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.

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What Is Included...

  • Your fantastic 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

  • Orientation walks

Departure Dates

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

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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

Farewell Phnom Penh! Today we head to the idyllic riverside town of Kampot. Upon arrival we’ll make our way to a local pepper farm where we learn about the famous Kampot pepper! Here you can also go for a refreshing swim and take some #instaworthy pics in an infinity pool. Your friends back home are gonna be jealous! This evening we have an optional sunset cruise on the river to soak up the pristine natural beauty of Cambodia. (B)

Day 10: Kampot to Sihanoukville

We’ll make our way west to Sihanoukville and spend the day relaxing at the stunning Otres Beach. Pamper yourself with a massage and swing in a hammock whilst sipping a refreshing cocktail. This is the life, huh? We’ll head back in the late afternoon to prepare for a night to remember in Sihanoukville. (B)

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. Stress just doesn’t exist in a place like this! 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. (B, L)

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 witness the rich Khmer culture through the lens of performance art. When our bellies are rumbling, we’ll visit a local restaurant for an included dinner of traditional Khmer food. Tuck in! (B, D)

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 checking out the sights on an orientation walk. The night is yours to enjoy, so head out to Pub Street and let the party kick off! (B)

Day 14: Siem Reap

Set the alarm early today if you don’t want to 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, you’ll see 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. It’s our final night together, so later on we’ll hit the town and go out in style! (B)

Day 15: Siem Reap

The tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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