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Vietnam & Angkor Wat

15 days
Commemorate the war in Vietnam, peruse its markets and soak up the country’s contemporary culture. Then, cruise amidst the staggering seascapes of Ha Long Bay before heading to Cambodia to wander among Angkor’s astonishing and enduring temples and terraces.

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Handpicked hotels

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Maximum tour group size: 30 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels; 1 night aboard a Ha long Paradise cruise ship

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 8 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight to Vietnam

Board your flight to Hô Chi Minh City.

Hô Chi Minh City 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Hô Chi Minh City

Welcome to Vietnam! Transfer to your hotel to settle in.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Hô Chi Minh City

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Reunification Palace and the General Post Office

• See City Hall, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the War Remnants Museum 

• Stroll along Lê Công Kiêu, a street known for its treasure trove of antiques

Get to know your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 4: Free day in Hô Chi Minh City

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Hô Chi Minh City or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mekong Delta Cruise $45*pp Details

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. Please note: Travel time by road to the Mekong Delta is approximately 3 hours each way.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Hôi An 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Flight to Hôi An

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Hô Chi Minh City or add an excursion.

This afternoon, board a flight to Dà Nang and transfer to your hotel in Hôi An.

Optional Excursion - Cù Chi Tunnels $25*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $35)

Day 6: Thu Bôn River cruise & sightseeing tour of Hôi An

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore Hôi An on a guided tour, shop its local markets and sample its cuisine.

• Cruise the Thu Bôn River, a highlight of central Vietnam, with a local guide 

• Select ingredients from a local market and try your hand at making authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a cooking class and lunch

• Discover Hôi An’s landmarks, including the Japanese covered bridge and Old Town

Huê 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Huê

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the Hài Vân Pass to Huê for a guided tour of this former capital.

• Cruise down the Perfume River, so named due to the amount of heavenly scented flowers that fall into the river each autumn 

• Explore the Thiên Mu Pagoda, Vietnam’s tallest religious building

• Visit the walled fortress and palace known as the Imperial City

Hanoi 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Flight to Hanoi

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Huê or add an excursion.

This afternoon, board a flight to Hanoi and transfer to your hotel in time for dinner with the group.

Optional Excursion - Tu Dúc & Khài Dinh Tombs $29*pp Details

The hills surrounding Huê are dotted with the tombs of the Nguyen dynasty emperors. You’ll visit the two most impressive tombs, designed in contrasting styles. First, you’ll behold the tomb of Emperor Tu Dúc, resplendent in traditional architecture, paved walkways, resting pavilions overlooking tranquil lotus ponds and a small forest for hunting. The tomb of Emperor Khài Dinh, who is remembered as the “Puppet Emperor” because of his affiliation with the French, exemplifies colonial flair. A glass mosaic frieze dominates this tomb’s interior.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Hanoi

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the local highlights.

• Pass Ba Dinh Square, where Hô Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

• View the soaring Hô Chi Minh Museum and  nearby mausoleum

• See the Governor’s Residence 

• Examine the lotus-like One Pillar Pagoda

• Wander through the Temple of Literature, a walled complex dedicated to Confucius

• Admire Hoàn Kiém Lake, a focal point for Hanoi public life

Enjoy a free evening in Hanoi or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Vietnamese Home-Hosted Dinner $35*pp Details

Get a taste of authentic local flavors with a home-hosted dinner at Ms. Nga's house in Hanoi. Listen to her stories of everyday life and enjoy the opportunity to tour her home. Then, dine on regional specialties like Vietnamese vegetable soup, spring rolls, fried fish or chicken, sautéed vegetables and papaya salad. Finish the meal with tea and peanut candy before saying your goodbyes.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Ha Long Bay 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Ha Long Bay cruise

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to Ha Long Bay and embark on a luxurious overnight cruise. You’ll pass by 3,000 limestone towers, cliffs and arches, as well as local fishing villages.

Siem Reap 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Cambodia

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Disembark your cruise ship this morning and transfer to Hanoi for your flight to Siem Reap.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll experience some of Southeast Asia’s most iconic sites.

• Begin the day by watching the sun rise over the sprawling Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world

• Step inside Angkor Thom, the ruined capital of the Khmer Empire 

• View the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King

Day 13: Ta Prohm, Preah Khan & Tonlé Sap Lake cruise

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue your exploration of Siem Reap with your Tour Director as your guide.

• Visit Ta Prohm, a temple largely reclaimed by the jungle, now well-known as the setting of the “Tomb Raider” movie

• Wander among the ruins of the Preah Khan temple

• Take an afternoon cruise past the floating villages of Tonlé Sap lake

• Tonight, you’ll see a performance of traditional Apsara dance during dinner

Bangkok 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Flight to Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board your flight to Bangkok this morning and enjoy a free afternoon in the city. Later, celebrate your adventures with the group at a farewell dinner.

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your early morning flight home or continue your tour in Bangkok.

Add Bangkok $259 pp

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.

Bangkok 2 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Free day in Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Bangkok or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bangkok Market Visit & Cooking Class $105*pp Details

Pay a visit to a bustling market where your guide will introduce you to a wide variety of fresh produce. Then, step off Bangkok’s busy streets and head over to Baipai, a charming home-style culinary school where you’ll try your hand at preparing traditional Thai recipes. In a relaxed and cozy environment, seasoned local chefs will show you the tricks of the trade as you craft authentic cuisine. Then, enjoy your freshly prepared lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of Bangkok.

• Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex, built in 1782 for the king of Siam

• See the city’s vast array of Buddha statues at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Po), and the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) 

• Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a speedboat and converted rice barge

Day 17: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your early morning flight home.

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  • Hô Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Hôi An, Vietnam
  • Huê, Vietnam
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ha Long, Vietnam
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Vietnam, Cambodia (and Thailand on the post-tour extension), 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. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Vietnam and Cambodia. The visa for entry into Vietnam must be secured in advance, a Cambodian visa may be purchased upon arrival for $30 USD (two passport-sized photos required). You may choose to obtain your individual visas by applying directly to each country’s consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

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).

Health

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.

Cuisine

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.

Transportation

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. 

Electricity

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.

Time Zones

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.

Currency

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.

Tipping

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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Comprehensive Tour

If you are looking for a comprehensive tour of Vietnam and Angkor Wat, this is the tour for you. The hotels were excellent, good locations and accommodations . The cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking school was informative and fun. The Mekong Delta cruise was very interesting. Cruising on Ha Long Bay as we spent the night there and visiting the nearby caves was an unexpected fun. The highlight of the tour was the optional dinner in a private home. A real insight into the life of a Hanoi family. The charming town of Hoi An was enjoyable to walk through. Angkor Wat and the temples of Angkor Thom as well, were fascinating. This is a fast paced tour with interesting optional excursions . We extended the trip in Bangkok, and although it was a busy day of touring it was well worth it. The optional cooking class there was sensational at BaiPai Thai Cooking School. This trip provides excellent economic and content value.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 15

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Southeast Asia Adventure

Anyone contemplating a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia would be doing themselves a favor by booking this tour. The hotel accommodations were all luxurious and centrally located. It was easy to do things in the evenings that were free. Taxis and tuk tuks were inexpensive and readily available. The meals were very inexpensive and most of the food delicious. Our guides James and Rath were young and took advantage of events that occurred around us by providing us with spontaneous adventures. The trip was fast-paced and included four internal flights. One of the highlights was the cooking class in Hoi An. The chef/instructor could have been a stand-up comedienne he was that funny. The overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay provided a respite and a chance to relax. Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Cruise were worthwhile optionals. Angkor Wat is everything you expect and more. If you have an adventurous spirit, this trip is for you!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SK

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

best trip ever

This trip was fantastic at all levels. Everything that could be controlled, i.e. flights, hotels, schedule could not have been better. I would recommend this trip/company to anyone.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour

This trip was exceptional! The tour directors were knowledgeable and provided great service. We were provided water on a daily basis. Hotels were centrally located; therefore, we were able to walk to stores and restaurants. Most hotels had complimentary WiFi in the rooms. The overnight cruise was fantastic; I could have spent another night on the yacht. The included meals were scrumptious and plentiful! We were able to get our clothes laundered two times from Laundromats in the neighborhood. I wish I had taken fewer clothes because there is less baggage allowance on intra flights. I look forward to using Go Ahead Tours in the future! Cherish the moments!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a Trip!

This was definitely an eye-opener to the Southeast Asia culture and history!! We had a great time, and met some wonderful people. However, this is not a tour for everyone. You definitely need to be in good physical shape for the climbing on the ruins of Angkor Wat, and able to withstand the heat (and we went in March)! To see what little many of the people have, but yet, how happy they are was amazing. Our tour directors were great. Ve in Vietnam was great - loved the Whispers - wish we had had them in Cambodia. Sevay in Cambodia was great as well. Top in Thailand was too. The Halong Bay cruise will always be a wonderful memory for us!! We did have some problems though. Not sure when or where, but several items were stolen. Silk pajamas, and some of the little silk artwork, along with the pen and ink drawings didn't make it home with us. We don't buy expensive things - but the fact is, these were souvenirs that didn't get to their final destination. And my extra pair of eyeglasses were taken too. I didn't realize that until I got home and was unpacking. I can't imagine why someone would take those!!! I really don't have many friends who are interested in this kind of tour, but those folks who live studying history, cultures, religion...this is for you! Just bring your best walking shoes, and sunscreen and bug spray!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 2/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Vietnam and Angkor Wat

Great accomodations. The Ha Long Bay cruise was everything that we could have expected. Be prepared for a fair amount of war propaganda. There should have been local guides in the Cambodian ruins and there should have been a speaker system for the tour director to use, as was the case in Vietnam. We should not have been presented with a multi-page review of the trip at 9PM on the last night of the tour with a 3AM wake-up call for the plane home. The travel review should be given at the beginning of the trip, so that we can fill it out, as we go along.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

We just returned from a tour of Vietnam and AngKor Wat. Our tour leader, Jackie, was an unbelievable resource for all things Vietnam! He was great with all the details from pick up to drop off, always there to answer questions about anything, was very personable and patient with each person on tour, and just really took care of everybody in a foreign country. He shared his views on every thing we asked and really made the whole experience just the best!!! I believe we all felt sad leaving him to go to Cambodia. He became like one of us, joined in the group, had a sense of humor, and was so knowledgeable about the history of his country. Great job for Go Ahead Tours and their contact with Destination Asia. Keep Jackie on your list of top tour guides.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/14/2013

Number of Past Tours: 28

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Tour

We more than got our moneys worth on this tour. We stayed in the finest hotels and ate delicious meals. Our days were very full with sightseeing activities. We had wonderful Tour Directors. Unlike other tours with GoAhead, we had a different Tour Director in each country. While a surprise at first, we found that each TD was able to show us the best of his country. They shared so much with us. It was wonderful to use "The Whisperers" while touring. We did not need to be on top of the guide to hear and understand what was being said. I wish that all trips provided Whisperers. For those who do not know what I mean.....it looks like a transistor radio with a wire and ear bud. The guide speaks into his...and we can all hear what is being said. Future participants should know that this is a very tiring trip. We are active all day and on our feet much of the time. This is not a complaint.....I love this kind of trip. But, if you had any difficulties or get tired easily, this may not be the trip for you. This is a wonderful way to see Vietnam and Cambodia, today. What a contrast to the war years. To enjoy this trip more....read a few books in advance about the history of the area. Advanced reading enhances the trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/14/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

southeast asia

Angkor Wat was impressive. I felt too much time was spent while several tourmembers climbed a tall structure and there was a loong wait line to descend. The guide might have foreseen this. Also Nguen, although well informed, was not too sensitive to the needs of elderely members, including myself, when it came to issuing instructions, moving thru exhibit rooms, and letting the group spread out. There were some times when Whispers was not used effectively. The Choice of Boutique Hotel was excellent for relaxation. Therer were numberless occasions for early rising and departures on the tour which made it rather strenuous.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/14/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour

I loved Cambodia and Vietnam. The hotels were excellent and the guides "Ratt" and "Quang" were the BEST! I recommend this tour for the avid traveler. You will be surprised - it is a true journey of the senses!

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