Vietnam & Cambodia
Duration: 9 nights private tour
Price from: £2499pp
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 transfer to your hotel.
Day 3 Hanoi: Walk along the Hanoi back roads to see real life in the city and then take 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: Drive to Halong Bay (approx 125 miles/4 hour drive), one of Vietnam’s natural marvels, to board a wooden sailing junk. After an included lunch, 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 Halong Bay’s emerald waters before reaching the wharf before noon. Continue by road to Hanoi airport, stopping en route at the Phu Lang ceramic village. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for an afternoon 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 (see page 175).
Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap: Early morning flight to Siem Reap. This afternoon the tour takes in 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, visit Pre Rup or Angkor Wat to watch 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 mesmerising Angkor Wat.
Day 9 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh: Morning flight to Phnom Penh. Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is free.
Day 10 Phnom Penh: This morning, 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.
Day 11 Phnom Penh: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or perhaps extend your holiday?
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on day 4.
Tour price: The price shown for this privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward domestic flights, private transfers between your hotels, 4* accommodation, sightseeing as outlined, private services of an English speaking guide and entrance fees.
5* hotels, extensions and additional excursions available in each destination at a supplement.
Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance until 2023.