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VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

Vietnam & Cambodia Group Tour for Solos 30s & 40s !

Vietnam and Cambodia are dream destinations, plain and simple, but how do you choose which one to visit? That’s easy – you don’t! On this jam-packed 15-day adventure, you’ll experience the best of both countries with a small group of travelers just like you. Devour delicious bun cha in Hanoi, ride bikes in the rice fields of Hoi An, wriggle through the Cu Chi Tunnels, witness the sunset over the Angkor Temples, and do Tai Chi in Ha Long Bay. This one’s not to be missed!

Floating market during out vietnam and cambodia tour

Hanoi + Ninh Binh + Ha Long + Hoi An + Saigon + Siem Reap!

Streets of vietnam during our small group tour

Highlights

  • Discover the sights, sounds & tastes of HANOI
  • Kayak, swim & explore caves in HA LONG BAY
  • Ride the backroads of HOI AN
  • TREK village to village in rural Vietnam
  • Experience the lush nature in PU LUONG and NINH BINH
  • Glide past river markets in the MEKONG DELTA
  • Witness the legacy of the VIETNAM WAR
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring ANGKOR WAT
    Ha Long Bay Vietnam during our 15 day group tour of vietnam and cambodia

    Included

    • 15-days / 14-nights: 2 Hanoi, 1 Pu Luong, 2 Ninh Binh, 1 Ha Long Bay, 3 Hoi An, 2 Ho Chi Minh City, 3 Siem Reap
    • Accommodation in hand-picked 3 & 4-star hotels (based on sharing twin room)
    • Meals – All breakfasts, 7 lunches & 3 dinners
    • Airport pickups and drop-offs
    • All transportation & activities within itinerary (excluding optional activities)
    • 3 x internal flights
    • A Vietnamese host plus various local experts
    • Not Included – international flights (we will recommend) + Vietnam/Cambodia visas
    Streets of vietnam during our small group tour

    Highlights

    • Explore Discover the sights, sounds & tastes of HANOI
    • Kayak, swim & explore caves in HA LONG BAY
    • Ride the backroads of HOI AN
    • TREK village to village in rural Vietnam
    • Experience the lush nature in PU LUONG and NINH BINH
    • Glide past river markets in the MEKONG DELTA
    • Witness the legacy of the VIETNAM WAR
    • Marvel at the awe-inspiring ANGKOR WAT
        Ha Long Bay Vietnam during our 15 day group tour of vietnam and cambodia

        Included

          • 15-days / 14-nights: 2 Hanoi, 1 Pu Luong, 2 Ninh Binh, 1 Ha Long Bay, 3 Hoi An, 2 Ho Chi Minh City, 3 Siem Reap
          • Accommodation in hand-picked 3 & 4-star hotels (based on sharing twin room)
          • Meals – All breakfasts, 7 lunches & 3 dinners
          • Airport pickups and drop-offs
          • All transportation & activities within itinerary (excluding optional activities)
          • 3 x internal flights
          • A Vietnamese host plus various local experts
          • Not Included – international flights (we will recommend) + Vietnam/Cambodia visas

          Itinerary

          Day 1

          WELCOME TO VIETNAM!

          Good Morning, Vietnam! You’ve arrived, and there’s no way about it – Vietnam is about to capture your heart forever. Once you’ve grabbed your bags and cleared customs, our driver will be eagerly waiting for you, ready to drop you off right at the hotel. Arrival has never felt so easy! The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, so freshen up and start exploring. Tonight, we’ll gather as a group for the first time to get to know each other. Let’s get this adventure started!

          Busy streets of Hanoi during a Vietnam and Cambodia group tour
          Street vendor in Hanoi during a vietnam and cambodia group tour

          Day 2

          HANOI CITY + STREET FOOD

          You’ll start the day like the locals by joining a group Tai Chi and Aerobics class at Hoan Kiem Lake. Afterwards, recharge with a breakfast of Bank Mi and Vietnamese iced coffee (or even egg coffee if you’re feeling more adventurous)! Today is all about exploring every corner of Hanoi – from the captivating B-52 Lake to the intriguing Hoa Lo Prison (which once confined American prisoners of war). En route you’ll be sampling several local Vietnamese dishes. Oh and let’s not forget about the infamous “train street”! We’ll round off a busy day in the capital city with a glass (or two) of Vietnam’s best known beer – Bia Hoi.

          Day 3

          PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE

          Leaving the city behind, today we’re going remote to experience village life at Pu Luong Nature Reserve, meeting with the friendly locals who call this area home. The drive alone is wow-worthy – expect panoramic views where vast rice paddies intersect picturesque mountain ranges. After arrival, we’ll wander the working farmland and rice fields to get a firsthand insight of daily life in this rural corner of Vietnam. This place is special –most tourists don’t make it here!

          Hiking the rice fields of vietnam during a vietnam and cambodia group tour
          hiking in vietnam during a group tour

          Day 4

          TREK UOI TO LAN VILLAGE

          Vietnam’s most beautiful scenery is yours to discover on today’s half-day trekking and cycling expedition. We’ll start our 4km trek by descending into a stunning valley filled with tumbling rice terraces, surrounded by lush vegetation. As we make our way through the valley, you’ll discover the quaint Uoi village at the base of a towering mountain. The views from above are incredible! We’ll stop off for refreshments at a local home and then continue the rest of our journey on bicycle towards Lan village. The setting is pure bliss! Late afternoon, we’ll make our way to our next destination – Ninh Binh.

          Day 5

          NINH BINH

          Ninh Binh is our base to explore the breathtaking Tam Coc region, also known as “inland Ha Long Bay”. As you glide along the river surrounded by the soaring karst mountains, you’ll soon understand why! Today has a bit of everything – exploring temples, riding bikes through charming villages, devouring mouthwatering local dishes, and even hiking up a mountain if you’re up for the challenge! The best bit, though, has to be the Mua Cave, where you can climb 500 steps to a viewpoint overlooking the whole region. This is what you came to Vietnam for.

          Flowers in the rive in Vietnam during our small group tour of vietnam and cambodia
          Arial view of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam during our group tour of vietnam and cambodia

          Day 6

          HA LONG BAY (LAN HA BAY)

          If there was ever one destination that could convince you to visit Vietnam, it’d be Ha Long Bay. Today, you’ll get to see it with your own eyes! Hopping aboard our private charter boat, we’ll sail our way towards Lan Ha Bay, the quieter – but equally beautiful – neighbour of Ha Long Bay. It’s a leisurely day of sailing where we’ll stop off at secluded spots for a kayak and swim in the turquoise waters. Tonight, as the sun sinks below the water, we’ll spend a chilled night onboard, sleeping under the stars, enjoying this small slice of paradise.

          Day 7

          HA LONG to HOI AN

          On day two of this Ha Long Bay adventure, we’ll rise bright and early to enjoy sunrise Tai Chi on deck, before taking in the early morning landscapes over breakfast. As we head back to port we’ll stop off first at the Viet Hai fishing village, giving you some time to explore the island and take in local life in action. Afterwards, it’s back to Hanoi to catch a short flight down the Vietnamese coast to Da Nang. From here we’ll catch a private transfer to our next stop, the wonderful little city of Hoi An.

          Arial view of Hoi An during our vietnam and cambodia group tour
          Biking through Hoi An during our group tour of Vietnam

          Day 8

          HOI AN BACKROADS

          Hoi An is one of the most charming, and drop-dead-gorgeous, places in Vietnam, so there’s no time to sleep in – let’s explore! The best way to check out the surroundings of Hoi An is on a bike, so we’ll do just that, spending the day riding through the countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle. We’ll cross a floating bridge, learn how basket boats are made (and then take to the water in one, of course!) and also stop off at a traditional Vietnamese countryside home. Thanks to all these fabulous stops, we’ll only average around 1km per hour on our bikes, so today’s cycling journey is suitable for everyone.

          Day 9

          CHILL DAY

          Yesterday was all about Hoi An’s surroundings, so today, it’s time to explore the city itself, and we’re leaving the itinerary up to you. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed Old Town, filled with stunning ancient buildings and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. As you wander through the streets, you’ll see how Chinese and Japanese merchants who arrived here in the 14th century left their mark on the city. Once the sun has gone down, watch the Old Town come to life as hundreds of paper lanterns light up the city. It’s magical!

          Fisherman on the river of Vietnam spotted during our group tour of vietnam and cambodia
          City scape of Ho Chi Minh City during our vietnam and cambodia group tour

          Day 10

          SAIGON + CU CHI TUNNELS

          After a quick flight to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), we’ll whisk you off to the Cu Chi tunnels. This network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War to shelter from bombing and fight the enemy whilst staying hidden. We’ll explore this fascinating network today, climbing into hidden entryways, checking out the secret traps used to injure enemies, and even crawling through the tunnels ourselves! Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore Saigon.

          Day 11

          MEKONG DELTA

          Today, we’ll hit the waters of the Mekong Delta, gliding along this vast and peaceful river system, taking in all the sights and sounds. In the morning, we’ll witness locals heading out on their fishing boats and coconut cargo boats before we wind through a coconut jungle to visit a coconut workshop. From prising the husks off to peeling the coconuts by hand, we’ll get to watch the magic unfold before our eyes as we indulge in the local coconut candy that’s made here. Yum! Staying on dry land for a while, we’ll explore the Delta’s surroundings via tuk-tuk, before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.

          Vietnam and Cambodia group tour – vendors on the Mekong Delta
          Aerial view of Siem Reap during our group tour of cambodia and vietnam

          Day 12

          SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA)

          The Vietnam leg of our trip is now complete and today we’re heading to neighbouring Cambodia! Another short flight will take us to Siem Reap, saving us countless hours on the road. Once we touch down, get ready for a new passport stamp as we enter this amazing country. Our private airport transfer will take us straight to our hotel in Siem Reap, where you can settle in and then spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace. And if you’re feeling up for it, don’t miss out on the famous “Pub Street”. Let your hair down and join the party!

          Day 13

          ANGKOR WAT TEMPLES

          It’s temple time and these magnificent temples are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Some are hidden deep in the jungle, some are crumbling into ruin, and others look surprisingly brand new! After a jam-packed morning visiting temples (including the iconic Bayon Temple, better known as the “smiley face” temple) we’ll break for a picnic lunch in the shade. Then, it’s time for Cambodia’s star attraction: Angkor Wat! This kick-ass temple was built in the early 12th century and was mysteriously abandoned two centuries later. We’ll explore it from top-to-bottom, before heading over to Pre Rup temple for sunset. What a day!

          Visiting Angkor Wat during our Vietnam and Cambodia group tour
          Streets of Siem Reap during our vietnam and cambodia group tour

          Day 14

          EXPLORING CAMBODIA

          Today is a free day in Siem Reap to spend however you’d like. One great option is to visit the village of Kampong Kleang where the houses are built on stilts 10 ft in the air. Alternatively, you can head to Tonle Sap Lake where the locals live in a network of floating houses which is fascinating to see. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of recommendations prior to the trip. Equally, you could choose to take it a bit easier and simply pass the day relaxing by our hotel pool! In the evening, we’ll go together for the final group meal of our trip.

          Day 15

          SEE YOU NEXT TIME

          With two full weeks of adventure behind us, we’ve finally come to the end of the road. Think of all the incredible things you’ve done, seen, and eaten, though! You’ve sailed through Ha Long Bay, slurped huge bowls of Pho, explored the temples of Angkor, and done it all with a group of incredible people who love travel as much as you do. Everybody will head off at different times today to catch their flights, so be sure to squeeze in some final goodbyes before you hit the road. Then, your airport transfer will arrive to drop you off before your flight for a worry-free departure. Until next time!

          Biking through Hoi An in Vietnam during a small group tour

          Hotels

          We know that accommodation is important to you and it’s important to us too. We’ve therefore carefully hand-picked a selection of our favourite 3 & 4-star hotels for this itinerary. These are the hotels we typically use.

          Hotel in Hanoi during our group tour of Vietnam
          Boat in Ha Long Bay during our group tour of Vietnam

          Golden Silk Boutique, Hanoi

          Cozy Boutique Cruise, Ha Long Bay

          Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City during our group tour of Vietnam
          Hotel in Hoi An during our group tour of Vietnam

          Grand Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

          Emm Hotel, Hoi An

          Hotel in Siem Reap during our group tour of Cambodia
          Hotel in Pu Luong during our Vietnam group tour

          La Niche D’Angkor, Siem Reap 

          Pu Luong Retreat, Pu Luong 

          Hotel in Hanoi during our group tour of Vietnam

          Golden Silk Boutique, Hanoi

          Boat in Ha Long Bay during our group tour of Vietnam

          Cozy Boutique Cruise, Ha Long Bay

          Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City during our group tour of Vietnam

          Grand Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

          Hotel in Hoi An during our group tour of Vietnam

          Emm Hotel, Hoi An

          Hotel in Pu Luong during our Vietnam group tour

          Pu Luong Retreat, Pu Luong

          Hotel in Siem Reap during our group tour of Cambodia

          La Niche D’Angkor, Siem Reap

          What Our Guests Say

          Other Way Round guest testimonial of Vietnam and Cambodia group tour
          Other Way Round guest testimonial of Vietnam and Cambodia group tour
          Other Way Round guest testimonial of Vietnam and Cambodia group tour
          Other Way Round guest testimonial of Vietnam and Cambodia group tour

          “Head and Shoulders Above the Rest”

          Having been on numerous group holidays with more than 5 different companies, my standards are high and I can honestly say that Other Way Round is head and shoulders above all of them.

          “Not Mass Produced or Touristy”

          What I loved about this trip was that it didn’t feel mass produced and touristy. There was a sense of originality to it and uniqueness about the trip and the itinerary.

          “Completely Hassle Free”

          I usually travel DIY, where I arrange and book everything myself, and it was such a welcome change to have all that time and stress of booking the different elements of the trip taken away from me.

          “Trip of a Lifetime”

          I will never forget this trip. Not only because of the country itself, but because of the experience that Other Way Round gave me and the other group members. It was a trip of a lifetime and you will be missing out if you don’t just book it!

          What Our Guests Say

          Other Way Round guest testimonial of Vietnam and Cambodia group tour

          "Head and Shoulders Above the Rest"

          Having been on numerous group holidays with more than 5 different companies, my standards are high and I can honestly say that Other Way Round is head and shoulders above all of them.

          "Not Mass Produced or Touristy"

          What I loved about this trip was that it didn’t feel mass produced and touristy. There was a sense of originality to it and uniqueness about the trip and the itinerary.

          “Completely Hassle Free”

          I usually travel DIY, where I arrange and book everything myself, and it was such a welcome change to have all that time and stress of booking the different elements of the trip taken away from me.

          “Trip of a Lifetime”

          I will never forget this trip. Not only because of the country itself, but because of the experience that Other Way Round gave me and the other group members. It was a trip of a lifetime and you will be missing out if you don’t just book it!

          Prices, Dates & Booking

          Train street in Hanoi during Vietnam and Cambodia group tour
          Rice fields in Vietnam during small group tour
          Walking to Angkor Wat during a Cambodia group tour

          Prices

          Dates

          Booking Info

          2024 Trip Prices

          UK: £2950

          EU: €3540

          US: $3835

          CA: $5015

          2025 Trip Prices

          UK: £3300

          EU: €3960

          US: $4290

          CA: $5610

          2024

          21 Dec – 04 Jan (trip full – waiting list)!

          2025

          15 Feb – 01 Mar

          08 Nov – 22 Nov

          20 Dec – 03 Jan

          • Get in touch (using form below) and tell us your preferred dates
          • We’ll confirm availability within 24 hrs
          • Confirm that you’d like to go ahead
          • Pay £200 / US$250 deposit to secure place
          • Pay remainder 2 months before departure
          Train street in Hanoi during Vietnam and Cambodia group tour

          Prices

          2024 Trip Prices

          UK: £2950

          EU: €3540

          US: $3835

          CA: $5015

          2025 Trip Prices

          UK: £3300

          EU: €3960

          US: $4290

          CA: $5610

          Rice fields in Vietnam during small group tour

          Dates

          2024

          21 Dec – 04 Jan (trip full – waiting list)!

          2025

          15 Feb – 01 Mar

          08 Nov – 22 Nov

          20 Dec – 03 Jan

          Walking to Angkor Wat during a Cambodia group tour

          Booking Info

          • Get in touch (using form below) and tell us your preferred dates
          • We’ll confirm availability within 24 hrs
          • Confirm that you’d like to go ahead
          • Pay £200 / US$250 deposit to secure place
          • Pay remainder 2 months before departure

           

          Important Notes

          Am I a good fit for an OWR trip?

          We know it’s important to you to choose the right tour company for you.

          And equally, for us, it’s super important that we get the right people joining our trips (people who are likely to get the most out of it).

          We’d therefore appreciate if you could please read the following page carefully before signing up: OWR Trip Style

          Are international flights included?

          No.

          International flights are not included in the price of our tours. This is something you would book yourself seperately.

          Which airports should I fly into?

          Our trip starts in Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN) and ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia (SAI). You should organise your flights accordingly.

          Ideally you should arrive at the hotel by 6pm on the first day. This is when we have our welcome meeting and afterwards go for dinner (although if you arrive later it’s fine to catch up).

          You can leave at any time on the last day. There are no activities scheduled for that day.

          If you need help researching flights, contact us at [email protected] or fill out the contact form on this page.

          Are airport transfers included?

          Yes, they are included at both the start and end of every trip.

          Notes

          • We only do transfers between airports and our selected hotels. No other locations.
          • For those tagging on extra days, we will endeavour to include transfers up to 2 days outside of official tour dates.

          Can I book a private room?

          Yes.

          Our standard prices are based on sharing a twin hotel room with one other person of the same gender.

          However, if you prefer a private then you can select this option for £400 / $500 extra.

          Just let us know at the time of booking.

          Can I book pre and/or post accommodation?

          Yes, we can book you in for extra days at either our arrival hotel or departure hotel.

          This is up to a maximum of 2 days on either side. If for longer, we suggest you book directly with the hotel.

          Contact us at [email protected] for rates.

          I’m traveling solo, will I be the only one?

          No.

          Our trips are specifically designed for solo travelers so you will fit in perfectly.

          Some people may bring a friend but the majority will always be traveling solo.

          How do I book?

          You contact us either via the contact form on this site or by emailing us at [email protected].

          You confirm your name, your age, which country you are based in and you tell us the destination and dates you would like to join.

          We then send you an electronic invoice to collect your deposit payment.

          To reserve a spot you pay a £200 / $250 deposit and then the remaining balance must be paid by 60 days before the trip.

          If your booking is within 60 days, then you must pay the full balance at that point.

          Is the deposit refundable?

          No, the deposit is non-refundable.

          However, if you can no longer make the trip you can transfer that deposit onto any other future trip.

          Do you have payment plans?

          Yes.

          We can either split your balance into even monthly payments, or we can set it up so you can pay any smaller amounts as and when you like.

          Just let us know at the time of booking.

          Visas, vaccinations & packing lists?

          Two months before your trip you will receive a comprehensive pre-trip pack which tells you everything you need to get prepared for the trip (including info on visas, vaccinations & packing lists).

          As a heads up, some tourist visas will be required.

          US/Canadian citizens will have to apply for both a Vietnam ($25) & Cambodia ($36) tourist visa.

          UK/Most European citizens will only need to apply for Cambodia (£28).

          The process is simple, can be done online and the processing time is only a few days. We will send instructions in our pre-trip pack. 

          Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

          Yes.

          We cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other dietary requirements. We will always make sure there are options available to you in the restaurants we visit.

          Please be aware though that there will not likely be the same range of options as you have available in your home country.

          Will I get to meet other members of the group before the trip?

          Yes.

          In the week before the trip we will create a WhatsApp group with all the people joining the trip. This is a great opportunity to connect ahead of the trip.

          Are the hotels listed on the website the actual hotels you use?

          Generally yes, it will be these hotels.

          From time to time we may need to change a specific hotel if for example it’s not available on those given dates. But in such situations, we will always replace with another hotel at the same quality.

          What’s the cancellation policy?

          The £200/$250 deposit is non-refundable. However, if you need to cancel at any point, you can put this towards any future trip you book with us (in any location).

          The rest of the balance is refundable up until two months before the trip. From that point we have to start committing funds to local suppliers and so:-

          > 30-60 days before trip – 50% refund

          > 0–30 days before trip – 0% refund

          But, we also recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you for any unexpected last-minute cancellation.

          Enquire Now

          For bookings or enquiries, complete the form below or email [email protected] 

          And if you prefer to chat to someone, you can schedule a zoom call