See the spectacular highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam in historic Siem Reap, charming Hoi An and cultural Ho Chi Minh

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

What's included

  • Private tours of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Hoi An, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your travel concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

This express 7-day trip takes in all the spectacular highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam. You will start your trip in Siem Reap exploring the historic ruins of Angkor Wat, starting with an unforgettable sunrise tour of this ancient complex. You will take a helicopter flight over Angkor, a perfect way to take in the sights of this sprawling ancient city. You will embark on a private tour of Angkor Thom, finishing your day enjoying sunset drinks whilst sailing on the complex’s vast moat. You will spend time exploring Siem Reap’s rural landscape beyond its temples, a sight rarely seen by visitors. Take an ox-cart ride through typical villages until you reach your villa where traditional Khmer food will be served while listening to traditional music, creating a magical ambience. Finish your time in Siem Reap enjoying a private tour of Ta Prohm and lesser-known temples.

Next, you will head to the charming city of Hoi An, where you will enjoy lunch on a bamboo raft, soak in the city’s charms and enjoy a private street food tour. You will finish your tour in the city of Ho Chi Minh, with an immersive Cu Chi tunnels tour before enjoying a vintage Vespa evening tour. See the hidden side of this renowned city, exploring its secret hotspots before enjoying a fascinating art tour.

This is a perfect trip for those looking to take in the top highlights of both Cambodia and Vietnam on a quick getaway.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Siem Reap

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap

Accommodation in Siem Reap

Two nights in Siem Reap, exploring Angkor Wat Two nights in Siem Reap, exploring Angkor Wat

During your time in Siem Reap we can arrange privately guided specialist tours to show you the best of city, Angkor Wat and the Khmer temples in the region.

Private tour of Angkor Thom Private tour of Angkor Thom

Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. You have the choice of either walking along the path along the city wall to the Death Gate or continuing around by road. En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you'll stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng. Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, past Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.

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Sunset drinks at Angkor Thom Sunset drinks at Angkor Thom

Enjoy sunset drinks at Angkor Thom whilst sailing on the complex's vast moat.

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Sunrise Tour of Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour of Angkor Wat

Visit Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world, and watch the sun rise behind this ornate temple. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people.

Helicopter flight over Angkor Helicopter flight over Angkor

Enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight over over Angkor Wat and gain sense of scale of the vast ancient city of Angkor.

Siem Reap countryside tour with dinner at a rural villa Siem Reap countryside tour with dinner at a rural villa

Explore Siem Reap's rural landscape beyond its temples, which has changed little since the days of Jayavarman VII. After a short drive from Siem Reap, visit a colourful contemporary pagoda to understand more of the importance of Buddhism in these rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. Buy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, speak to families who have been baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years and gain hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the rice harvest, thatching, fishing, or even making a simple meal over an open fire.

Then, take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by an easy 20-minute walk to bring you to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system which you will voyage by boat (depending on water level). This will be both an education and an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel. Then reach the villa, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen and the greetings for visitors are warm and generous. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks. While the chef prepares your dinner, wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before enjoying your evening meal.

Private tour of Ta Prohm and lesser known temples Private tour of Ta Prohm and lesser known temples

Travel by road to Srah Srang and then continue to Ta Prohm, pausing to collect your entry passes at the Archaeological Park Entrance. Take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance where you will rejoin our driver. From the Northwest of Ta Prohm, walk 15 minutes through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple all to yourself. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks', and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Siem Reap Airport

Flight

Flight from Siem Reap to Danang

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Danang

Days 3-5

Hoi An

Accommodation in Hoi An

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Two nights in Hoi An Two nights in Hoi An

Relax on a beautiful beach and soak up the atmosphere in the pretty town of Hoi An. We can arrange private guides for specialist excursions and ensure reservations at our favourite restaurants.

Hoi An Walking Tour Hoi An Walking Tour

Stroll through the narrow lanes of Hoi An and soak up the heritage of this old-world town. Highly prosperous between the 17th and 19th centuries, this world-heritage listed area boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse into its illustrious past. On this walking tour there is plenty to visit, including the old merchants' houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialities including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Lunch aboard a bamboo raft Lunch aboard a bamboo raft

Surrounded by peaceful villages, rivers and lush coconut palms, Can Thanh is a small port town that supplies seafood, vegetables and rice for the area. Take a short drive down to the Co Co River where a basket boat with take you to a floating stationary bamboo raft where you’ll enjoy a relaxing BBQ lunch.

Private street food tour in Hoi An with Neville Dean Private street food tour in Hoi An with Neville Dean

Make sure you're hungry as you set off on this morning tour with a culinary expert and immerse yourself in the tantalising sights, smells and flavours of Hoi An's street food and fresh produce. Firstly, take a walking tour of the markets, streets and zigzagging alleys of this historic town, meeting the producers and tasting their food. Then visit the private home of Neville Dean, a long-term expatriate with a real passion for local food, and enjoy a private tasting of even more delicacies.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Danang Airport

Flight

Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh

Transfer

Private transfer from Ho Chi Minh international airport to your hotel in the city

Days 5-7

Ho Chi Minh

Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh

Two nights in Ho Chi Minh Two nights in Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy Ho Chi Minh, with its pretty streets, buzzy atmosphere and rich history. We can arrange private guides and specialist excursions, restaurant recommendations and suggest the best places to go to simply watch the world go by.

Cu Chi Past and Present Cu Chi Past and Present

Today's trip to Cu Chi gives an insight into not only its history, but also how local people cultivate this rough land today. The tunnels, built during the war and used for getting around the areas unseen, also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food and weapons, and hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of the tunnels’ history, the hardship of life and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. After the tunnel tour, visit a local family to enjoy a home cooked meal. The owner of the house was a Viet Cong soldier who starting working as a farmer once the war ended. Walk with him through the garden and listen to his fascinating stories of being a VC and his life today.

Evening Vespa street food tour Evening Vespa street food tour

The darker the night gets, the more vivid Saigon becomes. Get ready for a fascinating ride, as a passenger to your drive guide, by vintage Vespa to discover busy Saigon after dark, together with delightful local food tasting in the most authentic local restaurants. It’s such a great chance for you to experience the Southern Vietnam specialities. You'll then continue to zig-zag through the hustle and bustle of the streets, before ending your night at a cosy speakeasy bar to taste some signature cocktails (or mocktails for your children) and have a chat with people here. Get back to your hotel and call it a night. Note: each Vespa accommodates two people, a driver guide and passenger.

Hidden Saigon Hidden Saigon

Get off the tourist trail into local neighbourhoods to explore the city’s hidden history and culture, interacting with locals to get an insight of their daily lives behind the hustle and bustle.

Start with a visit of the shrine outside of the US Consulate before continuing to the former CIA building (outside visit only), where helicopters evacuated the remaining US citizens in 1975. Next, drive to a secret weapon chamber which the Viet Cong used as a place to hide and store weapons during the Vietnam War. Weave through tiny back alleys and meet with the locals, then chill out at a coffee shop tucked away in an old French colonial apartment block. Meander across a local market to meet a street artist who has spent half of his life making souvenir carvings. Later, you may like to visit a hidden restaurant where you'll take an antique elevator to reach the top.

Saigon Art Tour Saigon Art Tour

The art tour begins with a visit to the ochre-coloured Fine Arts Museum, an elegant 1929 colonial-era building which houses the city’s finest collection of art, to learn more about the past, present and future of the arts in Vietnam. Then, visit the Apricot Gallery, showcasing works from leading artists from Vietnam’s 'master generation' to up-and-coming stars specialising in oils and silk paintings.

Finally, head to Saigon Salon, a new contemporary art space housed in a lovingly restored French colonial building. Saigon Salon aims to showcase Vietnamese contemporary art while nurturing local talent, cooperating with foreign institutions and attracting important artists from around the world.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel to Ho Chi Minh airport

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