Essential Vietnam and Cambodia Tour 17-18

17 Days

from £3198

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

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2017 – 18

Day 1 Fly to Hanoi
You will take 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 transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 3 Hanoi city tour (BL)
Experience the rich culture of Hanoi. Spend time at the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace. Visit the Vietnam History Museum and the Hanoi Opera House. Take a 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 by shuttle bus, journey through the rich farmlands and see the workers in the rice fields. Arrive in Halong City and board the traditional wooden junk boat for the overnight journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay cruising past beautiful rock formations. Visit the small floating fishing village of Vung Vieng. Optional activities include cookery class, massage, kayaking or swimming.

Day 5 Return To Hanoi (BL)
We start the day with Tai Chi on the sundeck, then have breakfast on board. Explore the Sung Sot Caves. Enjoy lunch as the boat winds through the limestone rocks. Disembark at midday and take the shuttle bus back to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.  Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 6 To Hue (BL)
Morning transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue. Hue was once Vietnam’s imperial capital and today you experience its historical significance first hand. Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, visit the Citadel and ornate tombs of former emperors, and experience a local market. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7 To Hoi An (BL)
A three-hour drive takes you through some stunning rural and coastal scenery, including the dramatic Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. On arrival, check into your hotel. Hoi An is easily explored on foot, and in the afternoon, embark on a short walking tour.

Day 8 Hoi An (B)
Day at leisure to enjoy the ancient town of Hoi An. Optional tours 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 transfers you to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch head to Danang airport. Stop en route to visit Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

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 on the city’s outskirts.

Day 11 To Mekong Delta (BL)
In the morning your tour guide and driver will transfer you through the beautiful countryside of My Tho and Ben Tre province to take a boat ride. Visit the islands, join the folk music performance and visit a local family producing coconut delicacies. Depart from My Tho and drive to Can Tho, the hub of the Mekong Delta and its largest city.

Day 12 To Ho Chi Minh City (BL)
Transfer to the port and board a sampan for a cruise through the picturesque canals and waterways. Visit Cai Rang Floating Market and witness the local life. In the afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in to your hotel.

Day 13 To Siem Reap (BL)
Spend the morning at leisure. After lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, the guide will meet you and take you to the hotel. Have some free time in the afternoon.

Day 14 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, enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Day 15 Tonle Sap Lake (BL)
In the morning take a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake, South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake, see the villages on stilts. Later, see the monuments representing the Rolous Group. 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 16 Phnom Penh (BL)
Start 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 and gives an insight into how the country has developed.

Day 17 Flight back to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Your 4★ Hotels
Hanoi: Silk Queen Grand
Halong Bay: Syrena Cruise
Hue: Moonlight Hotel
Hoi An: Thanh Binh Riverside
Ho Chi Minh City: Eden Star Hotel
Phnom Penh: King Grand Boutique
Siem Reap: Saem Siem Reap

Hanoi: Silk Green Grand 4★

The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and spa centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Decorated in light beige with splashes of grey and brown from the fabrics and furnishings, every ample room at this hotel features air conditioning and soundproofing. A cable flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facility are included. Private bathroom comes with shower facility, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy soothing massage or enjoy a dip in the hot tub at the spa. Ngoc Son Temple is 350 yards from Silk Queen Grand Hotel, while St. Joseph Cathedral is 750 yards away. Offers accommodation with free WiFi.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.

Halong Bay: Syrena Cruise

Syrena Cruises offers guests an experience on board a wooden boat. Cabins feature furniture hand-crafted with traditional Vietnamese hard wood. Massage and foot reflexology services are available. Cabins are air-conditioned and offer a balcony with sea views. Bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries are provided.

Hue: Moonlight Hotel 4★

Placed in the heart of Hue City with its very own indoor swimming pool, Moonlight Hotel Hue is just a 5-minute drive to the popular Dong Ba Market. Modern rooms are beautifully furnished and equipped with free Wi-Fi access.  Guests can enjoy a relaxing traditional massage or treat themselves at the spa while a 24-hour front desk can assist with ironing/laundry services, car or bicycle rentals and room service. For convenience, Airport shuttle services are available at a surcharge. Moonlight Hotel offers an in-house restaurant that serves local and international cuisines and 2 bars.

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: Eden Star Hotel 4★

Centrally located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, Edenstar Saigon Hotel is a convenient 5-minute walk to Co-op Supermarket and within a 5-minute drive to Ben Thanh Market. It features an outdoor swimming pool, while free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. Furnished with a wardrobe and seating area, modern air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a personal safe, a flat-screen cable TV and minibar. En suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer, shower facilities and free toiletries.

Phnom Penh: King Grand Boutique 4★

Conveniently located close to the Royal Palace and National Museum, there are 40 comfortable guestrooms. There is also a restaurant and swimming pool.

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: EVC17
 17 Day

Depart – Return
25/10 – 10/11/17 £3198
15/11 – 01/12/17 £3198
29/11 – 15/12/17 £3198
24/01 – 09/02/18 £3198
28/02 – 16/03/18 £3198
 14/03 – 30/03/18 £3198


Single supplement from £598

Land only from £2,449

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.


  • International flights and domestic flights
  • 4★ accommodation
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Transfers
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees