Vietnam and Cambodia Holiday Packages – Culture and Beach

Are you dreaming of a holiday that perfectly blends cultural exploration with a fabulous beach vacation? Look no further than Vietnam and Cambodia, two Southeast Asian gems that offer an unforgettable journey through history, vibrant traditions, and pristine coastlines. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the best Vietnam and Cambodia holiday packages designed for those who seek to immerse themselves in rich cultural experiences while also indulging in luxurious beach retreats.

Whether you’re a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply in need of some sun-soaked relaxation, Viland Travel’s Vietnam and Cambodia tour packages offer the perfect itinerary. Join us as we explore the ultimate travel experiences that blend cultural discovery with beachside bliss, ensuring a memorable vacation from start to finish.

Complete Vietnam and Cambodia Holiday Packages for a Perfect Southeast Asia trip

If you’re seeking the perfect blend of beach relaxation and cultural immersion, Viland Travel’s Vietnam and Cambodia tour packagesReveal Vietnam & Cambodia: 7 days for culture & fabulous beach is the ideal trip. This itinerary is perfect for those who love architecture, culture, and pristine beaches. The journey offers an opportunity to explore the stunning beauty of two iconic destinations, with three nights in the historic city of Siem Reap and three nights in the charming town of Hoi An. Discover ancient temples, vibrant local markets, and serene beaches on this marvelous expedition. Read on to learn more about this unforgettable adventure.

Day 1: Siem Reap

As you touch down at Siem Reap International Airport, the gateway to Cambodia’s storied past, you’re immediately enveloped by the mystique of this ancient land. The smooth process through immigration gives you a moment to absorb the atmosphere, a blend of tropical warmth and rich cultural heritage. A short drive through bustling streets, where tuk-tuks zip by and vendors offer vibrant fruits, brings you to your hotel. Nestled in the heart of Siem Reap, your accommodation promises comfort and luxury with a touch of traditional Khmer charm.

If you aren’t too tired from jet lag, consider catching an evening performance at the Bambu Stage. This offers a great introduction to Cambodian culture and history through captivating storytelling, shadow puppet performances, and live drawing. 

Day 2: Angkor Wat

Siem Reap Victory Gate
Siem Reap Victory Gate

Begin your journey with an early pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. The day’s first destination is the majestic Angkor Wat. Arriving before dawn, climb the main entrance steps and find a vantage point to witness the stunning sunrise over the ancient temple complex and the surrounding landscape. As the first rays of sunlight bathe the intricate carvings and towering spires in a golden glow, you’ll understand why Angkor Wat is one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring sites in the world.

After soaking in the sunrise, head to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Here, marvel at the grand entrance adorned with statues of gods and demons lining the causeway. Inside Angkor Thom, explore the renowned Bayon Temple. This remarkable structure, originally composed of 54 towers and 216 faces of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, offers a glimpse into the spiritual artistry of the Khmer Empire. Each enigmatic face exudes a serene and all-knowing presence, making Bayon one of the most captivating temples in the Angkor complex. Next, visit the Baphuon Temple, an ancient pyramid-shaped structure that once served as the state temple of Udayadityavarman II. The temple’s steep stairs and expansive terraces offer panoramic views of the surrounding jungle and temple ruins, creating a sense of timeless grandeur. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of these ancient sites, painting a vivid picture of the Khmer Empire’s glory days.

Siem Reap terrace of elephants
Siem Reap terrace of elephants

After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, continue your exploration with a visit to the Terrace of the Elephants. This grand terrace, adorned with intricate carvings of elephants and mythical creatures, served as a platform from which King Jayavarman VII would view his victorious returning army. Adjacent to it is the Terrace of the Leper King, named after a statue found at the site depicting the Hindu god Yama. The terrace’s elaborate carvings and enigmatic history add to its allure. In the afternoon, head to Ta Prohm Temple, famous for its intertwining trees and crumbling stone structures. Unlike other temples in the Angkor complex, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition as it was found, with massive roots enveloping the ruins, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. This unique setting, famously featured in the movie “Tomb Raider,” offers an evocative glimpse of nature reclaiming man-made structures. Conclude your day with a visit to Banteay Kdei, a tranquil and less crowded temple known for its beautiful and intricately carved doorways and peaceful courtyards. As the day winds down, the serenity of Banteay Kdei provides a perfect end to your temple tour.

Return to Siem Reap and relax at your hotel, reflecting on the day’s awe-inspiring experiences. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and perhaps a dip in the pool before resting up for another day of exploration. 

Day 3:  Kulen Mountain

Siem Reap Kulen mountain
Siem Reap Kulen mountain

Be picked up from your hotel and embark on a scenic drive to Kulen Mountain, one of Cambodia’s most revered and sacred mountains. As you journey through the countryside, marvel at the picturesque rice paddies, bustling local markets, charming schools, traditional villages, and serene Buddhist temples that dot the landscape. Your first stop is Palm Sugar village, where you can witness the fascinating process of making palm sugar from palm juice, a local delicacy. Continue your adventure into the heart of Kulen Mountain’s National Park. Walk through lush jungle trails leading to Kbal Spean, also known as the “River of a Thousand Lingas.” Here, you will discover ancient and intricate carvings etched into the riverbed, depicting Hindu deities and symbols that date back to the 11th century. The unique underwater art creates a mystical atmosphere as the crystal-clear water flows over the carvings.

Siem Reap Kulen waterfall

Next, visit Preah Ang Thom, home to a massive stone Buddha carved into a towering rock. This impressive statue, standing at 8 meters tall, is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and offers a serene spot for reflection and admiration. Enjoy a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring authentic Cambodian cuisine amidst the natural beauty of the mountain. Afterward, head to the refreshing Kulen Waterfall, where you can take a rejuvenating swim in the cool, cascading waters surrounded by tropical greenery.

As the day comes to an end, return to your hotel in Siem Reap, filled with memories of the sacred sites and stunning natural wonders you have explored. Overnight in Siem Reap, resting up for the next day’s adventures.

Day 4: Kampong Floating Village – Da Nang/Hoi An

Siem Reap Kampong Khleang

Start your day with a delightful breakfast before setting off for an adventure to Kampong Khleang floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Kampong Khleang is home to around 10,000 residents and is a marvel of human adaptation. The village’s high-floored houses, perched on stilts, seem to float effortlessly during the rainy season, creating a picturesque and surreal landscape. Board a motorboat to navigate through the village’s waterways, where you’ll witness daily life in this unique community. As you glide past floating homes, schools, and markets, observe the villagers going about their routines on the water. Children paddle small boats to school, while vendors sell fresh produce from their floating stalls, painting a vivid picture of a community in harmony with its aquatic surroundings.

Your tour includes a visit to a traditional Cambodian pagoda, offering a deeper insight into the spiritual and cultural fabric of the village. Learn about local customs, religious practices, and the significance of the pagoda in the villagers’ lives. The serene atmosphere and the rich tapestry of local life will leave a lasting impression. After a morning of exploration, enjoy a leisurely lunch featuring local delicacies. Savor the flavors of Cambodian cuisine, enriched by the fresh ingredients sourced directly from the lake. 

Da Nang Bridge / Credit: FOX - Pexels
Da Nang Bridge / Credit: FOX – Pexels

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. As you soar above the landscape, reflect on the incredible experiences of the day. Upon arrival in Da Nang, you’ll be warmly greeted and whisked away on a scenic drive to the enchanting town of Hoi An.  Check into your charming hotel in Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved architecture, historic significance, and relaxed atmosphere. Spend the evening soaking in the town’s timeless charm, wandering through its lantern-lit streets, and perhaps sampling some of the local cuisine. Overnight in Hoi An, where the blend of history, culture, and natural beauty sets the stage for the next leg of your unforgettable journey.

Day 5: Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town in the morning
Hoi An Ancient Town in the morning

Hoi An provides a tranquil escape from the vibrant energy of cities, inviting you to immerse yourself in its serene, slow-paced lifestyle. Begin your day with a leisurely city tour, exploring the town’s UNESCO World Heritage landmarks. Wander through narrow, lantern-lit streets, where each corner tells a story of a bygone era. Visit beautifully preserved original temples like the Quan Cong Temple, dedicated to a revered Chinese general, and ancient houses such as Tan Ky House, showcasing a blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese architectural styles. Discover the rich history of community halls like the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, where the intricate carvings and statues narrate tales of Hoi An’s merchant past.

Hoi An lantern on the street
Hoi An lantern on the street

One of the most enchanting experiences in Hoi An is learning the traditional art of lantern making with a local family. Step into their cozy workshop, where you’ll be greeted with warm smiles and an array of colorful silks. Under their expert guidance, choose your favorite fabrics and meticulously craft your own lantern, a symbol of luck and prosperity in Vietnamese culture. This hands-on activity not only allows you to create a beautiful souvenir but also gives you a glimpse into the heart of Hoi An’s craftsmanship. After a morning of exploration and creativity, indulge in a delicious lunch at a local eatery, savoring the flavors of Hoi An’s renowned cuisine, such as cao lau, a savory noodle dish unique to the region. Post-lunch, unwind at your hotel’s swimming pool, letting the cool water wash away the day’s exertions, or take a short trip to the nearby Cua Dai Beach. Here, the gentle waves and soft sand provide the perfect setting for relaxation, offering a serene contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city.

As the day winds down, bask in the peaceful ambiance of Hoi An, reflecting on the cultural richness and gentle charm that make this town a beloved destination. Spend the night in one of Hoi An’s charming accommodations, ready to explore more of this enchanting town the following day.

Day 6: Hoi An

Start your day with a hearty breakfast and a cup of rich, aromatic Vietnamese coffee, perfect for energizing your morning. Soon after, meet your local guide who will equip you with a bicycle for an immersive countryside tour. As you pedal away from the town, the scenery transforms into a picturesque tableau of rural life. Ride past charming red brick houses that exude rustic charm, glide alongside serene rivers reflecting the morning light, and weave through groves of swaying coconut trees. Your journey brings you to the tranquil water coconut palm forest, where you’ll switch gears and hop onto a traditional wooden boat. As you glide through the lush, green labyrinth, your guide shares stories about the forest’s history and its role in local life. This serene boat ride offers a unique perspective of the region’s natural beauty, immersing you in the peaceful ambiance of the waterways.

Hoi An Tra Que vegetable village

Next, continue your cycling adventure to Tra Que, a renowned organic vegetable village. Here, the air is filled with the fresh scent of herbs and vegetables growing in neat, verdant rows. Participate in a hands-on cooking class that starts with harvesting ingredients straight from the garden. Under the expert guidance of a local chef, learn to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes such as Bánh Xèo (crispy pancakes) and fresh spring rolls. This culinary experience not only hones your cooking skills but also deepens your appreciation for Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delightful lunch, savoring the fresh, vibrant flavors of your handmade dishes. After lunch, cycle back to your hotel, feeling accomplished and refreshed from the morning’s activities. The early afternoon is yours to unwind and soak up the serene atmosphere. Choose to relax by the hotel’s swimming pool, letting the cool water wash over you, or head to the nearby beach. The golden sands and gentle waves offer a perfect setting for some quiet reflection or a leisurely swim.

As the sun sets, casting a warm glow over Hoi An, take a moment to reflect on the day’s adventures. Overnight in Hoi An, where the evening offers its own charms, from exploring the lantern-lit streets to enjoying a peaceful night’s rest, ready for the next day’s discoveries.

Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang

After a delightful breakfast and a relaxing morning spent at your own pace, it’s time to bid farewell to the charming town of Hoi An. Take a final stroll along the ancient streets, perhaps picking up a last-minute souvenir or enjoying a cup of rich Vietnamese coffee at a quaint café overlooking the Thu Bon River. By midday, check out of your hotel and prepare for your journey home.

Your private driver will arrive promptly to escort you on a scenic drive to Da Nang International Airport. As you travel along the coastal route, take in the breathtaking views of the South China Sea and the lush Marble Mountains, reflecting on the vibrant experiences and stunning landscapes that have marked your trip.

Upon reaching Da Nang International Airport, you’ll be guided through the necessary procedures for your departure flight. Take a moment to relax in the airport lounge, reminiscing about the unforgettable adventures, the cultural treasures, and the warm hospitality you’ve encountered over the past ten days in Vietnam and Cambodia. 

Final thoughts

Delve onto a journey through Vietnam and Cambodia offers a mesmerizing blend of cultural exploration and stunning beach vacations. The vibrant culture, historical landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable adventure. Viland Travel’s Vietnam and Cambodia holiday packages are designed to showcase the best of both countries, allowing you to immerse yourself in their unique heritage while enjoying the natural beauty of pristine beaches and lush countryside.

For a truly personalized experience, consider Viland Travel’s customized Vietnam and Cambodia tour packages. Their expertly curated itineraries ensure you visit the must-see attractions, engage with local culture, and savor the culinary delights of the region. With Viland Travel, your holiday will be seamlessly organized, allowing you to focus on soaking in the wonders of these captivating destinations. Get ready to embark on the ultimate cultural and beach getaway with Viland Travel’s Vietnam and Cambodia holiday packages.