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Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia

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Operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries

2020 Tour code: 20VIS

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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.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 To Hanoi

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.

Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi
Day 3 Exploring Hanoi

Your introduction to Vietnam begins 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 resided, and the Quan Thanh Temple, and 11th-century Taoist structure dedicated to the God of the North.

After free time for lunch, the tour continues to more of Hanoi's incredible sites. This afternoon, we focus on food, with a visit to Ha Noi Old Quarter where you discover the amazing scents and sights of the street food scene. Lining the vibrant streets, the vendors make fresh Vietnamese street food. Your local guide will introduce you to some of the most delectable treats, including Bun Cha, Banh Goi, and Oc Luoc.

One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi
Day 4-5 Halong Bay

Leave Hanoi to 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 the sunset over the bay, 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, you enjoy a delicious seafood lunch, and spend the afternoon visiting some of the caves and islands.

On Day 5, start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sun deck, and continue cruising the bay, spying more incredible views of this mesmerising attraction. After you disembark, transfer back to Hanoi, with a short stop at Dai Viet Craft centre. This evening, visit a Water Puppet Theatre, where you enjoy a performance of this amusing art form. Tonight, join the overnight service to Da Nang.

Halong Bay
Day 6-7 Da Nang and Hoi An

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.

Hoi An
Day 8-9 Ho Chi Minh City

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.

Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 10-11 Phnom Penh

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.

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Days 12 - 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.

Angkor Wat
Days 13-14 Return home

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.

Ho Chi Minh City

Additional information

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.

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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.

Hotels

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi

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Little Hoi An Central Boutique

Little Hoi An Central Boutique, Hoi An

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Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon

Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chí Minh

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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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