What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, including a cooking class and a 5-course Vietnamese feast
    13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, including a cooking class and a 5-course Vietnamese feast
  • 13 nights based on sharing twin rooms in 3 and 4-star hotels, ending with the luxurious Shinta Mani resort
    13 nights based on sharing twin rooms in 3 and 4-star hotels, ending with the luxurious Shinta Mani resort
  • All activities included with local Flash Pack guides and driver throughout the tour: no hidden extras
    All activities included with local Flash Pack guides and driver throughout the tour: no hidden extras
  • Max 14 Flashpackers
    Max 14 Flashpackers
  • 3 domestic flights to Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh & Siem Reap
    3 domestic flights to Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh & Siem Reap
  • Private minibus, 2 overnight trains to Sapa & Hanoi, Indochina junk boat, kayaks & airport pickup any time on day 1
    Private minibus, 2 overnight trains to Sapa & Hanoi, Indochina junk boat, kayaks & airport pickup any time on day 1

Take a first-class sleeper train to the emerald-green hills of Sapa and kayak between ancient limestone grottoes in Halong Bay. Sleep on-board a traditional junk boat with sunrise yoga, learn the secrets of Vietnamese cooking and visit Angkor Wat at sunrise. Get under the skin of both these intoxicating countries: revisit their tragic pasts and salute their bold new futures

 

Here at Flash Pack we don’t like to do things by halves. If you are going to visit the iconic temple of Angkor Wat, why not admire it at sunrise AND sunset? If you are going to journey to the beautiful layered valleys of Sapa, why not travel in style aboard a first-class train? And if you are gazing at the emerald waters of Halong Bay, why not kayak through its limestone caves and stay the night on a traditional junk boat? This epic Vietnam & Cambodia adventure will immerse you in the unique cultures of these two countries, whether you are cooking up a Vietnamese feast at an authentic cooking class or relaxing in a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the skyline of Phnom Penh. There’s the hectic vibrancy of Hanoi to embrace and the lantern lined streets of Hoi An to explore, followed by striking history and temple hopping in Cambodia. Along the way you’ll discover blissful beaches, fascinating history and some of the best food on the planet (also some of the world’s craziest traffic but what’s a bit of rickshaw dodging among friends?). They’ll also be a fair smattering of elegant hotels to bed down in en-route, including the award-winning Shinta Mani. From the calm to the chaos, trust us when we say you will never want to return home.

 

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.

  • Take an overnight train to Sapa (beyond the reach of most travel companies), and trek its emerald-green valleys and rice fields
  • Kayak through the limestone grottoes and hidden lagoons of Halong Bay
  • Spend a night aboard a traditional junk boat on Halong Bay, and take part in sunrise yoga
  • Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine in a cooking class and savour a 5-course feast
  • Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise and sunset, to see the temples glow against a pinkish-orange horizon
  • Experience Vietnam and Cambodia through the eyes of a local, with the help of your expert guide
  • Stay at a carefully curated selection of 3 and 4-star hotels, including the spectacular Shinta Mani
  • Learn about the devastating pasts of Vietnam and Cambodia, while appreciating their growth and recovery

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi's foodie delights

Say hi to your fellow Flashpackers and guide, before taking a food safari around the back streets of Hanoi. Grab a first-hand flavour of one of the culinary capitals of the world

 

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. We’ll whisk you away from the airport by private transport straight to your boutique hotel where you can calm the jet-lag beast and rest well – there’s a fortnight of adventure awaiting us. Your trip begins in the bustling capital of Hanoi, where tiny temples and colourful markets nestle amongst centuries-old French and Chinese inspired architecture. We’ll kick things off late afternoon with a tour of some of the city’s best local markets, where you’ll get to eat like the locals and sample mouth-watering food on our street food tour of Hanoi. Winding your way through hidden alleyways, this will be your first chance to immerse yourself in the essence of Vietnamese culture. In the evening, bond with your fellow Flashpackers with a visit to Bia Hoi corner, aka ‘beer corner’!

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Vietnam street food

Cheers your fellow Flashpackers

Say hi to your expert local guide

Vietnam street food

Explore the local markets

Soak in the hustle and bustle of Hanoi

Wander your way around a cacophony of stalls

Vietnam street food

Sample the delicious local street food

Knock back a few pints of Beer Hoi

Day 2: From insane scooters to first-class trains

Soak in the irrepressible energy of Hanoi, with a guided visit to its frenetic Old Quarter and ancient sights. Then, jump aboard a first-class sleeper train to Sapa

 

Our first full day in Vietnam starts with a tour of the Old Quarter after breakfast. We’ll spend the morning navigating the hustle and bustle of the narrow streets, and if you thought rush hour was bad where you live then prepare for the craziest scooter traffic on the globe. Constant honking and whole families squeezed on one scooter will weave past, but this is all part of the culture here as we visit Hanoi’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 you’ll be transferred to the station for your First Class overnight train journey just like you’ve seen in the movies. Red wine optional, but highly recommended.

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Hunker down in your first-class sleeper train

Learn to cross the road with confidence!

We may grab a few bikes along the way

Sample an egg coffee, a local specialty

Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest temple in Hanoi

Marvel at Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest temple in Hanoi

Hop on a first-class sleeper train to Sapa

Sapa overnight train

Take plenty of booze and playing cards

Day 3: Hike the emerald hills of Sapa

Discover mist-clad mountain valleys and lush rice fields on a trek through idyllic Sapa. Meet with hill tribes living in the area, and have lunch with a local family

 

Having waved goodbye to the electric chaos of Hanoi the night before, you’ll wake this morning to the lush, green valleys of Sapa. In this gorgeous pocket of north-west Vietnam, you’ll find yourself in a mountainous world with clean country air and brightly clothed locals. Take your time as we hike in Sapa and explore shimmering rice paddies, bamboo forests and waterfalls, before enjoying a home-made lunch courtesy of  local Giay families. After checking into your hotel in Sapa Town, we’ll meet for dinner at a nearby restaurant on the scenic hillside. (Click here to read about fitness levels on Flash Pack adventures).

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Hiking in Sapa

Arrive in Sapa, a remote region of northern Vietnam

Admire the layered hills

Rice fields Sapa Vietnam

The scenery here is breathtaking

padaung tribe Myanmar

Get your hiking boots on

Hiking Sapa in Vietnam

Trek with a local guide through countryside and villages

The landscape here promises to delight

Wander through foot paths and rice paddies

Meet local Hmong people along the way

Stop for a well-deserved lunch

Be wowed by the scenery at every turn

Admire those stretching views

Stop for a team photo...

Pass by local communities

The views here are breathtaking

Have your cameras at the ready

There's always time for a group selfie

Important notes

Fly into: Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi

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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