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Overview

Enjoy a 17-day adventure through the stunning sights of Cambodia and Vietnam ending in Bangkok; rich in culture, history and beautiful architecture. During your tour you’ll be immersed in the exciting history of these two countries, as well as visiting stunning temples, seeing the sights of Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City, and visiting the fascinating ruins of Angkor Thom. (GCL - AVEV)

Highlights

  • Explore the city of Phnom Penh on a traditional cyclo
  • See some of Cambodia and Vietnam’s treasures, including the Royal Palace, Angkor Wat and Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Visit the striking ruins of Angkor Thom, the last capital city of the Great Khmer Empire
  • Immerse yourself in local Cambodia and Vietnam with visits to markets and the bustling cities of Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City
  • End the tour in the bustling and vibrant Bangkok

Details

Day 1

Hanoi

Arrive at any time, you’ll have a welcome meeting at 18:00 to meet the tour group and guide and can opt to go for dinner to get to know each other a bit better.

 

Day 2

Ha Long Bay

You’ll be spending the day cruising along calm waters today. After transferring to Halong Bay you’ll be boarding a jetty, which will take you along the bay with a delicious lunch included. In the afternoon your boat will host a few activities for you, before serving dinner by the karst formations. Along the way you’ll visit caves and an island lookout and will enjoy a drink under the stars by night.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

 

Day 3

Ha Long/ Hue

Enjoy a long, relaxed morning on your boat, with breakfast served as you slowly cruise back to the port. Whilst heading back to Hanoi there is an option to visit But Thap, the oldest pagoda in Vietnam, before arriving in Hanoi to visit the Ethnology Museum, which exhibits the lives of different ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Next you’ll be heading to Hanoi’s Old Quarter to immerse yourself in Hang Be Market and gaze at the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake. The day will finish with a water puppet show, a fascinating North Vietnamese art form that depicts scenes of Vietnam’s national history before boarding an overnight train to Hue.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

 

Day 4

Hue

This day will be full of history as you’re taken through the tombs and graves of the last emperors of Vietnam, as well as visiting the Imperial Citadel, the location where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Whilst here make sure you try out the Hue beer! In the afternoon you have free to see the sites at your leisure and can even jump on a motorbike and be driven around the countryside.

 

Day 5-7

Hoi An

Today you will drive across the Vietnamese countryside over to Hoi An – now full of traditional architecture and a laid-back local lifestyle, Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Next is a wander through the town centre to enjoy the beautiful Japanese Covered Bridge and market, as well as former merchant’s homes. Afterwards, the rest of the afternoon is left for you to explore as you wish.

You will spend the next few days with much to do and see in this charming town. Day 6 you will enjoy a cookery lesson and try out your delicious creations then bike down to the beach for a leisurely afternoon or if you prefer visit the tailor shops and get something personalised for you! Day 7 you have the day to explore, we’d recommend a visit to My Son Excursion and a traditional lantern making class.

(Three breakfasts and one lunch included)

 

Day 8-10

Ho Chi Minh City

Fly this morning to the once capital of South Vietnam, the countries commercial centre. Here you’ll have time to explore the small alleys and bustling streets, keep an eye out for the delicious local food stalls. Day 9 you will take a guided tour of the fascinating and complex Cu Chi Tunnels then spend the afternoon visiting one of the many attractions here – a beautiful temple in the China Town district, the Palace where the Vietnam War ended or the War Remnants Museum to learn more about Vietnams history. Day 10 you will enjoy a boat cruise through the villages, islands and markets of Mekong Delta and visit a traditional Candy Factory. By evening you will head back for your last night here where you can go for an optional dinner with the group.

(Three breakfasts included)

 

Day 11-12

Phnom Penh

Cross the border over to Cambodia today by local bus and upon arrival jump on a cyclo for a fun and vibrant tour of the city. Day 12 you visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the killing fields (Cheoung Ek) where you find out more about the dark side to Cambodian history. The afternoon is yours to sightsee and explore, visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Take a trip down the the Russian Market – Wat Phnom and take a break in a riverside café to rest your feet.

(Two breakfasts included)

 

Day 13-15

Siem Reap

After breakfast you’ll drive to Siem Reap, home to the ruins of Angkor Thom- the last capital city of the Great Khmer Empire. You’ll be entering this historical city through South Gate, featuring beautifully carved elephants, and exploring through the Angkor Thom’s fascinating remains. Whilst there, you’ll have a visit to Bayon Temple, a striking 54 tower in the middle of Angkor Thom, featuring 2000 large faces carved into the rocks. The Terrace of Elephants is also on the list, used by king Jayavarman VII to view his returning army.
 Day 14 after breakfast you’ll head to Angkor Wat, a Buddhist temple and the largest religious monument in the world. You’ll spend 2 days exploring here and see many highlights of the ancient capital. In the evening make sure to go to the Cambodian Circus and see an amazing acrobatic performance.

(Three breakfasts and one dinner included)

 

Day 16

Bangkok

Today cross into Thailand to the bustling city of Bangkok, spend the evening meal in the town indulging in delicious and flavourful Thai food.

 

Day 17

Bangkok

Tour ends here, depart at any time.

Not ready to go home? Book a few extra days to explore the city.


 

  • International flights
  • All internal transport: Train, local bus, air-con bus, plane, walking, cyclo and boat
  • Hotel (14 nights), sleeper train (1 night), junk boat (1 night)
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included (allow USD185-240 for meals not included)
  • Cookery class and lunch, New Hope restaurant (Siem Reap), Halong Bay caves entrance, Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner, Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance, Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour (Ho Chi Minh City), Mekong Delta day trip, Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh), Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek entrance and guide, Angkor Wat complex entry and guide, including sunrise tour (Siem Reap)
  • English speaking local tour guide, local guides
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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