Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam
17 Days, from £3,185pp incl. flights Explore the highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam with this fascinating tour filled with culture, history, temples, food, beaches and much more.
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This 17-day Vietnam and Cambodia Holiday is an excellent opportunity to explore these fascinating countries taking in all the ‘must sees’ of the region. Enjoy a few days in Hanoi, spend a night on a luxury cruise boat in stunning Halong Bay and visit the historical town of Hoi An with its Old Japanese Covered Bridge and scenic beaches before arriving in the south and Ho Chi Minh City. Next onto Cambodia and the famous Angkor Wat temple complex. Spend time here and also see the sights of Phonm Penh.
Day 1: Departure
Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight.
Day 2: Arrive Hanoi
Transit and fly onwards to Hanoi.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, attend a performance of the famous Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry.
Day 3: Hanoi City Tour (B)
This morning enjoy a tour of this fascinating city. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, one of the most revered monuments in Vietnam, and his former residence. You will also visit the Temple of Literature which was founded in 1070 as a Confucian temple and went onto encompass Vietnam's first university. You will also visit the One-Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Today you will depart Hanoi for the drive to beautiful Halong Bay.
Board your Cruise boat and set sail through the bay while your buffet lunch is served. Enjoy an Asian Buffet lunch as the vessel sails to Halong Bay passing the Fighting cocks islet, the Elephant leg islet, the Castle islet and the Soi Sim Island. Arrive at Hang Tiên Ông and visit the Cửa Vạn Floating Village to experience the daily life of the local people. There is a possibility of kayaking here if you wish.
After your visit, the boat will continue to cruise through the Bay with an open-air cookery demonstration on the sundeck for those interested. Eventually you will arrive at Tùng Sâu (pearl farm) Area where the boat will dock for the night. Here you can enjoy swimming or kayaking. Enjoy a sumptuous 5 course dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 5: Halong Bay / Hue (B)
This morning you have the option to wake early to join in the Tai Chi lesson on the back sundeck before your buffet breakfast.
After a morning of activities, you will leave your cruise boat and be driven back to Hanoi for your short flight down to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel.
Day 6: Hue (B)
This morning take a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.
This afternoon drive to the Imperial Citadel which was built along the same lines as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing and was the country's administrative centre. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 7: Hue / Da Nang / Hoi An (B)
Depart to Danang via the scenic Hai Van pass, offering spectacular views of the mountains, sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit the Cham Museum with its wealth of local art and figurines. We continue further south to the charming historic city of Hoi An, transfer to hotel.
Days 8-9: Hoi An at leisure (B)
Days at leisure to relax and enjoy the Resort and the region.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B)
Check out and drive to Da Nang airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival, drive to visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War.
After your visit, transfer onwards to your chosen hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore or maybe indulge in some last minute shopping at the local markets.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B)
This morning, you will enjoy a morning tour of Ho Chi Minh City. You will visit the Thien Hau Pagoda, which is dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, the sea goddess and also visit the War Remnants Museum, formerly known as the Exhibition House of American War Crimes.
You will finally visit the Reunification Palace, what used to be called the Independence Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B)
Today you will transfer to the airport for the short flight across to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel of choice.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure until you transfer to the Mekong river jetty and board the boat for an evening sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.
Day 13: Phnom Penh (B)
Today, begin your tour of this charming capital with a visit to the city's namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Also visit the Royal Palace which was built in 1866 by King Norodom. Visit the Silver Pagoda, so named because of its floor comprised of 5,000 silver tiles.
Continue to the nearby National Museum. Your evening is at leisure.
Day 14: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap (B)
This morning you will transfer back to the airport for the short flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel.
This afternoon, visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century and was dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Your evening is at leisure.
Day 15: Temples of Angkor (B)
This morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Also visit the South Gate, the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), the Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Finally enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat.
Day 16: Temples of Angkor (B)
Early this morning transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.
Or enjoy sunrise at Srah Srang. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Late morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples, ithas been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.
In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Your evening is at leisure.
Day 17: Departure (B)
Today is at leisure to relax or maybe indulge in some last minute shopping before transferring back to the airport for your onward flight.
• Return international flights from the UK
• Accommodation as specified
• Private or shared transfers throughout
• Meals and touring as specified in the itinerary
• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices vary according to season and are per person based on two people sharing travelling together. Please ask us for more details and exclusions.