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Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Delta

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(Tour code: VMG18)

Enjoy a fantastic Far Eastern rail adventure

Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh and the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

Highlights
  • Bustling Hanoi
  • Overnight cruise in Halong Bay
  • Hue and Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Cai Rang floating market and the Mekong Delta
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Angkor Wat and Thom
What’s Included
  • 4-5* Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available
  • 1 night aboard a luxury junk in Halong Bay

Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Delta 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Arriving in Hanoi
Arriving in Hanoi

To Hanoi

We depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight direct to Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, arriving on Day 2. In the afternoon we begin our sightseeing tour of the city, with a tuk-tuk ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter, past Hoàn Kiém Lake. We return to the hotel for dinner this evening

Day 3 Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Cruise on Halong Bay

We continue exploring Hanoi before we transfer to iconic Halong Bay. An extraordinary collection of limestone karst rock formations and islands dotted amongst emerald waters, this area of outstanding natural beauty is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we begin one of the highlights of the tour as we board our luxury junk for an overnight cruise. We travel through the incredibly scenic Halong Bay, enjoying lunch and dinner on board as we sail through the beautiful bay.

Days 4-5 The Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace

Hue

As the sun rises over the glorious panorama this morning, you could try Tai Chi on deck. After breakfast we visit one of the bay's typical limestone grottos, before we sail back to shore. From here we transfer back to Hanoi, stopping en-route at Dong Trieu Pottery Village. This evening, we visit a Water Puppet Theatre, where we are treated to a performance of this traditional Vietnamese art form. Tonight we join the overnight sleeper service to Hue, in twoberth compartments.

On Day 5 our early arrival in Hue gives us a full day to explore. We embark on a cruise on the famous 'Perfume River' to the magnificent seven-storied Thien Mu Pagoda. We continue to the immense Imperial Citadel, whose impressive six miles of walls contain the Imperial and the Purple Forbidden City.

Day 6 Hoi An Old Town
Hoi An Old Town

To Hoi An

Today we travel south by train from Hue to Danang, on one of the most beautiful stretches of line in Vietnam. We wend our way through the thick, verdant landscape, emerging onto a dramatic coastline, where the steep mountains tumble down to the pristine beaches fringing the South China Sea. We leave the train in Danang and transfer by coach to Hoi An.

Day 7 Hoi An
Hoi An

Hoi An

The charming riverside town of Hoi An is famed for its beautiful old buildings and its history as a merchant trading post. This morning we discover the old town on a walking tour, during which we see the 400-year old Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky merchant house, and the vibrant local market. After lunch in a local restaurant, your afternoon is at leisure to explore the lively streets and the myriad of tradesmen offering made to measure clothing and custom made shoes, or perhaps just absorb the relaxed atmosphere and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of our hotel.

Day 8 Nha Trang
Nha Trang

To Nha Trang

Leaving Hoi An, we transfer by coach to Danang for the train to the vibrant coastal resort of Nha Trang, passing rice paddies and mighty oxen working the countryside. We check in to our hotel, located on the beachfront, for a two night stay.

Day 9 Nha Trang
Nha Trang

At leisure in Nha Trang

Your day is free to spend at leisure in Nha Trang. The city is renowned for its superb beaches and idyllic setting in one of the world's most beautiful bays.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh

We continue with a daytime journey by rail to Ho Chi Minh City - best known by its former name, Saigon. Chaotic and boisterous, this is a city with a huge zeal for life. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour, taking in the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and Reunification Square.

Day 11 Cu Chi tunnels
Cu Chi tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels

We travel to the Cu Chi tunnels, and visit the vast underground complex utilised by the Viet Cong during the war against the US. At its height, this system stretched for almost 250 km towards the Cambodian border, and contained field hospitals, weapons factories, kitchens, and living quarters. Our visit gives a real insight to life during this period. We enjoy a talk with a local expert about the history of Vietnam's railways during lunch, and this afternoon and this evening you are at leisure to continue exploring Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta

We travel west by coach to the Mekong Delta, a wonder of nature where the enormous Mekong River splits into branches on its way to the South China Sea. We travel by boat to get a glimpse of the communities which make their living here, and stop at the floating market of Cai Be, before crossing a lower branch of the Mekong River. Later we reach Can Tho, and stay here overnight on the Mekong's banks.

Days 13-14 Phnom Penh Royal Palace
Phnom Penh Royal Palace

Into Cambodia and Phnom Penh

This morning we visit Cai Rang, one of the world's largest floating markets. After time to explore, we transfer to Cao Lanh for our onwards boat journey through the Mekong Delta, and into Cambodia. We arrive in Phnom Penh, the country's exciting capital, known as the 'Pearl of Asia', situated at the meeting point for three great rivers - the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac.

On Day 14, we explore Phnom Penh. Despite its chequered recent history, Phnom Penh is a wonderful place, home to a number of ornate golden temples. Today's full-day sightseeing tour introduces us to some of the city's main sights. We see the Silver Pagoda, the grand Royal Palace, the National Museum and the Russian market. We later visit the moving Tuol Sleng - a museum dedicated to the history of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Days 15-16 Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

We journey by road to Siem Reap today, pausing en-route at Sa Dec, a peaceful city made up of rustic colonial houses and tree-lined avenues, where Marguerite Duras set his semi-autobiographical novel, 'The Lovers.' On Day 16 we visit the world-famous Angkor Wat temple, a source of true national pride and the world's largest religious structure. During our time here we visit Ta Prohm, a temple within the complex. We continue by tuk-tuk to the abandoned city of Angkor Thom.

Days 17-18 Flying home
Flying home

Homeward bound

We transfer to the airport for our flight back to London. Travelling via Hanoi, we arrive on Day 18.

Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights from London to Hanoi and Siem Reap to London
  • All rail and coach travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 13 nights' accommodation in 4 and 5-Star hotels
  • 1 night aboard a luxury junk in Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a sleeper train from Hanoi to Hue

Delicious meals included

  • 36 meals, including 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • City tour of Hanoi including a tuk-tuk ride
  • Guided tour of Hue
  • Excursion to the Marble Mountains
  • Sightseeing tour of Hoi An and Phnom Penh
  • Performance at a traditional water puppet theatre
  • Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh
  • Excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels and a talk on Vietnam's railways
  • Visit to Cai Rang floating market
  • Visits to Angkor Wat temple and Angkor Thom

Enhancing your tour

  • 2 for 1 flights upgrade from Economy to  Premium Economy Class from  £375 per person on selected departures
  • Upgrade your flight from Economy to  Business Class from  £975 per person  each way

Not included

  • Visas for Vietnam and Cambodia
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