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Overview

Enjoy a 12-day adventure through the stunning sights of Cambodia and Vietnam; 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.

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

Details

Day 1

Once arriving at Phnom Penh you’ll be exploring the vibrant city on a cyclo; a three wheel bicycle taxi driven by a local pedalling behind your seat. Here you’ll see Royal Palace, a beautiful riverfront complex built as a home for Cambodian Kings, as well as the stunning Silver Pagoda, named so because of its silver tiled floor made of 5000 pieces.
Next you’ll be heading to the National Museum; home to Khmer’s most cherished religious and artistic treasures.  Then the day will finish with a visit to Wat Phnom temple, located on Phnom Penh’s only hill. Here you can see beautiful architecture and shrines, as well as locals coming to pray for good luck.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2

After breakfast you’ll be taking a flight 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.

Overnight in Siem Reap

(Breakfast)

Day 3

Today you’ll be riding on a remork; a Cambodian tuk-tuk, to Ta Prohm temple, a picturesque temple left as it was found – surrounded by jungle trees with crumbling rocks. Next will be a trip to Banteay Kdei, a striking Buddhist temple east of Angkor Thom, as well as Srah Srang, a beautiful reservoir known as the pool of ablutions.
After a break at the hotel, you’ll head to Angkor Wat, a Buddhist temple and the largest religious monument in the world.

Overnight in Siem Reap

(Breakfast included)

Day 4

The morning is free until a transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh. Once there, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight Ho Chi Minh City

 (Breakfast included)

Day 5

Enjoy a full day tour of the city, starting at Cholon, a vibrant Chinatown district full of bustling markets and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda. Next will be a trip to the FITO Museum, a medicine museum featuring 30,000 items that helped to develop the traditional Vietnamese medicine.
After a trip to Ben Thanh Market it’s your choice of either the War Remnants or History Museum, before seeing the main sights of the city – including Dong Khoi Street, the City Hall, Opera House and Old Saigon Post Office.

Overnight Ho Chi Minh City

 (Breakfast included)

Day 6

After a two hour drive to Cai Be, you’ll be enjoying a slow boat ride through the bustling Cai Be floating market, full of fresh produce and rich history. Your lunch will consist of traditional Mekong cuisine, as you cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island to immerse yourself in the villager’s lives. You’ll even head to a cottage factory to see where delicious pop-rice, rice paper and coconut candies are made.

Overnight Ho Chi Minh City

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 7

First you’ll be transferred to Tan Son Nhat Airport for a flight to Danang, before being transferred 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.

Overnight in Hoi An or Danang

(Breakfast included)

Day 8

Today you’ll be transferring to Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam. 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.
You’ll then be taken to Cham Museum, full of gorgeous Cham sculptures, before gazing at the stunning mountain range of the Pass of Ocean Clouds and the quaint fishing village of Lang Co. You’ll end your day at Thien Mu Pagoda, with a 21 meter tower representing seven reincarnations of Buddha, and a beautiful backdrop of the Perfume River.

Overnight Hue

(Breakfast included)

Day 9

Spend the morning at Dong Ba Market to shop for fresh produce, before taking a cyclo through the Old City and to the beautiful Tinh Tam Lake, where you can relax just like past Emperors. For more peaceful settings, you’ll be heading to the lush gardens surrounding Minh Mang’s tomb, before seeing the unique sight of Khai Dinh’s Tomb. Built in a traditional Vietnamese style, yet with a European twist, there is no temple like it in the town. You’ll then have an hour flight to Hanoi before settling for the night.

Overnight Hanoi

(Breakfast included)

Day 10

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.

Overnight Halong Bay

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 11

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.

Overnight Hanoi

(Breakfast included)

Day 12

Before your transfer to Noi Bai Airport you’ll be taking a trip to Temple of Literature, home to Vietnam’s first university Quoc Tu Giam. Here Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite were taught. The tour will then take you to the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, as well as the grave of Ho Chi Minh, the historic father figure of Vietnam. Lastly you’ll be wandering along West Lake and the Taoist temple of Quan Thanh, before shopping and exploring at leisure until your transfer time.

(Breakfast included)

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel
  • English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Entrance fee for visits mentioned
  • Daily drinking water

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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