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Cambodia & Vietnam Explorer

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14 Days
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Two countries with so many treasures. From bustling vibrant cities to tranquil villages; from ancient capitals to beautiful natural settings, Cambodia and Vietnam has all this and more.


Cambodia is a comparatively new evolving tourist destination for the Western world but the country has now opened its doors wide to show off its exceptional treasures.  Naturally, number one on anyone’s list will be a visit to exciting Angkor Wat. It can be compared in importance as an archaeological site with Machu Pichhu in Peru or Petra in Jordan. Amazingly enough, although it has existed since the 9th Century AD, it was only rediscovered in the 19th Century. It is a large complex of buildings covering many acres close to the town of Siem Reap. Originally covered by undergrowth, archaeologists unearthed it to find some spectacular sites. Angkor Wat was originally a city of over 1 million inhabitants but was abandoned many centuries ago.

Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, situated on the banks of the MekongRiver, also has its treasures. On arriving in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and meet your tour leader for welcome drinks and a tour briefing.

The next day, start your sightseeing with the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings most of which are open to the visitor. The architecture with its gold leafed roofs is stunning with perhaps the beautiful Silver Pagoda being the highlight. Also take time to wander around the well maintained gardens. Also visit the National Museum and the Childsafe Centre. Perhaps macabre but absolutely worth it, is the visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, a former prison in which thousands of Cambodians were placed prior to being killed by the Khmer rouge regime. Then visit the infamous Killing Fields just outside of the city. The two venues bring to life the history of the country during these times.

The following morning, fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. Start today with a visit to Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake/river combination in the country. It is unique as the direction of the flow of water reverses itself twice a year. It is also home to ethnic Vietnamese and Cham people who live most often in floating villages earning their existence through fishing. There over 300 different species of fish in the lake.

The next day is dedicated to amazing Angkor Wat. Originally covered by undergrowth, archaeologists unearthed it to find some spectacular sites. It was originally a city of over 1 million inhabitants but was abandoned many centuries ago. This 400 square kilometer/154 square mile Hindu temple complex is vast and is situated 6 kilometres/4 miles north of the town of Siem Reap. Angkor Wat literally means Temple City and was in fact a city built by the Khmer King Suryavarman the Second in the 12th Century.  Today it contains scores of temples, bas-reliefs and sculptures and is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. It needs time to really take in all that is on offer here.

The first entry into the Angkor Wat complex brings you to the main temple called Angkor Wat, an absolutely magnificent large structure surrounded by a moat.  It is also known as the Grand Temple. Just behind it is Angkor Thom which was the capital city of the Khmer Empire. Here you will see the Terrace of the Elephants which is 350 metres/1150 feet long and was the stand for public ceremonies and the Terrace of the Leper King - the origin of the name is unknown. Other visits are to Ta Prohm which is an intriguing set of temples left in the way they were rediscovered in the 19th Century and covered by trees which have grown over them, and Banteay Srei, situated 25 kilometres/16 miles north east of the main group of temples. The name literally translates as Citadel of Women. This is due to the so called fact that the temples here which have elaborate decorative wall carvings could only have been carved by women.

The following day, fly to Ho Chi Minh City,  Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon before 1975. It is the economic centre and the largest city in the country, bustling with life – just watch a scooter go by with a family of five hanging on. Its many markets sell everything from silk to spices and the city is dotted with temples. During your stay here, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels situated 40 kilometers/25 miles outside the city. They are an elaborate underground system of tunnels and chambers spread out over 240 kil;ometrs/150 miles which is mind boggling as these tunnels which were built in the 1940’s and used again in the 1960’s to provide refuge from the foreign enemy, housed hundreds of families and even contained hospitals underground. .In the city, begin with Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace followed by the HistoryMuseum with its Vietnamese antiquities. Take in the Notre Dame Cathedral built by the French during their occupation and the uniquely designed Post Office.

Next up is the Mekong Delta situated in South West Vietnam and is where the mighty MekongRiver empties into the South China Sea by way of a network of many small tributaries. It is a land of flat flood plains and a few hills with green fields and sleepy villages. The villages are generally only reached by river or canal rather than by road. It is also known as the Rice Basket of Vietnam. Travelling by road from Ho Chi Minh City, visit Can Tho with its floating markets, pagodas, temples and happy smiling inhabitants. A boat cruise will take you to a number of typical delta villages to introduce you to the .lifestyles of the local people.

Fly the next day to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam, located on the enigmatically named Perfume River. Here sail down the river on a short cruise arriving at the Thien Mu Pagoda. Also visit the impressive burial grounds of former Emperors and the Citadel modeled on the Beijing Imperial Palace.

Drive the following morning to Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a historical port where the old town is a maze of interesting narrow streets and alleyways. Here you will have a walking tour to see its many galleries, tailor shops and cafes.

The next day is at leisure to explore Hoi An on your own.

Then fly to Hanoi and immediately travel by road to Halong Bay region staying in Halong City for overnight. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and quite rightly so as it is a natural wonder consisting of some 1600 islands in a series of bays, most uninhabited. Each of the islands is topped with jungle vegetation. The topography is one of limestone rocks of various sizes and shapes rising spectacularly out of the sea.

There is no doubt that the best way to enjoy Halong Bay is to take a cruise. During your morning cruise, you will explore the islands, discover floating villages, and see peaks with panoramic views of the area, lagoons, caves and excellent sandy beaches. Have a seafood lunch on board. Afterwards, drive to Hanoi. In the evening, enjoy a performance of a water puppet show.

Hanoi is a mix of east and west due to its wide boulevards and French influences. The next morning visit the charming and lovely One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature dating back to the 11th Century and the uniquely designed Opera House.  Finally, take a stroll through the ancient quarter called the 36 Streets all traditionally named after artisans and craftsmen.

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,494

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Day 1

Welcome to Phnom Penh

On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing. Stay the next two nights at Sunway Hotel

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh

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    Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh



    The Sunway Hotel is situated in a quiet pleasant green area of the city within walking distance of the Mekong River and the Wat Phnom Penh. All 140 rooms are spacious and decorated with your comfort in mind. The excellent location of this hotel plus ...

    The Sunway Hotel is situated in a quiet pleasant green area of the city within walking distance of the Mekong River and the Wat Phnom Penh. All 140 rooms are spacious and decorated with your comfort in mind. The excellent location of this hotel plus the warm and friendly atmosphere is what makes the Sunway Hotel an exceptional choice of accommodation in Phnom Penh.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Explore Phnom Penh

Begin your Phnom Penh city tour with a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Travel to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek to learn about the country's chilling history. In the afternoon, see the beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Enjoy sunset drinks with your group at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

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Day 3

Siem Reap

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Drive to Tonle Sap Lake and explore the lake by boat. Return to Siem Reap and spend time exploring independently. Stay the next two nights at Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa.

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Duration2 Nights
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Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa

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    Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa



    Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa is indeed a resort of class and character which you should not miss while you are visiting the mystical land - Siem Reap Angkor. The Resort has been designed to guarantee you a most pleasant and memorable stay as they ...

    Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa is indeed a resort of class and character which you should not miss while you are visiting the mystical land - Siem Reap Angkor. The Resort has been designed to guarantee you a most pleasant and memorable stay as they aim to deliver products and services that consistently meet and exceed your travel needs and wants. This resort is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap Town within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, museums, and entertainment centres.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

The Temple of Angkor

Rise early and travel by tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat’s East Gate entrance for sunrise. Explore the temple before entering the little-visited West Gate of the Angkor Thom complex. Spend time at Bayon temple, and see the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King. Enjoy free time at the hotel before exploring Banteay Srei temple. Visit a palm sugar village and discover jungle-covered Ta Prohm temple. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

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Day 5

Siem Reap to Saigon

Fly from Siem Reap to Saigon in Vietnam. On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Vietnam tour briefing. Stay the next three nights at Grand Hotel Saigon.

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Duration3 Nights
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Northern Saigon

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    Northern Saigon



    The Northern Saigon is a boutique hotel offering 99 well-equipped rooms just a short walk from major entertainment and historic landmarks. Amenities include an in-house restaurant and gym.

    The Northern Saigon is a boutique hotel offering 99 well-equipped rooms just a short walk from major entertainment and historic landmarks. Amenities include an in-house restaurant and gym.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Cu Chi Tunnels and City Tour

Drive to Cu Chi and discover the network of underground tunnels. On your return to Saigon, enjoy a traditional Pho lunch. Wander along Dong Khoi Street, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh Square before visiting the War Remnants Museum on a walking tour. As the sun sets over the city, relax with a drink at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon.

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Day 7

Mekong Delta

Spend the day exploring the Mekong Delta. Visit a traditional brick factory, meet a family of weavers and enjoy a delicious local lunch. On the return drive to Saigon, stop at Cao Dai temple.

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Day 8

Saigon to Hue

Fly from Saigon to Hue and discover Emperor Tu Duc's tomb, Imperial Palace and Citadel. Visit Spiral Foundation which employs people with disabilities and enjoy making a souvenir from recycled materials. Overnight at Hotel Saigon Morin.

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Duration1 Night
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Saigon Morin Hotel

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    Saigon Morin Hotel



    Built in 1901 by French, the Saigon Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. Survived through many wars, this is more than a Hotel, it's a part of the History of Hue city in the last 100 years. Now lovingly restored to ...

    Built in 1901 by French, the Saigon Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. Survived through many wars, this is more than a Hotel, it's a part of the History of Hue city in the last 100 years. Now lovingly restored to its century-old glory, Saigon Morin Hotel is once ready to live up to its reputation as the choice of celebrities, intrepid adventures and businessmen. The Hotel offers everything a discerning traveller would expect form a world class hotel without sacrificing the old world charm that made the Saigon Morin Hotel legendary.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Hue to Hoi An

Drive along scenic Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An. On arrival in Hoi An, embark on a walking tour and visit a traditional ancient house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Stay the next two nights at Hoi An Historic Hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hoi An Historic Hotel

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    Hoi An Historic Hotel



    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the ...

    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Badminton Court
    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Day 10

Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An.

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Day 11

Hoi An to Halong Bay

Drive a short distance to Danang before flying to Haiphong and driving on to Halong Bay. Board a junk boat and feast on fresh seafood before exploring an enormous grotto. Overnight on Indochina Sails boat.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 12

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Rise early to see more of the bay. After brunch, disembark and drive to Hanoi. In the afternoon, wander the backstreets of Hanoi's Old Quarter and sample some local snacks. Stay the next two nights at Silk Path Hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Ann Hanoi Hotel

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    The Ann Hanoi Hotel



    The Ann Hanoi is a stylish, contemporary hotel located in the city centre of Hanoi, within walking distance of the Old Quarter and key historic landmarks. Facilities include a health club with a rooftop pool, lounge and restaurant.

    The Ann Hanoi is a stylish, contemporary hotel located in the city centre of Hanoi, within walking distance of the Old Quarter and key historic landmarks. Facilities include a health club with a rooftop pool, lounge and restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym
    • Jacuzzi
    • Laundry Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 13

Hanoi

Discover Hanoi on a city tour with a visit to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, bustling Old Quarter and tranquil Temple of Literature. In the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, see the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts. This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

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Day 14

Depart Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2019:  Jan 8, 15, 22; Feb 12, 9, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26; Apr 2, 9, 23; May 7, 21; Jun 4, 18; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 20; Sep 10, 17, 24; Oct 8, 15, 22; Nov 5, 12, 19; Dec 3, 17, 24

2020: Jan 7, 14, 21; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar 3, 10, 17, 24

PRICES INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 1 overnight cruise accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Small group touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • National tour leader added with a minimum of 10 travellers
  • 4 regional flights
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles (tuk tuk touring at Angkor)
  • Airport transfers
  • Porterage and incidental gratuities

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers and Western tour leaders

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

Selected departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests, please check with our Asia experts on the relevant dates. It is compulsory to have comprehensive travel insurance to participate on this trip. 

 

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