Discover the secrets of Vietnam and Cambodia
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Vietnam Kayaking Halong Bay
Kayak the coves

Paddle through limestone grottoes and hidden caves in Halong Bay, a UNESCO wonder

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Rice fields on terraced of Mu Cang Chai , Vietnam.
Sleeper to Sapa

Take an overnight train to Sapa and trek its emerald-green valleys and rice fields

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Halong Bay, Vietnam. Halong Bay Junk
Kayak the coves

Paddle through limestone grottoes and hidden caves in Halong Bay, a UNESCO wonder

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Cooking class Hoi An Foodie Vietnam
Vietnamese cooking

Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cooking in Hoi An and savour a five-course feast

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Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia Angkor Wat Sunrise Cambodia
Discover Angkor complex

See Cambodia’s magnificent temples come alive at sunrise 

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Flash Packers exploring markets Vietnamese street food
The local take

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the region with expert local guides

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What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, including a cooking class and 5-course feast

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in twin room hotels, including the luxury Shinta Mani

  • All activities, from junk boat sailing to hiking, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • 3 flights

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus, overnight train to Sapa

About the trip

Here at Flash Pack we don’t do things by halves.

Want to visit Angkor Wat? Admire it as the sun creeps over the ancient complex. Going to hike the beautiful layered valleys of Sapa? Travel there aboard a first-class sleeper train. Planning to sail the emerald waters of Halong Bay? Kayak its ancient limestone caves and stay on-board a traditional junk boat. This epic Vietnam and Cambodia escape will pitch you into two unique cultures, with a chance to revisit the turbulent past and salute a bold new future.

Get under the skin of this fascinating region as you learn Vietnamese cooking and have lunch with hill-tribe families. Embrace the hectic vibrancy and crazy traffic of Hanoi with a food safari before wandering the lantern-lined streets of elegant Hoi An.

Whether you’re crawling the Cu Chi Tunnels or basking in a rooftop infinity pool by the skyline of Phnom Penh, prepare for the unexpected – the adventure begins right here.  

Where you will stay

Shinta Mani Resort Siem Reap Shinta mani

Shinta Mani Shack,
Siem Reap

Tropical living in the French Quarter

Fresh from a recent makeover, this collection of low-rise, eclectically-designed apartments look out across a pretty, palm-fringed pool.

Why we stay here

Dine inside its chic Kroya restaurant or – our tip – outside, perched in one of the swinging seats, which are suspended over lily-filled ponds. And did we mention the complimentary poolside ice creams?

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PATIO URBAN Cambodia PATIO URBAN Cambodia

Patio Urban,
Phnom Penh

Sleek, central hotel with bags of charisma

This boutique hideaway is bursting at the seams with contemporary design notes, and we love the rooftop bar flanked by greenery.

Why we stay here

A Flashpacker favourite, it’s right in the centre of the city, with a rooftop infinity pool and tropical gardens dotted with frangipani and orange jasmine trees. Grab a mango mojito and dive in for a twilight dip.

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Belle Maison Hadana,
Hoi An

Poolside hotel close to Hoi An city centre

Spacious rooms with balconies, plus a regular shuttle to the beach and Old Town. Make use of the free bike hire and end your days with a gin cocktail at the Terrace Cafe.

Why we stay here

After a day pottering along Hoi An’s waterways, you can retreat to the hotel’s pool, steam room, sauna and organic spa (don’t leave without trying the warm bamboo massage).

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The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi’s foodie delights

Xin chào and welcome to Hanoi! This eclectic city is a delight to explore, combining old-school grandeur with an irrepressible sense of energy. Tiny temples and colourful markets nestle amongst centuries-old French and Chinese-inspired architecture, with elegant tree-lined lakes here and there. Please arrive at the airport by 3pm where your transfer awaits to whisk you straight to your boutique hotel. We’ll kick things off late afternoon with a safari around some of the city’s best local markets, where you’ll get to eat like the locals and understand why Hanoi is a leading culinary capital. Wind your way through a maze of hidden alleyways as you immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and get to know your phở from your bánh mì trứng at bustling pavement stalls. As evening draws in, bond with your fellow Flashpackers with a visit to Bia Hoi corner, aka ‘beer corner’.

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Vietnam food tour

Day 2

Super sights and a sleeper train

Our first full day in Vietnam starts with a mosey around Hanoi’s beguiling Old Quarter. We’ll spend the morning navigating the hustle of the narrow streets, packed with family-run cafés and stores selling everything from artwork to books and hand-embroidered Ao Dais. If you thought rush hour was bad where you live, prepare for the craziest traffic on the globe as you get to grips with this pulsating metropolis. Constant honking and whole families squeezed on one scooter are all part of the experience as you dive headfirst into the the city’s most popular sights. Between admiring the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda, be sure to prepare for the overnight train journey to Sapa by stocking up on snacks, drinks and playing cards. At about 8pm we’ll transfer over to the station for a First Class sleeper train just like you’ve seen in the movies. Red wine optional, but highly recommended for this ultimate slow travel experience.

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Vietnam biking

Day 3

Hike the emerald hills of Sapa  

Having waved goodbye to the electric chaos of Hanoi, we’ll wake this morning in the lush green valleys of Sapa. This gorgeous pocket of north-west Vietnam is a world away from the Big Smoke, with mist-clad mountain ranges, clean country air and brightly-clothed locals. Leave everyday life far behind as you unwind in the rolling green hills, passing sleepy villages with wide skies and dramatic cragged gorges. We’ll tap our explorers within as we wander past shimmering rice paddies, bamboo forests and waterfalls, before stopping for a homemade lunch courtesy of local Giay families. After settling into our spa hotel back in the main town of Sapa, we’ll meet for dinner at a nearby restaurant and toast the glorious scenery over a rice wine or three (for those who dare).

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Sapa Vietnam

Day 4

Sweet dreaming in the countryside

Wake up surrounded by the sights and smells of the Vietnamese countryside, with the green valley stretching out for miles onto the horizon. You’re free to spend the morning entirely as you please today. If you’re feeling energetic, why not head to the hills for a half-day Sapa village trek? Alternatively, you can ramble around Sapa town and browse the popular indoor market for street food or crafts and jewellery made by local hilltribes. And for those with trek-tired muscles, the hotel’s spa offers solace, with a range of signature local treatments and massages aplenty. In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to Hanoi by bus. Freshen up after the journey with a dip in the hotel’s rooftop pool.

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Sapa hiking adventure

Day 5

Kayaks and karaoke on Halong Bay

This morning, we’ll head out to Halong Bay, a stunning archipelago of islands and UNESCO World Heritage Site three hours east of Hanoi. Arriving at noon, we’ll hop aboard an Indochina junk boat to set sail around a labyrinth of 2,000 islands dotted across emerald waters. After a sumptuous lunch onboard, you’ll have the chance to kayak around the bay, paddling your way between ancient limestone karsts, hidden grottoes and secluded lagoons. Or, feel free to simply watch the world go by as you kick back with a drink on-deck. As we swing by Bai Tu Long, we’ll visit the quaint floating fishing villages in Vung Vieng then take in the sunset over dinner before a spot of squid fishing (season dependent). Celebrate this unique experience with a night of karaoke (talent optional) and dancing (same applies), before being lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of waves lapping the side of the boat.

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Kayaking Halong Bay

Day 6

Sunrise yoga and the call of yoga

After a peaceful night’s sleep (depending on how wild the karaoke was), arise to a sunrise breakfast with breathtaking views of the bay. Get your zen in with an on-board yoga class in the most majestic of settings, with the karsts of Halong looming up on either side. We’ll do a little more exploring, sailing between the islands, before beginning the journey back to Hanoi. Arriving late afternoon, we’ll make our way straight to the airport to catch a 90-minute flight to Hoi An. This delightful riverside town and former trading port is renowned for its fine selection of handmade silk, vibrant café culture and colourful architecture. After a full day of travelling, we’ll cap off the night with a hearty meal at one of Hoi An’s many lovely restaurants.

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Halong bay

Day 7

Cook up a Vietnamese feast

We’ll spend the morning ambling the charismatic streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, where every street corner comes replete with a rich sense of history. We’ll see the Chua Ong Pagoda, the 200 year old Tan Ky House, and the Jinshang Temple dedicated to the goddess of the sea and protector of sailors (very appropriate for you junk boating Flashpackers). Appetites suitably stoked, it’s time to get stuck into a hands-on cooking class led by local cooks. Dive into a world of secret ingredients and family recipes as you put your skills to the test with one of the most on-trend cuisines of the moment. You’ll prepare three delicious dishes in this class; part of an epic five-course dinner which you can relish in true style after all your hard work. Prepare to wow at your next dinner party – this is Vietnamese food at its most sublime.

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Cooking class Hoi An

Day 8

A tailor-made day of freedom

Flashpackers, it’s been non-stop action so far; take today off to do exactly as you please. With its maze of lantern-lined streets and friendly locals, Hoi An is a lovely place to amble around. The tailors here are among the best of the world, so this is your chance to get beautiful local fabrics made into made-to-measure outfits, from suits to maxi dresses and beyond. Take advantage of their quick turnaround and have a new wardrobe stitched together while you’re out exploring. Come afternoon, hire a bike from the hotel and peddle over to An Bang beach, where you can order a mango smoothie from the palapa huts overlooking the South China Sea. Back at the hotel, take advantage of the lovely pool and organic spa to chill yer boots.

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Hoi An Beaches Vietnam

Day 9

The hustle and history of Ho Chi Minh

Bid farewell to sleepy Hoi An after breakfast and take a 90-minute flight south to Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam’s largest city is a delight for the senses, with hints of Old Saigon shining through alongside rapid modernisation. Expect women in rice hats selling shoulder pole fruit and veg alongside skyscrapers, boutiques and world-class restaurants. This afternoon, we’ll jump headfirst into this intoxicating mix of old-meets-new with a guided walkabout. We’ll visit Dong Khoi Street, the Opera House and the People’s Committee Building and we’ll pause to gaze up at the towering spires of the 19th Century Notre Dame Cathedral. We’ll also capture a glimpse of Vietnam’s war legacy with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, home to rusting American jets and tanks. After, hit the hotel’s rooftop bar to see the city skyline light up around Saigon River.  

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Notre Dame

Day 10

Cu Chi Tunnels and onwards to Cambodia

We’ll spend our last morning in Vietnam travelling an hour through the countryside to visit the Cu Chi underground tunnels, the one-time stronghold of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war. Learn all about how this communist guerilla force operated during the one of the foremost conflicts of the 20th Century, as you crawl through a maze of narrow shafts and passageways. From here, we’ll settle in for the seven-hour journey across the border to Cambodia, arriving in the capital Phnom Penh in time for dinner and drinks. From the sprawling Russian market to graceful tree-lined boulevards and a mass of bleeping horns, this is a city that demands your attention. Catch a glimpse of its ornate palaces and temples before grabbing a beer on one of the riverside promenades to bask in its irrepressible spirit.

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cu chi tunnels tour

Day 11

Cambodia, old and new

To fully immerse yourself in a country you need to understand its history, so today we’ll come face-to-face with Cambodia’s tragic past with a guided walk around the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. More than 20,000 people were held and tortured in this notorious prison in the 1970s, under the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot. We’ll also visit the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. Standing in the fields today, it’s hard not to be overcome by the desperately sad past of a place where so many Cambodians – friends, family and neighbours – lost their lives. To learn about a brighter period in the country’s history, make a visit of your own to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Finish the day with flavour of modern-day Phnom Penh, from its bustling markets to your hotel’s rooftop pool.

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Killing Fields Cambodia

Day 12

Marvel at the majesty of Angkor Wat

Enjoy a bit of free time this morning before our one-hour flight northwest to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent Angkor Wat temples. Cambodia’s mighty Khmer Dynasty stronghold and UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to the 12th Century, forming an ancient world of ruins whose perfect balance, symmetry and composition are believed to represent the cosmic world (as well as making great photographs!). A staggeringly beautiful canvas, Angkor Wat is not only a temple complex but also the remnants of a thriving empire city that was once home to rice fields, gilded palaces, ponds and houses. Wander the archaeological maze at sunset to see intricately carved temples reveal themselves between low-hanging jungle vines, along with a glimpse into the spiritual life of modern-day Cambodia. After, wind down in the spa of the award-winning Shinta Mani.

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Angkor Wat

Day 13

Sunrise temples and a Khmer feast

Rise and shine before dawn today to capture the ultimate sunrise shot at Angkor Wat – and if you thought the complex was incredible at sundown, just wait to see it come alive in the morning light. Immerse yourself in this Lara Croft kingdom of wonders to find the best photo opportunity, as the sun sweeps across the time-old Khmer empire. Spend the rest of the day temple-hopping between the main ruins of the site, including the multi-faced Bayon, Angkor Thom and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm. These temples were built between the 12th and 13th centuries and their intricately carved designs are mind-blowing. Once we’re all templed-out, we’ll head back to town to enjoy a Khmer feast at a hospitality training organisation that provides opportunities for former street kids (so it’s both delicious and a very worthy cause!) Toast your fellow Flashpackers over a hearty feast of Cambodian cuisine – what an adventure it’s been…

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Angkor Wat sunrise

Day 14

Heading home – or not quite

Flashpackers, it’s time to bid farewell on your epic Vietnam and Cambodia escape this morning and arrange your own taxi to the airport. Goodbyes are never easy but wherever you go next, you can ride on a high from your jaw-dropping jaunt. You’ve kayaked around the limestone karsts of Halong Bay and sailed a hundred islands on-board a traditional junk boat. You’ve conjured up Vietnamese dishes in the lovely town of Hoi An and partied in the rooftop bars of Ho Chi Minh. You’ve crawled through the tunnels used by Communist infantry during the Vietnam war and you’ve marvelled at the temples of Angkor Wat. From Hanoi food safaris to sunset temple trips, it’s been one action-packed getaway. And if you you simply can’t bear to leave quite yet (we don’t blame you), many Flashpackers decide to stay a few more nights at the luxurious Shinta Mani. That pool does look mighty welcoming…

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Flash Pack Vietnam

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Important notes
  • Fly into Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi and fly out of Siem Reap International Airport.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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