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Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia

13 days, Hanoi to Siem Reap

Mythical palaces, colorful markets, and fantastical caves dripping in stalactites—Southeast Asia is a dream for adults and kids alike. On this trip, explore the jungle-shrouded ruins of Angkor, delight in a fascinating water puppet show, somersault with Cambodian circus performers, and more. Brimming with history and adventure, Southeast Asia will dazzle your mind and enthrall the imagination.

13 days

Hanoi to Siem Reap

From$18319HKD
Valid on Mar 12 2023
Trip Code: AVHNF

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Mythical palaces, colorful markets, and fantastical caves dripping in stalactites—Southeast Asia is a dream for adults and kids alike. On this trip, explore the jungle-shrouded ruins of Angkor, delight in a fascinating water puppet show, somersault with Cambodian circus performers, and more. Brimming with history and adventure, Southeast Asia will dazzle your mind and enthrall the imagination.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Family Journeys

Trips for adventure-loving families in search of a meaningful way to discover the world together.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Small group experience; Max 20

Age requirement: 7+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

13 days

Hanoi to Siem Reap

From$18319HKD
Valid on Mar 12 2023
Trip Code: AVHNF

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

96

Map of the route for Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

Prices are based on double occupancy; all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

Family Journeys are designed for groups traveling with children between the ages of 7 and 17. Your group must include a child in order to book, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

There are new Health & Safety Protocols for National Geographic Journeys tours. Please see here for full details and up-to-date requirements as they may change.

Itinerary

Day 1Hanoi

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Hanoi

Explore Hanoi’s vibrant old quarter on a traditional cyclo—a three-wheel bicycle taxi! Cruise past shops selling everything from wooden handicrafts to fresh fruit juice and traditional candy, and capture the neighborhood’s lively vibe on camera. Then hop off to watch a delightful water puppet show—a centuries-old storytelling technique that recounts popular Vietnamese legends and folktales.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Hanoi/Hoa Lu/Tam Coc/Ninh Binh

Head south to the ancient Vietnamese capital of Hoa Lu, and get immersed in a fertile landscape of emerald rice fields and towering karst mountains. Step foot in the surviving temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties while learning about the feudal history of the country. After lunch in Tam Coc, set sail on a traditional sampan, or bamboo boat, down the Ngo Dong River. Float through verdant jungle and drift past impressive stalactites in a trio of spectacular caves. Continue to Ninh Binh for an evening at leisure.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4Ninh Binh

Return to Tam Coc and explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle. Witness local life as you pedal past farms, venture through serene Thung Nang (aka Sunshine Valley), and marvel at the intricate Buddhist pagodas of Bich Dong cave. Head to a local restaurant for a hands-on experience learning to make Vietnamese sweet potato chips. Later, enjoy a free evening at the hotel to relax in the pool or spa, or explore the streets of Ninh Binh on your own.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5Bat Trang/Hue

This morning, take in the scenery en route to Bat Trang, a centuries-old ceramics village where you can try your hand at making pottery under the guidance of a local craftsman. Then transfer to the airport and catch a flight to Hue, situated on the banks of the picturesque Perfume River. Despite being badly damaged during the Vietnam War, this former capital city retains much of its imperial splendor. Spend the evening at your hotel, or rent bikes and pedal along the river for a glimpse of some of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites we’ll dive into the following day.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Huế/Hoi An

Today, we venture into Hue’s grand citadel, guarded by a deep moat and imposing stone walls. Wander opulent palaces and ornate gardens, and hear dramatic stories of former royal inhabitants from your guide. Then venture to the Forbidden Purple City—modeled after Beijing’s Forbidden City—a fortified complex where the ruling emperor once lived. This city-within-a-city even has its own moat! Later, head to the countryside, dotted with rice paddies and pagodas. Have lunch at a Buddhist nunnery, then drive to Hoi An via the spectacular Hai Van Pass, winding across the hilly coast of the South China Sea.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7Hoi An

Discover the enchanting port town of Hoi An, which thrived between the 15th and 19th centuries. Delve into the city’s World Heritage–listed old town, strolling streets strung with paper lanterns and navigating a maze of temples and tailor shops. Visit one of the town tailors to get measured for a custom-made shirt; then travel to a nearby factory to see how your piece of clothing is produced!

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment Hoi An Custom Shirt Tailoring

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Hoi An

Return to the old town for a fun-filled noodle tour! The tour is led by guides from the G Adventures–supported Oodles of Noodles program, which trains local youth in the culinary arts. Taste your way through different kinds of noodles at a food market; pick out your favorite fresh ingredients; and take your haul to the Oodles of Noodles training kitchen, where we’ll cook up a delectable storm. Later, set out on a leisurely bike ride through the Hoi An countryside, then float down to a nearby farming village in a traditional basket boat.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion| Your G for Good Moment Oodles of Noodles

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s most populous city and economic hub. Get to know this buzzing metropolis—still commonly referred to as Saigon—on a cyclo tour. Cruise past French colonial buildings and stately monuments; then launch into a frenetic market, where the calls of vendors, the smells of street food, and the fascinating assortment of wares dazzles the senses.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Ho Chi Minh City

Today, we descend into the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The tunnels connected the residents with subterranean schools and hospitals, and included booby traps smeared with poisonous concoctions to injure enemy soldiers. Try the local cassava root, which sustained Viet Cong soldiers for years, and emerge from the bunkers to enjoy a traditional lunch by the river.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap

Catch a flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the magnificent ruins of Angkor. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Khmer meal at the New Hope Cambodia vocational training restaurant, an initiative spearheaded by G Adventures. The restaurant provides hospitality training to unemployed young adults, and also funds a free community school and a health program.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12Siem Reap

Who’s ready for a jungle adventure? This morning, we’ll explore the ancient Angkor temple complex, nestled deep within the Cambodian jungle. Discover hidden passageways and crumbling courtyards where the forest is rapidly reclaiming its territory. Later, brush up your acrobatic skills at a workshop with Phare, a Cambodian circus and social enterprise that employs underprivileged youth. Tumble and somersault to your heart’s content; then watch and photograph one of Phare’s amazing performances. Celebrate your unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner tonight.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment Phare Circus Workshop

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13Siem Reap

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion, Hoi An
  • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles, Hoi An
  • Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap
  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Hoi An Custom Shirt Tailoring, Hoi An
  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Phare Circus Workshop, Siem Reap
  • Arrival transfer
  • Cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Water puppet Show
  • Temple visit in Hoa Lu
  • Bamboo boat trip on Ngo Dong River
  • Countryside bicycle tour in Tam Coc
  • Hands-on cooking experience in Tam Coc
  • Pottery village visit in Bat Trang
  • Guided tour of the city and countryside of Hue
  • Walking tour of Hoi An Old Town
  • Hoi An Countryside cycle and basket boat float
  • Cyclo tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (12 nts)

Meals

12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD145-190 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private bus, boat, cyclo, plane, walking

Staff & experts

2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, local guides

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $6189.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Price Options

  • From$18319HKD Per Adult
  • From$16899HKD Per Child

Make it a private tour

Interested in a private departure with your own CEO and all the benefits of a National Geographic Family Journeys group tour? Our Private Travel team can make this happen for you. Click above to start your private journey.

Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia

| 13 days - Hanoi to Siem Reap - from $18319 HKD