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Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia

4.7 stars(3 reviews)

Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations

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14 days From £2,295 per person
Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys
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2021 Tour code: VIS21

About the tour

Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions, and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat. This holiday showcases the wonders of 2 fascinating nations, Vietnam and Cambodia.


What’s included


Days 1-2 - London & Hanoi

Your holiday begins with a flight from London Heathrow to Hanoi. Arriving on Day 2, you transfer to your hotel, then you enjoy a walking tour of Ngoc Son temple, which translates to 'Temple of the Jade Mountain' and is situated on a small island north of Hoan Kiem Lake. Following this, enjoy a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, a buzzing hub of activity set amongst traditionally Vietnamese buildings.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
Day 3 - Exploring Hanoi

You continue exploring 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, you 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. After free time for lunch, your tour continues, and the focus shifts to food, with a visit to Ha Noi Old Quarter to experience 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 fried pork and aromatic herbs, and Banh Goi, dumplings stuffed with meat and vermicelli.

One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi
Days 4-5 - Halong Bay

You leave Hanoi and head to the stunning waters of Halong Bay, where you take an overnight cruise. 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 Halong Bay.

On Day 5, you 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 disembarkation, you transfer back to Hanoi, making a short stop at Dai Viet Craft Centre along the way. This evening, visit a Water Puppet Theatre, where you enjoy a performance of this amusing art form. Afterwards, join the overnight Reunification rail service to Da Nang.

Halong Bay
Days 6-7 - Da Nang and Hoi An

After breakfast on board the train, you arrive at Da Nang and transfer straight to Hoi An by coach, 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, Tan Ky old house, the Fukien Assembly Hall, and the stately looking Japanese covered bridge, which has stood for 400 years. After your tour, visit the Precious Heritage Museum in Hoi An to admire images from all around Vietnam, including the work of famous photographer Réhahn. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure.

Hoi An
Days 8-9 - To Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to Da Nang airport today for your 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 from the French colonial period of Vietnam's history. 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. This afternoon, there is time to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at leisure.

Cu Chi Tunnels
Days 10-11 - Phnom Penh

On Day 10, transfer by coach to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, arriving in the late afternoon. Explore Phnom Penh on Day 11, visiting the Royal Palace, the home of the current King of Cambodia. You also visit the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Later, continue to the Central Market for some Cambodian snacks, tasting local favourites, seasonal fruits, and traditional Khmer desserts. This afternoon, transfer by coach to Siem Reap.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Day 12 - Siem Reap

Start the day with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, as well as the Elephant Terrace and the Royal Enclosure. This afternoon includes a highlight of your holiday, a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Angkor Wat. Built over 800 years ago, this ancient Hindu temple was dedicated to the god Vishnu, and originally would have been an extravagant display of golden roofs and white-washed buildings. Now, it seems to have been reclaimed by nature to devastatingly stunning effect.

Angkor Wat
Days 13-14 - Siem Reap & London

Spend the day at leisure until your evening transfer to the airport for your flight to London Heathrow, via Ho Chi Minh City. You arrive back in London on Day 14.

Ho Chi Minh City

Additional information

Departure times

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.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Sunway Hotel, Hanoi

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi

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Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon

Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chí Minh

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Hoi An Central Boutique & Spa

Hoi An Central Boutique & Spa, Hoi Ann

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Palace Gate Hotel & Residence, Phnom Penh

Palace Gate Hotel & Residence, Phnom Penh

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Royal Angkor Resort

Royal Angkor Resort, Siem Reap

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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 3 reviews

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Mr P Wade

5 stars

Submitted 18 Apr 2019

As the title suggests, this was a swift tour of the highlights, and covered a lot of ground in a short time

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Miss J Smart

4 stars

Submitted 15 Nov 2018

Previous holidays have been with Great Railway Journeys so relatively it was good value for money. I booked this trip as the one I was interested with GRJ was fully booked. This one with RD was shorter and I think it could have benefited with a few extra days to include at least one more rail journey, during daylight hours! It was an unexpected bonus that on the last day we did not have to book out until 6 pm

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Mr G Wiggins

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

Stunning tour..Great Tour Guide..Great Accommodation and just brilliant all around..

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Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia

Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations


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