Vietnam/Cambodia 15-Day Trip

$3,400 Trip cost per person (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

A down payment of half the trip cost, $1,700, per person is needed to secure a spot on the trip. The other half is due 75 days before the trip start date.

*$300 of the down payment serves as an administration fee and is non-refundable. You can see our cancellation policy HERE.

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like a single room throughout the trip, you can purchase the “single supplement”The single supplement fee for this trip is $650. If you would like your own room, the additional supplement can be purchased at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like us to pair you with someone to avoid paying the single supplement, we will try to arrange this for you. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

IMPORTANT: If we cannot find a roommate for you, you will need to purchase the single supplement. Roommates will always be the same gender. We try our best to pair roommates based on preferences (i.e. non-smokers, no snoring, night owls, early birds, etc.) but this is not always possible. If you are a light sleeper, sensitive to certain smells, etc, we recommend purchasing the single supplement. We will put you in contact with your roommate after booking. If you wish to have your own room at any point during the trip, you will need to purchase the single supplement pro rata. This will also be subject to availability.

What is included :

  • 14 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Halong Bay overnight cruise (premium boat)
  • 3 internal flights (2 domestic & 1 international – Vietnam to Cambodia)
  • Private, air-conditioned ground transportation
  • Tour Leaders
  • Angkor complex entry (3-day pass)
  • Activities as indicated on the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

What is not included :

  • International flights
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Visas
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Insurance
  1. Physical requirements

    This trip requires a low level of physical fitness. If you’re not feeling up for an activity, you’re welcome to explore on your own.

    Some hotels do not have elevators so you’ll need to be able to walk up and down 2 – 3 or more flights of stairs with varying degrees of steepness, with your luggage, and unassisted. Most hotels will have porters or staff to help you with luggage but please keep this in mind when tipping.

    To participate in this trip you should be able to:

    • Walk 1 – 2 miles throughout the day unassisted, up/down stairs, over unpaved or cobblestone surfaces with/without an incline, and on paths with rough terrain.
    • Be comfortable on your feet for up to 4 hours walking and standing, indoors and outdoors, and in all weather conditions.
    • Carry your luggage from the taxi/van to the hotel and to your room.
    • Get in and out of a van without assistance.


    You will stay in charming boutique hotels sometimes in remote areas of Vietnam and Cambodia and even on a premium cruise ship. Expect things to be different than what you’re used to back home (water pressure, amenities, Wifi, etc.) That’s part of the fun of traveling to and experiencing new places!

    Smile policy

    We welcome all kinds of travelers on our tours and the group dynamic of each trip is different but also part of what makes the trip so amazing. You will need to treat everyone in the group as well as the locals with respect and kindness.

    Free time

    Our tours are designed for the semi-independent traveler. If you choose not to participate in any of the included activities, you are responsible for organizing your own activities. Your tour leader can offer recommendations for alternative activities but it is up to you to make reservations for extra activities.

    Tour leader

    Your tour leader’s role is to help you have an unforgettable experience. He/she can answer questions and offer suggestions about what to do in your free time. He/she will always try to go above and beyond to help you have an amazing trip but is not your personal assistant. Travelers must exercise a certain level of self-sufficiency and independence on our tours. We also suggest tipping those who went out of their way to help you, especially your tour leader who will be with you every day throughout the entire tour. Finally, you will need to come with an open mind and adventurous spirit in order to have the trip of a lifetime!

  2. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that the participants will receive more personal treatment from the tour leader who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route.

  3. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    The minimum age on our trips is 18.

    Everyone is welcome on our trips; male/female, LGBTQIA+/straight, and solos/couples. 

    Check out the pictures from our past trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  4. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time and the tour leader can recommend and/or help arrange any activity that might interest you. Activities in your free time are not included in the trip cost and are at your own expense.

  5. Airport pick-up is not included in this trip. The arrival airport is Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN), and is approximately 17 miles (28 km) from the hotel in Hanoi. It takes about 45 minutes by car to get there to get from the airport. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi or pre-arrange airport pick-up with the provider of your choice. See our blog about getting from the Hanoi airport to the city center for more details.

    Airport drop-off is also not included on this trip. The departure airport is Phnom Penh, Cambodia (PNH), and is approximately 8 miles (12 km) from your hotel in Phnom Penh. It takes about 30 minutes by car to get there from the hotel. The hotel can help you arrange a taxi to the airport.

  6. Most nationalities traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia need an e-visa that can be obtained online before arrival in both countries.

    For this trip, you’ll need a single-entry visa, valid for up to 30 days in each country. To apply for the e-visas online, please click on the links below:

    Vietnam e-Visa Application

    Cambodia e-Visa Application

    If you are unsure if you are eligible for an e-visa to either country, please check with the nearest Vietnamese or Cambodian embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to both countries.

    We will contact you 90 days before the trip starts to remind you to apply for the visa. To see instructions on how to get a visa for each country, please click the following links:

    How to get the Vietnam visa

    How to get the Cambodia visa

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  7. The official currency of Vietnam is the dong (VND). Many shops and stores will only accept VND. You may find some tourist shops that accept USD. If you pay in USD,  you will almost always get VND back in change. As a general rule, you will pay for almost everything in VND.

    The official currency of Cambodia is the riel (KHR). KHR and USD are accepted almost equally at shops, restaurants, street food vendors, hotels, cafes, bars, etc., and can also be used as tips. Therefore, we highly recommend going to the bank before your trip and getting some USD that are small denominations ($1, $5, $10, $20). If you pay in USD,  you will almost always get KHR back in change.

    Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using a currency converter online.

  8. We strongly recommend using ATMs while in Vietnam and Cambodia as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to withdraw some money from the ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip. It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card. Your tour leader in Vietnam will help you to find ATMs. In Cambodia, ATMs are very easy to find and nearly everywhere.

    It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Vietnam and Cambodia. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans.

    Upon arrival, your tour leaders can show you the nearest ATM or money exchange office near the hotel to help you exchange or withdraw money if needed.

  9. Credit and debit cards aren’t widely accepted in Vietnam and Cambodia. However, in high-end establishments such as expensive shops, restaurants, and in your hotels, you shouldn’t have a problem paying with your card, though American Express and Discover aren’t commonly accepted. Anywhere else, it’s advisable to carry cash in case you come across a retailer that cannot take card payments.

  10. Vietnam and Cambodia do not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis and personal services, all tips are at your discretion. If you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is acceptable.

    Tour leaders: If you feel they did an exceptional job, then you can tip around 50 – 80 USD per tour leader at the end of your trip based on past travelers’ feedback.

    For more information about tipping your tour leaders, please see our blog on tipping your tour guide.

  11. We recommend having access to anywhere between $400 – 700 USD either in cash or by credit/debit card. We strongly advise budgeting more than you plan to spend in case of an emergency.

    As most components of your trip have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunches and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

  12. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Vietnam and Cambodia, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below:

    Welcome to Vietnam/Cambodia! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data.

  13. All hotels you will be staying at in Vietnam and Cambodia will offer free Wifi as will some restaurants and other public places. Please keep in mind that the internet may not be as fast as you’re used to and could be spotty if not absent in more remote areas.

    In remote areas such as Halong Bay, Wifi can be spotty, weak, or completely absent. Be prepared to ‘disconnect’ when traveling in this area.

  14. In Vietnam and Cambodia, the most common plug is a dual plug that fits European and US pin plugs (see picture below). Vietnam and Cambodia operate on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Converters might be necessary for your electronic devices.

  15. In Vietnam and Cambodia, it is warm to hot almost all year round so it’s best to pack summer clothes. When visiting temples, women need to make sure to have their knees and shoulders covered. To make things easy, we recommend bringing a scarf to cover your shoulders.

    Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable:

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Flashlight/headlamp
    • Umbrella (for shade & rain)
    • Bathing suit
    • Comfortable walking shoes (with good ankle support)
    • Scarf/light clothing covering knees & shoulders (for women at temples)
    • Light jacket/cardigan (for cooler nights)
    • Flip flops/sandals
    • Sunscreen (biodegradable if possible)
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap*
    • Small backpack or across-the-shoulder bag for the day
    • Diarrhea medicine
    • Constipation medicine
    • Motion sickness medicine
    • Prescription medication (if needed)
    • Snacks for the road (Cliff bars, nuts, etc.)
    • An extra duffle bag (for souvenirs if you are an avid shopper)
    • Overnight bag (for 1 night at Halong Bay)
    • Adapters/converters (if needed)
    • Mosquito repellent (DEET strength)
    • Cold neck wrap (for hot days at Angkor)
    • Mask (for dusty tuk tuk rides)
    • Wet wipes/Napkins (no toilet paper in some public bathrooms)

    *All hotels will have a hairdryer and small toiletries kit but if you want extra shampoo, conditioner, or soap, you can bring your own.

  16. Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services for a fee if needed. It is best to give laundry to the hotel staff in the morning and it is usually ready by the next day. 

  17. Most will agree that the drinking water in Vietnam and Cambodia is safe for brushing your teeth but is not recommended for drinking. Drinking only bottled water is recommended. Bottled water is easily found and can be purchased for a fee.

    You can purchase bottled water but to alleviate the plastic waste epidemic, we recommend a reusable filtered water bottle like LifeStraw or Grayl.

  18. Vietnam and Cambodia are generally safe countries in terms of violent and non-violent crime. The most common crime that occurs is petty crime such as taxi/tuk-tuk rip-offs. As with any travel destination, it is important to choose carefully before getting into any taxi and to negotiate the price before leaving.

    As with any destination, it is always a good idea to avoid flashy or expensive-looking jewelry and to avoid putting anything in your back pockets when traveling around touristy areas or larger towns and cities.

    The US State Department offers general travel information about Vietnam and Cambodia. See below for more information:

    US State Department Travel to Vietnam

    US State Department Travel to Cambodia

  19. Hotels and restaurants throughout Vietnam and Cambodia offer a wide variety of foods. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the trip although options might be limited.

  20. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers websites for Vietnam and Cambodia before traveling to see any recommended vaccinations.

    CDC Health Information for Travelers to Vietnam

    CDC Health Information for Travelers to Cambodia

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  21. We offer private tours to Vietnam and Cambodia depending on the size of the group and availability.

    Please reach out to us at for more information.


Your arrival city is Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN) and your departure city is Phnom Penh, Cambodia (PNH).

*Please do not purchase any flights until you receive an email from us. You will receive an email regarding your trip within 24 – 48 hours of booking.


Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States passport holders must obtain a visa in order to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. It is the responsibility of each traveler to obtain the appropriate visas. We recommend the e-visa as it is the most convenient and time-efficient method. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to allow for the processing of all visa-related documents.

If you are from a country other than those listed above, please check with your nearest Vietnamese or Cambodian Embassy or Consulate about your visa requirements.

To obtain your e-visa for Vietnam and Cambodia, please consult the links below:

Vietnamese E-Visa

Cambodian E-Visa

*We will email you instructions on how to obtain the visa needed for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia about 90 days before the trip.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

On this trip, you will stay in charming boutique hotels and on a premium cruise ship. All of the places you will stay at have been hand-selected by us for their central location, impeccable service, and quality.


Set in the busy Hanoi Old Quarter, this hotel offers an on-site Vietnamese restaurant, coffee shop and spa. The hotel’s restaurant is consistently ranked in the top 10 on TripAdvisor and serves up delicious Vietnamese specialties. The rooftop bar is also recommended as it comes alive at night with great city views. At the spa, you can choose from a Vietnamese rice scrub or a traditional herbal massage with most massages, facials, and scrubs; a welcome treat after your long flight!

Halong Bay

This cruise line offers an itinerary to untouched areas in Halong Bay. You’ll stay on a premium boat with spacious rooms and every room has its own private balcony. Plus, there’s a bathtub in every cabin. Perfect for luxurious bubble baths while gazing out the giant one-way window that offers great views of the picturesque Halong Bay as you sail.

Hoi An

Situated at the heart of Hoi An, this boutique hotel exemplifies the heart of Hoianese people: hospitable, honest, and welcoming. The hotel has a restaurant serving local specialties, a bar for a drink to cap off your day of adventures, a swimming pool with a bar to cool off, and a spa if you’d like to treat yourself to a massage.

Siem Reap

This boutique hotel is set amid lush tropical gardens and has a large swimming pool as well as tropical rooftop gardens. It is ideally located in the center of Siem Reap city and shopping and nightlife are just a short tuk-tuk ride away. There is a spa on the property along with rooftop, air-conditioned, or poolside dining

Phnom Penh

This boutique hotel boasts unique architecture with lush gardens, striking staircases, and a glass-bottomed pool. It features on-site options for drinking and dining and its rooftop bar offers views of the city skyline that are unparalleled.

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

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