Cambodia & Vietnam

Classic Tour

Vietnam & Cambodia Combined

Summary

Type: Classic Tour

Duration: 20 Days

Best Time to Travel: October – April

Places you'll discover

Cu Chi Tunnels
Halong Bay
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Hoi An
Hue
Ky Son
Mekong Delta
Sapa
Siem Reap



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    This trip lets you discover the heart of Vietnam’s rural and rugged north as we spend time in Sapa with her indigenous hill tribes. Halong Bay offers some amazing scenery and relaxation in contrast to the capital Hanoi. Central Vietnam has the former imperial capital of Hue, dominated with the walled Citadel whilst Hoi An is a charming town teeming with life. Saigon is a heaving metropolis and the lush Mekong Delta showcases how many Vietnamese live close to or on the water. The tour concludes with the magnificent Angkor temple complex in neighbouring Cambodia.

    Day 1

    Hanoi

    In the morning

    Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport and private transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.

    In the afternoon

    Remainder of the day is free at leisure.



    Day 2

    Hanoi – Sapa

    Hanoi – Sapa
    In the morning

    Visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. We then explore the Temple of Literature, formerly Vietnam’s oldest university and now one of the capital’s foremost Confucianism places of worship.

    In the afternoon

    We have a look around picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple – very much the focal point of the capital. This is followed by a ‘cyclo’ ride around the bustling and often chaotic Old Quarter, also known as the 36 Streets. In days gone by each street used to specialise in a particular trade – hence you have Chicken Street, Gold Street and my favourite Ghost Street (Hanh Ma) dedicated to selling incense and offerings to be burned on family altars. The tour includes a stop at a Vietnamese “long house.”

    In the evening

    Transfer to Ga Hanoi train station for the overnight Victoria Express to Lao Cai on the Chinese border (Superior 4 berths / cabin share).

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Sapa

    In the morning

    Arrive at Lao Cai station close to the Chinese border and take breakfast at a local restaurant. Continue to Sapa and the Victoria Hotel which overlooks the town.

    In the afternoon

    Remainder of the day is free at leisure.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Sapa

    Sapa
    In the morning

    Drive to a lively ethnic market which serves as a meeting point for various ethnic hill tribes.

    In the afternoon

    Return to Sapa and free afternoon.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Sapa – Hanoi

    In the morning

    Drive to Y Linh Ho where a scenic hike will lead you down to the Muong Hoa Valley with its terraced paddy fields. From here there are options from 1.5 to 4 hour walks along the Hoang Lien Mountain Range with various photo stops before heading to the Lao Chai Junction for a panoramic view of the Muong Hoa Valley. Walk to Ta Van and return to Sapa by car.

    In the afternoon

    Proceed to the Black Hmong ethnic minority village of Matra, a very small and isolated village. Continue hiking through rice paddy fields and be immersed in spectacular natural scenery. Proceed to the ruin monastery of Ta Phin where your car will take you to the Lao Cai Train Station for your return journey to Hanoi.

    In the evening

    Overnight train back to Hanoi.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Hanoi

    In the morning

    Arrive in Hanoi in early morning and transfer to the hotel. Have breakfast at a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon

    Remainder of the day is free at leisure.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Hanoi – Ky Son – Hanoi

    Hanoi – Ky Son – Hanoi
    In the morning

    Drive to Ky Son village. Take a pleasant walk or bike ride around the village to get a taste of the rural northern Vietnam. Return to the Moon Garden for a cooking demo and eat what you have helped to prepare!

    In the afternoon

    Relax before setting out on a bike ride to Duong Lam Village. Visit the Mia pagoda, old country houses and temples before returning to Ky Son Village. Relax and drive back to Hanoi.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 8

    Halong Bay

    Halong Bay
    In the morning

    Depart Hanoi and drive through the lush paddy fields of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay.

    In the afternoon

    Board a luxury junk and cruise through Halong Bay with lunch on board.

    In the evening

    Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 9

    Halong Bay – Hue

    In the morning

    Optional Tai Chi session on the junk’s sundeck. Visit Titov Island and climb to the top for some breath-taking panoramic views of Halong Bay. Disembark late morning.

    In the afternoon

    En route to the airport watch an open air water puppet show in a Red River Delta village. The tradition of water puppetry dates back a thousand years to when shows were originally performed in the flooded rice paddies. Continue to airport for evening flight to Hue.

    In the evening

    Arrive in Hue and private transfer to your hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Hue

    Hue
    In the morning

    Embark on a Dragon Boat cruise on Hue’s Perfume River visiting Emperor Khai Dinh’s elaborate tomb set in the rolling countryside outside Hue and the Thien Mu Pagoda – Vietnam’s oldest active Buddhist monastery.

    In the afternoon

    Visit the Imperial Citadel which still shows the scars of war from the 1968 Tet Offensive followed by the Phap Lam enamel restoration workshop (Phap Lam enamels used to decorate the palaces of Hue and the lost art has only recently been revitalised).

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Hue – Hoi An

    In the morning

    rive along a spectacular coastal road and over the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An stopping en route at the photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.

    In the afternoon

    Free time to discover Hoi An’s historic Old Quarter or relax at the hotel. For dinner I would recommend The Mermaid Restaurant in the old town. It is one of Hoi An’s most established restaurants which was set up by Miss Vy – a well-known local chef and restaurant owner.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 12

    Hoi An

    Hoi An
    In the morning

    Visit Tra Que herb village and taste the local specialties.

    In the afternoon

    Free time to stroll around the historic Old Quarter of Hoi An. The most popular attractions include the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Fukien Chinese Communal house, several ancestral homes and the vibrant riverside market on the banks of the Tu Bon River. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Tu Bon River and afterwards enjoy free time to further explore the old town.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 13

    Hoi An

    In the morning

    A free day to explore ancient Hoi An town.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 14

    Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

    Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
    In the morning

    Free time until flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

    In the afternoon

    Transfer to your hotel. City tour including Reunification Palace (outside only), Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and the poignant War Remnants Museum.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 15

    Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels

    In the morning

    Visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war.

    In the afternoon

    Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Free time at leisure

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 16

    Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

    Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
    In the morning

    Visit a Cao Dai temple en route to My Tho

    In the afternoon

    Take a boat through Mekong canals visiting local handicraft workshops. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 17

    Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

    In the morning

    Fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia and transfer to the hotel.

    In the afternoon

    Begin exploring the vast Angkor Temple complex with the Roulos Group of temples dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, including the Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei Temples. Return to your hotel in the early evening.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 18

    Siem Reap

    Siem Reap
    In the morning

    Enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore the ancient city. Then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace.

    In the afternoon

    Visit the magnificent Angkor Wat and explore its extraordinary architecture for an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 19

    Siem Reap

    Siem Reap
    In the morning

    After breakfast, drive to the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei and the Banteay Samre Temple. Later visit to Ta Prohm Temple enveloped by the jungle.

    In the afternoon

    Travel through the countryside to a local monastery and meet the resident monks and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony. A sacred thread will be tied around your wrist to protect you from evil spirits or harm. End the tour with a rejuvenating traditional Khmer or foot massage.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 20

    Siem Reap

    In the morning

    Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Ho Chi Minh City and your onward flight to the UK.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Hotel accommodation and daily breakfast
    • Airport transfers and land transportation on tour
    • Domestic flights: Hanoi – Hue / Danang – Ho Chi Minh City
    • International flights: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap / Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City
    • Sightseeing with English speaking regional guides throughout
    • Victoria Train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Superior 4 berths / cabin share)
    • Entrance fees and boat trips as per itinerary
    • 2 Days / 1 Night in Halong Bay on junk
    • Meals as included in itinerary

    What's Not Included?

    • International flights
    • Vietnam and Cambodia visas
    • Travel insurance
    • Drinks and meals not mentioned in itinerary
    • Tips, laundry and other expenses of a personal nature

    Accommodation Information

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    Vietnam & Cambodia Combined Summary

    Details

    Type: Classic

    Duration: 20 Days

    Best Time to Travel: October – April

    Places you'll discover

    Cu Chi Tunnels
    Halong Bay
    Hanoi
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Hoi An
    Hue
    Ky Son
    Mekong Delta
    Sapa
    Siem Reap
    FROM
    £2799
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

    01279 507 956
    Customise This Tour
     

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