Immerse yourself in the local culture, soak up the sun on white sand beaches, and watch stunning sunrises over ancient temples.
For those wanting an authentic and in-depth experience delving into the heart of southern Vietnam and Cambodia, this adventure has it all. Explore the UNESCO-listed Hoi An Old Town, snorkel and soak up the sun on white sand beaches, learn the dark history of these beautiful countries, and watch the stunning sunrises over ancient temples. With the chance to immerse yourself in history and visit local villages, this trip is one truly unforgettable experience.
We spend 15 days exploring Cambodia, Vietnam. We visit Siem Reap, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Koh Rong Samloem, Battambang.
What Is Included...
Your Busabout crew
13 nights’ accommodation 2-3 star hotels and hostels twin share
1 night overnight train
Air-conditioned private transport
1 public bus Vietnam to Cambodia
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Entrance to Po Nagar Cham Towers, Nha Trang
Entrance to Linh Phuoc Temple
S-21 Museum and Killing Fields Tour
Dinner in Battambang
Koh Rong Samloem boat trip
Bike tour of Cambodian villages and countryside
Trip starts at 9:00am at Thuy Duong 3 Hotel, Hoi An
Trip ends at 10:00am at Siem Reap, Siem Reap
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15 Day Itinerary
- Day 1 Hoi An to Nha Trang (overnight train)
- Day 2 Nha Trang
- Day 3 Nha Trang to Dalat
- Day 4 Dalat
- Day 5 Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh
- Day 8 Phnom Penh
- Day 9 Phnom Penh to Kampot
- Day 10 Kampot to Sihanoukville
- Day 11 Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem
- Day 12 Sihanoukville to Battambang
- Day 13 Battambang to Siem Reap
- Day 14 Siem Reap
- Day 15 Siem Reap
Day 1: Hoi An to Nha Trang (overnight train)
Let the adventure begin! You have a full day to enjoy ancient Hoi An and all the attractions that come with it. We recommend a trip to the pristine local beaches to enjoy a lazy day soaking up the sun and surf, so grab the sunscreen and work on that tan whilst sipping on a fresh coconut. This evening we bid farewell to our portside paradise as we transfer to our overnight train. We’ll continue south along the coast for our morning arrival at the immaculate azure waters of the capital of Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang. For now, it’s time to get some rest!
Day 2: Nha Trang
We arrive into the idyllic seaside city of Nha Trang early this morning, then you get the day to explore all of the epic sights and tourist attractions. Later we’ll head into the night to experience the renowned nightlife in this shimmering Vietnamese metropolis.
Day 3: Nha Trang to Dalat
This morning we say goodbye to the coast and head inland towards the capital of Lam Dong Province, with a stop en route at the Po Nagar Cham Towers! We have included entry into this ancient temple dedicated to the goddess of the country, Yan Po Nagar. We arrive in Dalat in the early afternoon and have a short orientation walk, and then the day is yours to spend as you please. Be sure to check out the otherworldly “Crazy House” and its odd, organic architecture. (B)
Day 4: Dalat
The day is yours to explore! If you want to delve a little deeper than the typical tourist sights, join Mr Rot for his optional Secret Tour. We’ll check out a range of unique sights like cricket farms, a local market, silkworm farms, coffee plantations, the thundering Elephant Falls, local villages, and admire the beautiful scenery. Mr Rot prides himself on providing an authentic Vietnamese experience, so everything you see will be off the beaten path. We arrive from the Secret Tour in the evening and after grabbing a bite to eat head out for a surreal drinking experience in the eccentric surrounds of 100 Roofs Cafe. It has to be seen to be believed! (B)
Day 5: Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City
Today we head to the former capital of South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. We have two stops along the way, beginning with the stunning Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Explore the temple’s fascinating decorations made of reclaimed glass and ceramic, and see the giant glass dragon sculpture. Our second stop is for lunch on the banks of an idyllic local river. We arrive in old Saigon in the afternoon and have an orientation walk to check out all the historic sights. (B)
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City
Join us today for an optional excursion to explore the Cu Chi tunnels! Located a few hours northwest of old Saigon, the tunnel complex was an important store and hideout for the Viet Cong during the war. In the afternoon we’ll visit the War Remnants Museum, formerly the American War Crimes Museum, to gain a vivid insight into the conflict from a local perspective. This evening we’ll head to a local restaurant, followed off by a trip into the backpacker triangle to have a few drinks and soak up the nightlife. (B)
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh
Meet with your awesome guide as we catch our transfer to the HCMC bus station. From here we’ll hop on board a local bus and make our way to Phnom Penh, so sit back, relax and get some rest. We make our arrival into Phnom Penh around mid-afternoon where we’ll check into our hotel, and you’ll have the chance to get out and about and stretch your legs. Have a chat with your guide who can fill you in on what to see and do for the next few days in this dynamic city. (B)
Day 8: Phnom Penh
We start the day off by delving into the darker history of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge with an included excursion to visit the infamous S-21 Prison and Killing Fields, to gain insight into the brutality of this communist regime. We then spend the afternoon exploring this dynamic city! See the towering Independence Monument, visit the Royal Palace complex and stroll through the gardens, or relax in one of the city’s many cafes. Tonight we head out to Romdeng Restaurant, a Tree Alliance member, for a delicious optional traditional dinner including deep fried tarantula for the brave at heart. Afterwards the night is yours, so head back and get some sleep, or join us at a few of our favourite bars! (B)
Day 9: Phnom Penh to Kampot
It’s time to wave goodbye to the Cambodian capital as we head to the idyllic riverside town of Kampot. We’ll arrive just before lunch and spend the afternoon at a local pepper farm where we learn about the famous Kampot pepper! Here you can also go for a refreshing swim and take some FOMO-inducing pics in an infinity pool! This evening we have an optional sunset cruise on the river to soak up the pristine natural beauty of Cambodia.
Day 10: Kampot to Sihanoukville
We’ll make our way west to Sihanoukville and spend the day chilling at the picturesque Otres Beach. Get ready to enjoy the day spent relaxing in the coastal waters! Treat yourself to a massage and swing in a hammock whilst sipping a refreshing cocktail. This is the epitome of island living! We’ll head back in the late afternoon to prepare for a night out in Sihanoukville.
Day 11: Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem
Today we make our way to Koh Rong Samloem on an included boat trip to enjoy a day of relaxation on this idyllic island! Relax on the white sand beaches, go for a refreshing swim, or get active and play a game of beach volleyball. Nope, you’re not dreaming! Take it all in, and work on that tan - don’t forget the sunscreen! In the late afternoon we’ll head back to the mainland. Join us for an optional beachside BBQ dinner, before going out for a couple of drinks to round off the day.
Day 12: Sihanoukville to Battambang
This morning we hop on the coach to take the road north to Battambang. Late afternoon marks our arrival on the banks of the Sangkae River and the city of Battambang! Join us for an optional visit to the Battambang Circus, and bear witness to the rich Khmer culture through the lens of performance art. Then we visit a local restaurant for an included dinner of traditional Khmer food!
Day 13: Battambang to Siem Reap
Gear up for the included bike tour through the Cambodian countryside! We’ll visit local homes, learn about the livelihoods of the local community, and enjoy the relaxing pace of village life. After this enlightening morning, we’ll then continue our journey to the ever-popular gateway of the Angkor region, Siem Reap. We’ll arrive in the early afternoon and get checked in, before heading out to see the sights on an orientation walk. Tonight, explore Pub Street or the lively night markets!
Day 14: Siem Reap
Breakfast can wait, don’t miss the opportunity to see the sunrise over ancient Angkor Wat! Join us for our optional sunrise excursion to explore this majestic location. After you’ve seen the sunrise over the world’s largest religious monument, head off to visit Bayon Temple, the centrepiece of the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom. See the ”Tomb Raider” temple and Terrace of the Elephants all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle safe in the care of an expert local guide. Tonight we hit the vibrant nightlife of Siem Reap for our final night together!
Day 15: Siem Reap
The tour ends after breakfast.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Southern Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure - 15 Day
Tour starts from:
Thuy Duong 3 Hotel, Hoi An at 9:00am
Tour ends in:
Siem Reap, Siem Reap at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in 2-3 star hotels (11 nights), hostel (2 nights), overnight train air-conditioned carriage (1 night).
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old town and invest in bespoke tailored clothing
- Ride the rails of Vietnam as we take the overnight train to Nha Trang
- Enjoy Nha Trang's great beaches and nightlife
- Sail and snorkel around the islands off Nha Trang
- Get active at the adventure playground of Dalat
- Visit the Disneyland-like Linh Phuoc temple which is made from broken ceramic and bottles
- Visit the Cu Chi tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
- Learn about the tragedy of the Killing Fields and S-21 Prison, Phnom Penh
- Explore fascinating Phnom Penh
- Try deep fried tarantula at a local social enterprise restaurant that trains local street youth in hospitality
- Go bar-hopping at the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville
- Ponder over the gigantic temples of Angkor Wat
- Visit Otres Beach, a white sand beach lined with ramshackle bamboo beach bars, restaurants and wandering local masseuses
- Join a sunset cruise along the river, Kampot
- Laze on the beach at Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Samloem
- Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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