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The Ultimate Adventure Through Vietnam and Cambodia

Venture into the heart of Southeast Asia to hike, bike and paddle among ancient wonders, labyrinthine waterways, and lush landscapes

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The Ultimate Adventure Through Vietnam and Cambodia

Venture into the heart of Southeast Asia to hike, bike and paddle among ancient wonders, labyrinthine waterways, and lush landscapes

DURATION
14 nights
LOCATION
Vietnam, Cambodia
ANNUAL LEAVE
10 days off work
SEASON
Year round
GROUP SIZE
Up to 14 people
MEETING POINT
Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Hotel · Train Carriage

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY
Easy

This is a light adventure, suitable for anyone with basic fitness and happy to walk, cycle or kayak for a couple of hours each day

Experience the breathtaking sunrise at Angkor Wat, an architectural marvel and the largest religious monument on the planet

Kayak amidst the majestic limestone karsts of Lan Ha Bay, exploring secret caves, serene lagoons, and secluded beaches

Pedal through the languid Mekong Delta amongst floating markets, quaint riverside villages and tranquil waterways

This is an extended version of our Ultimate Adventure Through Vietnam, allowing you to explore two countries in one epic adventure

Day 1

Welcome to Hanoi

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Touch down at Hanoi Airport, where your host will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the city. At 16:30 you will meet your group of travel companions for a welcome briefing, before heading out to discover your surroundings. You'll visit Hoan Kiem Lake (the Lake of the Returned Sword), which carries many legends before a visit to the charming Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain), which is set on a captivating islet connected to the lake's bank. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner – your first introduction to traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

Day 2

Hike the rolling hills of Cat Ba

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Hiking

2hrs · 200m up · 200m down

Driving

5hrs

Today, you’ll travel to Cat Ba island. Nestled in the Gulf of Tonkin, it's known for its lush greenery, pristine beaches, and rich biodiversity. After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Cat Hai island to take a ferry to Cat Ba. Arriving at Cat Ba National Park, you’ll join the forest trail which has a backdrop of birdsong and the chirp of insects. Keep your eyes peeled for animals like mink, squirrels and monkeys. Hiking to the viewpoint at the top Ngu Lam Peak, you’ll discover the stunning landscapes of the island. In the afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Cat Ba Town, where you’ll have some free time to hit the beach, enjoy a refreshing swim or relax at your hotel for the evening.

Day 3

Kayak the magnificent Lan Ha Bay

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Kayaking

3hrs

After an early breakfast, head to Ben Beo to board a private boat, and begin your day exploring the shores of Cat Ba island, observing the daily life of fishermen. Your journey will take you to Lan Ha Bay – a beautiful, tranquil bay located to the east of Cat Ba. Here, hop into kayaks and paddle your way through the stunning limestone karsts and numerous islets on calm emerald waters. Visit caves, lagoons and the serene beaches of Van Boi. After lunch on the boat, you’ll return to the island to relax before dinner at your hotel.

Day 4

Explore the meandering waterways of Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Photo: Host/EAsia Active

Cycling

1.5hrs · 12km · 0m up

Driving

3.5hrs

Today you'll leave Cat Ba behind and travel back to the mainland for your first immersion into the tranquil charm of Ninh Binh. The morning begins with a scenic drive across diverse landscapes – rice paddies, limestone formations, and traditional villages – each contributing to the unique allure of this area. Following a tasty Vietnamese lunch, get on the saddle for a leisurely bike ride to discover the Tam Coc region, also known as 'the three lagoons'. The cycling is flat and gentle, and will take you along the waterways, where you'll step onto a traditional Sampan boat. These flat-bottomed wooden vessels are ingrained in the local culture, crafted especially for navigating the calm, shallow waters. Drift through caves and rice paddies, taking in the colossal rock formations amidst the serene aquatic landscape.

Day 5

Hike the Cuc Phuong National Park

Trekking Cuc Phuong, Vietnam. Photo: Host/EAsia Active

Hiking

3hrs · 10km · 500m up · 500m down

Rise early, venturing out to hike through the timeless beauty of the Cuc Phuong National Park. As Vietnam's oldest nature reserve, Cuc Phuong also serves as a sanctuary for numerous endangered species – eyes open for extraordinary wildlife and the rare trees and plants that are conserved within this area. Nestled between two limestone mountain ranges, the park is home to the people of the Muong minority who live in the villages scattered along the park’s periphery. After stopping for a scenic picnic lunch, you’ll delve into the heart of conservation efforts with a visit to the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. Housing approximately 150 primates, the centre plays a crucial role in rescuing and rehabilitating animals that have been confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade or kept as pets. The ultimate goal is to reintroduce these endangered creatures back into their natural habitats.

Day 6

Sunrise hike to Mua Cave and cycling in Ninh Binh

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Hiking

1-2hrs · 1km · 200m up · 200m down

Cycling

2hrs · 20km · 0m up

Begin your day by catching the sunrise at Mua Cave. After climbing 486 stone steps, you'll be surrounded by the incredible scenery of the river, rice fields and mountains, which are protected and taken care of by the local people. The climb to Hang Mua is steep, and can be slippery during or after rain, but once you get to the top you'll see that this is one of the most impressive viewpoints of the UNESCO-listed Trang An Landscape Complex. Next, you’ll drive to Van Long Nature Reserve, where you will set off by bicycle to discover one of the most beautiful regions in Vietnam. Cycle through changing landscapes over flat terrain, before stopping to be welcomed by a local family to enjoy a delicious lunch of local specialities in their home. This is a true opportunity to experience the traditional way of life in this part of Vietnam. After lunch, return to the hotel to unwind by the pool, preparing for the evening's adventure – an overnight train journey to Da Nang. You'll board the train at 21:39 and be directed to your sleeper cabin, which has four bunk beds, clean linens, and enough space to store your luggage. Enjoy the changing landscapes and don’t forget to pack a deck of cards or a good book for the journey. You'll arrive in Da Nang at 11:25 the following morning, ready to discover the beauty of Hoi An.

Day 7

Sunset paddle to Lantern Town

SUP on a river in Hoi An, Vietnam. Photo: Host/EAsia Active

Stand Up Paddleboarding

3hrs

Upon arriving at Da Nang Station, your local guide will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An. This afternoon you’ll set off to paddle along the coco palm forest and local villages up to Lantern Town. Connect with nature, immerse yourself in life on the river and enjoy amazing landscapes as you paddle into the sunset. Hoi An is particularly famous for its lanterns and in the evenings, the town comes alive with thousands of colourful lanterns illuminating the streets and reflecting in the Thu Bon River, creating a magical atmosphere. Stop to unwind at a cosy local cafe and see evening life unfold in Hoi An.

Day 8

Cycling, culture, and culinary delights in Hoi An

Hoi An by night, Vietnam. Photo: Host/Easia Active

Cycling

3hrs · 20km · 50m up · 50m down

Today, get to know Hoi An by bike. Kickstart your morning with a scenic ride, pedalling across the picturesque Cam Kim Bridge to the opposite side of the Thu Bon River. Explore the cultural tapestry of the area with a visit to an ancestral house, which offers insights into the genealogy of a traditional Vietnamese family. Your journey continues through lush green landscapes adorned with rice fields, areca nut trees, and bamboo. A visit to a local family provides a firsthand look at the art of weaving sedge mats, before stopping to visit another local house for fresh fruit and tea. Cruise back to the Old Town and meander along narrow streets, making your way to Tra Que Village. Pay a visit to a local host, who will serve a Vietnamese lunch using freshly harvested vegetables and herbs. After indulging in a satisfying meal, unwind with a well-deserved foot massage in a cosy space. Cycle back to Hoi An to stow away the bike – you can spend the rest of the day continuing your exploration of the old town independently, or perhaps relax at the beach.

Day 9

Sail serene waters to a Mekong Lodge

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Start your day early – at 05:45 am – and head to Da Nang Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival, meet your guide and head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a historical site about two hours from Ho Chi Minh City. Originally hand-dug by the Viet Minh during the French-Indochina War and expanded during the Vietnam War, these tunnels spanned 200km and featured meeting rooms, medical facilities, and sanitary posts. End the tour with a tasting of Cu Chi's culinary specialty, khoai my luoc (boiled cassava), a dish which was consumed daily during the war. After lunch, you'll travel for three hours to Cai Be district for a boat ride along serene waters to Mekong Lodge. Check into your bungalow to enjoy the rest of the evening right on the riverbank of the Mekong Delta.

Day 10

Adventure through the Mekong Delta

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Cycling

3hrs · 15km · 0m up

This morning, hop on a bike again for a gentle ride through the village paths of Tan Phong Island. Today's cycling today is slow and on flat terrain, allowing plenty of opportunity to experience the vibrant local life of the Mekong Delta. You'll get a chance to see how locals craft rice paper for spring rolls, sew coconut leaves for cottage roofs, and weave dried water hyacinth into a variety of products like baskets, hats and shoes. After enjoying lunch at the lodge embark on a boat journey to explore Ba Dac, the largest rice market on the delta, to learn about rice production and explore the Ba Duc ancient house. The boat will then dock at Cai Be market, providing insights into local trading and daily community life. Return to the junk boat and (weather permitting!) enjoy a remarkable sunset. Once back at the lodge, there will be time to refresh before joining a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine.

Day 11

On to Cambodia

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Driving

5hrs

After breakfast, say goodbye to your hosts before travelling by car to Ho Chi Minh City for your flight to Siem Reap. As you leave Mekong Lodge, you'll pass through rural areas with scenic landscapes of rice paddies, coconut palms, and small villages. Closer to Ho Chi Minh City, the scenery changes to bustling urban views. Here, you'll navigate through vibrant chaos – a mix of motorbikes, bicycles, cars, and trucks gracefully moving together. Be ready for occasional traffic jams, it's just part of the everyday rhythm in this bustling city. After a short (one-hour) flight from Ho Chi Minh Airport to Siem Reap you will be driven to your hotel, where you can relax before heading out for dinner.

Day 12

Capture sunrise at Angkor Wat

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Hiking

4hrs · 14km · 150m up · 120m down

Begin your day early with the magic of sunrise at Angkor Wat – the largest religious structure in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the sun ascends directly behind the temple, the sky transforms into a palette of surreal hues. After dawn, you’ll explore the immense moat of Angkor Wat and surrounding small trails and nooks, before passing by a small local village. Cross through the Angkor Thom South Gate where the majestic Bayon Temple stands. Pass by the Srah Srang Baray, used as royal baths during the ancient Khmer Empire, and stop at a local house to enjoy a picnic lunch. Next up is the vast and ancient Angkor Thom – a walled city located within the Angkor Archaeological Park which served as the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire. You’ll explore the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace, and the other incredible temples. Finally, end your visit at the Bayon, the central and most iconic temple within Angkor Thom renowned for the distinctive stone faces carved into the towers. There are approximately 200 smiling faces, thought to represent the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, or a combination of Buddha and the king himself.

Day 13

Cycle through Siem Reap and sample Cambodian cooking

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Cycling

1.5hrs · 15km · 0m up

Hiking

1.5hrs · 180m up · 180m down

This morning, experience a monk blessing, beginning with an overview of Buddhism and insight into Cambodian monks' daily life. The ceremony involves chants, holy water, and a red string on your wrist, symbolising the clearing of negativity for luck, health, and spiritual protection. You'll need to dress with shoulders and knees covered, so bring long clothing or a shawl. Then, hop on your bike to Preah Dak, a local market bursting with fresh fruits, veggies, and rice noodles. Pedal along the dirt roads to a nearby local home, where you'll dive into the secrets of making rice noodles with a local family, before enjoying the flavours of Nom Bahn Chok, a delicious traditional breakfast. Continue cycling to Banteay Samre and Phnom Bok, lesser-visited temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, before exploring Banteay Srei. This Hindu temple, named the 'Citadel of Women', is built from pink sandstone with intricate carvings depicting mythology and divine figures.

Day 14

Hiking at Kulen Mountain

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Hiking

3hrs · 9km · 300m up · 300m down

Start your day with a journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen, the largest forested area in the province. Arriving at the National Park, you will be welcomed by the local ranger who will give a briefing, then accompany you for the hike to local sites like the river of 1000 Lingas, the Buddha monastery and the 20m high Kulen Waterfall. You’ll follow jungle trails to discover the diverse flora and fauna, and if you are lucky you may spot some macaques playing in the trees. After lunch, enjoy the natural surroundings or take a swim at the waterfall. Hiking here helps to preserve Kulen Mountain's natural habitat by providing local communities with an alternative income through tourism, preventing poaching and tree felling.

Day 15

Farewell

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This morning, you will say goodbye to your hosts, leaving with many memories of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You'll be driven back to Siem Reap Airport in time for your flight home.

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking local guides

Accommodation

13 nights in hotels; 1 night on a sleeper train

Meals

13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All your equipment for SUP, cycling, and kayaking is included

Permits

All permits and entry fees are included

Internal flights

Flights from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh and from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Train Carriage · Multi share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9 – Day 10

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 13

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 14

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 15

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

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Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines are known for their vibrant flavours, fresh ingredients, and diverse dishes. Vietnamese cuisine is influenced by Chinese, French, and Southeast Asian traditions and is a harmonious blend of sweet, salty, sour, and umami elements. Iconic dishes include pho, a soul-soothing bowl of rice noodles, thinly sliced beef or chicken, and aromatic broth; bun cha, a culinary masterpiece from Hanoi featuring grilled pork skewers, vermicelli noodles, and a sweet-savoury dipping sauce; and cao lau, a unique creation from Hoi An with flat rice noodles, grilled pork slices, and a rich broth infused with lemongrass and star anise.

Venturing into Cambodia's culinary scene in Siem Reap, discover a fusion of Khmer and Thai flavours. You'll try nom banh chok, a plate of fresh rice noodles served alongside a flavourful fish curry with vibrant garnishes like banana blossom, cucumber, water lily stems, mint, and bean sprouts. Discover lok lak, featuring tender strips of beef stir-fried with tomatoes, onions, and a tangy dipping sauce, often served alongside rice and a fried egg. Or try nom krok, a coconut and rice flour pudding sweetened with palm sugar and often flavoured with ingredients like taro or corn.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

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Hanoi

You'll stay at the Hong Ngoc Dynastie (or similar, depending on availability). Nestled in Hanoi's bustling heart, and close to Hanoi's Old Quarter and iconic landmarks like Hoan Kiem Lake, this hotel offers a blend of traditional Vietnamese charm and modern amenities. It has comfortable rooms, which you'll stay in on a twin-share basis, and a rooftop restaurant with panoramic city views.

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Cat Ba

Hung Long Harbour Hotel is situated in the stunning landscapes of Cat Ba Island, overlooking the harbour and only 300m from the beach. The comfortable rooms are designed using locally sourced materials, which reflects a commitment to sustainability but also adds a touch of authenticity. You’ll be staying in twin rooms, with air-conditioning and free WiFi.

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel is situated in the Tam Coc region, an area often hailed as the 'Ha Long Bay on land'. It stands out as a boutique hotel, positioned right on the fringes of the stunning scenery of expansive rice fields and rolling limestone karsts. The rooms (twin-share) are decked out in warm colours, showcasing a blend of mosaic ceramic tiles and fine art. You'll find handcrafted bedding sets made from 100% cotton satin fabrics, for a comfortable and restful sleep.

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Sleeper Train

Jump aboard the overnight sleeper train from Ninh Binh to Da Nang, experiencing travel like a local and watching the scenic landscapes of Vietnam pass by. As night falls, you’ll bed down in air-conditioned cabins with 4 soft sleeper berths, complete with clean linens and privacy curtains. The dining car becomes a communal space where passengers can enjoy local delicacies and exchange travel stories. Wake up to see the sun rising over the Vietnamese landscape before the train arrives in Da Nang for your onward journey.

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Hoi An

You'll stay at the charming Silk Eco Hotel (or similar, depending on availability). The hotel has stylish bedrooms where you'll stay on a twin-share basis, each thoughtfully designed to provide comfort and a sense of local charm. You'll find a rejuvenating spa and a rooftop pool on site – an ideal retreat after exploring Hoi An for the day.

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Cai Be

Positioned among the beauty of the Mekong Delta is the Mekong Lodge in Cai Be. You’ll stay in traditional thatched-roof bungalows with stunning river views. From the lodge you’ll discover the vibrant tapestry of the Mekong River, with floating markets and picturesque villages. The Mekong Lodge's commitment to responsible tourism extends to supporting local communities and preserving the unique ecosystem of the Mekong Delta.

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Siem Reap

You'll stay at the Central Indochine Hotel, which is just a ten-minute walk away from the vibrant city centre and local markets, and a short drive from the Angkor Wat temple complex. The hotel has spacious, air-conditioned rooms equipped with WiFi and private bathrooms, as well as a swimming pool and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the garden.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge (this excludes the overnight sleeper train) – see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking, as this is subject to availability.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport (SAI), Siem Reap

13:00 on Day 15

Transfers

Arrive anytime on Day 1 at Noi Bai International Airport, where your host's driver will meet you and others arriving at similar times and transfer you to your hotel (located near Hanoi's Old Quarter and French Quarter). If you can arrive by early afternoon, then you’ll be in time for the welcome meeting that kicks off at the hotel at 16:30 – meet your group of travel companions for a briefing before heading out to discover your surroundings.

At the end of the trip, there will be a single drop off at Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport (SAI) at 13:00 for you to catch your onward flight home. We recommend booking flights that depart after 16:00 to give enough time for security checks. Alternatively, you can stay on in Siem Reap to discover more of Cambodia.

Airport transfers are included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 15. For those arriving early or wanting to stay on longer, extra nights at the hotel and airport transfers can be arranged with your host at an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are direct international flights to Hanoi from London, as well as indirect international flights from the UK and various major hubs in Europe which transit via Frankfurt, Doha, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

For the return journey, there are indirect international flights from Siem Reap to the UK and various major hubs in Europe which transit via Bangkok or Singapore.

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What's included?

  • All SUP, cycling and kayaking equipment

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag, suitcase or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-35 litres)
  • Waterproof liner or drybags for kitbag/rucksack

CLOTHES

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Thin fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Sarong/shawl (women will need to cover their legs and shoulders when visiting temples)
  • Underwear and socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sleepwear
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals

SLEEPING

  • Travel pillow or pillowcase
  • Eye mask (optional)

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle (2 litres)
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Post-trip accommodation in Siem Reap (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip accommodation in Siem Reap (Single)

Per Night

Post-trip accommodation in Siem Reap (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip accommodation in Siem Reap (Twin/Double)

Per Night

Pre-trip accommodation in Hanoi (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Hanoi (Single)

Per Night

Pre-trip accommodation in Hanoi (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Hanoi (Twin/Double)

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade (excluding overnight sleeper train)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (excluding overnight sleeper train)

Per Person

Private Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi City Centre

Payable Before Departure

Private Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi City Centre

Per Person

Private Transfer from Siem Reap Hotel to Siem Reap Airport

Payable Before Departure

Private Transfer from Siem Reap Hotel to Siem Reap Airport

Per Person

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 519kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This is an 'Easy' graded trip and no prior experience of activities is needed. A reasonable level of general fitness is advised, as you'll be hiking, kayaking and cycling at different points across the itinerary, for 2–5 hours in duration.

The hikes will be through forest and on jungle trails, and although the hiking is not at high altitude or on difficult terrain, the heat, humidity and potential rain will mean you need to be prepared. Kayaking in Lan Ha Bay and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in Hoi An will generally be leisurely paddling on placid waters. Cycling around the Mekong Delta will be along easy, flat terrain. Cycling in Siem Reap will be a little more challenging as it involves narrow, off-road jungle trails as well as some paved road sections.

Sure can! Most do. Over 75% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. 95% rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5.

Learn more about our tribe of global adventurers.

For entry into Vietnam, UK passport holders can check up to date visa requirements on the UK government site. For other passports, you will be able to verify Vietnam's visa requirements for your specific passport nationality on the official government website of your country or the website of the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your country.

For Cambodia, a visa is compulsory for entry and is not included into the price of trip. Visas can be obtained either in advance or on arrival, with both methods being quick and easy.

If you opt for a visa in advance (an e-visa), please visit the website of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information and pricing.

If you opt for a visa on arrival, you will need two recent passport photographs, an arrival form (provided by your airline) and cash in US Dollars, in order to be granted your visa. Please visit the Cambodian Embassy website in your country of origin for more information and pricing.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

Tap water in Vietnam and Cambodia is not safe to drink; clean drinking water will be provided at refill stations available in the hotels and homestays. Please pack your own reusable bottle, it will be well used.

Water bottles with inbuilt filters are becoming increasingly popular for travellers to use in countries without clean tap water. Please see our guide to the best water filters for adventurers if you wish to bring your own filtration bottle on this trip.

Vietnam is a great destination year-round and has three distinct climate regions. In the north, winters (November to March) are cool and dry, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C, while summers (April to October) are hot and humid, with temperatures between 25°C and 35°C. Central Vietnam has a varied climate: the north-central coast has a tropical monsoon climate with a wet season from September to February and a dry season from March to August. The south-central coast, experiences a dry season from January to September and a wet season from October to December. Southern Vietnam has a dry season (November to April) characterised by heat and low rainfall, with temperatures between 25°C and 35°C, and a rainy season (May to October) with higher humidity. It's important to note local variations and the possibility of typhoons, especially during the wet season.

Siem Reap, has a tropical climate characterised by well-defined dry and wet seasons. November to April are dry months with temperatures range from 25-35°C. Following the dry season, the hot season emerges from March to May, with temperatures rising above 35°C. The wet season follows, lasting from June to October, with heavy rainfall and elevated humidity, contributing to lush landscapes and vibrant vegetation.

Your trip includes regional flights from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City, and from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in Cambodia. You’ll be allowed to travel with 7kg of hand luggage and 23kg of checked luggage per person.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during the day's activities.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. We suggest the below as a guideline which will be shared between guides, support team and driver:

£9 (GBP) / $10 (USD) per person, per day

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

There are plenty of options when it comes to the kayaks available on this adventure. Whether you're a solo adventurer or prefer to share the paddling experience, you will be able to use either single or double kayaks. You can also choose from comfortable sit-in kayaks and versatile sit-on kayaks. Each kayak has a maximum weight capacity of 150kg.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

December 2024

Sunday • 22nd December 2024

to Sunday • 5th January 2025
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Only 2 spots left at 10% off

Sunday • 12th January 2025

to Sunday • 26th January 2025
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Sunday • 9th February 2025

to Sunday • 23rd February 2025
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Sunday • 13th April 2025

to Sunday • 27th April 2025
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Sunday • 8th June 2025

to Sunday • 22nd June 2025
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Sunday • 28th September 2025

to Sunday • 12th October 2025
14 Spots left
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Sunday • 14th December 2025

to Sunday • 28th December 2025
14 Spots left
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