From Halong Bay to Angkor Temples in 15 Days

From Halong Bay to Angkor Temples in 15 Days

  • Hanoi
  • Ninh Binh
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ben Tre
  • Can Tho
  • Chau Doc
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
15 days 14 nights
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    From 1755 US$

    You only have 15 days but want to visit two countries, Vietnam and Cambodia? This 15-day Vietnam-Cambodia tour is designed for you! You will first explore the north of Vietnam, starting with the thousand-year-old capital of Hanoi, the magnificent Halong Bay, and the terrestrial Halong Bay. Then, you will journey down to the central region to visit the former imperial capital of Hue and the charming old town of Hoi An. Moving south, you'll travel up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, before continuing to Siem Reap to discover the spectacular Angkor temples. 

    From Halong Bay to Angkor Temples in 15 Days
    What unique experiences await during your trip?
    • Embark on a trans-Vietnamese journey to explore the country's must-see sites.
    • Enjoy a captivating cruise aboard a traditional junk on the stunning waters of Halong Bay.
    • Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Hoi An's Old Town, where history and charm blend seamlessly.
    • Extend your adventure into Cambodia by river, where you'll explore the mystical Angkorian temples that whisper tales of ancient grandeur.
    Stages of the journey
    • Hanoi
    • Ninh Binh
    • Halong Bay
    • Hue
    • Hoi An
    • Ho Chi Minh City
    • Ben Tre
    • Can Tho
    • Chau Doc
    • Phnom Penh
    • Siem Reap
    Tour map
    Program description

    Arrival in Hanoi, a thousand-year-old capital located in the heart of northern Vietnam. Welcome by the English-speaking guide from Kampá Tour at the airport, transfer to the hotel in the city center, and the day will be adapted according to your arrival time. Kampá Tour is glad to accompany you on this journey, marking the beginning of our 15-day Vietnam-Cambodia itinerary. Begin your exploration with the first visits to the city center to soak up the charm of this historic capital:

    • King Ly Thai To square, discovery of the thousand-year-old history of the Vietnamese capital.

    Ly Thai To is the founder of the Ly dynasty (1009-1225). It was he who transferred the capital from Hoa Lu to Hanoi in 1010

    • Lake of the Restored Sword with the temple of Mount Jade, the Turtle Islet, in the heart of Hanoi.
    • Explore the Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 corporation streets, where you can stroll through craft streets bearing the name of the goods that were produced and sold there. Don't forget to stop at Ma May Street and visit an old 'Tube' house, a characteristic feature of traditional Hanoi architecture.

    This Old Quarter is located in the heart of Hanoi and is full of old houses, temples, bustling markets, artisan shops, and traditional restaurants. It is an emblematic place that testifies to the history and culture of the Vietnamese capital.

    Discover the colonial heritage with French concessions: take a cycle rickshaw ride through the city to visit the Grand Théâtre, the Métropole hotel, the state bank, the Central Post Office… End your day with a relaxing night at the hotel.

    A day dedicated to exploring Hanoi's most remarkable cultural sites and historical monuments:

    Built 1000 years ago, this Confucian temple served as an institution where royal offspring and sons of mandarins received their education. It also hosted competitions for the country's most talented students, with the winners attaining the status of scholars and senior officials in Vietnamese feudal dynasties.

    • Visit Ba Dinh Square, the location of the former palace of the Indochina governor, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and his residence.
    • Explore the Ethnography Museum, home to a vast collection of 25,000 ancient and contemporary artifacts that provide insights into the history of local populations.
    • In the evening, enjoy a water puppet show – a distinctive feature of the Vietnamese culture.

    Colorful wooden puppets are skillfully manipulated by the artists using rods and bamboo shafts underwater. It is a unique and captivating art form unique to the Northern Vietnamese tradition.

    Night in Hanoi.

    Departure for Ninh Binh – the land of limestone karsts, sugarloaf mountains, and rice fields flooded by rivers and lakes throughout the year.

    Arrival in Ninh Xuan, visit to Mua Mountain. Climb a 486-step white stone staircase to the summit of this bell-shaped mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the Tam Coc region.

    A limestone mountain located near the rivers and sugarloaf mountains of Tam Coc. In the past, it was renowned for its dance performances for the kings of the Tran Dynasty (13th-14th century).

    Afterward, transfer to Tam Coc for a bike ride and leisurely exploration of this fabulous region.

    Explore a vast landscape featuring sugarloaf-shaped rock formations, rice paddies, and rivers. Enjoy boat rides on the Ngo Dong River, winding through the sugarloaf peaks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the lush surrounding nature.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a boat excursion on the Ngo Dong River to explore Tam Coc. This meandering river winds through rice paddies, sugarloaf formations, and passes under the three caves at the base of the limestone peaks.

    Return to Hanoi by the end of the day and spend the night at the hotel.

    For a shorter drive, there's an option to stay in Ninh Binh on this day and spend the night there (without returning to Hanoi during the day). Then, you can depart for Halong Bay the following morning with the guide and private car. Please contact us for this option.

    Part of the Gulf of Tonkin (Pacific Ocean), Halong Bay is a vast area comprised of thousands of limestone karsts rising from the sea. A cruise aboard a junk boat in this bay is a must during any trip to Vietnam.

    Departure for Halong – the most beautiful bay in Vietnam, one of the most magical landscapes in Asia. Boarding upon arrival aboard a traditional junk. Welcome by the crew then departure for a magnificent cruise on the bay. Visit Bai Tu Long (northern part of Halong Bay):

    • Admire the picturesque islands and islets with various shapes (sail, dog, rooster, incense, etc.).
    • Explore the splendid caves of Halong Bay, including Thien Canh Son, housing stalagmites and stalactites dating back thousands of years.
    • Continue the cruise to Cap La, where you can enjoy a kayak ride and swim in the sublime waters of the bay (weather permitting).
    • In the late afternoon, relax on the upper deck of the junk.

    Lunch and dinner on board the junk.

    Enjoy a free evening for personal rest and relaxation, which can include card games or night fishing.

    Spend the night on board.

    Wake up at dawn to witness a spectacular moment: the first rays of sunlight painting the limestone karsts of the bay, followed by a serene Tai Chi session on the terrace.

    Embark on a boat or kayak excursion to explore the fishing village of Vung Vieng, where you may have the opportunity to meet and interact with the local residents.

    Enjoy lunch on the junk before disembarking and heading back to Hanoi.

    In the evening, catch a flight to Hue, the historic imperial city located in the central part of Vietnam.

    Overnight stay in Hue.

    Begin your city tour of Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945:

    • Explore the Imperial City, the historic residence and workplace of the 13 Nguyen kings over 143 years.
    • Visit the mausoleum of Minh Mang, famously known for fathering 142 children with 43 concubines.
    • Discover Phu Mong village, recognized for its garden houses, an essential part of Hue's imperial heritage.
    • Experience the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of Hue's most beautiful and frequently visited pagodas. Alternatively, visit the serene Tu Hieu Pagoda, where the tombs of eunuchs from the Nguyen dynasty rest. Depending on the time, you may witness a monk's prayer session.
    • Explore the Dong Ba market, the city's largest and oldest market, where you can find local specialties like conical hats and tunic dresses.

    Enjoy your night at the hotel in Hue.

    Commence a road journey to the enchanting town of Hoi An, situated approximately 150 km to the south of Hue. This scenic drive offers several captivating stops along the way:

    • Discover the unspoiled, less-touristy Thuan An and Lang Co beaches, both boasting long stretches of golden sands. Additionally, you'll encounter vast lagoons where diverse types of fish farms support the local community.
    • Traverse the Cloud Pass, renowned as the highest mountain pass in central Vietnam. This significant pass, nestled between Hue and Da Nang, serves as a natural climatic boundary that separates the northern and southern regions of the country. As you reach its summit, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of the stunning bays of Lang Co and Da Nang, stretching as far as the eye can behold.
    • Be captivated by picturesque roadside cemeteries affectionately known as "Ghost Towns." These cemeteries feature clusters of intricately carved tomb-castles, each showcasing distinct Asian architectural styles. From a distance, they resemble opulent cities.

    Upon your afternoon arrival in Hoi An, you'll proceed to check in at your hotel, where you'll enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.

    Enjoy a full day at your leisure for independent exploration of Hoi An's charming old town. You have various options:

    • Explore the historic Old Quarter, wander through its narrow streets, and discover its unique charm. You can also indulge in shopping for local products like lacquerware, handicrafts, and more.

    • Consider getting tailor-made clothing at one of the renowned silk shops in town. Hoi An is famous for its skilled tailors, and you can have custom garments created to your liking.

    • Embark on a delightful bike ride into the picturesque countryside surrounding Hoi An. Along the way, you'll encounter traditional villages specializing in various crafts such as vegetable farming, pottery, and carpentry.

    • Weather permitting, unwind on the exquisite Eastern Sea beaches, including Cua Dai and An Bang, renowned as Vietnam's most beautiful. Bask in the sun and embrace the refreshing sea breeze for a truly revitalizing experience.

    After a day of exploration and relaxation, return to your hotel for the night. 

    After a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the capital of the south (formerly Saigon), you'll begin your exploration of the city's center, often referred to as "colonial Saigon." Here are the details:

    Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city in the country, with a population of around 10 million. It serves as a gateway to various regions, including the Mekong Delta, the coastline, and the southern highlands.

    • Visit Ben Thanh Market, an iconic symbol of the city.

    • Explore the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, both architectural gems designed according to the plans of Gustave Eiffel.

    • Discover the Headquarters of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, which was once the Central Town Hall and stands as one of the city's most beautiful colonial buildings.

    In the afternoon, venture to the Cu Chi underground tunnels, a historical battlefield from the Indochina War situated on the city's outskirts. Upon arrival, descend into an underground world consisting of tunnels spanning a remarkable 200 kilometers in length, with narrow passages measuring just 70 cm in width and 90 cm in height. These tunnels lead to various meeting rooms, kitchens, and even hospitals.

    Cu Chi is a significant historic site, located about an hour's drive from Ho Chi Minh City. It's an iconic location that witnessed intense confrontations between communist guerrillas and American soldiers during the war years from 1954 to 1975.

    Return to the surface and head back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.

    Spend the night at your hotel.

    Depart for the Mekong Delta, a unique region that combines both land and water, situated in the southernmost part of Vietnam.

    The Mekong River, originating in the immense Himalayan range, traverses five upstream countries in Southeast Asia (China, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos) before finally flowing into the Pacific Ocean within Vietnamese territory. This river has sculpted a vast and fertile delta in the southern region of the country, famously known as the "Mekong Delta."

    Upon arrival in Ben Tre, a significant town located in the heart of the northern branches of the river, embark on a boat journey along the waterways to reach Mo Cay, a less-visited rural area celebrated for its coconut trade and the production of various coconut-based products like coconuts, coconut threads, and activated coconut charcoal.

    You'll have the option of a bike ride or a ride on a Xe loi (motorized cycle) through the lush green island, densely adorned with coconut plantations. This route, away from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism, leads you along narrow paths beneath the shade of coconut trees, creating a particularly picturesque landscape. Make stops at local farms to observe the production of sweets and coconut brooms.

    Continue your adventure with a journey in a small rowing boat, meandering through canals lined with water palm trees, providing you with a glimpse into the daily life of the delta's residents. Visit Mr. Van's traditional house and savor local specialties crafted by his wife, including coconut jam, honey tea, and pollen. You'll also have the opportunity to engage with the warm-hearted local population, fostering memorable encounters.

    In the afternoon, drive to Giong Trom, passing through coconut plantations and numerous canals that connect to the mighty Mekong River.

    Settle into a charming lodge situated on the banks of the Ham Luong River, where you'll have some free time to relax in a serene environment and enjoy the possibility of watching the sunset.

    Spend the night at the lodge.

    After breakfast, board a boat for a trip on the Mekong. Visit the Cai Rang floating market, which is spectacular with its vibrant colors and the assembly of numerous boats loaded with fruits, vegetables, and various other goods. Discover the unique 'river trade' of the Mekong region's inhabitants.

    Disembark to reach Chau Doc, a small town located in the far west of the Mekong Delta, very close to the Cambodian border. Upon arrival, take a boat trip on the Bassac River, a tributary of the great river, and explore floating fish farms. Learn about cage breeding of Asian catfish and visit Muslim villages of the Cham minorities.

    Experience the twilight spectacle from Mount Sam, the unusual and distinctive hill in the delta, where you'll find the sacred Ba Chua Xu temple.

    Spend the night at the hotel

    Board the boat for a trip up the Mekong to Phnom Penh - the Cambodian capital.

    Arrival at the port around noon, welcome by the local guide then check-in at the hotel.

    In the afternoon, departure for a city tour of the Cambodian capital. Visit Wat Phnom - Buddhist temple which gave birth to the city of Phnom Penh in the 14th century; from the Royal Palace - the residence and workplace of the Norodom kings since 1870; of the silver pagoda; and the National Museum of Phnom Penh...

    Night in Phnom Penh.

    Travel to Siem Reap, passing through Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom, and cross the peaceful Cambodian countryside with its traditional villages, rice fields, and tall latan trees that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see. Arrive in Siem Reap by the end of the day.

    Spend the night at the hotel.

    Day dedicated to the discovery of the mystical temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom – the ancient capital of the Khmer empire (9-15th century):

    • Angkor Wat temples, dedicated to Vishnu, the supreme god of Hinduism, are considered the masterpieces of Khmer art and architecture.

    • The temples of Angkor Thom form a fortified city of 10 km² that once housed a million inhabitants. Explore the immense statues at the south gate, the Elephant Terrace, the King Leper Terrace, and the famous Bayon temple, comprised of 54 gigantic towers bearing 216 faces of Avalokitésvara – the most important goddess in Buddhism.

    Return to Siem Reap toward the end of the afternoon.

    Enjoy a free evening and spend the night at the hotel.

    Morning dedicated to discovering the small and grand temples:

    • Banteay Srei Temple (Citadel of Women): A stunning temple known for its intricate carvings.
    • Takeo Temple, Banteay Kdei Temple, and Ta Prohm: Visit these sacred and impressive temples, including the abandoned Buddhist monastery of Ta Prohm, famously overgrown with trees and giant snake-like roots.

    Enjoy a free afternoon for relaxation and final purchases. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

    This marks the end of our 15-day Vietnam-Cambodia tour services. Safe travels! Kampá Tour is delighted to have accompanied you on this journey.

    Optional activities
    Below are small activities or 'unique and memorable' experiences to add to your itinerary, making your trip more complete and remarkable.
    The show “Tinh hoa Bac Bo - The Quintessence of Tonkin”
    This magnificent outdoor and water show will give you a very moving and unforgettable experience of Vietnamese life and culture.
    Hanoi Cultural activities Add to the itinerary
    Hanoi Egg Coffee
    Trying a cup of coffee with egg is a rather unusual experience that should be on the wish list of any future visitor to the capital of Vietnam.
    Hanoi Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    Cooking classes in Hoi An
    Would you like to try an activity that is among the top 10 experiences of a trip to Vietnam?
    Hoi An Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    The “Hoi An Memories” show
    The country's largest open-air visual arts show brings you strong emotions and a special experience of unique art-making imbued with Hoi An's identity.
    Hoi An Cultural activities Add to the itinerary
    Tour Price
    1755 US$per person
    This price, calculated based on 4 people staying in standard hotels, could vary depending on:
    • period of travel
    • number of travelers
    • selected services
    This price includes:
    • Accommodation for the entire circuit, in hotels or with locals
    • Travel according to the program by private car
    • English-speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the program
    • All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
    • Meals mentioned in the program
    • Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
    • Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)
    This price does not include:
    • International flights from your home
    • Visa fees, payable directly at the airport customs (see VISA)
    • Bank fees related to payment
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal beverages during meals: beer, Coca-Cola, fruit juice, etc.
    • Other meals not specified in the program
    • SIM card and mobile plans
    • Tips, personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the "Our Included Services" section
    Services for this trip
    Your accommodation:
    Hôtel & Resort Victoria Beach Hoi An
    Hôtel River Town Hoi An
    Hôtel Hoi An Central
    White Lotus Hue
    Leah Silk Hanoi
    Hanoi Exclusive Hotel
    Hôtel Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
    Hôtel O’ Gallery Premier Hanoi
    Hôtel La Siesta Trendy Hanoi
    Hôtel Sofitel Plaza Saigon
    Hôtel Sanouva Saigon
    Hôtel Saem Siem Reap
    Hôtel Sofitel Phnom Penh
    Hôtel Tea House Phnom Penh
    Hôtel Raffles Le Royal Phnom Penh
    Hôtel Raffles Le Royal Phnom Penh
    Hôtel Blue Lim Phnom Penh
    Hotel & Resort Victoria Chau Doc
    Hôtel Trung Nguyen Chau Doc
    Hôtel Asia Hue
    Hôtel Ninh Binh Hidden Charm
    White Boutique Hotel & Residences
    Blossoming Romduol Lodge
    Your cruise on Halong Bay:
    Peony Cruise
    Halong bay
    Peony Cruise
    Indochine Cruise
    Halong Bay
    Indochine Cruise
    La Casta
    Halong Bay
    La Casta
    Your transport:
    7 seater car
    16 seater car
    Car interior equipment
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    Regarding the Cambodian entry visa, no special procedure is required. You can obtain it directly from the Cambodian authorities upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport or at the border port from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. However, you will need to bring 2 passport-sized photos in addition to your passport and a fee of 30-35 USD per person.

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