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Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary 14 days

Explore Angkor Wat & Halong Bay with others in their 30s and 40s

Length

14 Days

Group size

4-12 travellers

Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

12 Reviews

Trip highlights

Majestic Halong Bay

Lose yourself in Angkor Wat temple complex

Dive into bustling street food markets

1000 lanterns in enchanting Hoi An

The "Indico Travels" experience

Created for people in their 30s and 40s

Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat from a balloon

Learn to cook regional dishes with locals

Stay overnight in a Vietnamese village

Have Halong Bay and Angkor Wat been on your bucket list for years? Join others in their 30s and 40s on this unforgettable trip to Southeast Asia. Together, you'll dive into authentic country life, delight in the breathtaking landscapes and fill your bellies with fantastic regional cuisine.

Your adventure begins with a nighttime scooter ride through Hanoi, soon followed by a homestay in a traditional mountain village, swimming under a waterfall, and downtime on the beach. The imperial city of Hue, lantern-adorned Hoi An, and the breathtaking World Heritage Site of Angor Wat temple complex offer more moments you'll never forget.

So if you're in your 30s or 40s and would like to discover Vietnam and Angkor Wat: just book this trip and pack your suitcase - we're waiting for you!

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Map

Itinerary

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Hanoi at night by Adli Wahid
Hanoi at night by Frida Aguilar Estrada

Arrive in Hanoi

Evening city tour on scooters

Sample street food in Hanoi

Meals included: Dinner

Transportation: Local transport (2:00h), Private Taxi (1:00h)

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon landing, your driver will whisk you to our hotel in the classy French Quarter, and you can freshen up and enjoy the pool.

In the early evening, meet your fellow travelers and guide. A group of locals pull up at the hotel and invite you all to hop on the back of their scooters. They want to take you on an unconventional sightseeing tour! You weave through traffic, spotting the city's key sights and stopping off to find out more about the vibrant capital that balances tradition and modernity. In between, your hosts will stop off at their favorite street food stalls and invite you to a delicious first taste of fresh Vietnamese cuisine. This is the real Hanoi!

Hang Kia people
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Hang Kia

Free morning in Hanoi

Cook with your hosts

Homestay with a H'Mong family

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (4:00h)

Awake to a leisurely morning in Hanoi. Do you feel like wandering to nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, or stop off at the charming little cafés of the Old Quarter to try the local's favourite, ice coffee?

Later, hop into a private van that will take you and your fellow travellers out of the bustling city to the lush countryside. We arrive in a remote village, nestled amongst plum trees, where the people of the H'mong ethnic group live. Your host family gives you a warm welcome to their home, where you will stay the night. They are keen to show you more about their lives and culture. How better to start than by exploring what locals eat? Together, you'll cook fresh delicacies, like the popular bamboo rice, and have the chance to sample delicious regional cuisine.

Our stay in Hang Kia is part of a community based tourism project. This means that by visiting, we are contributing to improving the lives of numerous families in the region. What a tasty way to have a positive impact!

Hmong children
Batik Painting YVCA
Hang Kia

See rice paddies

Relax at ecolodge

Hike through the hills

Learn Batik painting

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Private Bus (0:30h), By Foot (4:00h)

In the morning, women from the village invite you to learn about their ancestral textile dying techniques. Try yourself at traditional Batik painting - you may be a hidden talent!

After lunch, say farewell to your kind hosts and head off through the hills. Your four-hour hike takes you through the lush green countryside, past rice fields and little houses on stilts. You are now wandering into the land of the White Thai people.

Later, check into your bungalows in a local ecolodge. The evening is free for you to take in your surroundings and refresh by the pool.

Mai Hich
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Mai Hich

Lunch with a local family

Bike ride through countryside

Beers at local bar

Travel back to Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Private Bus (4:00h), Bicycle (2:00h)

After breakfast, hop on bikes and head out to explore the region together. You'll pass hamlets, vegetable gardens, rice fields, and water buffalo, stopping off to chat with locals and take pictures. In the little village of Mai Hich enjoy a home cooked meal, which supports a community based tourism project.

Later, head back to the big city of Hanoi. After freshening up at the hotel, your guide invites you all to join him for a drink where locals meet: Bia hois are the local equivalent of a pub. At these little stands on a sidewalk, with simple plastic chairs and tables, people gather in the late afternoon to enjoy a freshly draughted rice beer. Cheers!

Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Hop on board your cruise

Sunset over Halong Bay

Explore majestic Halong Bay

On board cooking show

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (2:30h), Boat (11:00h)

Today is the day: you're off to Halong Bay! Your boat to paradise awaits in the bay, with a delicious hot lunch welcoming you on arrival.

Cruising towards a more remote area of the bay, take in your magical surroundings from the sun deck. The programme on board depends on the time of the year and weather, but you will have the opportunity to visit a cave as well as explore a floating village or do some kayaking over the course of these 2 days.

Afterwards, watch the sun set on this unforgettable seascape, and enjoy a cooking demonstration by the onboard chefs before digging into a hearty dinner on board.

Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Take the sleeper train to Hue

Visit a floating village

Early morning tai chi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Train (7:00h), Private Bus (3:00h), Boat (10:00h)

Wake up in your deluxe cabin with a stunning view of Halong Bay. Early birds can assemble on the sun deck for a morning tai chi lesson.

Your exploration of the bay continues, followed by a hearty brunch to refuel. We arrive back in the dock and make our way back to Hanoi. There, take some time out to explore by yourself, or join the guide on a visit to the Temple of Literature. Grab some dinner on your own, before meeting the group for the next big adventure: a night on the sleeper train!

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Khai Dinh tomb
Hue building

Visit Forbidden City

Try traditional banh dish

Imperial City tour

Free afternoon to explore

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h)

Your overnight train pulls into the historical city of Hue just in time for breakfast. Dig into a hearty bon bo Hue, the tasty noodle soup preferred by locals, before setting off to explore Vietnam's imperial past. Visit Emperor Khai Dinh's tomb and the Forbidden City, located inside the walls of the Citadel - the best place to learn more about the daily life of Kings and their courts during this period.

For lunch, we visit nearby Kim Long ancient village, where a charming family prepare traditional rice cakes and dumplings for us, known as banh of Hue.

The afternoon is free for you to stroll around the town or relax. Those who wish can take part in an art workshop, in which they can try themselves at a new form of local art called Truc Chi, in which bamboo paper is carved (optional, USD25 per person).

Hue is a vibrant city, so those wanting a night out on the town are in the perfect place!

Dam Chuong
Vietnam Beach
Villa Louise Hue

Visit a fish market

Sunrise over Tam Giang lagoon

Enjoy the hotel's 3 pools

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (1:30h), Boat (0:30h)

Today is your day to relax, enjoy the beach and take in all you've experienced in the last few days. We do have a special morning activity planned for those who like, but if you want to lay in, go ahead!

Early birds set their alarm to wake them before dawn. We head to Dam Chuon lagoon and take a local boat to Tam Giang, home to fishing communities. Watch the beautiful sunrise over the lagoon. We reach the wholesale fish market, where fishermen are unloading their catch from the night. Our guide picks the freshest seafood and asks a local chef to cook some tasty traditional Vietnamese pancakes with it. Along with a cup of tea, this is our breakfast today. We continue to the Japanese bridge of Tanh Toan. There, a local street vendor often performs a cappella folk songs. Are we in luck to hear her today?

Heading back to the hotel, we pick up the rest of the gang who stayed in bed. Together, we go to Phu Thuan beach and relax in our gorgeous seaside accommodation for the rest of the day.

Bach Ma National Park
Hoi An night
Lanterns

Scenic drive

Refreshing lakes & waterfalls

Boat ride into Hoi An

Jungle hike in national park

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Private Bus (4:00h), By Foot (2:30h), Boat (1:00h)

Enjoy your breakfast by the beach before an adventurous trek in the jungle.

We head to beautiful Bach Ma National Park, where we take an exciting 2.5-hour hike, climbing up rocks and down ladders to get to the best spots. We'll pass by several lakes - anyone fancy jumping in to refresh themselves? We pass by the top of the 350m high Rhododendron Waterfalls and take a break for a picnic lunch.

In the early afternoon, we drive down the mountain and continue our journey passing by Lang Co Bay and the scenic Hai Van Pass. We reach Cam Thanh mangrove, where a local wooden boat awaits.

We cruise along the river into the sunset. Feel like an emperor or empress as the ancient city of Hoi An appears in the distance, with a thousand colourful lanterns lighting the scene for our arrival. Welcome to Hoi An, one of Vietnam's most picturesque cities.

Hoi An
Hoi An
Painter Hoi An

Sample street food in Hanoi

Free afternoon to explore

Check out the night market

Walking tour of Hoi An

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: By Foot (2:30h)

Be warned: today you may lose your heart to the charming town of Hoi An. Stroll through the ancient streets while your guide tells you more about the old port town. Get your bearings, stopping off for delicious bites to eat.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy in this friendly town. Would you like to drink Vietnamese coffee with a view of the river? Head to An Bang beach for a little sizzle? Rent a bike to explore?

In the evening, we recommend checking out the bustling night market where you can find souvenirs to take home.

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SUP
Duy Vinh

Kayak/SUP through palm forest

Travel to Siem Reap

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (1:30h), Flight (2:00h), By Foot (1:00h), Boat (2:00h)

There is one more spectacular sight to see in Vietnam before we head to Cambodia: the mangrove and coco palm forests of the region! Choose whether you prefer to explore them from a kayak or SUP (Stand Up Paddle). We paddle through the beautiful scenery to Cam Kim island, where we stop off to visit Duy Vinh commune. Here, thanks to a tourism project, locals can earn a living while keeping the traditional craft of sedge mattress weaving alive.

Head back to Hoi An for some last shopping and packing before you fly to Siem Reap. Arriving in the Cambodian capital, meet your guide and hear their tips for where to spend your free evening in this lovely town.

Angkor Wat Woman
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Full day at Angkor Wat

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h), By Foot (2:30h), Bicycle (3:00h)

Are you ready for a day you'll never forget? Today you get to visit the largest religious monument in the world, legendary Angkor Wat!

Originally built in the 12th century to honour a Hindu God, the 1.6 square km (0.6 miles) large complex is now one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. It holds 72 major monuments, some of which the jungle tried to claim for itself, covering them in roots. Channel your inner Lara Croft as you recognise Ta Prohm Temple, in which the movie Tomb Raider was partially filmed.

Other buildings sport intricate decorations which tell thousands of stories. Lose yourself and your sense of time as you spend the day exploring Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom and other areas of the fantastic Angkor Wat on bike and on foot.

Angkor Wat sunset
Siem Reap cookery class
Balloon Angkor Wat

Learn to cook Cambodian food

Meet a Khmer family

Sunrise balloon at Angkor Wat

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Local transport (1:00h)

We start our last full day of the tour with a very special early morning activity. We soar into the sky in a balloon - which is attached to the ground by ropes - and from this bird's eye view, we watch the sun rise over majestic Angkor Wat. What a moment to reflect on the many magical moments of this trip to Vietnam and Cambodia!

Later, let's learn some skills to take home: we're taking a Cambodian cookery class. We hop on tuk-tuks and travel to the countryside. We have time for a wander around the village and meet a local family that show us their herb garden. Then it's time to put on our aprons and roll up our sleeves at a gorgeous outdoor cookery school. After cooking several local dishes, we sit down in the garden to enjoy the fruits of our labour together.

The rest of the day is free for you to spend in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap

Last day in Cambodia

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h)

It's your final morning in South East Asia. Take the chance to do some final shopping and pack your bags, before being taken to the airport. On the plane, drift off to sleep while planning your next dinner party with friends, where you can share your new cookery skills and your memories of your trip to Vietnam & Cambodia.

 Banteay Srei main temple

1 Day

5.0

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Bookable: Angkor Temples Private Tour & Extra Night

Want to further explore the temples of Angkor? Then extend your stay in Cambodia with this day trip to what is considered the most beautiful and best-preserved of all Angkor temples, Banteay Srei and the Rolous Group temples. The package includes an additional night in a single room in the Siem Reap group hotel. If you are two people and would like to share the room, you'll receive a discount of $20.

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Single Room Upgrade

The trip includes accommodation in a shared twin room. Treat yourself to a private single room for USD 450!

What's included

All listed activities and admission fees (except the ones marked as optional)

Daily breakfast, several lunches and dinners (see daily itineraries)

Tour guides (English speaking)

Compensation of CO2 emissions of the trip (incl. for your international flights)

Transfer from Hanoi airport to the hotel on day 1

Accommodation in a shared twin room

Single rooms can be booked for an additional fee (subject to availability)

Flight from Danang to Siem Reap

What's not included

International flights (please only book once the departure has been confirmed by us)

Tips & gratuities

Reviews

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Cornelia S

Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

I had an amazing time on this trip. I loved that we could experience both beautiful nature and bustling cities. We learned about the culture and met very friendly and welcoming locals. Everything was very well organized and the tour guides were great.

Linnéa

Linnéa T

Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

I had the most amazing trip! Two weeks filled with the perfect mix of city experiences vs countryside life. We got to try out plenty of local dishes and enjoy a lot of beautiful nature. The tour guides were friendly and skilled.

FAQs

People from most nationalities need a visa to enter Cambodia.

We request that you apply for an E-Visa for Cambodia online, as it allows you to avoid a long line and get through the border faster when you arrive in Siem Reap with your group. You then pick the visa up at the airport on arrival. You can find the E-Visa registration here.

The Tourist E-visa allows you to stay for 30 days.

The processing time for the visa should be around 3 days, however be sure to apply for it 7-10 days in advance, in case there are any issues. The visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

If you don't get the E-Visa, you will wait in line at the border instead. This is a long process, so we advise getting it online ahead of time.

The visa costs around 36 USD to obtain, you can pay with Visa and Mastercard.

IMPORTANT: You must have

  • A passport valid for more than six months at the time of entry
  • A recent passport photo in digital format (JPEG or PNG format),
  • A valid credit card (Visa / MasterCard)

Travellers exempt from the visa requirement are those with the nationalities of: Indonesia Laos Malaysia Philippines Seychelles Singapore Vietnam

This information is offered without guarantee, please check with your local foreign office or the Cambodian embassy in your country to be sure about entry requirements.

You don't need a visa for Vietnam if you're a tourist staying for up to 45 days and if you're from the following countries:

Germany, United Kingdom, Belarus, Denmark, Italy, France, Finland, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden.

All other countries not on the list need a visa to enter Vietnam also if staying less than 45 days.

For the above countries, you need to show this on arrival for entry: Passport (valid for at least 6 months after arrival) Proof of intended departure from the country (plane ticket, tour itinerary)

For citizens from countries with a unilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam, the visa exemption period has been extended to 45 days, up from the current 15-day allowance. This means that visitors can explore Vietnam without needing a visa for a more extended period, giving you more time to immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the country. If you will be staying in Vietnam for longer than 45 days, you will need a visa.

The easiest way to obtain a visa is applying online beforehand (E-visa). CHECK HERE to see the list of countries eligible for an E-Visa. We strongly recommend you do this, as it will streamline the immigration process. You can do so by following this Link. If you want to take a visa on arrival, that will take longer and may require extra documentation, such as an invitation letter from a local agency.

An E-Visa is processed within 3 working days after the Vietnam Immigration Department receives the completed application and full E-Visa fee, but we recommend applying for it 10 days before your trip just in case.

From August 15, visitors can now enjoy an extended validity period of 90 days for Vietnam e-visas. This means that visitors can stay in Vietnam for up to 90 days with the option of single or multiple entries, a significant improvement from the previous 30-day, single-entry limit.

What's even better is that within the 90-day validity period, visitors can enter and leave Vietnam as many times as they wish, without the need for any additional visa issuance procedures. This provides greater flexibility and convenience for your travel plans.

Please refer to the pages above and/or your local Vietnamese embassy to see what documentation you'll need to present to apply for your visa. The current E-Visa fee is 25 USD. You can pay with Visa/Mastercard.

Check the FAQ page for Vietnam E-visa here

For more information and updates, you may visit this link.

The above information is to the best of our knowledge, we don't guarantee its correctness and accept no liability. Please check with your country's Vietnam embassy page for up-to-date information on entry requirements.

As a tour operator, we are not allowed to give specific vaccination recommendations for liability reasons. We strongly recommend that you consult your local doctor or, even better, a qualified doctor specialized in tropical diseases in good time before your trip. Here are some relevant links for residents of several countries: UK: Gov.uk, USA: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Germany: Auswärtiges Amt.

Please note that for our Colombia tour, a yellow fever vaccination is not mandatory.

As soon as we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants for your trip has been reached and the trip is therefore guaranteed to take place, you can book your flights. The trip will be confirmed or cancelled at least 45 days before departure. We will be happy to give you tips on booking flights! By the way: it is in our interest to fill the trips as soon as possible, so we do our best to confirm them as soon as possible.

A trip is guaranteed to take place when the minimum number of participants has been reached. If you have already booked before the minimum number of participants has been reached, we will let you know, so you can book your flights. We will confirm or cancel the trip no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date. If a trip has to be cancelled unexpectedly, you will of course receive a 100% refund of your deposit or any other payments made.

We are an English speaking company based in Berlin. Our tours are led in English and co-travellers are international English speakers.

Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

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