HO CHI MINH CITY, DANANG, HOI AN, HALONG BAY, HANOI, AND ANGKOR WAT
With a plethora of spectacular scenery and Indochinese history, this air-inclusive tour to Vietnam and Angkor Wat showcases some of South Asia’s most beautiful features. Start your trip by learning about the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels, followed by sightseeing and leisure time around Ho Chi Minh City. Immerse yourself in the immaculate beauty of Danang and the cultural charm of Hoi An. Plus, during a breathtaking boat ride in Halong Bay, you’ll be blown away by the emerald waters and limestone islands. After exploring Hanoi, make your way into Cambodia to discover Angkor Wat’s marvelous architecture and ancient temples.
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- 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City
- 2 nights in Hoi An
- 2 nights in Hanoi
- 1 night in Halong Bay
- 3 nights in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
- Accommodations at deluxe and first class hotels
- 20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
- English-speaking Tour Director
Passengers who purchase flights will depart 2 days before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.
For flight details, see Before You Depart.
Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival, continue to our hotel for check-in.Accommodations: EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Today is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City independently or join an optional excursion! Consider a full-day optional tour to the charming delta town of Cai Be where we can visit the floating market and explore by cycle, visiting a local family, and enjoying a late lunch in a local house. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.Accommodations: EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City
We'll begin our sightseeing today with a visit to the War Remnants Museum where collections of weapons, photographs, and memorabilia from two Indochina wars as well as an original French guillotine brought over in the early 20th century is housed. We'll continue outside the city to the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels which used to serve the former Communist Guerrillas. Enjoy lunch at a local organic agricultural farm in Cu Chi where the owner, a Vietnamese chef with 13 years of experience in Australia, has set up education goals for healthy foods. We'll learn from the chef how the food is made and where the ingredients come from. After lunch, we'll return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the highlights of this vibrant city. See the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former US Embassy, Cholon, the buzzing Chinese quarter, and the lively Ben Thanh Market where an incredible array of goods are sold.Accommodations: EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City/Danang/Hoi An
Today we'll fly to Danang where we'll visit the Cham Museum housing an exquisite collection of sandstone carvings and sculptures. Later, we'll visit China Beach, the renowned war-time R&R resort before we continue to Hoi An, one of Vietnam's most delightful and enchanting towns. This evening is free to explore Hoi An independently or consider an optional street food tour.Accommodations: The Hoi An Historic Hotel managed by Meliá Hotels or similar
Day 5: Hoi An
This morning we'll take a cyclo ride through the ancient town before we begin our walking tour of Hoi An. We'll visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Near the bridge is Sa Huynh Museum which houses exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Wander into the Tran Family Chapel, a 200-year-old house built for worshipping ancestors. Next, we'll visit Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690, and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of Chinese clans in the Hoi An area and is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fisherman. The rest of the day is free to explore Hoi An independently, or consider an optional excursion visiting a local community farming project!Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Hoi An/Hanoi
This morning, we'll fly to Hanoi and upon arrival, we'll be transferred to our hotel. We'll spend some time today sightseeing around Hanoi city centre with electric cards and proceed through Quan Su Pagoda, Silk Road, Hanoi Rail Station, and then the Hanoi Opera House. Later, we'll visit the infamous former Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton".Accommodations: Melia Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi
Hanoi's rich history is closely tied to French colonialism as well as the Chinese era, evident in the city's architecture, cuisine, and culture. On today's sightseeing tour, explore the highlights of this fascinating city. View the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum then visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Proceed to scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy a guided walk through the narrow lanes of the historic old quarter. This evening savor a thrilling performance of the unique Water Puppets!
*Starting in October 2022: Enjoy lunch at KOTO Hanoi, a community project with a mission to help disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam through their hospitality training program.Accommodations: Melia Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Hanoi/Halong Bay
This morning, we'll depart for Halong City with a refreshment break en route. On arrival, we'll embark on our overnight cruise to the far corners of Halong Bay. Halong Bay is widely considered as Vietnam's most spectacular natural attraction. It comprises over three thousand small jagged limestone islands rising out of the South China Sea and these dramatic formations are the backdrop of your idyllic cruise. Enjoy lunch on board as we cruise out into the bay, stopping to anchor for an afternoon of activities. As our day comes to an end, watch the sunset over the bay from the deck, followed by a freshly prepared dinner before retiring for the evening.Accommodations: Bhaya Classic Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Halong Bay/Siem Reap (Cambodia)
We'll spend our last morning here in Halong Bay soaking up the scenery before we board our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to the world-famous temples of Angkor Wat, among the "Seven Wonders of the World.Accommodations: Lotus Blanc Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Kampong Kleang & Angkor Wat
This morning, travel to Kampong Kleang where you’ll enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit the fascinating floating fishing villages and view submerged forests and fishing farms. Later return to Siem Reap to further explore with a local expert the “Angkor Conservation Complex.” The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best-preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, you’ll first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, you’ll ascend through a series of galleries and courtyards before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls, run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. You’ll also visit Preah Khan, a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Continue to the Les Chantiers Ecoles, a vocational centre, to observe the artisans at work.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
We'll begin our visit with the South Gate of Angkor Thom where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Our next stop is the Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. The bas reliefs are quite impressive and tell stories of daily life and the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. Move on to Phimeanakas, shaped a bit like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear, which were once used for religious rituals but today serve as swimming pools for Khmer kids. We'll walk to the top of the temple for impressive views of the Angkor complex. See the rows of trunks that form the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants, a platform from which King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Close by is the Terrace of Leper Kings which includes a statue depicting Yana, the Hindu God of Death. Then it's a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all - Ta Prohm. This small crumbling temple is held together by giant tree roots giving it a magical feel. This evening, savor a farewell dinner and colorful cultural performance.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Depart Angkor Wat
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will transfer to the airport for our flight to Singapore where we'll connect for our flight back home.Meals: Breakfast
Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Mekong Rural Life Private Tour
- $44 , lunch included
On our full-day optional tour, we'll set off from Ho Chi Minh City today for the charming delta town of Cai Be, famous for its rustic floating communities. Along the way, we'll stop for a stretch and explore a local Cao Dai Temple, home to a religion that blends Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and a bit of Christianity! We'll go on to the gateway to Cai Be's floating markets where we'll board our boat and float past a mass of rickety river vessels where water-bound locals spend much of their time between fishing and selling their wares on land. Though this floating market is not nearly as busy as it was in days past, we may still be able to spot locals tossing watermelons and pineapples between their boats! We'll continue through a maze of narrow canals, leading to a local family producing rice paper. Using age-old traditional methods, the family here can show you firsthand how they create their Vietnamese culinary staple.
Our day continues with a leisurely cycle around the village, stopping to visit a family that uses coconut leaves to thatch house roofs and two others that weave hyacinth products and make net rice paper. Then, we'll take a sampan an enjoy the charming Mekong scenery before our late lunch at a local house. As a special twist, we'll see a demonstration on how to make a favorite Vietnamese specialty - banh xeo, or a Vietnamese savory pancake! Our exploration of Mekong comes to a close with a gentle ride aboard a boat back to Cai Be from where we'll return to Saigon by car.
Please bring a raincoat, mosquito repellent, and be prepared for wet/rainy weather during the wet season or hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses for high temperatures during the summer season. The order of activities may fluctuate during the wet/rainy season.
This tour includes cycling for approximately 30 minutes. Participants should be able to cycle and should wear comfortable shoes appropriate for cycling.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Street Food Tour
- $32 per person
Set off on a culinary adventure to discover the flavors and dishes that make this coastal town unique. Our expert local guide will introduce us to the stories behind Hoi An's most iconic dishes at the town's most famous eateries. We'll start at a local restaurant famous for white rose dumplings, found exclusively in Hoi An. We'll enjoy these delicacies while marveling at all the work that goes into creating them. The staff makes up to 6,000 of these dumplings every day and each one is as beautiful as the last. During our visit, we'll have the chance to make a few of our own dumplings too! We'll step into a 250-year-old traditional Hoi An home to see how the locals live, spending time with our host to learn about his life. We'll visit his workshop where he spends hours creating silver jewelry before we continue to try another local specialty - banh can. These crackers are served with quail eggs, pork, and a tasty salad and are a Hoi An street food favorite. Pull up a small street-side stool and enjoy with your guide. A "Vietnamese baguette", or banh mi is also available as an alternative. We'll continue onward to sample grilled pork satay and visit the central market on the way. Finally, the famous Cao Lau noodles or equally popular, chicken rice. We'll wrap up our tour with a local Vietnamese coffee - the perfect ending to any meal.
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Half-Day Vegetable Village Tour
- $32 , lunch included
On this half-day tour, we'll visit a local community farming project just outside of Hoi An. We'll take a short bike ride of about 30 minutes along village roads and small paths between paddy fields to Tra Que Village where the community has come together to create a large vegetable farm. As we walk around, we'll see the variety of organic vegetables grown here and learn about the traditional methods the farmers use to plant, fertilize, and harvest the crops. We can even try raking the ground and sowing the seeds ourselves! After our efforts, we'll be rewarded with an herbal foot bath and massage before we join a cooking demonstration followed by lunch featuring the delicious vegetables straight from the farm to plate!
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa
Hoi An Silk Village
28 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Hoian, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Peridot Grand Hotel
33 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter Hanoi City Hanoi City, 100000, Vietnam
Bhaya Classic Cruise
Lotus Blanc Hotel & Resort
National Rd. no.6, Phum Kruos, Khum Svay Dang Kom,
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10–14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Vietnam, Cambodia)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Vietnam, Cambodia)
Your flights from the USA and back are on the following airlines. You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Schedule is as follows:
|Departure||Airline||Los Angeles (LAX)||New York (JFK)|
|2023: Feb. 20||Singapore Airlines||10:25 PM||5:50 PM||N/A||N/A|
|2023: Mar. 20, Apr. 10||Singapore Airlines||11:40 PM||7:35 PM||N/A||N/A|
|2023: All Other Dates||TBA||TBA||TBA||N/A||N/A|
Please note that there is a lengthy layover in Bangkok on the way back from Cambodia to the U.S. The flight schedules are always subject to change, but for more detail on the flights, please contact smarTours at 1.800.337.7773.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! However, we are suggesting that you check-in early to request for your seat(s) at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Generally, check-in at hotels is not before 4:00 PM and check-out is prior to 12:00 PM. If arriving early or departing late, hotels usually allow travelers to store their luggage in the luggage room.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are required to enter Vietnam and Cambodia for US and Canadian passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. Please note that visa procedures may change at any time and remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
US and Canadian passport holders should obtain the visa for Vietnam prior to arrival. You can obtain your visa directly from the Vietnamese Consulate or contact “CIBT” to facilitate that for you. You should check directly with the consulate, or if using CIBT online at http://www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork.
To obtain an individual visa for Vietnam, please follow one of the following:
|1.||If you prefer to apply for your visa directly with the Vietnamese Consulate, you may apply in person, by mail, or online. To apply in person or by mail, contact the Vietnamese Consulate nearest your area for visa requirements and application forms and fees. To apply for an e-Visa online, please use the following link https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/. If you plan to apply for your e-Visa online, please check the link for visa requirements, details about the application process (including visa processing times), and application form fees.|
|2.||If you prefer to use a visa service to facilitate the processing of the visa, we recommend using CIBT. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you. If you plan to use the services of CIBT, we recommend that you apply for your visa at least 90-60 days before your scheduled departure to Asia. If you apply earlier, your visa may expire by the time you are scheduled to take your trip!|
Cambodia visa is granted on arrival for US and Canadian passport holders. Visa cost is $30 payable in cash only (US dollars). To obtain your visa on arrival you’ll need to present one passport size photo for Cambodia (additional information will be mailed to you with your final documents). Non US and Canadian citizens may also be eligible Cambodia visa on arrival. Please contact smarTours to verify if you are eligible. Please make sure that you have at least two clean pages in your passport, and that you have mailed smarTours one photocopy (xerox) of the information page of your passport.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, we suggest that you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
The North, Center and South of Vietnam all have different climates. The north has 4 seasons (similar to the USA), with winter temperatures (Nov-Feb) averaging in the 50’s and 60’s. The south is tropical with wet and hot summers. Year round temperatures in the south averages in the 80’s.
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in coffee shops is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. For “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.