Cambodia & Southern Vietnam
This sample itinerary starts in Siem Reap in Cambodia, the base for visiting the world-class Angkor Temples. From here you continue via Phnom Penh into the picturesque Mekong Delta in Vietnam. There’s time on the idyllic beaches of Phu Quoc before ending in the buzzing metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). There are temples, markets, palaces, paddy fields, meandering rivers, tropical beaches and a million motorbikes! This itinerary works particularly well in the Christmas holidays, when the weather should be beautiful.
See sunset at Angkor Wat
Zip-lines and cycling
Markets of Phnom Penh
Tropical beaches of Phu Quoc
Explore Cu Chi tunnels
Visit Ho Chi Minh City
15 days from £2,500 pp
Plus international flights from £1,000
A private 2-week holiday in Cambodia and Southern Vietnam usually costs from £10,000 for a family of four, based on mid range hotels plus flights
We like our tours to be accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.
Our standard Vietnam holidays will start from around £8,000 for a two week holiday for a family of four based on mid-range hotels (often with pools). This excludes international flights.
There are also many gorgeous higher-end hotels. If you would prefer to stay in these, the price will start from around £12,000 (for a two-week holiday for a family of four).
If you are travelling on a tight budget, there are various cost-cutting measures that we can use. For example we can reduce the number of places visit and use homestays and simple guesthouses. With these measures, we may be able to bring the price down closer to £7,000 for a two-week holiday for a family of four.
Vietnam also combines well with Cambodia for a holiday that includes the world-class Angkor Temples. A 2-week holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia for a family of four, usually costs from £10,000 based on mid range hotels plus flights.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from £1,000 per person return to Hanoi or £1,100 per person if you fly ‘open jaw’ (ie into Hanoi and out of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) or vica versa.
Direct flights are available from London with Vietnam Airlines but they do not fly every day. Flight times are 11-12 hours direct and from 13 hours with a stopover. We will be very happy to provide a flight quote for you from your nearest airport. Please ask us for details.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
There are no age limits on our tours and we will tailor the itinerary to the ages of your children.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with Stubborn Mule Travel. This is guaranteed through our membership of the Travel Trust Association (membership number Q0176) and our ATOL membership (number T7608). Further details can be found on our Financial Protection page.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Cambodia & Southern Vietnam day-by-day itinerary
When you arrive, a Stubborn Mule Travel representative will meet you at the airport and take you directly to your hotel. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool.
This evening perhaps head to the lively night market to browse the stalls and sample delicious local dishes.
Day 2 Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the base from which you will visit the extraordinary Temples of Angkor and you will spend the day exploring with your guide.
Angkor Wat is the largest and most famous of these temples but there are hundreds more, some still shrouded in jungle with gnarled tree roots growing through them. The children will enjoy exploring by tuk tuk, visiting both the more well known temples but also some more peaceful gems. Perhaps stop along the way to climb the (sometimes precipitous) steps to the tops of the temples for a stunning panorama.
Day 3 Siem Reap
This morning head into the picturesque countryside around Siem Reap by bike. The route is easy, following quiet roads and paths through endless paddy fields and through friendly local villages, stopping off along the way to admire the views. (If you have younger children we can suggest an alternative activity).
The afternoon is free. Perhaps return to the temples to further explore or if you have had your fill of temple-hopping, Siem Reap is a very pleasant town with fantastic restaurants, markets and shops. We can also arrange an afternoon zip-line experience or cookery class if this appeals.
Day 4 Beng Melea & Tonle Sap
First stop today is Beng Melea Temple, an enormous ruin the size of Angkor Wat but still completely overrun by the jungle. Make like Lara Croft in Tomb Raider as you follow the walkways over giant lianas and tree roots that grow through the temple walls.
From here continue to a stilt village built on the edge of Tonle Sap. This huge freshwater lake is home to traditional fishing communities and (apart from at the end of the dry season, at Easter) is best explored by a small wooden boat. Sail amongst the stilt houses and through the flooded mangrove forest.
Day 5 Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
This morning drive to Phnom Penh. This takes around 5 hours but you can fly if you prefer.
When you arrive in Phnom Penh you will check in to your hotel before heading to the banks of the Mekong for a sunset cruise along the river. Watch the lights come on as dusk settles over the city landscape.
Read More Day 6 Phnom Penh Day 7 Phnom Penh – Mekong Delta (Vietnam) Day 8 Mekong Delta Day 9 Mekong Delta – Phu Quoc Days 10-12 Phu Quoc Day 13 Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) This afternoon head to the Cu Chi tunnels, just west of Saigon. These tunnels were used as a means of underground communication during the war against the French and then later against the Americans. They are always a highlight for children. You can follow a small section of the tunnels although parents may get stuck and have to leave the children and guide to continue when it gets too narrow! Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Phnom Penh is a small city that is best explored from the back of a tuk tuk. First stop this morning will be the Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s Royal Family and also to a small ice-cream shop if this proves necessary! From here continue to the huge art-deco Central Market where the kids can browse the stalls searching for souvenirs. After lunch at Friend’s restaurant (run by street children) you may want to visit Tuol Sleng, a museum on the site of a former Khmer Rouge prison. The exhibits are fairly grim so this is not suitable for all children, but the museum does provide a fascinating insight into the traumatic Khmer Rouge period.
This morning take the speed boat down the Mekong River to the Vietnam border. The journey takes around 5 hours and when you arrive you will check in to your hotel. This evening perhaps have a wander around the town and visit the local market.
A full day to explore the delta with your guide. First take a local boat along the Chau Doc river to a small Cham village. The Cham people are a small muslim community that live along the banks of the river, making their living from fishing and weaving. You will walk through the village and past the fishing farms. From here continue to Nui Sam Mountain (really only a small hillock, but the only rise in an otherwise flat landscape!) for beautiful views. In the afternoon head to Tra Su Forest, a wonderful area of flooded mangrove forest and cajuput trees with a huge number of birds. Take a rowing boat along the channels and see how many you can spot.
This morning it’s about a 3-hour drive to Rach Gia dock, from where you will take the fast ferry to Phu Quoc (2.5 hours). On arrival on this tropical island, you will be transferred to your hotel for some rest and relaxation on the beach.
Three days in which to kick back and enjoy the sea views, toes curled in the sand under a palm tree. There are a wide variety of hotels in Phu Quoc from gorgeous boutique hotels to five star luxury resorts to wallet-friendly guesthouses. We can suggest one to suit your family and budget.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for a short domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
A full day guided tour of this lively and exciting city. The tour can be tailored to your interests and the ages of your children. Perhaps visit a beautiful old Chinese temple heady with the smell of incense from its hundreds of incense coils and enjoy browsing the buzzing local market. Some children will find a visit to the War Remnants Museum fascinating and perhaps enjoy visiting some local restaurants to sample Saigon’s famous cuisine. Other children may prefer to spend an afternoon at the Dam Sen Waterpark, with its many pools, lazy river and waterslides.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 6 Phnom Penh
Day 7 Phnom Penh – Mekong Delta (Vietnam)
Day 8 Mekong Delta
Day 9 Mekong Delta – Phu Quoc
Days 10-12 Phu Quoc
Day 13 Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
This afternoon head to the Cu Chi tunnels, just west of Saigon. These tunnels were used as a means of underground communication during the war against the French and then later against the Americans. They are always a highlight for children. You can follow a small section of the tunnels although parents may get stuck and have to leave the children and guide to continue when it gets too narrow!
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
Vietnam in pictures
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- Unparalleled family travel experience
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We are members of the Travel Trust Association, a trade association of Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Travel Organisers that operate trust accounts in order to provide financial protection for the consumer. Membership number Q0176.
Our ATOL number is T7608.