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21-Day Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore Tour

21-Day Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
A Trip to Discover Southeast Asian Adventure: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore

Start your journey in Vietnam, where you'll explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, cruise through the enchanting waters of Halong Bay, and uncover the ancient charm of Hoi An. Then, venture into Cambodia to witness the breathtaking grandeur of Angkor Wat and soak in the cultural allure of Siem Reap. Finally, experience the modernity and diversity of Singapore, a dynamic city-state that perfectly balances tradition and innovation. This well-curated itinerary offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and urban exploration, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking a holistic Southeast Asian experience.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:21±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$5250p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

 

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Enjoy an evening foodie tour, walking around the ancient town of Hoi An, where colorful lanterns light up the night.

hui an evening foodie walking tour

Take a sampan ride through the picturesque canals of the Mekong Delta.

Take a sampan ride in Mekong Delta

Experience Cai Rang floating market at its busiest and interact with passing locals.

Cai Rang floating market

Unveil the mystery of Angkor Wat with the knowledge of a dedicated Khmer scholar.

angkor wat
the tag of ah hand picked

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Hanoi. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Hanoi Discovery | Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Explore Hanoi's Charms in a Day: Old Quarter Cyclo Ride: Spend a day immersed in Hanoi, the 'Paris of the East,' where colonial buildings, tree-lined streets, and serene lakes set the scene. Start at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a striking marble monument preserving the revered leader Ho Chi Minh. Nearby, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a lotus-shaped wooden temple atop a stone pillar, and Ho Chi Minh's House for a glimpse into history.

a rickshaw on the street

Discover the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university, and its traditional architecture featured on the 100,000 Vietnamese dong bill. In the afternoon, explore the Museum of Ethnology's rich collection of ethnic costumes and artifacts. Return to central Hanoi for a one-hour cyclo tour through the legendary Old Quarter's '36 streets of 36 wares,' filled with the unique tunnel tube houses.

Wrap up the day with a water puppet performance, a captivating Northern Vietnamese art form with colorful wooden puppets depicting rural life and national history. Uncover Hanoi's essence in one day, filled with history, culture, and the lively streets. An unforgettable adventure awaits.

water puppet performanceWater Puppet Performance
Day 3
Hanoi to Pu luong | Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Hanoi to Pu Luong Nature Reserve: Leave Hanoi and journey for 4.5 hours to reach Pu Luong, where you'll check into your cozy accommodation. Enjoy panoramic views and tranquility before heading to a suspension bridge over the Cham River.

Take a 3 to 6-kilometer walk, at your own pace, in search of fascinating water wheels that move water via clever handmade bamboo aqueducts. Then, gear up for a rafting adventure led by Dinh and his team. Learn to paddle and steer your handcrafted raft as you float along the calm river, all while taking in the picturesque scenery.

The journey ends at Tan Lap Bridge, where you'll disembark and return to Pu Luong Retreat for a delightful dinner. Spend the night at this peaceful retreat, surrounded by natural beauty.

Day 4
Pu Luong Discovery | Pu Luong's Rice Terraces

Exploring Pu Luong's Rice Terraces: Begin your day by descending 6 kilometers into the breathtaking valley overlooking the Retreat. Wander through cascading rice terraces and follow winding paths enveloped in lush greenery. These trails will unveil a charming village nestled at the foot of a towering mountain, offering the perfect opportunity for capturing unforgettable photographs.

Pu Luong's Rice TerracesPu Luong's Rice Terraces

As you continue your journey, you'll pass by Uoi village, hidden amidst swaying palm trees, and catch the scent of wood smoke wafting from cottages in the valley. Keep your senses engaged as you trek to discover even more striking landscapes along the way.

This captivating adventure concludes with your return to Hanoi, leaving you with lasting memories of Pu Luong's natural beauty and the warmth of its villages.

Day 5
Pu Luong to Ninh Binh | Trang An and Mua Cave

Get ready for a fantastic day starting with a pickup from your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM as we whisk you away to Ninh Binh. Our first stop is Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam, where you'll explore the Dinh King and Le King temples dating back to the 10th century. These temples hold the heroic tales of these kings during the Chinese Wars.

Next, we'll venture to Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014. Nestled near Tam Coc, Trang An offers a quieter alternative with limestone hills surrounding a tranquil river, weaving through a series of enchanting caves. This eco-tourism area is a haven for nature enthusiasts, where the sounds of birds and gentle oar strokes are the only interruptions.

Embark on a 2-hour rowing boat adventure, gliding through Vietnam's longest tunnel cave. The 15-minute journey through darkness leads to a breathtaking karst landscape that will leave you in awe. After this, we'll return to your private car and head to Mua Cave, also known as the 'Dancing Cave.' Here, a climb of nearly 500 steps takes you to the peak of Lying Dragon Mountain, where a panoramic view of Tam Coc awaits.

With memories and photographs to cherish, we'll conclude the day and return to Hanoi, ensuring you have a remarkable experience in Ninh Binh.

Day 6
Ninh Binh to Halong | The Nostalgia cruise ship

Boarding and Exploring: Embark on your journey with a scenic transfer to the Nostalgia cruise ship, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Halong Bay. Upon arrival, you'll receive a warm welcome aboard, complete your check-in, and enjoy a refreshing Welcome Drink. Get ready to explore the wonders of Ha Long Bay as we set sail.

Ha Long BayHa Long Bay

Cave Adventures: After a delightful lunch while cruising Ha Long Bay, we'll head to Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island. This natural wonder, nestled within Cat Ba National Park, boasts awe-inspiring stalactites shaped by nature over thousands of years. It's a place where imagination comes to life.

Swimming and Sunset: We'll take you to the tranquil Tra Bau area in Lan Ha Bay, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the emerald waters. As the sun begins its descent, return to the Nostalgia Cruises to witness a mesmerizing sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin.

Culinary Delights and Evening Views: In the evening, indulge in a Candlelight Deluxe Dinner Set Menu, featuring a variety of delicious local dishes prepared and served in an intimate setting. After dinner, head up to the top deck to admire the bay's enchanting night landscape under the starlit sky.

Day 7
Halong to Hanoi and Hue | Sang Toi Cave

Morning Peace and Adventures: Start your day with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck to enjoy the serene bay at its finest, followed by a light breakfast. Hop in canoes to explore the area around Sang Toi Cave, uncovering hidden gems in Lan Ha Bay. For kayaking enthusiasts, head to the Ao Ech area and explore Lan Ha Bay at your own pace.

Savor a delightful brunch as we cruise back. Then, join our unique Tea Ceremony to learn about Vietnamese tea and culture. At 11:35, we bid farewell at Tuan Chau Port, concluding your unforgettable Lan Ha Bay adventure.

Day 8
Hue Discovery | Imperial Citadel

Begin your journey at 8:30 AM with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, delving into its rich history and its pivotal role in Vietnam's military past. Travel by cyclo to the Tran Dinh Son private museum, a treasure trove of everyday items used by past kings, showcasing how royal traditions endure.

Cultural Landmarks: Discover the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, steeped in history and offering breathtaking views. Journey through the stunning Hue countryside to explore the tombs of Emperor Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, each with its own unique architectural charm.

Thien Mu PagodaThien Mu Pagoda

Royal Residences and Local Life: Visit An Dinh Palace, the former private residence of Vietnam's last emperor, offering a glimpse into royal life. Round off your day at Dong Ba Market, a vibrant hub filled with local color, providing a glimpse into everyday life in modern Hue. Explore Hue's imperial treasures and immerse yourself in its rich history and local culture.

Day 9
Hue Discovery | Le Ba Dang Art Centre

Begin your day with a leisurely morning as you hop on bicycles to explore some of Hue's charming 'garden houses,' immersing yourself in the lush beauty of these unique properties.

Afterward, you'll be chauffeured to the Le Ba Dang Art Centre, housing an impressive collection of 120 art pieces by Le Ba Dang, a renowned artist residing in Europe. His work is celebrated for its distinctive use of colors, where a minimal palette and reusing silkscreens create a harmonious and signature style.

Your cultural journey continues with a visit to Ms. Diem Phung Thi's sculpture garden. This local artist is famous for her captivating paintings and stone sculptures, providing you with a deeper insight into the artistic tapestry of Hue.

Day 10
Hue to Hoi An | Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour

Hue to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass: Embark on a scenic one-way road trip from Hue to Hoi An with an English-speaking guide. The journey takes about 3 hours, with opportunities for stops at the stunning Hai Van Pass for memorable photos.

Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour: Discover Vietnamese culture through its cuisine on a street food-tasting tour in Hoi An. Sample iconic dishes like white rose dumplings, Vietnamese pancakes, and banh mi at Banh Mi Phuong, famously endorsed by Anthony Bourdain. Conclude your culinary journey with Hoi An's popular chicken rice. Afterward, explore the ancient town with its vibrant lantern-lit evenings and take a boat ride on the Hoai River to enjoy the magical Hoi An night view.

Day 11
Hoi An Discovery | An Sunset Boat Ride

Hoi An Sunset Boat Ride Experience: Your adventure begins at 4:00 PM when we pick you up from your hotel. You'll board a boat destined for the Thu Bon estuary's mouth, where you'll have a unique opportunity to meet local fishermen as they prepare to embark on their fishing journey into the Cua Dai Sea.

Guided by a local fisherman, you can try your hand at fishing, getting a taste of this traditional way of life. You'll also get to learn the art of paddling the distinctive Vietnamese round basket boats in the serene waterways flanked by coconut palms. This hands-on experience is not only educational but also heaps of fun, allowing you to connect with the authentic rural essence of Vietnam.

As the day winds down, return to the river boat to witness the sun setting over the tranquil river. It's the perfect backdrop to savor a Hoi An specialty—grilled seafood prepared right on the boat. It's a romantic and delicious way to end your evening.

Day 12
Hoi An to Can Tho | Venture into the Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta Experience: Your Mekong Delta adventure begins with your arrival in Can Tho. As you step off your plane, you'll be warmly welcomed by your local guide, who will ensure your smooth transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Mekong DeltaMekong Delta Sightseeing

If you find yourself arriving in the morning or early afternoon, brimming with energy and excitement, we're delighted to offer an optional leisurely cycling tour to explore the picturesque countryside around Can Tho. It's a perfect way to start your journey by immersing yourself in the local charm.

After a day filled with exploration, you'll stay overnight in Can Tho, getting ready for more exciting experiences in the Mekong Delta.

Day 13
Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City | Cai Rang floating market

Begin your day with an early boat trip to the lively Cai Rang floating market, where you'll witness the bustling trade of fruits, vegetables, and fish from all over the Delta. After this vibrant market experience, check out of your hotel.

Cai Rang floating marketCai Rang floating market

Travel to Cai Be, where you'll board the Mekong Queen, a charming wooden boat. Enjoy tropical fresh fruits on board and interact with locals to learn about their daily lives.

Take a leisurely sampan ride through picturesque canals, visit a family crafting products from water hyacinth, and relish a home-hosted lunch with Mekong Delta specialties.

As the day comes to a close, head back to Saigon, concluding your Mekong Delta adventure with lasting memories.

Day 14
Ho Chi Minh City | Vespa Vintage

Insider's Saigon - Vespa Vintage (Private): Embark on a half-day exploration of modern Ho Chi Minh City, offering unique insights into its culture, architecture, and history.

Your day begins with a visit to the Bird Lovers Club, followed by stops at landmarks like the Thich Quang Duc monument, Ho Thi Ky flower market, and Nhi Phu temple. This adventure also includes a stroll through a tailor's alley and insights into traditional Chinese medicine.

Your tour concludes with visits to iconic District One landmarks, providing a rich understanding of Saigon's history and culture.

Day 15
Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap | A O Show

A O Show with Private Transfer: Experience the mesmerizing A O Show in Ho Chi Minh City, seamlessly blending traditional Vietnamese culture with modern artistry. This captivating performance features acrobats, dancers, and musicians who vividly portray Vietnam's rich culture and history.

The Saigon Opera House, a historic city landmark, provides a stunning backdrop for this artistic journey, enhancing the overall experience.

Day 16
Siem Reap Discovery | Angkor Wat

Angkor Thom: Visit the fortified Angkor Thom, enclosed by a vast moat, with five entrances in each cardinal direction. Today, only the south gate retains its water underpass.

Ta Prohm: Explore Ta Prohm at the western edge of the Angkor Wat Complex, known for its massive stones entwined with towering trees. This site, featured in "Tomb Raider," is best visited in the afternoon for shade.

Angkor Wat: Marvel at Angkor Wat, one of the Eight Wonders of the World, dedicated to King Suryavarman II. A 3-day exploration is ideal to uncover its temples, statues, and history.

Angkor WatAngkor Wat

Bayon Temple: Built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century, Bayon Temple is famous for its stone faces, creating a mountain-like appearance up close. Second only to Angkor Wat, it's a must-see masterpiece.

Day 17
Siem Reap Discovery | Tonle Sap Lake

Banteay Samre: Visit the less crowded Banteay Samre temple for a more intimate experience.

Tonle Sap Lake: Experience the ecological wonder of Tonle Sap Lake, the largest in Southeast Asia. It transforms with the seasons and is a UNESCO-protected area. Take a boat ride to discover the unique floating villages, but avoid the narrow and low waterways from March to October.

floating villages in Tongle Sap LakeTongle Sap Lake
Day 18
Siem Reap to Singapore | Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei: Uncover the "Citadel of the Women," Banteay Srei, a sparkling gem of Angkor. With its exquisite carvings and statues, this site offers a unique sense of beauty. King Rajendravarman II and King Jayavarman V are credited with its construction. Visit in the early morning for a magical play of sunlight on the carvings.

Beng Mealea: Explore the recently-discovered Beng Mealea, a 12th-century temple nestled within a sprawling jungle forest. This site, which features Hindu and Buddhist motifs, offers hidden passages, fallen masonry, and secret archways.

Day 19
Singapore Discovery | The Little Red Dot

Little Red Dot Half Day Tour: Discover the history of Singapore, fondly referred to as the "Little Red Dot."

Begin your adventure on a traditional bumboat, offering stunning skyline views. Disembark at Merlion Park to capture photos with the iconic half-lion, half-fish statue set against Marina Bay's beauty.

Explore the Civic District's historic architecture and landmarks, then head to Orchard Road, Singapore's premier shopping hub. Conclude your tour with a visit to the National Orchid Garden, home to 60,000 plants, including the delicate Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower.

Day 20
Singapore Discovery | Little India

Little India Half Day Tour: Embark on a captivating multi-sensory journey as you ride through Singapore's oldest streets on a trishaw. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, captivating sounds, and aromatic scents of Little India and Bugis Village.

Little India, known for its flower shops, temples, sari boutiques, Indian sweets, and traditional wares, is a lively and colorful ethnic enclave. Explore its nooks and crannies to learn about its history and the trades that have left their mark on street names. Witness an expert Henna artist in action, using dye and creative inspiration to bring this art to life.

Little IndiaLittle India

Throughout your journey, discover Instagram-worthy moments as beautiful wall murals grace your path. Step into the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple to gain insight into the culture and traditions that are woven into the cultural fabric of this vibrant neighborhood.

Day 21
Singapore Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Singapore Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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