Fall in love with Cambodia and Vietnam. From the towering temples to the tantalising tastes of the local cuisine!

It’s easy to fall head over sandals in love when you’re travelling. But it’s even easier on this journey through two of Southeast Asia’s most enchanting countries. Be seduced by Angkor Wat’s knobbly temples, tempted by the tantalising tastes of spring rolls, noodle broths, and crab curries, and aroused by active adventures via deep, long caves and curvy beaches. Get ready to fall in love with the tastes, traditions, and temples of Cambodia and Vietnam.

We spend 22 days exploring Cambodia, Vietnam. We visit Siem Reap, Hanoi, Mai Châu, Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Hue, 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

  • 20 nights’ accommodation

  • 1 night overnight train

  • Air-conditioned private transport

  • 1 public bus Vietnam to Cambodia

  • 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Village cycle trip Mai Chau

  • Entrance and gondola ride to the Golden Hand Bridge, Danang

  • Entrance to Vinh Moc tunnels, where an entire village lived under the ground

  • Entrance to Po Nagar Cham Towers, Nha Trang

  • Entrance to Linh Phuoc Temple

  • Hanoi Street Food Tour

  • Hoi An Old Town entrance

  • S-21 Museum and Killing Fields Tour

  • Bike tour of local Cambodian villages

  • Koh Rong Samloem boat trip

  • Orientation walks

Departure Dates

Trip starts at 6:00pm at Hanoi, Hanoi

Trip ends at 10:00am at Siem Reap, Siem Reap

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22 Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome traveller! Get ready, as our adventure kicks off in the eclectic, ancient Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. First up, we’ll head out with your awesome Busabout guide on a tour of the tasty street foods on offer. Get lost in the tastes and smells of the huge range of delicious dishes available. Try the sensationally soupy national dish of pho, and the French-influenced banh mi. Once your belly is full, we’ll head off to the international corner to experience the refreshing taste of the daily brewed, preservative free draught beer Bia Hoi. Spend this evening however you like! Check out some of the local bars, and enjoy a shisha while you hang out with your new Busabout squad. (D)

Day 2: Hanoi to Mai Chau

This morning we head west through the stunning Vietnamese countryside en route to Mai Chau. Make sure you get some pics of the bright green patchwork of rice fields dotted with rustic stilt houses before we stop at a panoramic viewpoint. Here you’ll get a great view overlooking the Mai Chau valley! When we arrive we’re given a delicious lunch at our stilted accommodation, so build up those energy levels. Then it’s time to hop on a bicycle and head out with a local guide for an intimate exploration of this idyllic valley! This evening we’ll go for a drink at a local bar and take a load off. Tonight we are treated to a locally sourced traditional meal at the homestay, and you’ll also get to sample the potent local rice wine! (B, L, D)

Day 3: Mai Chau to Phong Nha Ke Bang

Make yourself comfortable as we make our way to the pristine natural wonder of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. We’ll arrive at the UNESCO-listed park in the evening and check in to our accommodation shortly after. Join us tonight at a local restaurant, before we head to Easy Tiger Bar! Enjoy a drink or two and soak up the atmosphere while a live band plays in the background. Get prepared for another epic day tomorrow! (B)

Day 4: Phong Nha Ke Bang

Throw yourself in the wilderness of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Join us for today’s optional caving adventure in the jaw-dropping beauty of Paradise Cave. Afterwards we’ll recharge with a tasty lunch, before catching Vietnam’s longest zip line to our next destination: the pitch black, mud-filled Dark Cave! This is your chance to be a child and play in the mud and explore by torchlight, before emerging into the sun and having a splash in the river to clean up. Tonight we hope you’ll join us for the delicious optional BBQ dinner, before returning to the Easy Tiger for another night of revelry! (B)

Day 5: Phong Nha Ke Bang to Hue

Today we make tracks towards Hue, with a stop en route at the Vinh Moc tunnels! We’ll learn all about the fascinating history of this underground city before continuing on our way. We arrive in Hue in time to grab a delicious local bite to eat, before checking into the hotel. Next up, we have an optional excursion to check out the highlights of Vietnam’s ancient capital! This will include the awe inspiring Imperial Citadel, the towering Pagoda of the Celestial Lady and Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. This evening head out with your Busabout squad and enjoy the nightlife! (B)

Day 6: Hue to Hoi An

This morning we continue our journey along the coast towards the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An. On the way we’ll be stopping at the #instaworthy Golden Hand Bridge to enjoy amazing views over the surrounding countryside. This afternoon we’ll make our arrival in Hoi An, and if you’re hungry join us for lunch! Once we’ve eaten we’ll be visiting the famous Yaly Couture to check out the bespoke clothing. The rest of the day is yours to explore the stunningly preserved Old Town and soak up the rich local history. Tonight head out into the night and experience the lively local nightlife! (B)

Day 7: Hoi An

What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore this historic city! This afternoon we offer an incredible taste of local life on an optional Eco Tour and cooking class hosted by your knowledgeable guide, Mr Chu. Cycle around the countryside and learn the local history and customs before learning to fish and crab from a basket boat. Explore the picturesque channels as you make your way to the Chu family home, where you’ll have a Vietnamese cooking lesson! Learn to make your own spring rolls and xeo, and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Head out this evening for another great night on the town. (B)

Day 8: Hoi An to Nha Trang (overnight train)

How you spend your last day in Hoi An is up to you! But we recommend a trip to the pristine local beaches. Lay back on the sand and take in the stunning surroundings, go for a swim when you get too warm, and sip on a fresh coconut. This is the life! Later on this evening we’ll transfer to our overnight train, continuing south along the coast for our morning arrival at the immaculate waters of Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province. (B)

Day 9: Nha Trang

Hop off the train and stretch your legs, here we are in the idyllic seaside city of Nha Trang! Spend the rest of the day exploring Nha Trang’s numerous spectacular sights and tourist attractions. Later we head into the night to experience the renowned nightlife in this shimmering Vietnamese metropolis. Have a drink or two with your travel buddies and trade stories on the adventure so far.

Day 10: Nha Trang to Dalat

Up and at ‘em, it’s time to journey onwards to the capital of Lam Dong Province! Firstly, we’ll make a stop en route at the Po Nagar Cham Towers. You’ve got 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 to help you get your bearings. Then the day is yours to spend as you please! We highly recommend checking out the “Crazy House” and its odd, organic architecture. (B)

Day 11: Dalat

If having a truly authentic experience is a must for you, then Mr Rot’s optional Secret Tour is the way to go. You’ll get to visit numerous attractions including cricket farms, a local market, silkworm farms, coffee plantations, the thundering Elephant Falls, local villages, and beautiful scenery. Mr Rot prides himself on providing an authentic Vietnamese experience and as such everything you see will be off the beaten path. Alternatively, head out and explore at your own pace. This evening we’ll go for a surreal drinking experience in the eccentric surrounds of 100 Roofs Cafe. (B)

Day 12: 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 resplendent Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Marvel at the decorations of the temple, made from reclaimed glass and ceramic - the effect is truly stunning! We’ll make our second stop on the banks of an idyllic local river for a delicious lunch! Then we hit the road again and arrive in old Saigon in the afternoon, ready to get moving on an orientation walk! (B)

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Journey with us a few hours northwest of old Saigon, for an optional excursion to explore the Cu Chi tunnels! The complex was an important store and hideout for the Viet Cong during the war. This afternoon we’ll visit the War Remnants Museum, formerly the American War Crimes Museum, to gain vivid insight into the conflict from a local perspective. This evening we’ll head out to explore the area known as the backpacker triangle, and get the party started. (B)

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

Get ready for our departure to Phnom Penh! This morning we’ll catch our transfer to the HCMC bus station, and from here we’ll hop on board our local bus and make our way to Phnom Penh. We make our arrival around mid-afternoon and check into our hotel, and you’ll have the chance to 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 awesome city! (B)

Day 15: Phnom Penh

We start the day with an included excursion to visit the infamous S-21 Prison and Killing Fields. This is a darker glimpse into the history of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, but it will give you deep insight into the brutality of this Communist regime. We then spend the afternoon exploring the city. See the magnificence of the towering Independence Monument, visit the Royal Palace complex and stroll through the gardens, or relax in one of the city’s many fine cafes. Tonight we’ll have a visit to Romdeng Restaurant, a Tree Alliance member, for a delicious optional dinner. How about sampling the deep-fried tarantula? Afterwards the night is yours to spend as you please, so head out to some of the local bars, or get some rest for the day to come. (B)

Day 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: Siem Reap

The tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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