Vietnam and Cambodia Tours
Vietnam and Cambodia are two deeply spiritual countries connected by the mighty River Mekong. Thriving cities sit alongside traditional rural villages barely touched by tourism. Verdant rice paddies cover the landscape, while revered temples and pagodas dominate the skyline, glistening under the golden sun. Vietnam and Cambodia tours showcase the eclectic mix of culture, history and architecture, and allow you to explore the iconic sights as well as hidden gems off the beaten track.
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- 10 Days - Bangkok to Siem Reap
- Tour Only from £1,689
From Thailand's bustling capital to the peaceful jungle hills of Laos and the spectacular structures of Angkor Wat, join us on a memory-making adventure that encompasses the vibrant history, fascinating culture and tantalising flavours of Southeast Asia.
- 13 Days - Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
- Tour Only from £1,899
Leave the well-trodden path behind and immerse yourself in the diverse treasures of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia on this tour of verdant rainforests, historic temple ruins and soul-stirring history. From Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain a fascinating insight into the ancient heritage of these captivating countries.
- 11 Days - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
- Tour Only from £1,949
Dive in to picturesque Vietnam on this laidback tour of buzzing cities, beautiful bays and lush green countryside. Along the way you'll witness spectacular sunsets, come face to face with breathtaking architecture and enjoy delectable local cuisine - all while staying in charming boutique accommodation.
- 13 Days - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
- Fly Tour from £2,095
Discover the varied sights, sounds and flavours of this enchanting country, touring the fascinating cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the Vietnam war-era Cu Chi tunnels, and the historic pearls of Hué and Hoi An. A day cruise through the Mekong delta and an overnight cruise amid the magical landscapes of Halong Bay are both included.
- 13 Days - Hanoi to Siem Reap
- Fly Tour from £2,095
Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat.
- 8 Days - Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
- Tour Only from £2,095
Glimpse past and present on this in-depth encounter with the glittering cityscapes, youthful verve, and centuries-old culture, heritage and traditions of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
- 7 Days - Bangkok and Back
- Tour Only from £2,099
Leave the well-trodden path behind and immerse yourself in Thailand and Cambodia's diverse wonders on this tour of verdant rainforests, historic temple ruins and hidden art. From Bangkok to Siem Reap, you'll gain a fascinating insight into the ancient heritage of these captivating countries.
- 16 Days - Hanoi to Angkor
- Fly Tour from £2,159
Visit the major sights of Vietnam and Cambodia, the very essence of Indochina, experiencing their captivating blend of French colonial history, unique local culture and beautiful rural scenery. Overwhelming image retained by visitors to Vietnam is that of a country blessed with an extraordinary beauty.
Discover Vietnam and Cambodia
The peace and tranquillity of UNESCO-listed Halong Bay with its stunning limestone formations and secluded islets, is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. UNESCO-listed sights, dynamic cities and rural villages combine to create two exciting countries, best explored on a touring holiday.
Vietnam and Cambodia both harbour troubled pasts but have since thrived and opened their doors to the world. Vietnam was ruled by powerful dynasties before being colonised by France, then occupied by Japan. The Americans were the last to leave their mark on the country. Poignant reminders of Vietnam’s turbulent past remain, including the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. The French influence is still evident in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, as magnificent French colonial buildings line the streets.
Cambodia’s ancient name, Kambuja, means “Land of Peace and Prosperity”. However, the country experienced no peace under the brutal Khmer Rouge. The regime, led by Pol Pot, was responsible for one of the most horrific mass killings of the 20th century. The Killing Fields on the outskirts of Phnom Penh are a haunting reminder of this four-year period.
Buddhism is the main religion in Vietnam and Cambodia. Monks adorned in orange robes enter the shimmering pagodas and ornate temples that these countries have to offer. In Vietnam, the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda guards the historic capital of Hue, while the Cao Dai temple near Ho Chi Minh City is a multi-coloured masterpiece.
The Bai Dinh Pagoda, set against a backdrop of majestic mountains, houses hundreds of beautiful carved Buddha statues including a spectacular bronze one. Cambodia also has its fair share of revered sites, the most famous being UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Built by King Suryavarman, it has been an important place of worship since the 12th century.
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia
Rugged limestone islands emerge from the calm emerald waters of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ha Long means “descending dragon”, a creature which plays a key role in Vietnamese culture. The best way to experience the islands is on a traditional Junk cruise. The caves house impressive stalagmites and stalactites, while Cat Ba Island is the largest island in the bay and a tourist hotspot.
Hue was the capital of Vietnam until 1945, and the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors. The magnificent 19th-century Dai Noi Citadel is encircled by impressive walls and a moat. It takes in the Imperial City with its ornate palaces and shrines, and houses a replica of the Royal Theatre. Other attractions in this fascinating city include the octagonal Thien Mu Pagoda, located on the north bank of the Perfume River. It has seven levels and stands at an impressive 21 metres tall.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is a thriving city, home to a magnificent opera house, and the soaring 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral whose silver towers dominate the skyline. Ben Thanh Market is perfect for food lovers with its array of stalls, while the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels used by Viet Cong soldiers are one of the most visited sights in the city. The War Remnants Museum houses exhibits including photographs and weapons from the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War.
The Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on the banks of the Red River is renowned for its architecture and eclectic mix of culture, with French, Chinese and Asian influences. The Old Town still has Japanese merchant houses, ancient tea warehouses and ornate Chinese temples. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a revered place of pilgrimage for a lot of Vietnamese people who come to pay their respects to Uncle Ho, who led the fight for an independent Vietnam.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The iconic Cu Chi tunnels are an incredible network of underground tunnels which were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding places, as well as communication and supply routes. The tunnels were incredibly useful in resisting American forces and countering their military effort. They have been well-preserved and today visitors can visit the war memorial park and see the two display sites, Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc. They can even crawl through the tunnels!
UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II and dedicated to the god Vishnu. It is believed that the temple was oriented to the west due to the symbolism between death and the setting of the sun. As well as its imposing grandeur, Angkor Wat is famous for its incredible detail, with hidden paintings, intricate carvings and ancient statues. Nearby is the temple of Ta Prohm whose maze-like corridors are slowly being overtaken by the jungle, with tree roots eerily winding through the stones of the temple.
The lively city of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat and it is also a great place to watch a traditional Apsara dance or see a performance by the Phare Cambodian Circus. At nearby Tonle Sap Lake there are famous floating villages home to ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities where visitors can see locals go about their daily lives.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, with old French colonial villas, tree-lined boulevards and monumental Angkorian architecture. Perhaps the city’s most impressive attraction is the elegant Royal Palace complex with its ornate Silver Pagoda which houses the extravagant Emerald Buddha. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields are a poignant reminder of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, whilst the National Museum houses ancient Cambodian works of art.
Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s premier beach resort where white sandy beaches and clear blue waters combine to create a tranquil tropical getaway, a refreshing change from the hectic bustle of the country’s cities. Just off the shore of Sihanoukville lies a scattering of secluded jungle-swathed islands with pristine beaches and tiny traditional fishing villages.