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Duration
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$ 3,182

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Day 1

Arrive Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your tour leader (or local guide) for welcome drinks and a tour briefing.

Duration2 Nights
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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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Phnom Penh

In colonial times, Phnom Penh was pocketed with cinemas, grand Catholic churches and smoky opium dens. After years of war and terror in the 1970s, the capital of Cambodia is now reinventing itself. Start by visiting the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and The Killing Fields of Choeng Ek, for a sombre, yet important background to any stay in Cambodia. After lunch (own expense), stop at the art deco Psah Thmei (Central Market). Later, explore the Royal Palace and its famous landmark, the Silver Pagoda. Take a traditional cyclo ride to enjoy a unique perspective on the backstreets and local markets of this lively city. At the end of the day, board a boat for a short cruise on the Tonle Sap River. This relaxing experience is a great way to unwind and gives you unique views of Cambodia's capital -- its spired palaces, museums, and bustling esplanade area.

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Day 3

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Siem Reap, home to the temples of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival, travel to the edge of Tonle Sap Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in the world. This beautiful lake is the lifeblood of the country and the primary source of fish and protein for most of the Cambodian population. Take a short boat tour and observe floating houses, schools and local shops which move throughout the year as water levels rise and fall. Afterwards, transfer the short distance to Siem Reap town and the remainder of the day is at leisure. You might like to explore the vibrant old market, visit the excellent Angkor National Museum, or simply relax by your hotel pool with a cocktail.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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.

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

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Day 4

Angkor Wat

The temples of Angkor represent six hundred years of Khmer civilization, one of Asia's greatest empires. The day's adventure begins with a pre-dawn departure from your hotel as you board a tuk-tuk for the short ride to Angkor Wat. Enter through the little-visited eastern side of Angkor and gaze in awe at the silhouetted main spires. Cross to the temple's west side, to the edge of one of the ancient library pools, and watch the sun rise from this prime vantage point. Spend the next two hours venturing deep into the central chambers of Angkor, then enjoy a freshly cooked local breakfast outside the temple. Later, enter the west gate of the walled city of Angkor Thom and marvel at the Bayon temple and the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King. Return to your hotel to rest, then drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei Temple. Stop at a small local village, known for producing palm sugar and wine, before visiting the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, perhaps the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. Tonight, enjoy a group dinner of delicious, traditional Cambodian food.

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Day 5

Siem Reap to Saigon

Today you will transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Saigon. Saigon is Vietnam's commercial capital and a city of extraordinary energy. Nowhere is Vietnam's rush to modernise more visible. Despite this, Saigon, as it is still known, is a friendly and welcoming place with many reminders of its turbulent past and a palpable momentum towards the future. Upon arrival in Saigon you shall have some free time for exploration of this vibrant city.

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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

Saigon

This morning, transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located in an area known as the Iron Triangle. Established as a means of waging guerrilla war against superior French and later American fire power, the tunnel network stretched over 250 km (155 miles), and extended three levels below ground. The complex provides an insight into the method and determination of Communist forces during the Vietnam wars. Transfer back to Saigon (lunch at own expense). In the afternoon, spend some time at the comprehensive and emotive War Remnants Museum and walk through the heart of the city to see famous landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square and Municipal Theatre. This evening, enjoy a drink at a rooftop bar in Saigon as the sun sets.

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Day 7

Mekong Delta

This morning, depart downtown Saigon and head to the Mekong Delta. Known as the rice bowl of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country and is the main producer of the country's rice and tropical fruits. Explore the fascinating canals and tributaries by boat, and stop to visit a local market, Buddhist temple and Cao Dai pagoda. Gain real insight into the lives of local villagers by visiting a brick factory and riverside coconut processing factory, and having a delicious home-cooked lunch. Return to Saigon in the late afternoon.

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Day 8

Saigon to Hue

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Located on the banks of the perfume River, Hue was Vietnam's capital throughout the Nguyen Dynasty and is a centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and scholarship. Hue was also the setting for some of the Vietnam War's most bloody fighting. Begin your exploration by visiting the elaborate tomb of the former emperor, Tu Duc. Next, visit the imposing Citadel and Imperial Palace, the impressive home of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty who lived here with their families (1802-1945). Much of the Citadel was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968 but is gradually being restored. From here, visit the much-revered and tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's oldest and most beautiful religious monument, situated near the banks of the Perfume River. Finish the day with a unique visit to the Spiral Foundation for deaf and mute workers. The workers will assist you in making your own souvenir from 100% recycled materials. All workers are employed with fair wages based on an hourly rate (not on piece-work), and all proceeds from the handicraft sales are returned to fund primary health care, medical and educational projects.

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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.

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    • 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

This morning, drive south to the beautiful town of Hoi An via the spectacular Hai Van Pass. This drive is considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam and takes you through a combination of both rural and coastal settings. Arrive Hoi An, Vietnam's most active trading centre for many centuries. The city's architecture reflects the influence of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French and British traders. Hoi An is also the town where French Missionary Alexandre De Rhodes introduced Catholicism to Vietnam, as well as the Romanised script that has become the standard Vietnamese script. This afternoon, take a walking tour to visit an old merchant house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

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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 at leisure

Today is free for you to explore this beautiful town, with its many clothing shops, colourful fish market and river life. Alternatively, you may wish to head to the nearby beach or just relax by the pool at your resort.

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Day 11

Hoi An to Halong Bay

This morning rise early for your transfer to the airport for the flight north to Haiphong or Hanoi (arrival airport is subject to flight schedules). Upon arrival, journey northeast to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay, then transfer to the port and board your boat. Enjoy a scrumptious seafood lunch as you cruise through the turquoise waters. Considered Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands that rise dramatically out of the sea.

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Duration1 Night
Day 12

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Today, rise early to make the most of Halong Bay's stunning scenery. After breakfast, continue your exploration of the Bay and discover what makes this area so unique. On the cruise back to Halong City, enjoy a tasty seafood lunch, then travel overland to Hanoi. The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi has been the major political and historical centre of Vietnam for over 1000 years. Heavily influenced by French colonial architecture, the city is both historically beautiful and vibrant. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi's famed water puppets

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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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Hanoi

Begin your discovery of Hanoi at the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Ba Dinh Square. Site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, this is where Ho Chi Minh first declared independence in 1945. Visit the humble house on stilts from which "Uncle Ho", as he is affectionately known, ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. You can also view the nearby Presidential Palace, and the intriguing One Pillar Pagoda. Drive across the city to the infamous Hanoi Hilton, a former prison made famous for the incarceration of the leaders of Vietnam's National Liberation movement, and later for US Air force pilots shot down over North Vietnam. Finish with a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter. The 36 ancient streets of the Old Quarter provide an opportunity to observe daily life around the markets, where peddlers continue to trade as they have done for centuries. This evening enjoy a special group dinner at an excellent local restaurant.

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Day 14

Depart Hanoi

This morning, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

 Classic    
2017  2018 2019

August 29
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19, 26

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 6, 12, 19, 26
July 10, 24
August 7, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18, 25

Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb 5, 12 19, 26
Mar 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr 2, 9, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Jun 4, 11, 18, 26
Jul 9, 23
Aug 6, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov 5, 12, 19, 26
Dec 3, 10, 17, 24

 

 Gold    
2017   2018 2019

January 24
February 7, 21
March 7, 21
April 18
May 16
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 5
October 17, 31
November 14, 28
December 12

January 2,
February 27
April 10
May 8
June 12
September 11
October 2, 9, 30
November 6, 20, 27

January 1, 15
February 5, 19, 26
March 12, 26
April 9, May 7
June 11, Sep 10
October 8, 29
November 5, 19, 26


PRICES INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 1 overnight cruise accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Small group touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Western tour leader with a minimum of 7 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.

Note: It is compulsory to have comprehensive travel insurance on this itinerary (additional charge).

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