Essential Cambodia & Vietnam

This fascinating tour of the Far East encompasses the two neighbouring, but strikingly different countries of Vietnam and Cambodia

Essential Cambodia & Vietnam

See the diversity of landscape and cultures, and the differences in cuisine and history of Cambodia and Vietnam 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.
Phnom Penh
    DAY 01

    Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh

    Your journey begins in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set out to discover the sights 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 Accommodation Options

    Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
      DAY 02

      Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

      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 Accommodation Options

      Angkor Temple Touring
        DAY 03

        Angkor Temple Touring

        Siem Reap

        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 Accommodation Options

        Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
          DAY 04

          Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

          Ho Chi Minh City

          A relaxing day involving a short flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Afternoon at leisure in Ho Chi Minh Accommodation Options

          Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing
            DAY 05

            Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing

            Ho Chi Minh City

            Today enjoy a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Highlights include Chinatown, Ben Thanh Market, the former Presidential Palace and colonial sights Accommodation Options

            Mekong Delta Experience
              DAY 06

              Mekong Delta Experience

              Ho Chi Minh City

              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 Accommodation Options

              Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An
                DAY 07

                Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An

                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 colourful market. Rest of the afternoon at leisure Accommodation Options

                Hue Sightseeing
                  DAY 08

                  Hue Sightseeing

                  Hue

                  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 Accommodation Options

                  Hue to Hanoi
                    DAY 09

                    Hue to Hanoi

                    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 Accommodation Options

                    Halong Bay Cruise
                      DAY 10

                      Halong Bay Cruise

                      Halong Bay

                      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 impressive karst formations. Dinner and overnight onboard Accommodation Options

                      Hanoi
                        DAY 11

                        Hanoi

                        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 Accommodation Options

                        Hanoi Departure
                          DAY 12

                          Hanoi Departure

                          Hanoi

                          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 6th Century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. The rest of the day is at leisure until your airport transfer for your flight home
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