Vietnam & Angkor Wat

15 days Multi-country
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.

Let us handle the details

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 30 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, with some hills.

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 $45pp* 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 $25pp* 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 $29pp* 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 $35pp* 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 Starting from $259 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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 $105pp* 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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  • Hôi An, Vietnam
  • Huê, Vietnam
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ha Long, Vietnam
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of return. 
  • We recommend having at least three blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens traveling to Thailand.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa to enter Vietnam and Cambodia. You must obtain your Vietnam visa in advance by applying directly to the Vietnamese consulate, or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. You may choose to obtain your Cambodia visa at the port of entry (you will need $30 USD and two passport-sized photos), by applying directly to the Cambodian consulate, or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country's consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of small boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and depart from Bangkok. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, Hue to Hanoi, Hanoi to Siem Reap and Siem Reap to Bangkok, as well as a one-night Ha Long Bay cruise and other small boat rides are included in your tour price. 
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. We recommend that you limit your baggage to under 44lbs to avoid charges on included flights within Asia.
  • 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 keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. 
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities 
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • 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

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting. 
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag. 
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Flavorful Vietnamese cuisine relies on mint, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, lime, lemongrass and Thai basil. Foods are cooked minimally, from lightly grilled meats to blanched vegetables. Seafood is popular, usually flavored with ginger, as are chicken, duck and pork. Don’t miss dishes like spicy beef noodle soup and bahn mi, a baguette stuffed with paté, cold cuts and pickled vegetables.
  • International influence is evident in the Khmer cuisine of Cambodia, where full flavor is created through the mix of herbs and spices such as sweet basil, Asian coriander, mint, lemongrass and pepper. The base of almost all Cambodian dishes is rice or noodles, served with a curry, soup or vegetable stir fry. Grilled freshwater fish is popular, and the fermented fish paste known as prahok is a traditional seasoning.
  • On the tour extension, traditional Thai cooking uses market-fresh ingredients seasoned with a mix of herbs, spices and condiments such as chili peppers and fish sauce. The main staple is rice. Most meals include a soup, a curry, a steamed or fried dish and a salad.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Vietnam and Cambodia (plus Thailand on the tour extension) operates on 230 volts. 
  • Vietnam uses Types A, E or F plugs with two flat pins, two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
  • Cambodia uses Types A, C or G plugs with two flat pins, two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • On the tour extension, Thailand uses Types A, B, C or O plugs with two flat pins, two flat and one round pins, or two or three round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

  • Vietnam and Cambodia (plus Thailand on the tour extension) are 11 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it’s 9am in New York, it’s 8pm the same day in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Currency

  • You will use the Vietnamese dong in Vietnam, Cambodian riel (or U.S. dollars) in Cambodia (plus the Thai baht in Thailand on the tour extension). 
  • In Cambodia, U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, though change may be given in riel. Most hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, buses and airlines list their prices in U.S. dollars, but small transactions (less than a dollar) are usually conducted in riel. Always carry small amounts of riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks and other small purchases. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

In Vietnam our tour director was Hung. He was THE BEST. He knew exactly what to recommend for our days off, hang out places, and sightseeing. He would adapt our schedule to our best interests and was extremely nice. Our group was 29 people and our time was well spent and just amazing because of his professionality and knowledge. If you ever visit Vietnam, you must ask for Hung as your tour guide!

 

Hi Veronica! We’re thrilled to learn that your Tour Director offered great recommendations for things to see and do. It’s also great to know that his professionalism and expertise enhanced your experience. We will be sure to share your feedback with his supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best food and housing

I can't say enough about the beautiful housing; comfy beds, outstanding food, salt water pools, balconies. The pace was a bit hectic but there was a lot to see. One day I chose not to do the tour and stayed by the pool to relax which was always an option. The buses were always clean and cool with cold water and wipes on return as the weather was hot which aided in keeping us all comfortable. Tuan our guide in Vietnam was very knowledgable and gentle as all the Vietnam and Cambodia people were. I came out of the experience understanding the Vietnam war with knowledge and compassion for the people. .

 

Hi Daryl! Thank you for your review! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your accommodations. Our Operations team is careful to select each hotel based on the same criteria: location, comfort, cleanliness and charm. As this is a fast-paced itinerary, we’re glad you took some time for yourself to relax by the pool. Sometimes down time is needed, and as travelers, we totally understand that! We’re so glad that you enjoyed your Tour Director and experienced the kindness of the Vietnamese and Cambodian people. It’s great to know that you came away from this tour with a better understanding of the war and a great compassion for the people. We hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Peace in Vietnam

For al of my adult life, when I thought of "Vietnam" the next word to immediately follow was "war." Now all that has changed. The words that follow "Vietnam" now are "peace" and "prosperity." Go Ahead Tours has made that shift possible. Vietnam is a young and vibrant country with traditions steeped in the past. Education is important and technology speeds its young citizens into the 21st century. Their cell service is light years ahead of ours at home. There is an ease of movement throughout the bustling city streets, with family-laden scooters zipping along easily in streams like fishes, always parting gracefully for oncoming and crossing vehicles and pedestrians. People laugh and smile and always meet your eyes. There is color, humor and levity evidenced in even concrete expressions - like the engineering of the Dragon Bridge over the river Han in Da Nang, which lights up and blows smoke and fire out of its nostrils. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlLO5JDgYXQ. These people do not resent Americans, but chose to proudly display their country's unity, prosperity and progress. From the sandy, resort-speckled beaches of China Bay to the density of its ancient cities, in Vietnam the peace sign is flashed everywhere. Cambodia is welcoming from the moment you set foot on the tarmac. It reminded me of Hawaii. The people are so beautiful. Buddhas grace every park and public place. People bow in greetings of warmth and respect. I watched a lovely young woman sweep and wash a floor with all the dignity and grace of a queen. The young population is liberal and open to change in a country on the verge of making its mark in the world. If you can feel the sanctity of sacred space and wish to be blessed by the ambiance of walking there at sunrise, don't miss Angkor Wat and the other massive ruins nearby.

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Hi Sandra! Thank you for your outstanding review, in which you highlight the power of travel and its ability to transform our impression of the world around us. We are thrilled this tour was able to change your association with the country of Vietnam from one of war to one of a peace and prosperity. Vietnam is indeed a vibrant country, home to incredibly kind and happy locals. Cambodia is also a warm and welcoming country, and Angkor Wat is surely not to be missed. Again, we are thankful to hear about your experience on tour, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Phong was the BEST!

Our trip to Viet Nam was exceptional. For many of us who grew up in the 60s, this was a trip of great healing. Our guide, Phong, showed us his country with great pride and knowledge. He shared his and his family's lives and brought both today and yesterday into sharp focus. He made sure that we interacted with wonderful local people. They were all welcoming and kind. The hotels were really good, the food fresh and delicious. I highly recommend seeing this vibrant country and, if you are lucky, Phong will lead you! This was the 11th trip for the Travel Pals of Cincinnati. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have seen the world together.

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Hi Karen! We are thrilled to hear your experience on tour was exceptional! It sounds like your Tour Director, Phong, was a highlight. Our Tour Directors are well-loved by many of our travelers, and we feel very fortunate to work with them. You’re right that the local people are wonderfully welcoming and kind. We’re so glad you enjoyed the hotels and meals. We wholeheartedly agree with your recommendation to see this beautiful country. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: WA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Parts of Vietnam/Cambodia

I did not know what to expect from this trip but was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. The two optional excursions I chose to include in Vietnam were both excellent. The Mekong Delta Cruise and the visit to the tombs in Hue were the high points in Ho Chi Minh City and Hue respectively. The overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay was the highlight of Hanoi. The food was great; the accomodations were first rate; the itinerary had a lot of variety. The only downside was the number of flights necessary to do everything we did. I was not as impressed with Angkor Wat as I had expected to be. It is a huge complex and has some beautiful bas reliefs. I'm glad I saw Angkor Wat but I found Machu Picchu in Peru more awesome.

 

Hi Rose! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We’re glad to hear you were pleasantly surprised by your tour to Vietnam and Angkor Wat. We’re also happy you were pleased with the food, accommodations, and itinerary. Our Operations Team strives to provide the best options for our travelers, and we’re thrilled that you agree. Though the travel time to that part of the world is considerable, it sounds like you’re glad you made the trip. We’re glad you did too! Again, thank you for your thoughtful review, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Vietnam, Amazing Angkor Wat

I totally enjoyed my tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. It was an incredible experience to really get to see the beauty of Vietnam, which previously had only negative connotations for me. Now the word Vietnam will forever bring to mind waving rice fields, hard-working people, motorbikes crowding the streets of Saigon but somehow making way for pedestrians, and inviting white beaches. Of course, there are still reminders of the bitter wars with the French and Americans in the Cu Chi tunnel area and the Hanoi Hilton prison, now converted into a fascinating and heart-breaking museum. But everywhere we went the people emphasized that that the past is past, and the country only looks forward to the future. I was also thrilled to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which has been high on my "must-see" list for years. It was amazing, much bigger and grander than I'd even anticipated, ranking right near the Taj Mahal on my list of unforgettable travel memories. Our guide Chung through Vietnam managed to handle our hundreds of questions with ease. And I was very impressed with the first-class hotels throughout the trip. Many of my fellow travelers had been on Go Ahead tours previously, and we found we were all enthusiastic about the value and quality of the tours.

 

Hi Carol! We are so happy you had an incredible experience on tour. Vietnam is a fascinating and beautiful country with a dense history. From the dramatic limestone islands to the terraced rice fields, its natural beauty alone is breathtaking. It’s wonderful you were able to see Angkor Wat, as well. We feel that this historical site should be on everyone’s “must-see” list! We’re glad to know that your Tour Director handled all your questions with ease and generally enhanced your tour experience. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and we hope to see you on tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Hot, humid, beautiful country

Be prepared for hot, hotter and hottest weather! We went when it was hot. The country was beautiful and people were very friendly. We covered so much area and did a lot of walking. The history, buildings and landscapes were amazing. Each tour guide was great. James did an amazing job with all of us. Travel from the west coast over is always challenging. Bring your hydration tablets because just drinking water does alone does not work. You really need to stay hydrated when it is this hot.

 

Hello! We’re so glad you enjoyed the beauty of Vietnam and Angkor Wat, as well as the friendly locals you met along the way. We appreciate your feedback on the various aspects of the tour, including your Tour Director. You’re right that it’s important to stay hydrated in hot weather, particularly on days when you are doing a lot of walking. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again in 2017!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

No regrets!

I hesitated visiting Vietnam because of the Vietnam War era memories! I have never been more pleased to visit a county and have all those hesitations erased! Vietnam is a vibrant, bustling and absolutely beautiful county! The people are very warm and friendly. The culture and foods are so very interesting! I loved the cruise on Halong Bay. I seriously want to return. Cambodia was also extremely interesting and enjoyable. The cuisine was outstanding.

 

Hi Margaret! We’re thrilled to hear you were pleasantly surprised by your tour in Vietnam and Cambodia. You are so right – Vietnam is indeed a vibrant, bustling, and beautiful destination! Between the culture, the food, and the natural beauty, it’s not to be missed. We’re so happy you enjoyed your time on tour, and we thank you for taking the time to share your experience. When you want to return to Vietnam, be sure to give us a call at 1-800-590-1170.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/14/2013

Number of Past Tours: 14

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent tour except for a stolen iPad

This was my 14th goahead tour and one of the best for the money. The accommodations were superior and instead of being feed "faux" American food we dined on local cuisine which was very good. The trip was very busy and many cities and sites were visited. Rath the Cambodian tour director and Quang the Vietnam tour director were excellent. One caveat, the air quality in Hanoi is horrific. You can smell and taste the particulates in the air. My iPad was stolen from my locked hotel room in the Prince D'Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The iPad was hidden in a drawer because the safe didn't work. Hotel staff at the Prince D'Angkor Hotel did not help me. They refused my request to file a police report. They were condescending and disrespectful. If you stay here make sure to lock your valuables in a safe, the security is poor, and don't expect any help from the hotel management staff. goAhead staff have been helping me recover using my travel insurance.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/23/2013

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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.

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