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Inside Vietnam and Cambodia extension VNC

Visiting: Vietnam
Trip Duration 20 Days

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Inside Vietnam and Cambodia extensionScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 35 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Loved this trip. We had 3 tour guides plus additional people who had specialist knowledge. They were all very articulate, very well organised, very knowledgeable and good with the group. It was great to see the diverse variety of cultures and lifestyles and understand first hand the impact of the political tensions I had heard about when a child. Very moving. The trip is very comprehensive and I couldn't have wished for more.
Confirmed traveller: 04 January 2017
Published on: 09 January 2017
(9 out of 10)


Overall a great way to see what Vietnam and Cambodia has to offer steeped in history, culture and world heritage with the added bonus of relaxing at a home stay on the Mekong well recommended.
Confirmed traveller: 31 December 2016
Published on: 01 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


Leaders were good but in Cambodia much better and far more informative and proactive. He went out of his way to provide additional opportunities. Slightly concerned that no first aid knowledge was evident from the Vietnam guide when a member fell and sustained relatively minor injuries, when walking with group.

Tour was particularly good when local guides were provided with more detailed understanding and knowledge.

Pluses included transport, which was very good, the introductory walks on arrival at a new destination (Vietnam) and, also, the amount of free time available. The home-stay was amazing and was an absolute highlight for location, accommodation, food and welcome. All group members wished it could have been longer (2 night options in one or more locations - one in Vietnam and another in Cambodia - could be considered by Explore).

However, after guide effectively sorted the original passport (with some money inside!)at checkpoint when leaving Vietnam, there was absolutely no advice given when crossing section from Vietnam to Cambodia. A man arrived on a bike requesting us to follow him, while another wanted to complete your visa application and take our passports to office stating that the the cost was $35 each (seemed to be at least $5 each more than official price). Think this is an Explore problem. Guides need to be better briefed.
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2016
Published on: 29 December 2016
(8 out of 10)


we visited Halong bay on the Wednesday unfortunately we were unable to go out into the bay because of a typhoon moving in. However I was chatting to a chap at breakfast on the Monday in a different tour group who was also due to visit Halong bay on the Wednesday, but his tour group or leader had changed the day to the Monday because of the typhoon. I am not sure who's responsibility it is to make this decision, but this should have been done for our group. Halong was one of the major reasons of our, and indeed most of the groups visit. so as you can imagine everyone of us was extremely in light of this the marks above could be changed.
Confirmed traveller: 05 November 2016
Published on: 14 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Great tour and our tour leader's in both Vietnam and Cambodia were excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 23 April 2016
Published on: 02 May 2016
(10 out of 10)


This was a very intensive tour. Every minute of the day was used to capacity. It exceeded all my expectations and I would not hesitate to recommend it. The accommodation was as expected, the tour leaders were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Nothing was to much for them. They were patient, humorous, kind and courteous. The tour was well thought out and the choice of restaurants excellent. I look forward to booking my next trip.
Confirmed traveller: 16 April 2016
Published on: 23 April 2016
(6 out of 10)


Overall we enjoyed the trip however there were some aspects that we would like to mention.
The group was 18 people which exceeded your published details regarding size (14/16)
The tour leader in Vietnam was adequate in that he moved the group from place to place (onto train flight etc) but because the group was so large there was very little opportunity for any individual interaction.
The tour leader in Cambodia was very good and his historical knowledge was excellent.
The hotels in Vietnam were good but not those in Cambodia. The hotel in Phnom Penh was in a Red Light district and frequented by prostitutes. There was no hot water in the hotel in Siem Reap
Confirmed traveller: 16 April 2016
Published on: 22 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


Diem, the Tour Leader in Vietnam was well organised, very well briefed,efficient and involved. The leader in Cambodia, Som was rather laid back, with some organisation
but was well briefed on Temples. We were surprised that the hotel in Siem Riep was
not fully airconditioned in public areas as the weather was/is very hot and humid
(42 degrees). The 'cruise' scheduled for lake tonle sap, was a l;ittle fraught due to the
very low level of the water leading to the lake. The pick-ups and transport were
well organised and everything worked to schedule. One point we would like to
mention. Our surname starts with the letter 'A'. As a result, it appeared that the
hotel rooms allocated to us were always on lower floors, with limited views if any.
We think it would be fairer if a rota basis were used, giving us all an opportunity
of better rooms occasionally.
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2016
Published on: 24 March 2016
(8 out of 10)


The tour happened during Tet (Chinese New Year ) holiday, which was not flagged up by Explore: shops shut, many restaurants closed, more expensive meals, local population on holiday in the same pretty and famous places as group - very crowded. I would not choose this time again.
My judgement of places could therefore be coloured by the crowded experiences:
- Halong Bay, very crowded, building 'Blackpool' attractions along sea front; In few years time it will be spoilt.
- Overnight train: super, very clean and comfortable carriages with duvets!
- Hue very good, also option of mausoleum visit. Biking there not really possible due to climate and lack of maps ( Explore to consider changing trip description).
- Marble mountain - not really worth the effort.
- Danang Cham museum - I would have liked more time (we had 25minutes only).
- Hoi An - nice (very crowded at Tet), food there excellent.
- My Son: thanks to Diem we drove out in the afternoon: peaceful and quiet - good. (Explore to change itinerary)
- HCMCity: very positive experience. Highlight: Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum, can also thoroughly recommend Museum of Vietnamese History.
- Mekong Delta: homestay very good, good building and facilities, superb food; good exploration/sightseeing of local industries and of locality.
Tour leader Diem: good explanations, good organising skills, big thanks to him also for introducing us to Mie (dish in Danang) and local street food in Hoi An. Good availability of bottled water on bus.
Overall highlight: superb Vietnamese cuisine.

Much poorer country than Vietnam, lots of rubbish beside highways. People though very gentle.
Phnom Penh: special city guide was so-so, quite tiring as he repeated himself so often. Changed itinerary around (Tuoi Sleng and Choeung Ek pm), resulting in beeing caught in evening rush hour to city. Recommend that Ing, our tour leader should lead the city tour.
National museum very good.
Drive to Siem Reap in very big bus was very comfortable. Stop at Skon (tasting all sorts of fried insects etc.) Village visit at Tonle Sap Lake and floating village cruise very good (not at all touristy).
SiemReap: overall very good tour of Angkor temples. Good explanations by Ing.
I would have liked more time at Banteay Srei (we had only 20 minutes, too short for the long drive, and to appreciate the superb and justly renowned carvings). We did not visit Terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas, and Baphuon, no sunset at Angkor Wat - Explore to change trip description.
Would strongly recommend visit to Angkor National Museum, well worth the $12 fee.

Highlights: Seeing Angkor monuments in their architectural development (from Rolous group to decline), Khmer cuisine;
Recommended restaurants in Siem Reap: Marum and Viroth's; restaurants in Phnom Penh: Kaboot, Van's (french cuisine in beautiful colonial building opposite main post office).
Tour leader Ing was very personal and genuine. Great ability to relate in an interesting way historic and economic facts, good explanations at temples. His English and pronunciation is excellent, therefore easily understood.
One issue though: I did not take part in option of sunrise at Angkor Wat. Was asked to leave hotel at 6.45 am, arrived at this time of day at 7.10 am at Angkor (even with hold-up at check point due to Angkor pass being with Ing) but had to wait at destination for over 30 minutes for remainder of group to finish option and proceed with tour. Also Banteay Srei temple visit too short (see above).

For Explore: it may be helpful to future customers considering this tour, to point out that the time spent in Siem Reap is full on with extensive temple visits. If people are not that interested in Angkor as a whole it may be better to choose a different tour offered by Explore.
Confirmed traveller: 27 February 2016
Published on: 09 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

Sarah Jane

In January 2016 I did the Vietnam and Cambodia trip.
From the minute I was collected from Hanoi airport I knew I was in good hands. There were 16 in our group, mixed ages and abilities.
Our wonderful guide Sun managed all of us with aplomb, plenty or coffee breaks and loo stops for those that needed them.

It's impossible to select a highlight, the whole tour was incredible. Hanoi was bustling a vibrant. Halong Bay, a place I've long wanted to visit exceeded expectations despite the overcast and drizzling weather.

The over night reunification train journey was an experience. Comfortable but very basic sleeping compartment.
I would definitely recommend taking plenty of toilet appear with you as there was none in the loo which by the morning was very smelly!
My sleeping sac was much appreciated on this trip. The 'duvet' and pillow provided had not been cleaned and smelled of the previous occupant of the bunk!

The home stay in Ben Tre was very much a highlight for me. The food and accommodation were just superb and the trip down along the canals of the Mekong in sampans with all the sights, sounds and smells was a great experience.
The gentleman who hosted our wonderful tea at his home in the delta was so welcoming and the tea he provided with so much local fruit was a triumph.

Our guide Sun was knowledgeable and very personable. He delivered enough information on all the sights we visited while making it digestible and hugely interesting. There was plenty of free time to go and explore on your own which was very welcome.

Hoi An was a sweet town, a little over touristy with too many shops all selling the same tourist stuff.
There were shops you could to to and have clothes made, some better than others. I had a very lovely silk jacket made in a shop called Tan Tan, they were good, very helpful but I did have to have it altered three times before I was completely happy with the fit. However, they did make it in 24 hours and for a fraction of the price it would have cost at home.

Cambodia also exceeded expectation.

Again our guide Voutah was wonderful, great sense of humour and very keen to ensure that we all had a good time. His local knowledge was great and the local guides were, especially our guide at the killing fields. This was grim, as was to be expected but something that was a must do despite the horrors. I learned so much about pol pot and his regime that I'd not fully understood before.

The temples were all breath taking a little overwhelming. By the end of my week I was totally templed out!
Angkor Wat exceeded all expectations and left me breathless.

I loved Siem Reep. It was a less frenetic town with some wonderful restaurants. Explore the back streets and find the restaurants where the locals go and you won't go wrong.

I had no tummy problems on my trip. I did drink bottled water and refrained from having drinks with ice.
Bottled water was supplied on the buses on all the trips every day and there were complimentary bottles of water in all the hotels.

I took US dollars and changed some into dong at Hanoi airport, this wasn't necessary as it turned out, because all shops, cafes and restaurants were happy to take dollars, although you did get small change back in local currency.
The same applied in Cambodia.
I wouldn't bother changing any dollars to local currency it just wasn't needed.
Dollars in good condition are essential but a few crumples and the odd tiny tear didn't cause any problems.

So to sum up. A great trip definitely recommend it a real must do. I was just blown away by Vietnam, it's people, culture and food and ditto Cambodia.
Take toilet roll with you for the reunification train trip and a good idea to keep some in your bag / pocket as not all local loos had some.

Sleeping sac definitely a must for the train and the head torch which I took I didn't need.
You might feel that the sleeping sac was a good idea at the hotels in Cambodia. The Silver River hotel in Phnom Penh wasn't terribly clean, I didn't have a problem but some members of the party did.
The Claremont hotel in Siem Reep was lovely, although the staff did have problems understanding English.
Confirmed traveller: 06 February 2016
Published on: 27 February 2016