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.
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 traditional cyclo ride to Hanoi's Old Quarter, past Hoàn Kiém Lake. We return to the hotel for dinner this evening
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.
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.
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.
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, we make our way to the Xu Dang Trong Art Centre where you will try your hand at lantern making. The rest of 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.
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 one night stay. On Day 9 we transfer by train to Saigon, on arrival we make our way to the Grand Hotel where we will stay for the next 2 nights.
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. After lunch, we make our way back to Saigon enjoying a tour of the city en-route to the hotel before spending the evening at leisure.
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 for two nights on the Mekong's banks. Day 12 you have the full day at leisure to explore Can Tho.
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 Central Market. We later visit the moving Tuol Sleng - a museum dedicated to the history of the Khmer Rouge regime.
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.
We enjoy a final visit to some of Cambodia's most beautiful temples today ahead of lunch at a local restaurant. After, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London. Travelling via Hanoi, we arrive on Day 18.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
For our overnight rail journey we use a "soft sleeper" service, the best available in the region, which offers a basic but reasonably comfortable and private overnight journey, although without the modern amenities you might expect on a European sleeper service. For daytime journeys, we travel in air-conditioned 'soft seat' class, which, whilst more basic than European trains, offers a fascinating insight into local life and local rail travel, as well as a superb way to see the stunning scenery in this part of the world.
Our accommodation in Can Tho is the exquisite 4-Star Victoria Can Tho Resort, situated on the banks of the Hau River in the Mekong Delta. The exclusive hotel is set in beautiful gardens and features a restaurant, with views overlooking the river, an open-air bar, gift shop, fitness centre, tennis court, swimming pool and spa. All guest rooms combine authentic Vietnamese furnishings with modern comforts and balconies.
The 5-Star Melia Hanoi Hotel is located in the heart of Hanoi, close to Hoàn Kiém Lake. The hotel has two restaurants serving authentic Vietnamese and international dishes, a bar and lounge offering a selection of drinks and light snacks, a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Oasis spa providing a variety of treatments (payable locally). The spacious rooms feature modern furnishings, as well as all the conveniences typically found in a hotel of this standard.
The 4-Star Grand Hotel Saigon is located in a converted colonial building on Saigon's main commercial street. The hotel offers spacious accommodation within the bustling centre of the city, only a stone's throw from the Siagon River. The hotel features classic French décor and has an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers, two restaurants (including Belle-Vue rooftop restaurant), a bar and coffee lounge. Room facilities include air conditioning, minibar, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
With views across the emerald waters of the Thu Bon River set in a grand old building, the 5-Star Hotel Royal Hoi An Mgallery is an excellent base from which to explore Hoi An and the fascinating old Vietnam that still exists here. The superb facilities here include a gymnasium, a spa (payable locally), a restaurant and a bar. All of the rooms have complimentary WiFi, a television, air-conditioning and an in-room safety box.
The newly-built 5-Star Best Western Premier Indochine Palace in Hue is a destination in itself set in a lush tropical garden. The exclusive hotel boasts a bar and lounge, a café and you can dine in one of the five restaurants serving a variety of specialty cuisines. There is a well equipped fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa offering treatments (payable locally). The modern, contemporary guest rooms feature a telephone, DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, refreshment bar, safe and a hairdryer.
The 4-Star Novotel in Nha Trang is superbly located on the beachfront and close to the city centre. The hotel has a bar offering a selection of drinks and light snacks, a restaurant serving a mix of eastern and western cuisine, which you can watch the chef create from the exciting open kitchen, a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool with bar and a sauna. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, television, telephone, minibar, Wi-Fi, hairdryer and a safe.
Situated close to the world-renowned Angkor Wat is our hotel, the 5-Star Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa. This stunning hotel mixes contemporary décor with traditional styles, and features some fantastic amenities, including a spa, a beauty centre, a gym, and a saltwater pool, complete with a poolside bar. There are also numerous places to eat and relax at the resort, with a restaurant that serves traditional cuisine, an outdoor terrace, a lounge, and a café. The rooms are decorated in neutral colours, with beautiful hardwood flooring, and also come air-conditioned throughout. Other facilities in the room include a television, a minibar, an en-suite bathroom, tea & coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Upgrade your flight from Economy to Business Class from £925 per person each way.
2 for 1 upgrade from Economy to Premium Economy Class from £450 per person on selected departures listed below.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.