This fascinating tour of the Far East encompasses the two neighbouring, but strikingly different countries of Vietnam and Cambodia. See the diversity of landscape and cultures, and the differences in cuisine and history on a twelve-day journey.
Experience a spectacular sunrise over the astounding ruins of Angkor Wat, followed by a day discovering the ruins of other ancient temples. Then visit the colourful, bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, the ancient township of Hoi An and floating islands of Halong Bay, in Vietnam.
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English Speaking Guide
Day 1 - Phnom Penh
Your journey begins in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set out to discover the sights of Phnom Penh in a traditional Cyclo. Visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city set on a small hilltop. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2 - Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
After breakfast, take a short flight to Siem Reap. This afternoon, start your Angkor temple visits with the ancient city of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the Khmer Empire. From here, continue to Bayon Temple , with its 216 faces carved out of the rock. Overnight in Siem Reap (B).
Day 3 - Angkor Temple Touring
This morning explore the temples of the Small Circuit by ‘remork’ (Cambodian tuk tuk). Visit the unique Ta Prohm temple, overgrown by jungle trees and vines, and Banteay Kdei, a 12th century Buddhist monastery. Later this afternoon enjoy a tour of the awesome Angkor Wat. Overnight in Siem Reap (B).
Day 4 - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
A relaxing day involving a short flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing
Today enjoy a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Highlights include Chinatown, Ben Thanh Market, the former Presidential Palace and colonial sights. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (B)
Day 6 - Mekong Delta Experience
Drive to the delta town of Cai Be. On arrival board a boat to the Cai Be floating market. Watch traders work the river, some of whom have been living on these waters for generations. Visit a cottage factory that makes rice paper and coconut sweets, then cruise on to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, watching daily life take place along the river banks. Lunch will be local Mekong style before your drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (B,L).
Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An
Fly to Danang. On arrival transfer to Hoi An and take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and colorful market. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An or Danang (B).
Day 8 - Hue Sightseeing
Depart to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Then visit Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Overnight in Hue (B).
Day 9 - Hue to Hanoi
Start your day with a visit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market, before a cyclo ride through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors went to relax. Continue to former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb and Khai Dinh’s Tomb. Take a flight from Hue to Hanoi where you will be staying overnight. Overnight in Hanoi (B)
Day 10 - Halong Bay Cruise
After breakfast depart Hanoi and drive to Halong Bay. Arrive at the jetty in Halong City and board your boat. Lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay. In the afternoon, enjoy some activities (depending on the boat’s itinerary) or just relax and absorb the scenery. The boat sets anchor for the night amongst the karst formations. Dinner and overnight onboard (B,L,D).
Day 11 - Hanoi
Breakfast is served while you cruise slowly through the magnificent rock formations back to port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s charming Old Quarter. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi (B).
Day 12 - Hanoi Departure
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hanoi, visiting the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the picturesque West Lake and the 6thcentury Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. The rest of the day is at leisure until your airport transfer for your onward flight. (B)
International and domestic flights in economy class
Superior Class Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast.
Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
English speaking guide (for other languages a supplement applies)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Daily drinking water and cold towels
Visa for Cambodia (Issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD20 per person).
Visa for Vietnam ($45 per person. Obtainable in advance)
Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice
Other meals than mentioned
This price is based on Superior Class accommodation. Upgrade to Deluxe Hotels from £445 per person for the tour duration
This price is based on 2 people on a private tour druing low season. Please contact us for prices for alternative number of travellers.