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Vietnam & Temples of Angkor

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15 Days
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US$ 2,623

Explore two countries with startling contrasts and countless treasures. Energetic cities, tranquil villages, ancient capitals, aromatic street food, and beautiful natural settings all make up part of the experience in Cambodia and Vietnam. From Hanoi to Siem Reap, see the best of Indochina on this unforgettable trip.


This 15-day trip explores the top sights of Vietnam and Cambodia, taking you on a journey through one of the most diverse, beautiful, and resilient regions of Asia.

Vietnam’s graceful capital of Hanoi is a brilliant place to begin your journey. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter to get a real sense of Hanoi. Visit the former home of Ho Chi Minh,  One Pillar Pagoda, the 11th century Temple of Literature where graduating classes still celebrate today, and the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison for a very different version of the Vietnam War narrative. Much of Hanoi's joy lies in simply exploring the city on its own terms, so watch for traffic and enjoy the rush and charm of Vietnam's capital.

Four hours drive from Hanoi, visit Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site, and a natural wonder of the world, consisting of some 1600 islands in a series of bays, most of which are uninhabited. Enjoy an overnight cruise, during which you will explore the islands, discover floating villages, and see peaks with panoramic views of the area, lagoons, caves and excellent sandy beaches. Return to Hanoi for your onward journey.

Fly the next day to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam, located on the enigmatically named Perfume River. VisitThien Mu Pagoda, and 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. This historical port offers a maze of interesting narrow streets and alleyways in its old town. Take a walking tour to see its many galleries, tailor shops and cafes, and take the next day to explore on your own.

The following day, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, known as Saigon before 1975. It is the largest city in the country, alive with scooters zipping along the streets, and markets selling everything from silk to spices. During your stay, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels just outside the city, used by guerilla fighers during both WW2 and the Vietnam War. Back in the city, see the Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace, followed by the History Museum with its Vietnamese antiquities. Take in the Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during their occupation, and the uniquely designed Post Office.

Take a trip to the Mekong Delta, where the mighty Mekong River empties into the South China Sea. This is the 'rice basket' of Vietnam, where te villages are generally only reached by river or canal rather than by road. A boat cruise will take you to a number of typical delta villages, introducing you to the lifestyles of the local people.

Your visit to Phnom Penh begins at the sobering Tuol Sleng Museum, a former prison in which thousands of Cambodians languishd prior to being murdered by the Khmer Rouge. That history continues at the infamous Killing Fields, just outside of the city. This is a grim part of the tour, but it's essential for understanding Cambodia as it is today. Then go on to Phnom Penh's Royal Palace, noted for its gold leafed roofs and the beautiful Silver Pagoda, often considered the highlight.

The following morning, fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. Start today with a visit to the communities of 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, visit the amazing Angkor Archeological Park. Start by evading the crowds for an unspoiled dawn view of Angkor Wat at the little used Eastern Gate. This enormous temple complex signifed the centre of the Khmer Empire, and remains in use today, making it the world's largest active religious building. After some time to explore - and a Khmer breakfast - visit Angkor Thom, the capital city of the Khmer Empire. Here you will see the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, along with Ta Prohm a temple complex still covered with plant life. One final highlight is Banteay Srei, the Citadel of Women, famous for its elaborate decorative wall carvings that archaeologists believe could only have been carved by women at the time.

The quality of accommodation is a real highlight of this trip. Hotels are usually centrally located, three and four-star with private, western style bathrooms and air-conditioning. All road travel is in comfortable minibuses or mid-sized coaches. Your journey is escorted by both a Western tour leader, based on a minimum of seven travellers, and a local English-speaking guide in each location. Groups are never more than 16 travellers in size.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,623

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Day 1

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Vietnam tour briefing. Overnight at Tirant Hotel

Duration1 Night
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Tirant Hotel

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    Tirant Hotel


    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, ...

    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, Hoan Kiem Lake (2 minute-walking); the Opera House, the Water Puppet Theater, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, the War Museum, and Temple of Literature or Hoan Kiem Lake. Also visit the Dong Xuan Market and experience shopping in the bustling atmosphere of the Old Quarter or spending the afternoon strolling along the shores of nearby lakes.

    The Tirant hotel features 63 uniquely lavish designed guestrooms overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel provides all the comforts of home whether traveling for business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay and cruise the bay. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch before stopping to explore an enormous grotto. Overnight on Indochina Sails boat

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Indochina Sails

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    Indochina Sails



    Indochina Sails is a brand name of Huong Hai Group, one of the top tourism services companies in Vietnam. Service, quality and luxury are the hallmarks of this meticulously sails, which epitomize style, flair, wonderful comfort and the latest modern amenities. Moreover, its experienced and ...

    Indochina Sails is a brand name of Huong Hai Group, one of the top tourism services companies in Vietnam. Service, quality and luxury are the hallmarks of this meticulously sails, which epitomize style, flair, wonderful comfort and the latest modern amenities. Moreover, its experienced and highly motivated crews look forward to make your trip impeccable and unforgettable.

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    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 3

Halong Bay to Hanoi

After brunch on board, disembark and drive to Hanoi. In the afternoon, visit a market, try some
delicious local snacks and drink beer local-style at a 'Bia Hoi' establishment. Stay the next two nights at Tirant Hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Tirant Hotel

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    Tirant Hotel


    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, ...

    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, Hoan Kiem Lake (2 minute-walking); the Opera House, the Water Puppet Theater, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, the War Museum, and Temple of Literature or Hoan Kiem Lake. Also visit the Dong Xuan Market and experience shopping in the bustling atmosphere of the Old Quarter or spending the afternoon strolling along the shores of nearby lakes.

    The Tirant hotel features 63 uniquely lavish designed guestrooms overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel provides all the comforts of home whether traveling for business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Hanoi

On a city tour, discover the Hanoi Hilton prison, walk through the Old Quarter and visit the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, explore the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts.

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Day 5

Hanoi to Hue

Fly from Hanoi to Hue. Visit the city's must-see sites including Emperor Tu Duc's elaborate tomb,
Imperial Palace, Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. Overnight at Moonlight Hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Moonlight Hotel Hue

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    Moonlight Hotel Hue


    If what you are looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Hue, look no further than Moonlight Hotel Hue. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With the city's main attractions such as XQ Silk ...

    If what you are looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Hue, look no further than Moonlight Hotel Hue. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With the city's main attractions such as XQ Silk Hand Embroidery, Tu Do Stadium, Truong Tien Bridge within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.

    At Moonlight Hotel Hue, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Games Room
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 6

Hue to Hoi An

Travel like the locals on the Reunification Express from Hue to Danang and take in some of Vietnam's most beautiful coastal scenery before driving to Hoi An. Join the students of Streets Café on a food focused walking tour. In the afternoon, visit some of Hoi An's main sites on a walking tour. Stay the next two nights at Hoi An Garden Palace.

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Duration2 Days
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Hoi An Garden Palace

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    Hoi An Garden Palace



    The exquisite and cosy four star hotel "Garden Palace" is located in the middle of the way from Hoi An Old Town to Cua Dai Beach. Guests are invited to enjoy the fine atmosphere of the hotel and its air of antiquity in our 46 ...

    The exquisite and cosy four star hotel "Garden Palace" is located in the middle of the way from Hoi An Old Town to Cua Dai Beach. Guests are invited to enjoy the fine atmosphere of the hotel and its air of antiquity in our 46 comfortable rooms decorated in classic style. The rooms will meet all wishes and needs: starting from elegantly deluxe rooms to the regal Suite rooms.

    Facilities

    • Beach
    • Jacuzzi
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Airport Transfer
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Foreign Currency Exchange
    • Free Bicycle/Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym
    • Handicap accessible rooms
    • Laundry Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Postal Service
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Spa
    • Tour and Ticket Service
    • Valet Parking

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Day 7

Hoi An

Spend a free day in Hoi An.

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Day 8

Hoi An to Saigon

Enjoy free time in Hoi An before driving to Danang and flying to Saigon. Relax with a drink at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon, the perfect end to the day. Stay the next three nights at Grand Hotel Saigon.

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Duration3 Nights
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Grand Hotel Saigon

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    Grand Hotel Saigon



    Built in 1930, the architecture of the Ancient Wing offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere within a professional and attentive service in European style. In 2011, Luxury Wing is marked by a refurbishment to become 5-star hotel, from the spectacular charm of the lobby, to ...

    Built in 1930, the architecture of the Ancient Wing offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere within a professional and attentive service in European style. In 2011, Luxury Wing is marked by a refurbishment to become 5-star hotel, from the spectacular charm of the lobby, to the deluxe appointments of the rooms and to the personalized and courteous service. With total of 230 rooms and suites, offered both classic and contemporary style, 500-seat ballroom & break-out rooms, recreation area, VIP Lounge, Western & Asian restaurants, Bars & Grand Caf_ at Roof Garden, ?so that every guest will enjoy the caring touch while staying with. Grand Hotel Saigon is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown where is named as The Pearl of the Far East, overlooking the historical streets and the Saigon River.

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Day 9

Saigon to Cu Chi Tunnels

Drive to Cu Chi and discover the network of underground tunnels before enjoying a bowl of Pho at a
local restaurant. Take a walking tour of Saigon's city centre.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 10

Saigon to Mekong Delta

Board a speedboat from Saigon to the Mekong Delta. Travelling this way allows you to explore areas
of the Mekong that few travelers get to experience. Spend time exploring the palm-fringed canals,
visit local temples and markets, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Return to Saigon and join your group for dinner.

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Day 11

Saigon to Phnom Penh

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

Meal Plan Breakfast
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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Day 12

Phnom Penh

Begin your day with a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Learn about Cambodia's chilling history at Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, see the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before relaxing with sunset drinks.

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Day 13

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and drive to Tonle Sap Lake. Explore the lake by boat and see the floating villages. Return to Siem Reap for a free afternoon. 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 14

Siem Reap - Temples of Angkor

Take a tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat's seldom-used East Gate entrance and explore the temple. After sunrise, enter the Angkor Thom complex by the little-visited West Gate. Spend time at Bayon temple and see the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King. Return to the hotel before travelling to Banteay Srei temple and Ta Prohm temple. This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 15

Depart Siem Reap

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

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Saturdays unitl Dec 15
2019: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 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

PRICES INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights' hotel accommodation\
  • 1 overnight boat
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • 2 cruises
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Small group touring
  • Entrance fees
  • Porterage and incidental tipping
  • National tour leader added with a minimum of 10 travellers
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Return transfers.

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes, unless otherwise specified
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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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