Discover Vietnam with Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh & Mekong River Add-on

From £5,048
Duration 18 Days
Departures from: Feb 2023 - Nov 2023
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From £5,048
Duration 18 Days
Departures from: Feb 2023 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview
An intriguing country with a colourful history, stunning landscapes and a vibrant atmosphere, Vietnam is a truly unique destination. Discover its lively capital, Hanoi, cruise on beautiful Halong Bay, journey to the Mekong Delta and explore memorable Ho Chi Minh City. Then continue your journey to Cambodia. Stay in Can Tho then continue to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. While in Cambodia you will visit the market at Cai Rang, spend time sightseeing in Phnom Penh, and take a tour of the Angkor Wat.  
  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes


  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from London
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK 
  • 14 nights in 4-star hotels and 2 nights in flight 
  • 1 night cruise on Halong Bay
  • 36 included meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners including welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation & porterage 

Included Holiday Highlights

 

  • Welcome dinner at KOTO Restuarant
  • Hanoi city tour
  • Hanoi cycle tour of the ancient quarter
  • Hue tour
  • Walking tour of Hoi An 
  • Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • Visit Oodles of Noodles
  • Journey along the Mekong Delta
  • Visit the market at Cai Rang
  • Sightseeing in Phnom Penh
  • Tour of the Angkor temple complex

 

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Hanoi

Today, make your own way to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi, we'll transfer to our hotel. This evening you will experience a welcome dinner like no other at the Koto Restaurant, a social enterprise that provides  training to disadvantaged and street children. KOTO has trained over 700 students in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled. Come on a culinary journey and enjoy the aroma and the flavours of Vietnamese and South-East Asian specialties, before sitting down to enjoy a three  course meal where you will have the opportunity to try a selection of traditional dishes. ​

Meals included: D

Day 3 Hanoi

​Hanoi is Vietnam's vibrant capital, and this morning we include a tour here. See the restored Opera House, the One Pillar Pagoda and Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. A great way to experience this lively city is aboard cyclos – Vietnam's answer to the rickshaw. Step aboard your cyclo in the afternoon for a tour of the ancient quarter, or 36 Streets district as it is also known. This is a souvenir hunters' paradise, where old homes and temples vie for attention alongside shops selling silk clothing, silver products and more. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to sample local eateries and try the local Vietnamese cuisine., alternatively join us to see the Hanoi Water Puppet Show.

Begin your evening with a trip to Hanoi's famous Water Puppetry Show, a stunning showcase of the traditional Vietnamese performing art at Thang Long theatre, just beside Hoan Kiem Lake. Originating from northern Vietnamese villages as long ago as the 11th century, each performance tells stories of village living, history and folk tales, accompanied by traditional Vietnamese music and dance.

After the show, enjoy your dinner in a restaurant specialising in traditional Ha Noi delicacies. Transfer back to your hotel. 

Meals included: B,L

Day 4 Hanoi - Halong Bay

UNESCO-listed Halong Bay is truly beautiful and today we're going to explore it in style. We'll board a traditional boat for an overnight cruise amongst its idyllic waters. As we sail, we'll admire the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea, and we'll even enter one of the vast caves. On the boat we'll enjoy a lovely seafood lunch, and this evening, dinner is also served on board before you retire to your cabin in this unique overnight accommodation. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Halong Bay - Hue

You'll wake to stunning views of Halong Bay, and you can enjoy a morning at leisure. You could take part in a Tai Chi session on deck, or maybe you'll just choose to sit and take in the gorgeous scenery with a coffee.

We'll then transfer to the airport and fly to Hue. 


 

Meals included: B

Day 6 Hue - Hoi An

We'll explore Hue this morning on an included tour of its main highlights. We'll take in the beauty of the Thien Mu Pagoda, which overlooks the Perfume River. We'll also see the royal tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, which sits on the side of a mountain.

Later, rest your legs as we take a scenic journey by road to Danang and on to Hoi An. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Hoi An

Discover beautiful Hoi An on a walking tour of this ancient riverside town, which is quite simply the most enchanting place on the Vietnamese coast. We will wander among its quaint streets, where we'll see highlights including the Japanese Covered Bridge, a 200-year-old merchant's house and the 15th century Chuc Thanh Pagoda. If you'd like to explore further, why not join an optional bicycle ride past homes, vegetable gardens and fruit orchards before we reach a quaint village where the locals will offer us a warm welcome. Later today you will visit a local community project, many of which support street kids and disadvantaged young people by providing them with training for a career in the hospitality industry. You'll meet some of the students, learn about different types of local cuisine and then possibly have a go at making some yourself. Afterwards, some delicious food made with local ingredients will be served.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Hoi An - at Leisure

During a free day you could spend time enjoying the facilities at your hotel or exploring the town and its vibrant temples and markets in the company of your fellow travellers.
Alternatively, if you'd like to discover more we offer a fabulous optional excursion to My Son. This is a major religious centre in the Champa Kingdom, and the cluster of ruined Hindu temples you will see were constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD and dedicated to the god Shiva.​ 

Meals included: B

Day 9 Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Today we'll fly to Ho Chi Minh City, better known as Saigon. It is a city of amazing contrasts. Evidence of former French colonisation remains, and this, combined with the culture of the predominantly Buddhist population. Free day at leisure until dinner at a local restaurant. ​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an amazing series of underground passages first constructed in the late 1940s by the peasant army fighting the French and later extended by the Viet Cong rebels. You can see them today on our optional excursion. Alternatively, explore Ho Chi Minh City at leisure before joining our afternoon tour of the city's highlights. We will visit the former Presidential Palace, the War Museum and the famous shopping street formerly known as Rue Catinat, we will also make a stop at the market if time permits. We end the tour at East West Brewing know for the local craft beer in Saigon . Your farewell dinner tonight is served in a local restaurant. After dinner, enjoy Saigon walking street before transfer back to your hotel.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Mekong Delta

​The River Mekong descends for 3,000 miles from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea and is constantly busy with sampans, barges and houseboats. As we journey into the depths of the Mekong Delta, our first stop will be at Cai Be, where we will board a boat to cross the water before cruising through lush forest, narrow inlets and canals to a local restaurant for lunch. We will also visit local workshops along the way. Very little has changed over the centuries in this part of Vietnam, and everything and everybody has to travel by boat. Those choosing to extend their holiday with the Cambodia add-on will continue to Can Tho for an overnight stay. ​

Meals included: B,L

Day 12 Phnom Penh

​Rise early for a morning boat trip to the extraordinary floating market at Cai Rang. Observe boats jostling for a position as the locals engage in frenetic trading and be sure to have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. Return to Can Tho before driving to Chau Doc, where you will board a boat for a river cruise to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia for your two night stay.​

Day 13 Phnom Penh

​Today you will embark upon a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh. Visits will be made to the Royal Palace complex and the impressive Silver Pagoda. Then you will continue on to the National Museum, where you can view Angkorian and Pre-Angkorian sculptures. You will pass the waterfront cafés and restaurants. Next you will have the opportunity to climb the hill to Wat Phnom, the city's main temple. You may like to go to the Central Market or Russian Market where you will be able to browse through the colourful stalls. Dinner tonight is at The Foreign Correspondents Club with its wonderful riverfront views.​.

Day 14 Siem Reap

​Today you will fly to Siem Reap for a three night stay and a first visit to the extraordinary Temples of Angkor, an exotic temple complex. Flight details will be confirmed by your Tour Manager. You begin your tour at the most famous Angkor Wat, where you are able to marvel at the majestic towers as you explore this national treasure

Day 15 Siem Reap

​Today you will revisit the Angkor Complex for a comprehensive full day tour. Starting at the southern Gate of Angkor Thom, you will begin your exploration with a visit to the centrepiece of this ancient city, the Bayon. The Bayon holds 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatically smiling stone faces. Within the walls of Angkor Thom you will also visit the Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas, the Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue your adventure to atmospheric Ta Phrom, covered in lush vegetation.​

Day 16 Siem Reap

​This morning we drive further into the lush countryside to view the intricately carved temple of Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of the Women, which is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Later in the day you will head out of Siem Reap to the Tonle Sap Lake where you will board your boat for a cruise on what is Cambodia's largest lake. The trip will take you through floating villages, which are complete with schools, health clinics and even pig farms. Tonight you will enjoy a special dinner accompanied by a Classical Khmer dance performance.

Days 17 & 18 Siem Reap - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving on day 18.

Additional Information

 

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Lan Vien

The 4-star Lan Vien Hotel is located close to some of Hanoi's iconic landmarks. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe and mini-bar.

Emeraude Classic Cruise

Emeraude cruise ship is a charming vessel incorporating many aspects of comfort and luxury. Facilities on board include a restaurant, sundeck, bar. Cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning and a private shower room.

Park View Hotel - Hue

The 4-star Park View Hotel is located very close to the Citadel, which you can view from the 9th floor rooftop.

Hotel facilities include two restaurants, a poolside snack bar, cafe, outdoor swimming pool, a spa and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, coffee/tea-maker, safe, hairdryer and mini-bar.

Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa

This beautiful and distinctive resort is styled on a historical silk village. The wonderful features of this property include a large outdoor pool, a sauna as well as in-house gift shop, library and salon. The air conditioned rooms are fitted with a safe, TV, tea/coffee facilities and a minibar. Guests can also take advantage of the free WiFi and 24 hour reception.

Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel

The modern décor of this property is complemented by the abundance of great facilities on offer. Guests can unwind at the in-house bar or take advantage of the sauna/spa centre. There is also an indoor swimming pool that offers spectacular views overlooking Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms at the hotel come furnished with a TV, private facilities and a hairdryer. Finally, there is free WiFi available and the reception is open 24 hours.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Victoria Can Tho is located in the heart of Can Tho and is 15 minutes away (walk) of Cai Khe Trade center and Can Tho Harbor. Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Can Tho Museum is also located within a minute's distance. The hotel features include a full-service spa, outdoor pool, complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas, a fitness center, a bar/lounge, a sauna on-site. Room amenities include bathrobes and slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi and LCD TVs with digital channels, minibar, room service and premium bedding.

Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh

The Sunway Hotel Phnom is located in the Central Business District area of Phnom Penh. In close proximity to local attractions, shops and flea markets. Hotel facilities include a dining room, café, lobby lounge, deli shop, spa & fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi and private bedroom facilities.

Angkor Paradise Hotel

Situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Hoi An - Hoi An Cycle Ride

Hoi An - Hoi An Cycle Ride

This tour will take you into the very heart of rural Hoi An for a special insight into the everyday life of a local village community. The small settlement of Cam Thanh, nestled among seemingly endless rice fields, allows the visitor to experience first hand the very backbone of Vietnam's rural culture. Enjoy a bicycle ride through the village, shaded from the sun by a canopy of bamboo thickets, passing by local homes, vegetable and fruit gardens, a village temple and a husking mill. Depending on the season, you will have the opportunity to see the local farming community threshing and harvesting.

Afternoon Excursion - Strenuous - Cultural Experience
This tour will take you into the very heart of rural Hoi An for a special insight into the everyday life of a local village community. The small settlement of Cam Thanh, nestled a...

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Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

This tour will take you out of the city centre to the Cu Chi regions, where you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defence against the French, and later expanded during the American war. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare and you will marvel at their ingenuity and resilience. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering - some are easily accessed by stairs. We recommend good walking shoes and sun protection for this tour and advise you may get a little dirty!

Half day - Moderate walking - Historical Interest
This tour will take you out of the city centre to the Cu Chi regions, where you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defence against the French, and ...

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Hoi An - My Son

Hoi An - My Son

Often referred to as the "Angkor Wat" of Vietnam, the Cham ruins at My Son are well worth the slightly arduous journey needed to reach them! Your day will begin with an early morning drive through 60 km of rolling countryside, passing through small towns with markets in full swing, often journeying alongside the wide reaches of the Han River. As you draw closer to My Son, which translates literally as "Beautiful Mountain" the condition of the road begins to deteriorate and the last few kilometres of track are often rutted and potholed. On arriving at the My Son area you will travel for the last spectacular 3 km bump and jolt along a river gorge. Finally, a 500m walk through lush hillsides, trees and brush, before emerging into the main site. There were over 70 classic Cham monuments at My Son, dating from the 7th - 13th Centuries. Set against the backdrop of the appropriately named Cat's Tooth Mountain, they would then have been an awesome sight. Until 1968 they remained, remarkably, in almost perfect condition, having been sheltered from the worst excesses of weather by the surrounding hills. Regrettably however, man achieved what nature could not and B52 bombers destroyed most of the towers when My Son found itself in a free-fire zone during the Vietnam War. Your guide will offer full commentary on the Cham heritage of My Son whilst you wander at will around this most historic UNESCO site. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant en-route back to your hotel.

Extended Half Day - Moderate walking (some uneven ground) - Must See
Often referred to as the "Angkor Wat" of Vietnam, the Cham ruins at My Son are well worth the slightly arduous journey needed to reach them! Your day will begin with an early morni...

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Hanoi - Traditional water puppet show inc dinner

Hanoi - Traditional water puppet show inc dinner

Begin your evening with a trip to Hanoi’s famous Water Puppet Show, a stunning showcase of the traditional Vietnamese performing art at Thang Long theatre, just beside Hoan Kiem Lake. Originating from northern Vietnamese villages as long ago as the 11th century, each performance tells stories of village life, history and folk tales, accompanied by traditional Vietnamese music and dance. After the show, enjoy your dinner in a restaurant specialising in traditional Hanoi delicacies.
Evening excursion – Minimal walking – Traditional experience
Begin your evening with a trip to Hanoi’s famous Water Puppet Show, a stunning showcase of the traditional Vietnamese performing art at Thang Long theatre, just beside Hoan Kiem La...

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