Singapore, Cambodia & Vietnam
Travel 01 Feb 2018 - 17 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £390 per person
- 3 nts Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore - Breakfast
- 3 nts Tara Angkor Siem Reap, Siem Reap - Breakfast
- 5 nts Boutique Hoi An, Hoi An - Breakfast
- 3 nts Liberty Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - Breakfast
- Singapore City Tour
- Privately escorted tour of Angkor Wat
- Flights to Siem Reap via Singapore and onwards to Danang & Ho Chi Minh City with Singapore Airlines, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Inspired by the old world charm of Singapore's colonial past, this best-selling hotel fronts the Singapore River, just a few minutes drive from the shops of Orchard Road and Marina Bay.
Ideally and conveniently located within a few minutes stroll of the Angkor National Museum and a short ride to the town centre where there are an array of shops, restaurants and bars.
This charming colonial resort lies on a beautiful stretch of Cua Dai Beach, just ten minutes drive from Hoi An town
The Liberty Central Saigon Centre, offering 4-star hotel accommodation near Ben Thanh market is located in one of the busiest hubs of Ho Chi Minh City.
Flights to Siem Reap via Singapore and onwards to Danang & Ho Chi Minh City with Singapore Airlines, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
Rich in heritage with a multitude of cultures and nationalities, the vibrant city of Singapore offers a refined taste of Asia and is just waiting to be explored. There are a multitude of things to see and do, with options available to suit every nature lover, culture vulture or food fanatic. There's not only an abundance of top attractions within the city's main areas - from Sentosa, the Night Safari and fascinating museums to Chinatown and Little India; but also hundreds of hidden gems to discover off the beaten track. Known for being a city in a garden, Singapore also boasts a lot of green space, from the Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Singapore Zoo, Gardens by the Bay and Jurong Bird Park to preserved rainforests, nature reserves, parks and hiking trails. For an alternative nature experience, take a bumboat back in time to off-shore island Pulau Ubin, one of the two remaining kampongs (rural village) in Singapore.
For those seeking retail therapy a Singapore holiday won't disappoint. Orchard Road is the prime shopping district, a mile long street filled with high street names, high-end luxury labels and everything in between. Alternatively, browse the shops of Chinatown and Little India, visit the historical Arab Quarter - particularly Haji Lane, or try out the city's numerous shopping malls and fascinating markets. With an excellent public transport network of buses, taxis and efficient MRT underground system, you'll have no problem navigating around the city – although it's also very easy to get around on foot.
Singapore is one of Asia's best foodie destinations and every taste and budget is catered for, from unpretentious and affordable local street fare to culinary gems created by Michelin-starred chefs. An ideal gateway to Asia's varied destinations, a Singapore holiday offers an opulent taste of the Far East.
This once sleepy backwater in northwest Cambodia has undergone one of the fastest periods of growth in Southeast Asia due to its close proximity to the world-famous temples of Angkor. The town has a sophisticated air along with an array of fine hotels and a flourishing dining scene however, much of the towns traditions and culture have been conserved, creating a wonderful blend of the ancient and modern.
Situated around 3 miles from Siem Reap, the staggering temple complex of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. Dating back to the 9th century and scattered throughout a huge area of forest, together the temples comprise one of the world's greatest man-made wonders.
The centrepiece is the superbly preserved and visually entrancing Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument, built to replicate the heavens on earth. The sheer scale of this vast moated temple is hard to grasp – the entire site takes in nearly 500 acres and features five imposing lotus-shaped towers, sweeping courtyards, mysterious passageways and intricate carvings on the temple walls.
The huge walled city of Angkor Thom also forms part of the complex and encompasses many fine temples and palaces. There are five gateways into Angkor Thom each approached by a causeway built across the moat and lined with statues of gods and spirits. Within Angkor Thom is the famous Bayon Temple with its giant stone faces, possibly the most celebrated structure at Angkor after Angkor Wat. Other highlights within Angkor Thom include the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the royal viewing stands of the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Another must see is Ta Phrom, which featured in the Tomb Raider film. Still covered in jungle as well as gigantic roots that intertwine with temple walls and corridors, creating a truly magical sight. If time allows you may also wish to see Preah Khan, which literally translates as 'Sacred Sword'; Banteay Srei; East Mebon; Pre Rup; Srah Srang or Ta Som.
Temples aside, no visit to Siem Reap is complete without exploring the fascinating string of floating and stilted villages on the nearby Tonle Sap lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Southeast Asia. In the wet season it swells to more than five times its size in the dry season flooding the surrounding plains and forests, creating an incredibly diverse and rich eco-system. The lake is also home to numerous species of waterbird, many of which can be seen at the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve.
As the days draw to a close and you want to sit back and relax, Siem Reap has a surprisingly diverse range of places to eat and drink. Eateries, from hawker stalls to five star venues, are scattered across the town, although many are concentrated in the Pub Street and Old Market areas. You may also like to take in a show highlighting the ancient art of Aspara dance, as depicted on the walls of the Angkor temples.
Lying on Vietnam's central eastern coast, Hoi An is a charming ancient trading town whose Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 in an effort to preserve the historic architecture, which is an eclectic mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European influences. Add to this stunning beaches just ten minutes drive away and it's easy to understand Hoi An's appeal.
The narrow streets of this historical showpiece comprise Chinese temples, grand merchants houses, pagodas, wooden shophouses, French colonial villas and old canals criss-crossed by bridges. Many of the houses have been restored and are characterised by polished wooded floors, intricately carved doors, shutters and antique furniture. It's well worth taking the time to linger a while and catch a glimpse of the real life lurking behind the facades, or take an outside seat at one of the many cafes and restaurants to watch the hustle and bustle of the locals.
Happily, all of Hoi An's major attractions are located within walking distance of each other and include the iconic 16th century Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chinese assembly halls and Tan Ky House. While easily walkable, a cyclo tour is a traditional and fun way of exploring this ancient riverside town. Alternatively, you may wish to hire a bicycle to explore at your leisure and can also take an enjoyable half an hour ride along the picturesque country road to Cua Dai Beach. This wide expanse of white sands is lined with several resorts and is the perfect place to relax after exploring the hustle and bustle of Hoi An. Cua Dai Beach is also just a short speedboat ride from the Cham Islands archipelago, one of the finest diving spots in central Vietnam.
Hoi An is renowned for its shopping, particularly the plethora of skilled tailors, where you can purchase custom-made suites, shirts and dresses. The streets are also lined with shophouses and stalls selling handicrafts, jewellery and traditional clothing while the vibrant central market is filled with locals haggling for fresh produce and foodstuffs. You'll also discover an assortment of art galleries.
The pedestrian-friendly riverside streets are transformed after dark as hundreds of old-fashioned silk lanterns are lit to create a lovely ambience. Dining options are many and varied with some of the best dining outside of the big cities available, be it cheap eats from a street stall or fantastic five star feasts. You'll find a variety of trendy bistros, cafes, bars and live music venues within the Old Town as well as on the riverfront.
Formerly known as Saigon, vibrant Ho Chi Minh City is one of Asia's most compelling cities and definitely not to be missed. This fast-paced, thriving metropolis is a city of contrasts as soaring skyscrapers, chic shopping malls, fine restaurants and glitzy bars rub shoulders with delightful districts full of colonial charm, classic French architecture, incense-infused temples and bustling markets.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is divided into 24 districts, although tourists rarely travel beyond districts One, Three and Five. The city's central area, District One, is where most of the main shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions are located along with the original French Quarter. The more sedate District Three offers more colonial architecture, parks and wide boulevards interspersed with a few restaurants and shops while District Five incorporates Chinatown with its markets, pagodas, temples and authentic Chinese restaurants.
Highlights include ostentatious reminders of French rule such as Notre Dame Cathedral or the huge Central Post Office designed by Gustav Eiffel; the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace; the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the 18th century Thien Hau Temple. A cyclo tour is a wonderful way to take in the sights whilst absorbing the flurry of activity around you, or take a seat at a roadside café and watch as conical-hatted vendors ply their goods or bicycles piled high with furniture and livestock pass by. Alternatively, those with a hunger for adventure can hop on the back of a Vespa for an unforgettable tour of the Saigon streets, joining the organised chaos through the different districts and mingling with the locals before stopping to sample some local cuisine.
No visit to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without a visit to the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels located just an hour's drive northwest of the city. This labyrinth of narrow tunnels, all dug using only hand tools, stretch for over 120 miles and were used as hideouts during the war by the Vietnamese army. Our highly recommended half day excursion to the tunnels includes original film footage from the war and also gives you the chance to explore enlarged sections of this extensive underground city from the not-to-distant-past which contained hospitals, kitchens and sleeping quarters.
Ho Chi Minh City is also the gateway to the Mekong Delta, a lush, tropical delta dominated by the mighty Mekong, one of the most scenic rivers in Asia. Take a cruise through this fascinating region to see the vibrant floating markets, bustling villages with houses built on stilts and countless temples. The Delta is also one of the most agriculturally productive areas in Southeast Asia, with fruit orchards, rice paddies, fish and flower farms jostling for space. We highly recommend our one night Mekong Delta cruise aboard a traditional wooden boat in the style of a converted rice barge (Bassac boat).
Shopping opportunities also abound in HCMC. Haggle for bargains of clothing and souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market or visit rambling Binh Tay Market in Chinatown where you'll find stalls crammed with exotic foodstuffs. Alternatively, browse the small, traditional shops within the main shopping areas, such as Dong Khoi, Hai Ba Trung and Le Thanh Ton, or the luxurious shopping malls with international fashion brands and designer boutiques springing up in the city including Diamond Plaza on Le Duan and Parkson Saigon Tourist Plaza on Le Thanh Ton.
There is a rich selection of restaurants in HCMC, ranging from bargain street side stalls to haute cuisine and everything in between. Cuisines you'll come across include French, Chinese and of course, local Vietnamese delights such as Banh mi (sandwiches), noodle soup (pho), seafood and crepes. Western food is also widely available for those who just can't survive without chips! Nightlife is equally varied, depending on where you are in the city. District One has rooftop bars, casinos and jazz or rock bands while in District Three you'll find local cafes with Vietnamese music and cheap eats.