A greatest hits journey to the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam, including the must-see Temples of Angkor, a cruise on Halong Bay and the cities and coast of Vietnam. This trip offers extraordinary variety, historical wonders, serene countryside, bustling markets, delicious food and all with a friendly welcome. You’ll no doubt want to stay longer.
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Depart on an overnight flight from the UK to Phnom Penh. Transfer to your hotel and after some time to freshen up head out with your guide to discover Cambodia’s lively capital on the Mekong River. Travel by cyclo past bustling streets and markets taking in exotic smells and the sun on your face, past the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Visit the National Museum to see ancient Khmer artefacts and Wat Phnom temple where the city was founded. Relax in the evening by the riverside and watch the world go by.
A short flight to Sem Reap, and a first glimpse of the temples of Angkor, one of Asia’s ancient wonders. Pass the remarkable gate of Angkor Thom, with imposing stone elephants and a row of demons guarding the entrance, it feels like heading into a lost world. Explore the Bayon temple, with amazing intricate carvings etched into the 12th Century stone. Head to Siem Reap to relax at your hotel and in this traveller’s city.
Meals included: Breakfast
Hop on a tuk-tuk with an expert guide, back into the jungles to Angkor Wat. Explore, Ta Phrom, made infamous in the west in the Tomb Raiders films, where the jungle has reclaimed the thick temple walls. Today is yours to design with your guide. Stay away from crowds and see some of the more surprising discoveries of this huge ancient city. After a siesta back at the hotel, visit the main temple of Angkor Wat in the afternoon, early evening. See the impressive towers and intricate designs in as the afternoon light cast a golden glow.
This morning fly to Vietnam, arriving into the sultry southern capital Ho Chi Minh city and a free day. This ever-changing city is full of the sounds, sights and smells of South East Asia, not forgetting some of the best Vietnamese food fresh from the farms, it’s an easy place to stroll and head into a café or restaurant for cold drinks, delicious plates and people watching.
Meals included: Breakfast
On a full day tour of the city, see the ancient and modern sides of the city, some of the culture of Vietnam and the famous symbols of Saigon’s turbulent 20th Century. Visit Cholon Chinese district, Thien Hau Pagoda and the exotic Ben Thanh Market. Visit the War Remnants or History Museum, and the former Presidential Palace, preserved from the dramatic events of the 70s. Continue through the colonial district to see reminders of the days of French Rule.
Meals included: Breakfast
Leave the busy city behind today, heading out to the hazy and timeless Mekong Delta. Here, life is lived on the river, and the scenes are of traditional wooden craft, floating markets, islands with villages on stilts and the tasty and colourful produce of the fertile delta. Take a lunch of the freshest tropical flavours in a small restaurant. Your guide will take you past the floating markets, travelling by small craft and road, passing orchards and villages between green fields and blue channels before heading back to the capital.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Fly to Danang and transfer over the Hai van pass, along the South China Sea coastline to beautiful Hoi An, for a walking tour. This was one of Asia’s major ports in the 17th century, attracting traders from Portugal, Japan, China and elsewhere whose legacy has been a photogenic blend of colourful houses, sloping temples and winding roads. It is now one of those towns where people gather in local bars, family restaurants, haggle for Vietnamese crafts and laze by the river. It’s a place worth spending a bit longer.
Drive up the coast to Hue, a former capital of Vietnam. Tour the tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors and explore the Forbidden Purple City and Imperial Citadel. Later head to the Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River.
A morning visit to Dong Ba market to see a snapshot of daily life in central Vietnam, then a cyclo ride through the old town to Thin Tam Lake, full of lotus flowers in summer, where students gather from the local university in local coffee shops. Continue to the Emperor Khai Dinh’s Tomb before heading to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi in the heart of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast
Depart this morning to Halong Bay and board your cruise vessel for a day on the waters of the Bay of the Descending Dragon. One of Asia’s natural wonders, jade coloured island dot the wide expanse of the bay. The ship will stop for explorations of an islet, village or activity or just send the day relaxing and taking in the scenery. Anchor overnight and spend the night in the serene bay.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Enjoy a lazy morning on the water after a soft sunrise over Halong. Return to Hanoi, the distinctive northern gateway with a photogenic old town and French influences. Explore the old town and Hoan Kiem Lake on a walking tour and experience the culture of old Vietnam.
See more of the ancient and modern side of Hanoi, including the Temple of Literature, a thousand-year old university surrounded by former royal gardens, and One Pillar Pagoda. See the house of Ho Chi Minh, father of modern Vietnam and the exterior of his mausoleum. The West Lake is an oasis of calm in the city, a place to recharge before some free time or some souvenir shopping.
Transfer to the airport for return flight to the UK. Speak to us if you want to add on Thailand, Laos is easy to reach, or stay longer in Vietnam.
‘Central Location; French Colonial Touches’
Alagon D'antique Hotel & Spa sits in an excellent location in Ho Chi Minh City, only a five minute walk away from points of interest. The hotel features 110 guest rooms in French colonial style. As well as a restaurant, there is a rooftop bar and terrace with panoramic views. Facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and a health club and spa.
'Tranquil, Entralling and Relaxing'
Almanity Hoi An is located in the heart of Hoi An Ancient town and is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. There is a spa and many trips and tours to see local culture and cuisine with the hotel chefs as guides. On-site there is also a large outdoor swimming pool on two levels, the silent sanctuary, beauty salon, gym, kids club and daily tours. Dining options include the Four Plates Restaurant, a cafe and in-room and poolside dining options.
‘Boutique Hotel in City Centre’
Eldora Hotel is in a good Hue location, only moments away from the Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trang Tien Bridge is also close by. Guest rooms are appointed with renaissance elements and offer views of the city or river. The restaurant serves western, Asian and local cuisine, and is joined by a coffee lounge and skyline bar. Facilities include an indoor fitness centre, swimming pool and massage centre.
Discover Halong Bay with an overnight cruise on a traditional styled wooden junk fitted with modern amenities and an expert, welcoming crew. 23 cabins are fitted with dark wood, large beds and picture windows as well as en suite facilities. All meals are included on board (drinks extra) as well as small group activities and excursions, on board entertainment and a small spa. Overall an excellent boutique option to experience Halong Bay.
Hotel accommodation as per itinerary
Domestic flights included
International flights in economy class
Meals as otherwise stated
Supplements apply during peak, high & festive seasons.
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