General

This comprehensive tour of two amazing countries will allow you to enjoy a magical experience as you travel from the cultural north of Hanoi with a cruise through the majestic Halong Bay, on to an extended stay at the ever popular town of Hoi An, before heading south into Ho Chi Minh City.

From here discover the Mekong Delta in depth before arriving in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and then through to Siem Reap with the amazing Angkor Temples. On this small group tour, make friends along the way whilst the experienced local guides will give you an insight into these two colourful countries.

Multi-day Tour Experience Vietnam & Cambodia
Destination Vietnam/Cambodia
Cities & Locations Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
Departure Location Ho Chi Minh City Hotel
Duration 16 Days / 15 Nights

Tour Schedule

Departs: On Selected Dates

Departure Dates: Guaranteed Departures
2020: 05 & 19 February, 04 & 18 March, 01 & 15 April, 06 & 20 May, 03 & 17 June, 01, 15 & 29 July, 12 & 26 August, 09 & 23 September, 07 & 21 October, 04 & 18 November, 02 & 30 December

2021: 13 & 27 January, 24 February, 10 & 24 March, 07 & 21 April

NOTE: We regret we do not accept children under 15 years old on this tour.

Itinerary


Day 1: Hanoi

Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your local English-speaking guide will update you with all you need to know about Hanoi including money matters, how to get around, what’s ahead on your tour plus you’ll get our best of what to do and where to eat guide.

Day 2: Hanoi (B, L)

This morning meet the rest of your group for a Heritage Hanoi city tour. Highlights include the Women’s Museum, offering an insight into the incredible role women have in Vietnamese culture; Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton; the Temple of Literature; Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum; Ho Chi Minh’s Historic House; and the One Pillar Pagoda. Lunch is included today at KOTO, a not-for-profit restaurant helping troubled youth learn culinary skills to bring them a higher education and a brighter future. Return to Hanoi’s Old Quarter for an Ancient City Walking Tour to discover the bustling and narrow streets of this 1,000-year-old city centre.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Transfer to Halong Bay, with its thousands of islands jutting from the sea. Upon arrival board your cruise vessel for lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with excursions along the way and onboard activities to enjoy. Overnight onboard.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hoi An (B)

For the early risers, a Tai Chi session is available on the sundeck or you may wish to simply watch the sun rising from behind the mountains, enjoy dawn break with coffee and a light breakfast. Cruise back to port with stops along the way before enjoying a buffet brunch on board. Upon arrival at the port, disembark and transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival, transfer to your Hoi An hotel.

Day 5: Hoi An (B,L)

This morning discover the ancient ruins of My Son, a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. My Son is Vietnam’s counterpart to the grand cities of other Asian civilzations such as Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Myanmar), Ayutthaya (Thailand), and Borobudur (Java). Return to Hoi An for a lunch of traditional Hoi An food followed by a short Hoi An walking tour which will showcase the historic old buildings. Ancient shop houses line the streets, the Japanese covered bridge is a landmark and you’ll discover the history of this ancient trading port.

Day 6: Hoi An (B)

Today spend the day at leisure. Hoi An is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam with its charming old town filled with art shops, homewares, cafés and tailors. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre, it is a wonderful town for getting clothes tailor-made or for buying souvenirs, Hoi An also boasts an excellent beach. Optional extra tours are available upon request (additional charge).

Day 7: Hoi An - Hue (B, L)

Today transfer to Hue via the Hai Van Pass with stops along the way. Explore Marble Mountain and admire the huge array of artisans at the carving village set at the base of these historic mounds. Take the steps (or lift) to the top for a scenic view. Stop at one of Danang’s landmarks, the Dragon Bridge, before visiting the impressive ‘pink’ Danang Cathedral. At the Cham Museum you’ll discover some of the best artefacts from a past civilization of the Cham people. After an early lunch, travel via the winding roads of the spectacular Hai Van Pass where stunning views of the sea and of Lang Co Beach await.

Day 8: Hue (B, L)

Today discover the historical significance of the former royal capital, the city of Hue. Begin with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601. Continue by car to the Ancient Citadel, the capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945. After lunch, visit the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh with its mix of Asian and Western architecture. On the return to your hotel a stop is made at a roadside village to observe how locals make incense.

Day 9: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

This morning transfer to Hue Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for a quick freshen up. You will then begin a Saigon Sights city tour which includes a stop at the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustaf designed Central Post Office before visiting the War Museum – a stark reminder of the atrocities of war. Gain a special insight with a visit to a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicines, used in Asia dating back to the Stone Age. End the day at a local boutique brewery for those who want to sample an ice-cold local beer to end their day!

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Take to the Saigon River this morning with a speedboat trip up river to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. A video shows their use and parts have been excavated for you to see inside. Upon returning to Saigon the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. You may wish to shop or check out the numerous cafes and bars available.

Day 11: Mekong Delta - Can Tho (B, L)

This morning depart Ho Chi Minh City for a drive through the beautiful agricultural areas known as the fruit bowl of Vietnam – the Mekong Delta. On arrival in the Mekong, a boat trip takes you across the river to explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. Visit orchards and bonsai gardens and sample the wonderful array of fruit. After a light lunch continue by road to Can Tho.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta: Can Tho (B, L)

This morning, depart Ho Chi Minh City for the drive to the Mekong Delta. Board a boat and explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. By road head to Can Tho.

Day 13: Mekong - Phnom Penh (B)

Early this morning farewell your Vietnam guide as you board the Victoria speed boat for your journey up river to Phnom Penh. From the comfort of your seat, watch life unfold in front of you – tiny villages, bamboo-stilt houses, colourful floating markets, farmers at work and smiling children. On arrival at Phnom Penh, your local Cambodian guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel to check in and freshen up. In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and make a stop at the Daughters’ Visitor Centre, a beautiful space, home to Daughters of Cambodia. Daughters of Cambodia reaches out to victims of sex trafficking. The centre provides women with good-paying jobs at Sugar ‘n Spice Café, Hands ‘n Feet Spa and the entry-level boutique.

Day 14: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, D)

This morning visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields located just outside of Phnom Penh (Please note, some images may be disturbing for people) before transferring to Phnom Penh Airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a dinner of Khmer cuisine before heading on to the big top to enjoy Cambodia’s own Cirque type show – Phare, the Cambodian Circus. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern.

Day 15: Siem Reap (B, L)

Today enjoy a full day exploring the stunning Angkor Temple complex including the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. Tour Banteay Srei then the South Gate of Angkor Thom. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins, over a mile on one side, contains many stone temples and other features to explore. The city has five monumental gates (one in each wall plus an extra in the eastern wall), 20m high and decorated with stone elephant trunks and the king’s favorite motif, the four faces of Avalokiteshvara. Continue to the ruins of Bayon, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure Phimeanakas and the Elephant terraces before visiting the jewel of them all – Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that it appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building.

Day 16: Siem Reap (B)

Today, transfer to Siem Reap Airport where tour arrangements end.

Inclusions

14 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels.
1 night aboard a cruise in Halong Bay.
Breakfast daily, 8x lunches, 2x dinners.
All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees, the services of an English speaking guide and domestic flights within Vietnam and Cambodia; Hanoi-Danang, Hue-Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh-Siem Reap.

Excludes: Vietnam and Cambodia visas, meals not indicated, beverages, gratuities and any other personal expenses.


Terms & Conditions

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