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17 Day Discover Vietnam & Cambodia

Travelmarvel Tour & River Cruise starting in Hanoi and finishing in Ho Chi Minh City

Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 17 Day Discover Vietnam & Cambodia. Explore the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia on Travelmarvel's affordable tour. Cruise for seven nights along the Mekong River, embark on an extended two-night cruise on spectacular...read more

Overview

Operator: Travelmarvel
Type: Tour & River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 17 Days
From: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Code: VTM17
Visits: Vietnam, Cambodia
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Like a Local – enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu. KOTO stands for 'know one, teach one', and gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to train at its culinary school. Stay Two Nights: Hanoi, Pullman Hotel (D)
2

Hanoi

Take in Hanoi on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square. Like a Local – take an afternoon rickshaw ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter. (B)
3

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, travel to Ha Long. Special Stay – board your premium Bhaya Cruises premium junk for an incredible two-night cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Set off cruising and explore Titop Island, where you'll relish the opportunity to go swimming in the beautiful waters. Continue your journey and explore the fascinating Cua Van Floating Fishing Village, then enjoy dinner back on board. Stay Two Nights: Bhaya Cruises Junk (B/L/D)
4

Ha Long Bay

Enjoy the luxury of a full day to immerse yourself in this captivating region of Vietnam on board your junk. Today, you will relish the opportunity to stop at various stunning islands to explore, relax on the beach and go swimming in the crystal waters of this picturesque paradise. Later this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner on board your junk. (B/L/D)
5

Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast, absorbing the scenery of Surprise Cave before docking back at Ha Long. Travel to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. Special Stay - unwind during an indulgent stay at the Shinta Mani Resort. Stay Three Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort (B)
6

Angkor, Siem Reap

Enhance Your Journey: This morning, perhaps enjoy a Select Experience, such as a cooking class. Then, on a guided tour, visit the most enduring capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, a walled city complex within the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the 13th-century temple, Bayon, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a traditional Apsara dance performance. (B/D)
7

Angkor, Siem Reap

Today, visit Ta Prohm, a temple famous for its intertwined trees. Like a Local – visit Opportunities of Development through Art (ODA), which provides support and education for poor and underprivileged children. This evening, cap off the day with a spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat, also located within the Angkor Archaeological Park. (B)
8

Siem Reap, Embark Cruise

Board your river ship, the RV La Marguerite, and get set to explore the mighty Mekong River. This evening, after settling in to your suite, enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner on board. Stay Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River on board the RV La Marguerite (B/L/D)
9

Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong

Glide to Kampong Tralach, where a guided small-boat excursion takes you past a number of fishing villages into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Like a Local – take an ox-cart ride, a popular method of transport in rural Cambodia. Like a Local – Travel to the town of Oudong and receive a traditional Buddhist blessing. (B/L/D)
10

Koh Chen, Phnom Penh

Explore Koh Chen today, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. Visit some home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Then head to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Enjoy a delicious dinner on your ship tonight followed by a marvellous Khmer folk performance. (B/L/D)
11

Phnom Penh

This morning join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). This afternoon in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the magnificent Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. You'll also see the opulent Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace complex. After dinner this evening perhaps step out for an evening walk around this fascinating capital and explore the sights at night. (B/L/D)
12

Border Crossing, Tan Chau

Spend today on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Offering views, reclining lounges, Tai Chi classes, a swimming pool and cold drinks from the bar, the Sun Deck is a great place to relax. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship's chef while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Tonight, perhaps watch a documentary film about Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge, as your ship cruises towards Tan Chau. (B/L/D)
13

Tan Chau, Sa Dec

This morning after breakfast, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong's tiny tributaries where stilt houses lean on each other haphazardly. Here, go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw, and get a real insight into life on the Mekong. Enhance this insight even further and visit fascinating local artisan workshops before you re-board your ship. Spend time relaxing and enjoying the onboard facilities. This afternoon, perhaps attend an informative lecture on Vietnam in the ship's lounge before a delicious dinner. (B/L/D)
14

Sa Dec, Cai Be

This morning, take a boat ride to Sa Dec for a tour. Here, you'll see Huynh Thuy Le's old house (once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of the RV La Marguerite). After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be's French Gothic Cathedral and a visit to a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Return to your ship for dinner. (B/L/D)
15

Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Disembark at My Tho Port today and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. Special Stay – be close to the action at the Grand Hotel Saigon. Stay Two Nights: Grand Hotel Saigon (B/L)
16

Ho Chi Minh City

Spend time exploring Vietnam's vibrant Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps take an exciting Jeep military tour; a shopping tour; explore the city on a guided tour; or take a Vietnamese cooking class. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
17

Depart Saigon

Your journey concludes after breakfast this morning with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Hanoi, Mövenpick Hotel (D)

Insider Experience: Stay at the Mövenpick Hotel in the heart of the Old Quarter.
2

Hanoi

Take in Hanoi on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square. Afterwards, enjoy and Insider Experience. For dinner, perhaps choose from one of our select dining experiences. (B)

Insider Experience: Take a rickshaw ride through the bustling Old Quarter.
3

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, travel to Ha Long for a cruise on Ha Long Bay. Set off cruising and explore the Dark and Bright Lagoon by bamboo boat. Stay Two Nights: Ha Long Bay, Bhaya Cruises junk (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Board your Bhaya Cruises junk for an incredible two-night cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.
4

Ha Long Bay

Enjoy a full day to immerse yourself in the region. Admire the views from Surprise Cave, relax on the beach or go swimming and see the limestone pillars from sea-level. Later, enjoy dinner on board. (B/L/D)
5

Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Siem Reap

Visit the pristine Ti Top Island then dock back at Ha Long. Travel to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. For dinner perhaps enjoy a select dining experience. Stay Three Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort (B)

Insider Experience: Unwind during an indulgent stay at the Shinta Mani Resort.
6

Angkor, Siem Reap

With this morning at leisure, perhaps enjoy a select experience, such as a cooking class. Discover Ta Prohm temple before enjoying an Insider Experience. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), which supports underprivileged children.
7

Angkor, Siem Reap

On a guided tour, visit Angkor Archaeological Park and explore its ancient wonders. Later, discover the 12th-century temple Bayon. Cap off the day with a sunset at stunning Angkor Wat. (B)
8

Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K’dam

Transfer to Prek K’dam and board the RV La Marguerite. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board. Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River Cruise, RV La Marguerite (B/L/D)
9

Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong

Enjoy a small boat excursion to the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Rejoin your ship and continue to Kampong Tralach. Enjoy an ox-cart ride. Later visit the Imperial City. Travel to Oudong for a Buddhist blessing. (B/L/D)
10

Koh Chen, Phnom Penh

Explore Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. Later, cruise to Phnom Penh. Enjoy dinner on the ship, followed by a Khmer folk performance on board. (B/L/D)
11

Phnom Penh

Join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Following lunch, take a guided tour of Phnom Penh and see the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. (B/L/D)
12

Border Crossing, Tan Chau

Relax on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration. Later, arrive in the Vietnamese town of Tan Chau. (B/L/D)
13

Tan Chau, Sa Dec

Travel along the tributaries around Tan Chau, then go ashore for a rickshaw tour, visit a small island and local artisan workshops. (B/L/D)
14

Sa Dec, Cai Be

Take a boat ride to Sa Dec for a tour. After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be to explore its floating markets. Go ashore to visit Cai Be’s cathedral and a rice paper manufacturer. Enjoy your last dinner on board. (B/L/D)
15

Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

Disembark at My Tho Port and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore. Stay Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon (B/L)

Insider Experience: Stay at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.
16

Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the city at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a select experience such as an exciting Jeep military tour or enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Savour a Farewell Dinner at KOTO Kumho.
17

Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to the airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dine at the unique KOTO, helping disadvantaged youth in Hanoi
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Hanoi
  • Take an extended two-night Bhaya Cruises premium junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Relax at Shinta Mani Resort
  • Meet underprivileged children at Siem Reap's Opportunities of Development through Art (ODA)
  • Enjoy an ox-cart ride in Kampong Chhnang
  • Receive a Buddhist blessing in Oudong
  • Stay at the historic Grand Hotel Saigon
  • Explore Angkor Archaeological Park
  • Take an excursion to the Killing Fields

Finest Dining

  • Includes 38 meals - 16 full breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)

Tour Inclusions

  • Eight days cruising the Mekong River, visiting rural towns and villages
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Internal flights in Indochina as per itinerary
  • International wine included with lunch and dinner on your Mekong cruise
  • Soft drink, local beer and spirits included at all times during your Mekong cruise

Trip Notes

  • During low water season from June – August & December – April, you'll travel by coach between Siem Reap and Prek K'dam
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Stay at Hanoi's Mövenpick Hotel
  • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu in Hanoi
  • Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter on a rickshaw ride
  • Take an extended two-night cruise on board a Bhaya Cruises Classic junk on Ha Long Bay
  • Relax at the stylish Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap
  • Visit ODA, which supports local underprivileged children
  • See an Apsara performance, a traditional Khmer dance
  • Enjoy an ox-cart ride in the Kampong Tralach district
  • Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks in Oudong
  • Stay at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon
  • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at KOTO Kumho in Ho Chi Minh City

Included Experiences

  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise on the RV La Marguerite
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and local guides
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Internal flights in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • International wine, local beer and spirits included with lunch and dinner on-board your Mekong River cruise
  • Bottled water, juice and soft drink included at all times during your Mekong River cruise
  • 38 delicious meals - 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Flights must arrive in Hanoi by 4pm
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • During high water season from August to mid-December, guests may embark RV La Marguerite at Siem Reap and journey along Tonle Sap before arriving at Kampong Chhnang
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only

Operator Details

Travelmarvel Reviews: (180)
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Tour Accommodation: 4 Star
Tour Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & River Cruises
Budget: Premium & Affordable
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Reviews (5)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Discover Vietnam & Cambodia with Travelmarvel.
WA, Australia
Sep 2016
4 Trips
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We had a fabulous holiday and surprisingly survived their traffic. We have seen and learnt so much about Vietnam and Cambodia. In both countries so many people live in poor conditions but they work hard and are very friendly. Thank you to Hannah for your help in organizing our trip. You made everything so easy for us. We would definitely travel with Travelmarvel again. We have lots of wonderful memories. From the time we were met at Hanoi airport by Karnh until we were taken to Saigon airport, to fly home, we were extremely well looked after. Our Tour Guide Tu was very professional and well organized. All the local guides were well chosen and did their best to give us information about life in their particular part of Vietnam or Cambodia. The hotels were of a high standard and all positioned centrally ( Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap was the highlight). We were fed so well during the whole trip. The cruises on Halong Bay and the Mekong were thoroughly enjoyable. In fact the whole trip was thoroughly enjoyable. We are so glad we went.
QLD, Australia
Feb 2016
4 Trips
“Wonderful cultural experience”
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First I would like to point out that I was a little bit hesitant before this trip as I did not know what to expect and had heard all kinds of horrible stories about not drinking the water, not eating this and that and people questioning our choice in general. All I can say now is, WOW!! We survived all the so-called horrors and thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. We stayed safe by only using bottled water and only eating on the boats, hotels and recommended restaurants. Travelmarvel even supplied us with cold bottled water on the buses during excursions and it was supplied in the hotels too. I can only congratulate Travelmarvel for its high standard of employees, from our tour director (Yee) who stayed with us from start to finish, the local guides who gave us their own personal knowledge to the bus drivers and helpers on the bus who made sure we got on and off safely with a helping hand and cold face wipes and antibacterial hand gel on our return to the bus. At every moment we felt safe and protected and well looked after. We will definitely travel with them again and recommend them to our family and friends. The 3 hotels were very grand and beautiful and central to everything. The "junk" and La Marguerite were also great as were the staff on board. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough, but be prepared for the heat. We would also like to thank Global Journeys for their easy and efficient booking for us, no problems at all. We will be returning customers.
QLD, Australia
Oct 2015
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“We would definitely travel with Travelmarvel again!”
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This was a well planned trip, giving comprehensive information about Vietnam and Cambodia. The accommodation, both on the water and on land was excellent, with particular praise reserved for the Shinta Mani resort in Siem Reap, which is perhaps one of the best hotels we have stayed at in the world. Our tour guide, Han Nguyen, was exceptional and considerably enhanced our travel experience with his knowledge and good humour. We would definitely travel with Travelmarvel again!
NSW, Australia
Feb 2015
1 Trip
“We enjoyed our holiday immensely”
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We enjoyed our holiday immensely - it was beautifully balanced (not too much packing and unpacking). Ha Long Bay was magnificent as was the Mekong River journey. The weather was superb - a bit hot now and then but definitely quite bearable. All the accommodation was excellent as was the food. Our guides were excellent (especially Tung Do and Lilly (Hanoi) and we gained a marvellous insight into the lives of the Vietnamese. The local guides were equally impressive and all possessed a terrific sense of humour. Both Daphne and I now have a far better sense of the history and geography of both Cambodia and Vietnam. Our fellow travellers were also great, together with our guides they helped both Daphne and myself when our footsteps faltered - one of the guides even honoured me with the title 'father' and our group gave us a cheer as the oldest couple on the tour! Finally, Singapore Airlines were superb as was the organisation of the tour, everything worked to schedule and we couldn't be happier with a most outstanding holiday. Thank you, too, for the assistance in organising our stay in Singapore.
NSW, Australia
Nov 2014
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“Overall, the trip was great”
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Overall, the trip was great, a bit of an eye opener, the crew's on both the Junk and the Marguerite were excellent, exceptionally helpful with the older & disabled guest's but extremely helpful with everyone, always a smiling face, particularly when getting on and off ships onto small boats, which was often, the welcome cold cloth & drink were always very welcome! The Hanoi Pullman was first class hotel, beautiful spacious room, well positioned, food average, service average, lack of English spoken in key areas, reception, bars and restaurants. I completed Pullman's survey and had a reply from the GM, Pieter De Weerd within a day to apologise about lack of English and stating it was difficult to get good bilingual staff, but paying guests don't really need to know his problems, particularly when our guides emphasised how much importance is paid in schools to learn English.

The Shinta Mani in Siem Reap, was excellent, well located, staff were exceptional, beautiful room, the breakfast buffet was outstanding, there were small quantities on display, many on ice and as soon as displays needed replenishment, it was done, the staff were helping before you even knew you needed help, always smiling, the Cambodian people are truly a wonderful people, we ate in the hotel because of dietary considerations, the food was exceptional and hot, the wine cold, English widely spoken or understood, the Pullman and Grand could learn a lot from this Hotel, I will recommend it to anyone travelling to Cambodia. The Grand in Saigon was first class hotel, well located, spacious room, lovely bars and restaurants but like the Pullman, even less English spoken or understood, even finalising bills in bars and restaurants was a major task and took many attempts with sign language to get it right, similar problems to Pullman with staff, the food was average and cold, Patricia's soup had "a piece of metal" in it and was sent back, wine not cold. Overall a great holiday, some highlights were Ha Long bay, the Sampan, the Rickshaw ride was wild, the Guides were all excellent, their local knowledge was exceptional, down to names and dates, years, etc. Well done Global Journeys & Travelmarvel. Thank you again!
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