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Hanoi 2 nights
Halong Bay 1 night
Ho Chi Minh City 2 nights
Siem Reap 2 nights
Phnom Penh 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi: On arrival in this beguiling city transfer to your hotel.
Day 3 Hanoi: Begin with a walk along the Hanoi back roads to see the real life of the city. Your morning concludes with a short train trip across the Red River. This afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh’s former residence, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and the Lake of Restored Sword. A one-hour Cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a relaxing way to end the day and includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese “long house.” This evening, attend a water puppet show.
Day 4 Hanoi/Halong Bay: Travel by road (approx 125 miles/4 hour drive) to Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s natural marvels, where you will board a wooden sailing junk. After lunch, (which is included) take an afternoon cruise through the bizarre limestone rock formations rising from the Gulf of Tonkin.
Day 5 Halong Bay/Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City: Continue to cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay and arrive back at the wharf before noon. Continue by road to Hanoi airport, with a stop en route at the Phu Lang ceramic village. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and then transfer to your hotel.
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City: Morning drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels (approx 45 miles/1½ hours drive), a labyrinth of narrow passages used by the Vietcong guerrillas as hideouts during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City for a tour to include the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Post Office, Chinatown, the Binh Tay Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or Quan Am Pagoda. This evening why not book an optional Vespa Tour.
Optional Mekong Delta extension or beach stay at Ho Tram or Phan Thiet
Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap: Early morning flight to Siem Reap. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the Angkor area - Angkor Thom, including the South Gate, the Bayon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, ending the day at the Royal Enclosure. Finally, you will either visit Pre Rup or Angkor Wat to witness the sunset.
Day 8 Angkor: This morning visit the petit circuit, which includes Prasat Krayan, Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei and the jungle-clad temple of Ta Phrom. In the afternoon, the sightseeing continues with the mesmerising Angkor Wat Temple.
Day 9 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh: Morning departure for the airport and a short 40 minute flight to Cambodia’s capital and on arrival transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 10 Phnom Penh: A full day tour to visit the National Museum, Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and the central market. In the afternoon visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Khmer Rouge “Killing Fields”, the graphic nature of this dark period of history may cause distress.
Optional Cambodia beach extension
Day 11 Phnom Penh: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or perhaps extend your holiday?
9 nights privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car from £2199pp
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