam, Heip was very informative with the history of the country and the many regimes. The food in both countries was excellent, I'm missing it already. Can't wait to try the recipes received in cooking school, a great addition.
Angkor Wat and the other temples were fasinating! If this was in the US, no way would we have been able to climb and walk all around. Don't wait too long to take this trip as already they say 4,000 people a day come to see. All of Vietnam was interesting and the other highlight of the trip is a one night stay on Ha Long Bay. This is a very fast paced trip with excellent guides, very nice hotels and delicious food including a cooking class in Hoi An. This trip was a great value and our fellow participants were delightful. Most were past Go Ahead travelers and now we will be too.
Angkor Wat and Vietnam
The Vietnam Tour surpassed my expectations. Quan, our guide, was excellent and we learned so much about the history of this beautiful country. Our hotels were great. The tour included something for everyone and the people of Vietnam were very gracious.
The pre-tour extension to Thailand was a disappointment inasmuch as the regular Tour Director only made an appearance at the airport. A substitute Director crammed two days of activities into one day, and then sold his own tours for another company to provide activities on the second day. This was an unexpected expense and unwelcomed event which had a lingering negative effect..
Bangkok, Cambodia, Vietnam
We took the pre-tour extension to Bangkok, which was worthwhile, except that both half-day tours occurred the first day, when we were tired, and we had a blank day the second day. The third day was completely wasted as an afternoon flight to Cambodia was scheduled, so not good use of time. Outside of that, the tour was excellent. The guides were very good, and the Vietnam guide, Quang, really made his country come to life. A very full, varied, interesting, organized trip, with very little extra expense. One tip: order your visas online: very cheap, no need to send your passport away.
Vietnam and angkor wat
Bangkok extension--2nd day should have visited the floated market Cambodia- should have visited less temples so you could allow time to see the killing fields Vietnam- no guest should be assigned a room next to the engine room, Diesel fumes came to the room at night. The staff sprayed lemon grass and made it worse.
Vietnam and Ankor Wat
This was an incredible trip! The sights were spectacular, the tour guides were top notch, the hotels were beautiful, and the food was delicious. It seemed incredible to be able to visit these two countries, and be welcomed by people whose own troubled history was so intimately linked with our own. If you have ever wanted to see Vietnam and Cambodia, but are unsure about traveling on your own, I highly recommend this tour.
exotic and exhausting
Very good tour but needs some tweaking. All hotels, guides, buses, drivers, add-ons were excellent. Bangkok extension well worth it. A few too many boat rides, six, including Bangkok and Mekong Delta extra tour. The novelty wore off quickly. Too much moving around, could have used less time in Saigon and Hanoi and more in Hoi An and Hue. All day touring in the extreme heat and humidity was exhausting. It would be good if there could be a break in the middle of the day for swimming, napping, whatever and could enjoy the sites more in early morning and late afternoon. With a 12 hour night layover for five of us in Hong Kong we asked for and got a hotel for the night but that should have been included at the beginning. Didn't understand the need for double tour guides in Vietnam esp with our small group. Felt kind of tipped out. Even with these drawbacks it was a great time.
Overall I felt this was a really good tour. Loved the Cambodia portion, Rhodes was an excellent tour guide. Vietnam portion was good, Hiep our tour guide was fantastic. We had local guides in various cities which were not necessary and many of us felt very "tipped" out. Hiep should have done the entire trip on his own. I would have preferred less time in Saigon and Hanoi and more time in the other cities, Hue or Hoi An. Several of the included meals both in Cambodia and Vietnam were "western" style, which all of us would have preferred an ethnic meal....we didn't go to Cambodia/Vietnam to eat what we eat at home.