- Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok
- Witness the grandeur of Angkor Wat
- Enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village
- Floating market boat trip (Mekong Delta)
- Shop Hoi An's quaint Old streets
- Cruising through Halong Bay
- Street food crawls in several cities
- Living with the locals in Cambodia and Vietnam
Traveling across Southeast Asia on a shoestring budget is a dream for all. If you are planning to head towards Cambodia and Vietnam during your gap year, then this tour would suit you the best. Starting your journey from Thailand, you'll get an entire day to feel the vibrancy of Bangkok and quickly visit the Khao San Road that's a popular party place for travelers! And as you'll start your journey for Cambodia and Vietnam, you'll be crossing hundreds of villages and get to know more about the countries from your coordinator. Absorb the essence of the places you visit, try to know more about the history and culture, savor the tastes of the authentic cuisine and try your hand in cooking at times! Cruise on the Mekong River and the Halong Bay. It'll be one of the most thrilling budget trips of your life and you'll have to be on your toes to catch up everything that's there in store for you.
Day 1 - Welcome to Bangkok
You'll be arriving at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok International Airport, where you'll meet our coordinator. You'll be taken to your accommodation for the day. There will be a brief orientation session once everyone arrives, where our coordinator will give you a detailed idea of the tour. It's a free day for you, so you can head out and explore Bangkok!
Note - You must arrive on tour with your Vietnamese Visa.
Day 2 - Bangkok to Siem Reap
It's time to head towards Cambodia! You'll be crossing the borders at Aranyaprathet where you'll be getting Cambodian Visa. It might be a tiring journey, but the beautiful scenery will keep you engrossed, so you need not worry! Enjoy the local Khmer delicacies at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, which is run by the marginalized community members.
Day 3 - Siem Reap
Of course, if you are in Cambodia, you can't miss exploring the ruins of Angkor at any cost. Today, you'll be going for a guided tour of the Angkor Temple Complex, as well as the Angkor National Museum. If you wish, you can also choose to go for Tonle Sap floating village tour. And at night, we shall all head out for a pub crawl! So be ready for the party!
Day 4 - Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
It's time to head towards Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. You'll be boarding a local bus from Siem Reap and travel like the locals do! Once you reach, you'll be having an Orientation Walk around Phnom Penh.
Day 5 - Phnom Penh
Learn about the dark past of the country and explore the Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) as well as the Killing Fields. It'll surely give you chills to look deeper into what the people went through, at some point in time. You can also visit the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda, and the Royal Palace.
Day 6 - Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
No one talks much about the beaches of Cambodia, but they are absolutely gorgeous and perfect to relax & unwind. Today you'll be traveling to one such beach destination - Sihanoukville.Head out for a fun night out with the group starting with a barbecue on the beach.
Day 7 - Sihanoukville
It's a day for you to relax on the beach, go for a swim and chill with some beer! If you are interested, you can also go for a snorkeling boat trip.
Day 8 - Sihanoukville to Cần Thơ
Your journey in Cambodia comes to an end as you'll be entering Vietnam today. It'll be a 9 to 10 hours journey, after which you'll be staying at a local village homestay and experience the authentic Vietnamese lifestyle.
Day 9 - Cần Thơ to Ho Chi Minh City
Today, you'll be setting out on a thrilling boat trip on Mekong River and later, head towards Ho Chi Minh City. Get an up-close look at one of the Mekong Delta’s floating markets, and if you wish, you can pick up something as well. After reaching Ho Chi Minh City, you can opt for a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, visit the Ben Thanh market or check out the War Remnants Museum.
Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
You'll have the entire day to explore Ho Chi Minh City, before boarding the overnight train to Nha Trang. Start with visiting the War Remnants Museum, checking out the Reunification Palace, and later, spend time at Thien Hau Pagoda. Don't miss out the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City for some delicious Pho!
Day 11 - Nha Trang
You'll be reaching your destination in the morning and have the entire day for yourself to explore the place. You can go for a snorkeling day trip near one of the local tropical islands and explore Nha Trang Bay's underwater world.
Day 12 - Nha Trang to Da Nang
You'll have plenty of time to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach or visit nearby historical sites. You'll be taking an overnight train to Da Nang.
Day 13 - Da Nang to Hoi An
Go for a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the Oodles of Noodles Project, an initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training. Savor the taste of your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine.
From Da Nang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once you reach, you'll head out for an Orientation Walk with your coordinator.
Day 14 - Hoi An
You'll have the entire day to explore Hoi An. You can attend Vietnamese cooking classes if you are interested, or cycle on the beaches. Stroll through the narrow winding streets of Hoi An’s Old Town to see the Chinese assembly halls, ancestral homes, the Japanese covered bridges, pagodas and much more.
Day 15 - Hoi An to Huế
It's time to travel further north to the city of Hue. Take a tour of this imperial city to see the Thiên Mụ Buddhist Pagoda, the tallest religious building in the country, the Japanese bridge, and the Tombs of the Emperors. Visit the Dong Ba Markets for local specialties such as Banh khoai (savory pancakes) etc.
Day 16 - Huế to Hanoi
Enjoy your free time in Hue. You can go for a scenic cruise down the Perfume River. Otherwise, shop, eat, wander or just relax before you travel to Hanoi.
Day 17 - Hanoi to Ha Long Bay
Arrive early morning to the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. And then, head to the beautiful and famous Ha Long Bay. The adventure will begin as you'll set out on a junk boat for a seafood cruise followed by cave explorations! It's gonna be an exciting day, so buckle up!
Day 18 - Ha Long to Hanoi
You'll go for an orientation walk through the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.
If you are a food lover, then there can be no better option than going for Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour!
Day 19 - Hanoi
Make the most of your time at Hanoi, since it's the last day of your trip! You can go to watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show with beautiful live music and intricate puppets dancing in a water stage. Don't forget to visit the markets and pick up some souvenirs.
Day 20 - Flight Back Home!
Your adventures will come to an end, as you'll have to board the return flight today. You can seek help from the coordinator in case you want airport drop.
Dates & Cost
- Lunch at Siem Reap (New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant)
- Big Night Out at Siem Reap
- Lunch at Hoi An (Oodles of Noodles)
- Ha Long Bay boat cruise with lunch
- Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh
- Floating market boat trip (Mekong Delta)
- Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
- Street food crawls in several cities
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation - Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (15 nights), sleeper trains (3 nights), homestay (1 night)
- Meals - 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- International/Domestic Airfare
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
- Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
Accommodation - Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), basic family homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers.
Meals Included - 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.