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Bev "This trip is actually two trips combined. The first is vietnam South express. Our guide was Hoc who was great. He looked after us at all time and made sure we didn't have to worry about buses, train times etc. the accommodation on the trip was far better than I had anticipated. All clean and comfortable (apart from the beds in North Vietnam but that is how they like them). We saw and experienced s..."
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19 reviews
Starts
Hanoi
Destinations
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Ends
Bangkok
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Highlights

  • Take a magical boat ride in Ha Long Bay
  • Explore the Forbidden Purple City
  • Wander Hoi An’s cobblestone streets
  • Indulge in local eats at Dong Ba Market
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Bicycle, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Plane
Travel style
Discovery
Start in Hanoi and end in Bangkok! With the discovery tour Best of Vietnam & Cambodia, you have a 18 day tour package taking you from Hanoi to Bangkok and through Hanoi, Vietnam and 9 other destinations in Asia. Best of Vietnam & Cambodia includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • L
    Written on June 2, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    this is the review for Vietnam part, Cambodia is a different story, totally different experience.
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  • Best of Vietnam & Cambodia reviewer 2
    Written on April 21, 2018
    2.5 - Average

    Intrepid knows my story, they didn’t do a thing about it. A doctor in the city I lived sued someone who wrote a poor review, in detail about them. I’ll take that cue and only leave the stars I gave them be my review.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Julie, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your trip. I believe our customer relations team has been in touch with you and I trust everything has been sorted out. If you would like to discuss further or provide any additional feedback, please feel free to get in touch with us again directly. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • RH
    Written on March 22, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    We were well taken care of. The places we visited were significant. Hotels were great--especially for the price. The trip organization worked like clockwork.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Robin, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, glad to hear that you had a great time. And we’re always happy to hear that our trips ran like clockwork – it doesn’t always happen in places like Vietnam and Cambodia (and that’s part of the fun!) Hope to see you on another trip with us again soon. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • LS
    Written on January 22, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Having experienced a fairly unpleasant trip with Intrepid before, I was reluctant to use them again and only did so because of the trip length and dates. I’m happy to report that this trip turned out to be very well organised with loads to see and do, and I feel that it was good value for money. The Vietnam part in particular - our guide was the superb Thuy - was absolutely brilliant. Highlights were Ha Long Bay, zipping around on the back of mopeds and exploring the Mekong islands and waterways. The Cambodia half wasn't so great, due to an inexperienced guide, but the itinerary was fab. Phnom Penh is interesting, and I recommend visiting the National Museum. The Angkor temples are breath-taking, and I could have happily spent several more days exploring them. Accommodation was generally extremely good, including the Ha Long cruise boat where I slept amazingly well. Exceptions were the Town View 2 Hotel in Phnom Penh, which was absolutely dire and the Nouvo in Bangkok; I didn't like the latter as the service levels were poor, which after an 11 hour bus journey on Jan 1st wasn’t ideal. Cabins in the sleeper train from Hanoi to Hue are tiny, and good for a bit of a room party, but you won’t sleep well if you’re sharing with snorers ! The notorious toilet on the train is not at all bad, particularly when compared with a public loo in the UK ! My main complaint with group trips is the early starts when they're not required e.g. on days that aren't hot and we're not going anywhere crowded, and not moving onto a new location. I don’t enjoy getting up every day at 06.30 on holiday; I’m tired for the rest of the day, so don't end up making good use of the "free afternoons" that are always part of the Intrepid “itinerary”. If I was early to bed, early to rise, that of course wouldn't be a problem, but I like to enjoy going out in the evening to experience local life, and sampling the local food and beers ! I always preferred to travel alone, but have started booking group tours when I'm going somewhere new and different and I don’t have time to plan my own thing. I have only done 3 group trips, and the make-up of nationalities and ages has been quite similar on each - Brits, Aussies, North Americans, French and Swiss aged late 20s to late 60s. This trip is 2 trips combined, so you may lose friends and gain new ones at the start of the Cambodian half. There is no problem getting excellent vegetarian food – a Buddhist lunch we had in Vietnam was quickly devoured by all the carnivores, despite their initial reservations. It’s also easy to find Western food, if you get tired of noodles and rice after a while. I was very sad to leave SE Asia, and can’t wait to do more exploring this year.
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  • R
    Written on September 24, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    After using three other tour companies, Intrepid has earned our loyalty. Our tour guide in Vietnam was knowledgeable, and educated us on history, and the current social and cultural realisms from an insider’s view. Every step of the trip worked like clockwork and everyone from the tour guide through to the drivers and support staff were outstanding. The tours, locations and cultural information were also outstanding as were the hotels, meals, and little extras thrown in by our excellent, and energetic tour guide. Our local tour guide, Pham Huu Van, was fantastic. Not only did he show us the My Son Cham ruins, but his personal stories about the Vietnam War serving as an interpreter cannot be matched. For the personal experience of meeting Pham Huu Van I want to thank you Intrepid. On to Cambodia and Thailand our tour guide, Boreth, was beyond wonderful. He ensured we were comfortable and went above and beyond to fulfill our requests. He shared his love of history with enthusiasm. We sincerely could not have had a better host to these countries. He went out of his way to share stories, provide surprises, and make us laugh along our tour. Many could not even begin to understand or appreciate the sights, cultures, man-made and artistic marvels, and natural beauties witnessed these last three weeks. I would recommend Intrepid to appreciate all these things.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Rebecca, thanks for sharing your experience with us! We are delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful time in Vietnam – you’re right, it is a fascinating country and meeting the local guides and hearing their stories really brings it to life. It is great to receive feedback like this from our passengers, and we’ll pass it along to our global team where it will be very much appreciated. Thanks again, and we hope to see you on another trip with us soon! Kind regards, Intrepid Travel
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  • LA
    Written on September 19, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful, action packed, culturally diverse experience with so many added inclusions that made this tour so great.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Leanne, Thanks for sharing your experience! We’re delighted to hear that you had a great time with us in Vietnam and Cambodia. It’s wonderful to receive feedback like this from our passengers, and we always share it with our global team where it is very much appreciated. Thanks again, and we hope to see you on another trip with us soon. Kind regards, Intrepid Travel
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  • Best of Vietnam & Cambodia reviewer 7
    Written on June 1, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic tour, everything I wished for and more.
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  • Best of Vietnam & Cambodia reviewer 8
    Written on February 22, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour (Best of Vietnam & Cambodia) was an excellent mix of different locations, each one having something unique to offer and entertain us, and make them stand out in our memory. As this tour (Best of Vietnam & Cambodia) was a combination of two tours end to end, I had two different tour guides, who were both excellent, willing to listen and offer advice, and happy to show you something of their country. The accomodation was generally top notch (not counting the sleeper train, but that was a fun experience regardless!) and ment you could really relax when you fell into bed in the evening. I would recommend the tour, and Intrepid, to anyone who wants to experince a new country with a fun group of people who are up for an adventure.
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  • SE
    Written on August 4, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Trip was amazing
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  • Best of Vietnam & Cambodia reviewer 10
    Written on February 5, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    This trip is actually two trips combined. The first is vietnam South express. Our guide was Hoc who was great. He looked after us at all time and made sure we didn't have to worry about buses, train times etc. the accommodation on the trip was far better than I had anticipated. All clean and comfortable (apart from the beds in North Vietnam but that is how they like them). We saw and experienced so many wonderful things. The highlights for Mr personally were HaLong Bay, Hoi An (the cycle ride which is an optional extra was a real local experience) and the motorbike ride in Hue. This trip is definitely travelling and not a holiday. Highly recommended. The second part was called Cambodian traveller. Our guide was Sambath who also looked after us well. We were all travel weary by now so not so enthusiastic to do so many of the optional trip. Cambodia is far less developed than Vietnam. The accommodation was not so good. I actually changed one hotel as it was so bad. Sambath was helpful and checked a few of us into another intrepid hotel near by. The highlight of this tour was Ankgor Wat. By Battambang we all just wanted to get to Bangkok. (We had had a long day (11 hours) on a VERY bumpy road to get to Siem Reap and would have preferred to fly to Bangkok). There is nothing there and again the hotel was poor. I would highly recommend the first part of the trip, not so sure about the second.
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  1. Day 1: Hanoi
  2. Day 2: Halong Bay
  3. Day 3: Hanoi - Overnight Train
  4. Day 4: Hue
  5. Day 5: Hue
  6. Day 6: Hoi An
  7. Day 7: Hoi An
  8. Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City
  9. Day 9: Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City
  10. Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
  11. Day 11: Phnom Penh
  12. Day 12: Phnom Penh
  13. Day 13: Battambang
  14. Day 14: Siem Reap
  15. Day 15: Siem Reap / Angkor Wat
  16. Day 16: Siem Reap / Angkor Wat
  17. Day 17: Bangkok
  18. Day 18: Bangkok

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    • How big is the group & is there a single supplement?

      The group size is maximum of 16 travellers. The single supplement is completely optional. You are not required to pay a single supplement to join the tour. The tour price advertised is based on a twin share basis, if you are a single traveller you will be roomed with a passenger of the same gender. The single supplement optional cost is if you would like your own room on the tour.

    • What type of accommodation is provided?

      The accommodation on this trip is twin / multi-share made in hotels, with 1 night on an overnight boat, and 1 night on a sleeper train.

    • Will food be included?

      There are 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners included in the tour price, and you will be responsible for purchasing your other meals not outlined in the itinerary (your tour guide will be able to point you in the right direction in each destination you visit!).

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    Typhoid
    Recommended for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Vietnam and Cambodia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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    Hanoi is the starting point and Bangkok is the endpoint.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 17 September 2018 the full payment of $1,711 is necessary.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1711 for Best of Vietnam & Cambodia, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,325 km.
    • Hanoi (Vietnam)
    • 126 km
    • Halong Bay (Vietnam)
    • 126 km
    • Hanoi (Vietnam)
    • 538 km
    • Hue (Vietnam)
    • 104 km
    • Hoi An (Vietnam)
    • 598 km
    • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    • 209 km
    • Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
    • 231 km
    • Siem Reap (Cambodia)
    • 5 km
    • Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
    • 105 km
    • Battambang (Cambodia)
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