Back-Roads - Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

Up to 14 guests

Make your way through the natural beauty and unique cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia on this incredible journey. Enjoy being swept away by enchanting cities, intriguing heritage and stunning tropical scenery.

 

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE:

  • Enjoy a delicious dinner at KOTO, a social enterprise restaurant providing life changing skills to young Vietnamese people
  • Eat like the locals on a street eats adventure sampling the unique flavours of Hoi An
  • See the fantastic A O Show, a blend of music, dance and acrobatics, at the Saigon Opera House

Itinerary

DAY 1 HANOI, VIETNAM

After arriving in Vietnam, meet with your group for dinner at the KOTO restaurant, a local social enterprise. (D)

 

DAY 2 HANOI

Today, your guide will lead you through Hanoi to learn about the area’s French colonial architecture on a tour that includes a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. In Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we join a family that produces traditional papier-mâché masks. Hear their stories and make your own mask before we embark on this evening’s local street food tour. (B,D)

 

DAY 3 HANOI – HALONG BAY

Today, we journey through lush rural scenery to Halong Bay where we’ll take to the water on a traditional paddle steamer. After a stop off at the Sung Sot Grotto, we’ll enjoy a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and some complimentary canapés. This evening, a delicious dinner is in store before we settle down to watch Indochine on the sundeck and turn in for the night on our vessel. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 4 HALONG BAY  – HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN

After breakfast, there's the opportunity to indulge in a spot of tai chi. Then, there's an included flight to Danang before we spend the night in Hoi An. (B)

 

DAY 5 HOI AN

After breakfast, the morning is yours to spend at your leisure. This afternoon, we’ll get our walking boots on for a guided tour of historic Hoi An before embarking on this evening’s street food tour, which includes making and sampling dumplings. (B,D)

 

DAY 6 HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY

Today we fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Once there, we’ll hop on one of Vietnam’s most charming modes of transport – a cyclo –  to explore Chinatown, where we’ll visit Cha Tam Church and the Ong Pagoda. After our ride is over, we’ll stop off at a local communal house and a street lined with herbal medicine shops before arriving at the Bitexco Tower, where we’ll enjoy some sunset cocktails. Later, it’s onwards to the Opera House for tonight’s entertainment by Vietnam’s talented performance artists. Post-show, explore central Saigon and meet for dinner at a hidden gem. (B,D)

 

DAY 7 HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – CAN THO

Next up on our Discovery tour is the Mekong Delta. We’ll explore the canals before sitting down to enjoy a lunch of Mekong specialities. Then, we’ll transfer to Can Tho. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 8 CAN THO – SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

We drive back to Ho Chi Minh City this morning to catch our flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Here, we’ll be picked up and transferred to our hotel. (B)

 

DAY 9 SIEM REAP

Explore Angkor Wat with a leading stone conservation expert and learn how its world-famous religious structures were carved and designed. Then, we'll pay a visit to Ta Prohm Temple before setting off on a sunset cruise along the moat of Angkor Thom. (B,L)

 

DAY 10 SIEM REAP

Today we cruise through mangrove forests to Kampong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community built on wooden stilts. Later, the village of Chansar awaits, where we’ll hop on an ox cart and journey through the fields before participating in some local activities. (B,L)

 

DAY 11 SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH

We fly to Phnom Penh this morning. After lunch, we’ll visit the Royal Palace, with its Silver Pagoda and impressive Buddha structures. We also stop by the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum before checking out the Art Deco-inspired Central Market. (B,L)

 

DAY 12 PHNOM PENH – HO CHI MINH CITY

Spend today at your leisure before our flight back to Ho Chi Minh City, where our tour comes to a close. (B)

 

 

Please note: prices shown are based on low season travel - season surcharges apply.

Tour departures commence from 03 Sep 2018. Contact your travel specialist for a list of departures.


Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

12 days from

$5,079*

Includes

  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Tours by air-conditioned vehicle  
  • Internal flights
  • Breakfast daily (B), 5 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)
  • Dinner at social enterprise restaurant in Hanoi
  • Walking tour of Hanoi
  • Papier mâché mask making in Hanoi
  • Street food tour in Hanoi
  • Vietnamese cooking class
  • Guided tour in Hoi An
  • Food tour in Hoi An
  • Ox cart ride in a local village
  • Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance included to: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Opera House
  • in Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat complex, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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