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Vietnam & Cambodia

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: TDrive to Halong Bay (approx 125 miles/4 hour drive), one of Vietnam's natural marvels, to 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.

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 mesmerising Angkor Wat.

Day 9 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh: Morning departure for the airport and a 40 minute flight to Cambodia's capital. After transferring to your hotel, the rest of the day is free.

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.

Day 11 Phnom Penh: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or perhaps extend your holiday?

Why not extend your stay?

Mekong Delta - After day 6 opt to visit the Mekong?

Beach - Or, after day 6 perhaps extend your stay at Ho Tram or Phan Thiet, Con Dao or Phu Quoc or before flying home add on time at a Cambodia beach.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily.

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. Please ask for details.

Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance until 2019.

9 nights privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car from £2199pp

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