Discover the Charms of Vietnam and Cambodia

vietnam halong bay fishing fruit marketBy popular demand, we are returning to Vietnam and Cambodia! Book fast as this is our most popular Asian tour! For those interested in extending their Southeast Asia holiday, join us on a 3-night extension in vibrant Hong Kong!

Vietnam has become the destination to visit among world travellers....

With its political capitals of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) discover a Vietnam rich in culture, historical legacy, awe-inspiring landscapes, and French colonial past. On this tour, we visit many of Vietnam's World Heritage sites including cruising the natural wonder of Halong Bay and Hoi An's Ancient Town, cruising the Mekong River Delta, visiting the countryside which is little changed over the centuries and discover the charms of the people. This tour is paced to give maximum exposure to soak up the incredible beauty and culture and delightful people. You will be charmed by absolutely everyone we meet.

You can't travel to Vietnam without visiting neighbouring Cambodia and its extensive temple ruins at Angkor, without a doubt one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements. Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia's greatest treasure is its people. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism; no visitor comes away from Cambodia without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.
This tour includes:

  • A welcome dinner

  • A walk around our neighbourhood in Hanoi where we can opt to take a phenomenal Cyclo tour with lots of photo opportunities and the opportunity to mingle with the locals at the market.

  • A private tour of Hanoi's main attractions including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature.

  • A walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, with its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer-ware, embroidered linens and so much more.

  • Lunch at a restaurant called KOTO which stands for ‘know one, teach one’. It has been around since 2000 offering some of the best cuisines in the city. KOTO got its start when an Australian-Vietnamese tour guide opened a small sandwich shop to train and give jobs to the street kids he had befriended. Word quickly spread, and the sandwich shop became swamped with both patrons and potential trainees. This overwhelming response prompted the opening of the first KOTO restaurant in 2000.

  • A 3 day luxury cruise from Halong Bay with 4 star stateroom accommodations and all meals. Sit back and enjoy the seascape while we cruise this 580 square mile cove containing 2000 limestone islands, all occupied only by trees, ferns, birds and monkeys. The fascinating shapes of the peaks have inspired Vietnamese artists for centuries. Enjoy 'Happy Hour', a Vietnamese cooking demonstration, guided kayaking and time to relax on the beach. Opt to join a fishing tour with local villagers or start your day with an early morning Tai Chi class

  • A guided walking tour of the ancient city of Hoi An where we will visit former merchant houses and the famed 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Hoi An is a world heritage site and is a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th century. Enjoy the free time to find that perfect souvenir amongst exquisite silk embroideries and thousands of iconic silk lanterns. Opt for a fitting for custom tailor-made clothing and shoes which will be ready within a day. The quality of the materials and the work is just phenomenal!

  • We will visit Hoi An’s colourful and bustling central market with the head of a cooking school, where we'll learn about the uses of different fresh noodles, how to buy fresh fish, herbs and dried spices. Our cooking lesson is hosted by chefs demonstrating how to prepare mouth-watering Vietnamese dishes from fresh ingredients we purchased at the market. At the end of the class, we enjoy the fruits of our labour as our lunch. An unforgettable experience!

  • A day tour of the Mekong Delta. Vietnam is the second-largest exporter of rice in the world, with the Mekong Delta accounting for over half of the country’s yearly rice production. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves around the water, with inhabitants toiling on the life-sustaining river for their livelihoods. The area is densely populated and intensively farmed, with rice paddies, fish farms and local orchards dominating the numerous river tributaries and canals. The Mekong Delta area is famous for its floating markets where hundreds of local traders converge in their boats to buy and sell fruits, coconuts, vegetables, and fish. We will visit Cai Be city and cruise on the Mekong River to see the Cai Be floating market.

  • A famous Apsara Dance and Dinner show where dancers, singers and musicians bring ancient Khmer culture to life while we enjoy the very best in Cambodian cuisine.

  • A day tour of the walled and royal city of Angkor. We will visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, a 20 meter-high gate crowned by stone faces and bordered by figures, the famous Bayon, the 12th Century Angkor Thom Buddhist Temple, the remains of the Khmer Kings palace "The Elephant and Leper King Terraces". We will explore the temples of Ta Keo, Ta Prohm and Preah Khan that were built from 802 - 1220AD that represent one of the most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements in the world.

  • An evening at Siem Reap's Phare Circus where performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories - historical, folk and modern.

  • An optional early-morning tour to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat with our guide.
  •  A visit to the "Smiles of Angkor" English school – an unforgettable experience. These children are so animated and happy to sing and converse with us. Aside from our delight, the children are curious and encouraged to interact with foreign adults. This is a huge growth experience for them as well. Today's Woman Traveller always makes a generous donation to the school each year on behalf of our tour participants.

  • A visit to the authentic and beautiful floating village of Kampong Khleang with about 1800 families and stilt houses. Kampong Khleang is a small town with schools, pagodas and clinics and several dozen wooden houses floating on the river. The village moves along the river according to the seasons and even sits on Tonlé Sap Lake during the dry season.

  • A visit to an organic farm with great hospitality in a village just outside Siem Reap. This is a lovely cultural experience that only a very small group can enjoy.

  • A Tuk Tuk ride (a motorized rickshaw).

  • Flights from Hanoi to Hoi An and Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City.

  • 13 nights accommodations (hotels and cruise) and daily breakfast

The tour ends in Siem Reap, but for those extending their Asian adventure, we will fly to Hong Kong, an economic and entertainment hub that is considered one of the greatest cities in the world. It is truly a place where "East meets West", reflecting the mix of Chinese culture and influences from its time as a British colony. Our hotel is strategically situated in the heart of vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon), a short walk from Kowloon Park, the Avenue of Stars (a promenade modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront), the Harbour City shopping hub, the iconic "Star Ferry" (which ferries passengers across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island) and an endless array of places to shop and eat.

Our hotel is located close to the city’s transportation network which provides easy access to the city's MTR (subway) and the top sights and attractions of Hong Kong including: The Peak (an out-of-this-world view of the city and harbour), the Ladies' Market (one of the most popular shopping street markets in Hong Kong, is a must-visit destination for fashion lovers with an eye for a bargain) and Causeway Bay (a maze of streets, where you'll find more shops and people than anywhere else in the city including Times Square - a shopping mall boasting 16 floors and 230 shops).

Hong Kong is only a one-hour hydrofoil ride across the Pearl River estuary from Macau, which until 1999 was an overseas territory of Portugal. As the first and last European colony in Asia, Macau has a more visible colonial history than even Hong Kong. Walking through the old city you could convince yourself you were in Europe - if the streets were devoid of people and Chinese-language signage. Although best known for gambling, Macau is extremely rich in attractions and oozing with atmosphere, it is a fascinating place to just walk around and marvel at the churches, temples, fortresses and other old buildings bearing a mix of Portuguese and Chinese characteristics. Besides buildings, there are also hundreds of narrow alleyways forming a maze in the old part of Macau where the people of Macau carry out business and work. A large section of Macau Peninsula has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and 25 buildings and sites within the area have been deemed to have cultural and historic significance.


Join us on this unforgettable tour to Vietnam and Cambodia and opt to extend your tour in Hong Kong. You will return with a lifetime of memories and new friendships.

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