Simply Vietnam with Cambodia & Bangkok
19 days with Cosmos Rating:
Day 1 HANOI, VIETNAM.
Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 HANOI.
Today’s included sightseeing tour takes you to many of the city’s highlights, including the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways, and ONE PILLAR PAGODA, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses that make up the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famed WATER PUPPETS. (B,D)
Day 3 HANOI-HA LONG BAY.
Drive to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s favorite destinations, and board your DAY CRUISE through the stunning bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail through the dramatic limestone islands, then explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) and visit Titov Island. (B,L)
Day 4 HA LONG BAY–HANOI–PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK.
Return to Hanoi this morning and fly to Dong Hoi. From here, journey inland to remarkable PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO park littered with beautiful jungles, caves, and underground rivers. Your lodging tonight is a charming farmstay at the base of park. (B,D)
Day 5 PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK.
This morning, take a BOAT RIDE on the Son River to PHONG NHA CAVE, famous for its rock formations with names like the “Lion” and the “Buddha.” The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the activities and serene views at your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 6 PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK–HUE.
Drive to Hue, stopping at the DMZ bridge en route. Upon arrival in the imperial walled city of Hue, visit the FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY, modeled after Beijing’s famed Forbidden CIty. During your visit, you will see Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Nine Dynastic Urns. (B)
Day 7 HUE–HOI AN.
Begin today with a visit to pretty THIEN MU PAGODA, made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Continue up the river to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful setting. Head south through spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) and visit the CHAM MUSEUM, then continue to the charming town of Hoi An. (B,L)
Day 8 HOI AN.
Start today with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside. Then, a leisurely WALKING TOUR through Hoi An Ancient Town brings you to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 9 HOI AN–HO CHI MINH CITY.
Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions. (B)
Day 10 HO CHI MINH CITY.
Today’s sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE and the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, as well as the Chinese district. (B)
Day 11 HO CHI MINH CITY. CU CHI TUNNELS EXCURSION.
Today, visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels. (B)
Day 12 HO CHI MINH–PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA.
Today, fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. (B)
Day 13 PHNOM PENH–SIEM REAP.
Today’s sightseeing tour takes in the ROYAL PALACE with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, as well as the haunting TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former torture and interrogation center under the Khmer Rouge. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS. This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap. (B)
Day 14 SIEM REAP.
Today, visit nearby ANGKOR, the ancient Khmer capital. Visit the splendid temple complex that includes ANGKOR WAT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ANGKOR THOM, the former fortified royal city built by King Jayavarman VII, which includes Bayon and Baphuon Temples, the Terrace of Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. (B,L)
Day 15 SIEM REAP.
Today, visit the exquisite 10th-century BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, and you will experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. (B)
Day 16 SIEM REAP–BANGKOK, THAILAND.
Today, fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. (B)
Day 17 BANGKOK.
Today’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Also, visit the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. (B,L)
Day 18 BANGKOK.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. Your Local Host can help with suggestions to help maximize your time. Perhaps consider a visit to Jim Thompson’s House, a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River, or an excursion to the colorful floating market at Damnoen Saduak. (B)
Day 19 BANGKOK.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
With their long histories, interesting cultures, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand offer something for everyone. On this Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangkok tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha National Park, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Bangkok. Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see sites, including Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804; and Hoi An’s Thien Mu Pagoda. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the War Remnants Museum, and the Cu Chi region, where you'll get to explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.
You'll enjoy seeing some of Vietnam's most gorgeous sights and destinations via the water. Cruise on Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the world's most amazing limestone scenery. You'll sail by islets, caves, beaches, and floating villages. In Phong Nha National Park, a boat ride on the Son River takes you to Phong Nha Cave. You'll also enjoy a cruise in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, where you'll pass unspoiled countryside.
Continue on to Cambodia to explore the rich history and culture of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. In Phnom Penh, visit the Royal Palace and learn more about the Khmer Rouge regime at the Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields. In Siem Reap, explore the spectacular ruins of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Angkor Thom; 10th-century Banteay Srei Temple, known for its intricate decorations; and more.
You’ll fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok to explore Thailand’s capital city. Cruise through the canals of Bangkok to see its homes, temples, and the way of life here. Be amazed at Wat Arun, the temple of dawn with its signature spire reaching 260 feet in the air. Explore the Grand Palace and Bangkok’s incredible temples, including the Reclining Buddha Temple—the oldest and largest in Bangkok. Your value-minded guided tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangkok delivers a wealth of experiences and insights to treasure for a lifetime!
Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel
Ha Long Bay: Ha Long Plaza Hotel
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Chay Lap Farmstay
Hoi An: Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa
Ho Chi Minh City: Paragon Saigon Hotel
Phnom Penh: Sunway Hotel
Siem Reap: Saem Siemreap Hotel
Bangkok: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Nights per person in Hanoi:
in single room $114; in twin room $62; in triple room $53
Extra Nights per person in Bangkok:
January 1 & 2, April 10-April 16 & December 24-December 31: in single room $101; in twin room $55
January 3-March 31, April 1-April 9, April 17-December 23: in single room $84; in twin room $47
April 1-April 9, April 17-December 23: in single room $86; in twin room $48
April 10-April 16 & December 24-December 31: in single room $103; in twin room $56
Terms and Conditions
* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.