Essential Vietnam and Cambodia Tour

16 Days

from £3,298

This tour is inspired by the many sights, sounds and flavours of these wonderful countries. Visit the sparkling turquoise waters of Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the northern capital Hanoi visit the lively Old Quarter and the impressive Presidential Palace. Discover Hue, once Vietnam’s Imperial capital, and the delightful ancient town of Hoi An. Explore the colonial architecture of Ho Chi Minh City, and the fascinating markets and daily life on the Mekong Delta. Cross the border into Cambodia for the world famous Angkor Temples in Siem Reap and the old world charms of capital city Phnom Penh.

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Day 1 UK to Hanoi, Vietnam

Catch a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Hanoi. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrive Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax after your flight, or explore the local area.

Day 3 Hanoi City Tour (BL)

Experience the rich culture of Hanoi. Spend time at the Temple of Literature, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and visit the Vietnam History Museum and the Hanoi Opera House. Stroll around the Old Quarter and end the day by watching a performance of a traditional Water Puppet Show.

Day 4 Halong Bay (BLD)

In the morning, journey through the rich farmlands passing workers in the rice fields. Arrive in Halong City and board the traditional wooden junk boat for your overnight journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay cruising past beautiful rock formations. Visit the Surprise Cave and enjoy swimming or hiking on Titov Island. Optional activities include a cookery class, massage, kayaking and swimming.

Day 5 To Hue (B Brunch)

Start the day with Tai Chi on the sundeck before breakfast, then explore the Dark and Bright Caves and enjoy a tasty brunch as the boat winds through the limestone rocks. Disembark and take the shuttle bus back to Hanoi, where you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local tour guide and transferred to the Hotel.

Day 6 Hue (BL)

Hue was once Vietnam’s imperial capital and today you can experience its historic significance first hand. Cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, visit the Citadel and ornate tombs of former emperors, and experience a local market.

Day 7 To Hoi An (BL)

A three-hour drive takes you through some stunning rural and coastal landscapes, including the dramatic Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. On arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, embark on a short walking tour to explore the city by foot.

Day 8 Hoi An (B)

Day at leisure to discover the ancient town of Hoi An. Your options include a cooking class or cycle ride to the local beach.

Day 9 To Ho Chi Minh City (BL)

This morning is free until your guide and driver transfer you to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch head to Danang Airport, stopping en route to visit Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and check in at your hotel.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Cu Chi (BL)

Today, experience the very best of Ho Chi Minh City on a half-day city tour. Soak up the history of Dong Khoi Street on a walking tour; visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, and the city’s biggest wholesale market in Chinatown. This afternoon, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels situated on the city’s outskirts.

Day 11 Mekong Delta (BL)

A morning transfer takes you through the beautiful countryside of My Tho and Ben Tre province. On arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, board a boat to sail along the Ben Tre River – one of the tributaries of the Mekong – through scenic mangroves leading into the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stop at a traditional brick works to see how bricks are made by hand, and to My Long Village to see rice paper making and to try some rice cake. Continuing along the canals, visit a coconut workshop and stop at a bee garden for local fruits with a cup of honey tea accompanied by traditional music. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant, and visit a vibrant market, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 To Siem Reap, Cambodia (BL)

Spend the morning at leisure. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Upon arrival, the guide will meet you and take you to the hotel to check in. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 13 Angkor Temples (BL)

Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. Enter the impressive South Gate flanked by stone elephants and giants. In the afternoon visit the famous Angkor Wat – the largest and best preserved temple at the site, and marvel at the spectacular sunset.

Day 14 Tonle Sap Lake (BL)

In the morning relax on a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, to see the villages. Continue to see the Roluos Group Monuments. Visit the workshops of Artisan’s d’Angkor where traditional wood and stone carving techniques are taught. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Phnom Penh.

Day 15 Phnom Penh (BL)

Starting at the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda where 5,000 silver tiles cover the floor, continue to the National Museum built in traditional Khmer style. In the afternoon tour Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields – a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime giving an insight into how the country has developed.

Day 16 Fly to UK (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home from Cambodia to the UK.

Your 4★ Hotels

Hanoi 2018 Tours: The Ann Hanoi 4★

Located next to the Old Quarter, close to the Hanoi Opera House, National Museum of Vietnamese History and from Ba Dinh Square Square. Facilities include an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a bar.

Hanoi 2019 Tours: The Light Hotel 4★

The Light Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and is a short walk from many historical and cultural sites. There are 89 well-equipped rooms, a rooftop swimming pool, a restaurant, lounge and bar

Halong Bay: Bhaya Classic Cruise

A very comfortable and stylish vessel with 28 cosy cabins with private bathrooms. There is a spacious deck area with sun loungers and the restaurant.

Hue: Eldora Hotel 4★

Centrally located, the Eldora Hotel offers stylish guestrooms. There is an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and free WiFi access throughout the hotel.

Hoi An: Thanh Binh Riverside 4★

Located on the banks of the River Thu Bon. There is an outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and the comfortable guestrooms have views of the river.

Ho Chi Minh City: Bay Hotel Saigon 4★

Within walking distance to the Opera House, guestrooms are air conditioned with modern amenities. There is a bar, restaurant and an outdoor rooftop swimming pool with great views.

Phnom Penh: Kravan Hotel 4★

The Kravan Hotel offers comfortable guestrooms in the heart of Phnom Penh. There is an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and bar and a restaurant with panoramic views.

Siem Reap: Saem Siem Reap 4★

A luxury hotel with elegant design and unique Khmer architecture. There is a swimming pool, spa, lobby bar and a restaurant.

Tour Name: Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

Tour Code: EVC16
Duration:
 16 Day

Depart Return Price from
16/11/18 01/12/18 £3,198
30/11/18 15/12/18 £3,198
18/01/19 02/02/19 £3,298
22/02/19 09/03/19 £3,298
29/03/19 13/04/19 £3,298
12/04/19 27/04/19 £3,298
18/10/19 02/11/19 £3,298
01/11/19 16/11/19 £3,298
22/11/19 07/12/19 £3,298
07/02/20 22/02/20 £3,298
28/02/20 14/03/20 £3,298
27/03/20 11/04/20 £3,298
24/04/20 09/05/20 £3,298

Single supplement from £648

Land only from £2,498

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights from London Heathrow. Regional departures and flight upgrades available on request.
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees