Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia
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Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat. This version of the tour is run by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.
Your tour begins with a scheduled flight from London to Hanoi. Arriving on Day 2, you transfer to your hotel, then enjoy a walking tour of Ngoc Son temple. Following this, enjoy a cyclo ride in the Old Quarter, a buzzing hub of activity set amongst traditionally Vietnamese buildings.
Begin your explorations of Vietnam today, with a full day sightseeing tour of Hanoi. Starting after breakfast, explore the area around the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where Vietnam's revolutionary leader is interred. Later, continue to the One- Pillar Pagoda, where Ho Chi Minh once lived, and the Quan Thanh Temple, an 11th-century Taoist structure dedicated to the God of the North.
Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat. After free time for lunch, the tour continues to more of Hanoi's incredible sites. This afternoon, the focus is on food, with a visit to Ha Noi Old Quarter where you discover the amazing scents and sights of Vietnam's famous street food scene. Your local guide will introduce you to some of the most delectable treats, including Bun Cha, delicious vermicelli served with frilled pork and aromatic herbs, and Banh Goi, dumplings stuffed with meat and vermicelli.
Leave Hanoi and head to the stunning waters of Halong Bay, where you take a cruise today. Visit some of the stunning caves and islands, and, in the late afternoon, admire sunset over the bay, perhaps as you enjoy happy hour onboard or attend a cooking demonstration.
This area of outstanding natural beauty is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its deep turquoise waters and unusual rock formations. Whilst on board, sit down to a delicious seafood lunch, before spending the afternoon visiting some of the natural formations that make Halong Bay so iconic.
On Day 5, start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sun deck then continue cruising the bay, spying more incredible views as you sail back to the ship's mooring point. After you disembark, transfer back to Hanoi, with a short stop at Dong Trieu Pottery village included along the way. This evening, visit a Water Puppet Theatre, where you enjoy a performance of this amusing art form. Tonight, join the overnight rail service to Da Nang.
After breakfast on board the train, arrive at Da Nang, and head straight to Hoi An, where the rest of your day is at leisure.
On Day 7, discover Hoi An on a morning walking tour, uncovering the historic and colourful Old Quarter, which at night is lit up with a wonderful display of lanterns. You also visit Tan Ky old house, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the stately looking Japanese covered bridge, which has stood for 400 years. This afternoon, you are free to explore Hoi An under your own steam.
Transfer to Da Nang airport today for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This afternoon, take various photo stops at Reunification Palace, the General Post Office, and City Hall. All of these buildings are stately examples of architecture during the French colonial period of Vietnam. There is also a short stop at the War Remnants Museum.
After breakfast on Day 9, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an intricate underground network created by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War in the latter half of last century. This afternoon, there is time to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at leisure.
Leave the hotel after breakfast and transfer by coach to Cambodia and Phnom Penh, arriving in the late afternoon.
Explore Phnom Penh on Day 11, visiting the Royal Palace, a gorgeous building that looks almost gilded in the right light and also serves as the home for the current King of Cambodia. You also visit the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. This afternoon, transfer by coach to Siem Reap.
Start Day 12 with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, as well as the Elephants Terrace and the Royal Enclosure. This afternoon, you are treated to the spectacular highlight of the day, the hauntingly beautiful Angkor Wat. Built over 800 years ago, this ancient Hindu temple was built for the god Vishnu, and originally would have been an extravagant display of golden roofs and whitewashed buildings. Now, it seems to have been reclaimed by nature to a devastatingly stunning effect.
Spend the day at leisure until the evening of Day 13, when it is time to bid farewell to Cambodia. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your flight home, via Ho Chi Minh City, arriving back into London on Day 14.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia