Learn how the people have conquered dark times of the Khmer Rouge; walk with a schoolar at Angkor Wat and observe the wonder from a different angle. Sample tropical fruits picked from the orchard; have your own private cooking class in Hoi An and kick back on the sundeck of a Halong Bay cruise junk. This is a journey for true explorers with real wonders.

Highlight Experiences

  • Tragic history of Khmer Rouge with a modest approach
  • A scholar who's dedicated to the Angkor cultures leads your way at Angkor Wat
  • Row a sampan in the Mekong Delta and feast on fresh tropical fruits
  • Private cooking session at a riverside restaurant in Hoi An
  • Free your mind and body on your patio and take in awesome views of Halong Bay

What's Included

  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guides in every destination
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flights including taxes and fuel as specified in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels, lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

Price per Person in US Dollars

Nov.1 - Mar.31 Handpicked Comfort Luxury
2-5 People $3,008 $3,808
6-9 People $2,888 $3,668
Apr.1 - Oct.31

2-5 People $2,908 $3,588
6-9 People $2,718 $3,308

Note: We will guarantee you get the price as showed above except that there will be a price fluctuation in festival seasons (such as Khmer New Year, Vietnamese New Year, Christmas, New Year and etc).

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Phnom Penh Arrival

Sua s'dei. Welcome to Cambodia. Transfer to your hotel and free at leisure.

- Fly to Cambodia:

Among all the international transport hubs, we’d recommend Bangkok or Hong Kong for your entry,as there are better airfares and it is easier to get around.
For more information regarding visa, please go to our Tour Information at the bottom of this page.

Accommodation:

2 nights at Double Leaf Boutique Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra (Luxury)

Day 2 Phnom Penh

Take a mind-provoking tour in Phnom Penh that covers the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum in the morning. After lunch, you will be taken to Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum. Stop at the Central Market when you are back to downtown in the afternoon.

Highlight of Today: Heart-breaking Past
The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum are definitely not pleasant attractions, so be mentally prepared. The visit helps you see behind the curtains of history and understand why Cambodia is as it is.
You will be taken to where the prisoners were held, tortured and even executed. Most of them were well-educated intelligentsia elites and expelled out to urban areas, where tragically in a brutal pursue for extreme Communist ideology. It is confronting and disturbing, yet if you are keen to understand the country, it is all worthy.
Your visit at these two sites will take one hour or two, going at your own pace and tour guide will brief in a low volume of voice. Take a break if you feel overwhelmed.
Note that the content is more suitable for older children (above 10, just for your reference). If you are concerned about your children, please don't hesitate to ask for a pause or stop.

What makes it special for me?
- History unveiled: The days of Khmer Rough have far-reaching impact on today's Cambodia. Of the 14,000 who entered the S-21 prison, only seven were believed to have survived. Nothing is hidden here, you can see skulls lying around just as where they were. Much more than only a few pictures can tell, it is not a visit for everybody, only for those who are brave enough to confront a sad page of history.
- New prespective: Once you brave up, you will be rewarded of new prespectives of your own life and the world around you. You will understand why the country is still struggling and earn new respect for the locals as they have conqured tremendous loss. When you are back at home, share what you've seen and rethink about it, your view of the world will not be the same.

brighten up your mood with a visit at the central market Brighten up your mood with a visit to the lively Central Market
Day 3 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (45min by air)

Take an afternoon flight to Siem Reap.
Afternoon is the perfect time to visit Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm as the shady trees set up a mysterious stage that you might have seen in the movie of Tomb Raider.
Wrap it up today with a delightful Apsara dinner show at a fine resort.

Accommodation:

2 nights at Tara Angkor Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Shinta Mani Resort Hotel Siem Reap (Luxury)

Stone face of Bayon One of the must-do photo stops of Bayon
Day 4Siem Reap

Outside the first loop of the Angkor Wat Complex, there lies the sparkling pearl of Banteay Srei. This small temple complex is constructed by sandstone. This site is at its best in the early morning when the sun casts brightly.
Get back into the first loop and a schoolar will accompany you for a visit at Angkor Wat. Spend another hour at Angkor Thom, which used to be the palace grounds for the Angkor Kingdoms.

Highlights of Today: Angkor Wat in Depth
You will have a 2-hour walking tour at Angkor Wat with a local scholar who's dedicated to Angkorian cultures. He has worked with some local cultural academy and his rich knowledge will provide you detailed explanations for the Khmer civilization and Angkor Kingdoms.

What makes it special for me? - Away from the crowd and sun: Most tour groups put Angkor Wat as their first stop of the day and the site will be less crowded in the afternoon. Walking slowly along the veranda without jostling and noise puts on a time-travel feeling.
We suggest a group of less than 6 people for this option as to ensure a great experience.
- Only the essences: As massive as Angkor Wat is, it takes time to cover the ground entirely. Your Khmer scholar (slash tour guide for 2 hours) knows where to take you for the essences. You will learn the meanings of the bas reliefs and murals and how the Khmer civilization has impacted on modern-day Laos, Thailand, and southern Vietnam.

two monks walking out of a temple of angkor wat
Day 5Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City (1h30min by air)

Take a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Most of Ho Chi Min City's attractions are within easy reach and this afternoon you will have a glance at Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and An Dong Market.

Accommodation:

2 nights at Millennium Boutique Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa (Luxury)

saigon notre dame cathedral in ho chi minh city
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to My Tho where you will take a small sampan ride along the canals. Explore vibrant lifestyles of the Mekong Delta.

Highlight of Today: Mekong Unveiled
My Tho, the bustling twon of the Mekong Delta, is 2 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, your tour guide will brief about the life of this region. Upon arrival, hop on a sampan boat that is controled by an experienced local fisherman (or woman) who knows how to dodge away from stretching branches along the canals.
Visit some local workshops where you will learn fascinating manufactory of coconut candy, rice wine and rice papers (which you used to make spring rolls a couple of days ago). Sample some seasonal fruits that are picked right from an orchard. Talk with the garden host and learn about his philosophy of life.

What makes it special for me?
- Make the most of your time: A day trip to the Mekong Delta is possible for somebody who just wants a simple taste of local life. No need to arrange your own transportation or hire tour guide, this easy package suits to all travelers in general without making the trip too touristy.
- Exotic life in close-up: Only by taking a small boat along the canals can one explore the lifestyle for real. Withness the whole making process of some day-to-day food ingredients, such as rice paper; feast on fresh fruits at a local orchard; and get inside a real Mekong family's house.

workers at a local coconut candy factory Workers at a coconut candy factory of the Mekong Delta
Day 7Ho Chi Minh City - Danang (1h30min by air) - Hoi An (40min by car)

Morning fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, a lovely town with delights await.

Accommodation:

2 nights at Essence Hoi An Hotel & Spa (Handpicked Comfort) / Almanity Hoian Resort and Spa (Luxury)

Day 8Hoi An

Immerse yourself in the cultural ancient town of Hoi An, your tour guide will lead you to some key sites including Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall, Old House of Tan Ky and Chen Family Chapel.
Have some simple lunch at a local restaurant and your private tour guide will take you to Hai Scout Café, where a staff from Red Bridge Restaurant waits for you and he/she will take you for an interesting cooking session outside of the ancient town.

enjoy the private session of vietnamese cooking

Day 9Hoi An - Danang (40min by car) - Hanoi (1h30min by air)

Transfer to Danang and take a flight to Hanoi. Check in and free at leisure.

Accommodation:

2 nights at Hanoi Pearl Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Apricot Hotel Hanoi (Luxury)

Day 10 Hanoi

Take the chance to know about Vietnam's history and cultures with an interesting city tour that leads you to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, Hoa Lo Prison and most importantly its fascinating grasp of gourmet with a visit to the Old Quarter.

a flower vendor waiting for business in hanoi
Day 11Hanoi - Halong Bay (3 hours by car)

After 10 days of traveling, you deserve some time just for yourself. Today your private tour guide will take you to the beautiful destination of Halong Bay. Board on your cruise ship and let the journey begin. Your Halong Bay cruise will take you to Cua Van Fishing Village, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Me Cung Caves, Virgin Cave, and Surprise Cave, as well as some small islets, such as Flight Cock Islet, Human Head Islet, and Toad Islet etc (subject to different itineraries of different boats).

Accommodation:

1 night on Jasmine Cruise (Handpicked Comfort) / Bhaya Classic Cruise (Luxury)

cruising on halong bay

Day 12Halong Bay - Hanoi (3 hours by car) - Hanoi Departure

The cruise will reach the shore at about 11am, after a brunch. Your private tour guide and driver rwill take you back to Hanoi.
Transfer to Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport and take your flight back home.
Note: The whole transfer between Halong Bay and Hanoi plus Hanoi downtown to the airport takes about 4 hours. You might still need to have another night in Hanoi if your flight leaves before 0700pm.

Tour Map

map of cambodia and vietnam highlights

Asia Highlights Handpicked Hotels

Asia Highlights chooses hotels with a balanced mixture of traditional Vietnamese style and modern comfort, easy access to everything yet quiet enough for a good night's sleep. Room type in bold letters are what we choose especially for you.

Phnom Penh - Double Leaf Boutique Hotel

- Winner of Certificate of Excellence of TripAdvisor, ranked 20/267.
- Near the Russian Market, swimming pool and stylish rooms.
- Deluxe Room with Balcony, 35sqm, higher floor with balcony.

Siem Reap - Tara Angkor Hotel

- TripAdvisor's winner of Certificate of Excellence.
- Colonial style, professional services and great breakfast.
- Superior Room, 30sqm, a little terrace with garden view.

Ho Chi Minh City - Millennium Boutique Hotel

- Winner of Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor, ranked 40/457.
- Near the Saigon River, pool and connecting rooms available.
- Premium Deluxe , 30sqm, allows family of 3, higher floor.

Hoi An - Essence Hoi An Hotel & Spa

- Winner of Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor, ranked 6/119.
- 10 minutes to walk to ancient town, spa, pool and quiet rooms.
- Deluxe Room Balcony, 30sqm with balcony, extra bed.

Hanoi - Hanoi Pearl Hotel

- 4.5/5 points by over 600 travelers on TripAdvisor.
- 10 minutes to walk to the Old Quarter, great service and breakfast.
- Deluxe City View Room, 35sqm, extra bed available.

Halong Bay - Jasmine Cruise

- Winner of Certificate of Excellence, #11/146 on TripAdvisor.
- Cruising in less-crowded water, experienced crew and elegant deco.
- Deluxe Cabin, upper deck, 18sqm with 2sqm balcony.

Note: Your comfort counts! It's totally possible to change hotels based on your interests and budget. Just let us know your preferences and we will help you choose.

Tour Information
  • Best time for this tour:
    No matter for first-timers or seasoned travelers, an adventure to Cambodia and Vietnam is ideally made during October to next February. If you would like to dodge from big crowds, leave Chirstmas and January. Travelling for great value and experiences, we would suggest late September to October and February.
    If the heat and occasional rainfalls are not much a problem for you, you are in for a great deal during the shoulder seasons, namely March to August. During this time, we will arrange a noon break and the pace will be much lossen as for you to restore.
  • Is this tour right for me?
    This tour is designed based on experiences and feedback gathered from our previous clients. They have some certain traits or interests which you can take for reference:
    1. Active and open-minded: They are open to all different experiences ranging from walking on the grounds of Killing Fields to boating in the Mekong Delta.
    2. Educating insights: Some of them are traveling with young teenagers (from 12 and up) and the perants take this trip as a valuable lesson for the younger generation to learn and grow. And it is also true for adults.
    3. Interation with locals: Talking, dining and walking along with people from different cultures, the chance of being a part of the locals' daily life can be a real bliss. Besides, they would love to offer a hand in helping the local communities.
  • Regarding the visas:
    Cambodia visa: The easiest way to get visa for Cambodia is do it on arrival. Most nationalities are offered Visa-on-Arrival at international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Fare is USD30 for all nationalities, for a maximum stay of 30 days and extensions are possible.
    Vietnam visa: Most nationalities are required to obtain tourist visa for Vietnam ahead of the travel time. Holders of British, German, French, Spanish and Italian passports are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes.
    Instead of applying for visa on arrival, we would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel, which can be done either by application at your nearest embassy or online. For more information, please refer to How to Get a Vietnam Visa.
  • Special dietary requirements:
    Daily breakfast at hotels and a lunch for days with sightseeing are included, so are some dinners as mentioned in the itinerary. For meals that are not included, your tour guides will suggest where and what to eat.
    Food in Cambodia and Vietnam is mainly rice-based and you will eat a lot of vegetables, fish, chicken and beef. If you would like to make special arrangements, such as Halal or Kosher food, or none-dairy, please inform your travel advisor at the time of inquiry. We will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Transportation:
    You will have a private car in each destination; our cars are within 5 years of usage and your private drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety. As for your Halong Bay cruise, a shuttle bus from the cruise company will take you to the certain port for boarding. Of course, private transfer between Hanoi and Halong Bay is also available upon request.
    Internal flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines, a memeber of SkyTeam and flag carrier of Vietnam. Safe, punctual and good service, make it our go-to choice for your trip, although airfares might look slightly higher compared to other airlines such as JetStar and VietJet Air. All flights include 20kg of check-in luggage plus a 7kg carry-on for each adlut passenger.
  • Arrangements of the tour:
    Sightseeing, activities and accommodations that are mentioned in this tour you are looking at are just for your inspiration.
    If you are concerned with the content at the Killing Fields, make other arrangements; if you would like to pump up to a suite cabin on Halong Bay cruise, you got it; it is always up to you to make the trip just the right way you want. If you are looking for experiences that are not done by others, Discovery your way, Asia Highlights' motto suites you the best.
  • Responsible travel:
    Travel avails you with special experiences. Somehow its impact on the local community can be more beyond imagination and what Asia Highlights wishes to do is lead the impact onto a good path, a path that helps the local people (not only your tour guides) boarden their outlook and the local communities develop.
    During your trip, you will visit a local orchard run by a family on the Mekong Delta, talk to the owner and learn how life's been treating them. Some lunches are served at local restaurants that are also training centers for former street kids. Taking baby steps one at a time, we highly appreciate you would like to be part of it (of course, we can make other arrangements if needed).
    With that being said, detours to so-called factories or specialty workshops are strictly prohibited. We make sure your tour guides earn enough to support their families without squeezing commissions out of you.
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  • Tour Code:AH-5
  • Tour Type: Private Tours
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