Cambodia - Angkor Wat
Vietnam - Perfume River, Hue
Vietnam - Mekong Delta
Vietname - Cyclo tour of Hoi An
Vietnam - Chua Thien Pagoda
Vietnam - Chu Chi tunnels
Vietnam - Halong Bay
Vietnam - Hoi An
Vietnam - Can Tho floating market
Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh city hall
Vietname - Koh Ker pyramid
Vietname - Mekong river
Vietnam - Ninh Binh
Vietname - Hanoi to Da Nang train
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Overview

Vietnam and Cambodia are an irresistible holiday duo. From the ethereal islets and grottoes in stunning Halong Bay to the water world of the Mekong Delta and awe inspiring Angkor Wat temple, join us for a far east experience like no other, where trains, boats and planes will take us on a fun-packed holiday of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Escorted throughout
  • 4 star hotels
  • Halong Bay overnight cruise
  • Trang An Boat ride
  • Scenic & Sleeper trains
  • Perfume River Cruise
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Chu Chi Tunnels
  • Mekong Delta Floating Market
  • Phnom Penh City
  • Cheoung Ek Killing Fields
  • Angkor Wat
  • Siem Reap

Included

  • Escorted throughout in Vietnam & Cambodia
  • Return Flights from Heathrow Flights from other airports may be possible, please call to discuss. Flight supplement may apply
  • 14 nights 4-star hotel accommodation sharing a twin or double bedded room – hotels listed
  • Overnight Halong Bay cruise
  • Overnight sleeper train to Hue
  • Meals as stated
  • All excursions as stated
  • Trains, boats & internal flights as stated
  • All transfers abroad

Departures

By AIR
Date – Price from – Tour Code
14/03/2019 – £2899pp – VC3
04/04/2019 – £2899pp – VC4
16/05/2019 – £2799pp – VC5
20/06/2019 – £2799pp – VC6
19/09/2019 – £2849pp – VC9
17/10/2019 – £2899pp – VC10
07/11/2019 – £2999pp – VC11
21/11/2019 – £2999pp – VC11

Travel

Flights are available from most UK airports – supplements may apply.

Please contact us to discuss your travel options.

Need to Know

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam and Cambodia. Entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing. We recommend that you take with you at least 2 photocopies of your passport and visa (see below).

VISA
Until 30 June 2021 ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days without a visa. If you have a different type of British nationality – for example ‘British national (overseas)’- you’ll need to get a visa or an e-visa before entering Vietnam.

Until further notice, a visa is required for all visits for up to 15 days after 30 June 2018 by citizens of the UK. It is hoped that the above exception for UK Passport holders will be extended so we would advise waiting until July to apply for your Visa. All applications received by the Embassy are considered to be in need of visa and applicable fees are non-refundable even if the above-mentioned visa exemption policy is to be extended.

You can apply for a visa online, by post or in person all information can be found at  http://vietnamembassy.org.uk

Entering Cambodia from Vietnam
You can get a visa on arrival in Cambodia from Vietnam. Cost of the Visa is currently $30 plus a $7 administration charge and you will require a passport photo

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Vietnam & Cambodia Rail & Sail Explorer

19 days, March to November, 2019, from £2799 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Vietnam 
Depart from Heathrow Airport and fly to Hanoi. Flights from other airports may be possible, please call to discuss. Flight supplement may apply.

Day 2: Hanoi 
Flight arrives Hanoi. On arrival transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon (flight time permitting) we will have a tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, visiting Ngoc Son Temple, the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake), and Quan Thanh Taoist Temple. The tour will be by the popular cyclo (a type of rickshaw). We also attend a show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. A welcome dinner will be included this evening. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Full Day City tour Hanoi 
Today we have a full day exploring Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh Complex Mausoleum; Hoa Lo Prison Museum, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”, an infamous prison used by the French colonists. We also visit the Ethology Museum and Temple of Literature, an ancient collection of courtyards, gardens and architecture built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius. Overnight in Hanoi. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
This morning we head East to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin and a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site (around 4 hours drive). The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddy fields and rural villages. In Halong we board a comfortable junk style boat for a cruise in the “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands of limestone rocks and karst grottoes. Overnight on the boat near Titov Beach. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included).
Junk Boat: All cabins have large windows, en-suite facilities, satellite TV, hairdryer. The ships can carry a total of 28 passengers in 14 cabins and a restaurant serving local cuisine, a bar and outside seating area to enjoy the stunning scenery.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Ninh Binh
Early morning wake up call to enjoy the dawn on the sea. After breakfast continue our cruise in the area, where each islet name is inspired by its shape, such as Sail Island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet. This afternoon we disembark the boat and travel to Ninh Binh (around 4 hours drive) where we check into our hotel. Overnight in Ninh Binh. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 6: Bai Dinh pagoda – Trang An – Night train to Hue 
This morning we travel to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues. Have lunch in local restaurant with some local special dishes before we continue to UNESCO site of Trang An (around 30 minutes drive); Travel on a boat through the paddy fields to the impressive limestone cave complex seeing temples, pagodas and stunning scenery along the route. We have time to freshen up in a local hotel before transferring to Ninh Binh station where we join our overnight sleeper train travelling south to Hué. Overnight on train. (Breakfast & lunch included).
Livitrans Express Train: Cabins are 4-berth, for a 2 berth cabin a supplement will apply. Every carriage has a wash basin and a toilet situated at the end and there is a dining car with a bar.

Day 7: Hué 
On arrival in Hué, Vietnam’s capital from 1802 to 1945, we transfer to the hotel for check-in and breakfast. Today we have a full day sightseeing in Hué to discover the charm of the city including the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City and the Hué Royal Museum. In the afternoon we visit King Tu Duc tomb – the best-preserved monuments of the Nguyen Emperors since early 19th and early 20th centuries. Today’s schedule will include a cruise sailing along Perfume river. We will reach King Minh Mang tomb, a complex consisting of 40 palaces, temples and pavilions and enjoy the sun set before disembarking and returning to the hotel. Overnight in Hue. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 8: Hué – Da Nang – Coastal Train – Hoi An
This morning we travel from Hué to Da Nang on the stunning coastal railway. Continue by coach to Hoi An (around 45 minutes drive). On arrival we walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit the taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, ancient houses, and pagodas, and stroll into the market on the Thu Bon river. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day. (Breakfast & Lunch included).

Day 9: Hoi An – Tra Que Village
This morning we travel the short distance to Tra Que herb village to appreciate the local agriculture and the stunning scenery. We enjoy a foot soak before preparing a typical lunch with a local family. Return to the hotel and the rest of day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 10: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
This morning we transfer to Danang (around a 1-hour drive) for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival transfer to our hotel located in the city centre. This afternoon we have a tour taking-in Saigon’s historic landmarks: Dong Khoi Street, previously Rue Catinat; Reunification Palace, where the Vietnam War ended in 1975, today a Museum and Hall for official receptions; The impressive Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, designed by famous architect Gustave Eiffel – legacies of France’s six decade rule from 1887 to 1954. Our last stop this afternoon will be the War Remnants Museum, a striking reminder of the so-called ‘American War’ – entry included. Afterwards drop off at central Ben Thanh market for shopping. Overnight in Hoi Chi Minh. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Can Tho
This morning we checkout of our hotel and drive out of Ho Chi Minh City to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels (around 90 minutes drive). This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, is one of the most famous and historical aspects of the Vietnam War. Upon arrival we watch a short introductory documentary before following our guide into the winding, underground network to explore the war memorial park. Afterwards continue to Can Tho in the heart of the Mekong Delta and our overnight hotel (around 4 hours drive). (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 12: Can Tho Floating Market – Chau Doc
A highlight of the Mekong delta is its floating market. We rise early check out of the hotel and visit the local Cai Rang and enjoy the daily life of Mekong people who come to the markets on the rivers every day. Afterwards continue to Chau Doc (around 3 hours drive), explore the Tra Su Indigo Forest, which has an area of nearly 1,500 hectares with various species of animals, plants and peaceful sceneries. Here we enjoy its unique beauty by travelling on small boats through the forest. Overnight in Chau Doc. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 13: Chau Doc – Cambodia – Phnom Penh City – Killing Fields
After an breakfast transfer to the pier to take the Hangchau Express boat for great views and a quicker journey across the border to Cambodia. We arrive in Phnom Penh early afternoon, a city which retains its traditional colonial style with French villas and large tree-lined footpaths. We visit the impressive colourful Khmer-style royal palace complex built in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. Nearby is Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple), where the Buddha Statues are decorated and made of gold, diamonds, gemstones and silver. Afterwards we travel the short distance to Cheoung Ek, known as the Killing Fields and an important stop not only to remember the infamous events enforced by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, but it is only when you have visited that you can begin to understand modern Cambodia. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 14: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
After breakfast we travel the short distance to Phom Penh Airport for the short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival at Siem Reap we visit West Baray Big Pond “baray” a water reservoir built by the ancient Khmer people and Pre Rup temple for a stunning sunset view. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 15: Angkor Temples 
Today we have a full day visiting the nearby Angkor Temples to include; Angkor Thom, known as Big Angkor, the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The Bayon Temple; and the Terrace of the Elephants, an impressive 300 metre long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants that spans the heart of Angkor Thom. We also visit the Baphuon temple mountain; Royal Palace Area, Ta Prohm Temple and Angkor Wat Temple. We finish the day at Angkor night market. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast & lunch Included).

Day 16: Angkor Temples
Today we visit Banteay Srei (around a 1-hour drive) , which loosely translates to “Citadel of the Women”. On the way we will visit Banteay Samre temple and Roluos group, one of the earliest Angkor capitals. The three Hindu sanctuaries: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei will also be included. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 17: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap
Today is at leisure in Siem Reap where recommended visits include the French Quarter, the old market and the Cambodian cultural village. In the late afternoon we visit nearby Tonle Sap, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia for a trip in a traditional wooden boat in the sunset around the floating villages. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 18: Siem Reap – Departure 
This morning we transfer to Siem Reap Airport for our return flight to the UK. (Breakfast included).

Day 19: Arrival in UK

Accommodation

Vietnam - Aristo Hotel, Saigon
Vietnam - Flower Garden Hotel, Hanoi
Cambodia - Green Palace Hotel, Pnom Penh
vietnam - Hoi An Silk Village hotel
Vietnam - Huong Giang Hotel
Vietnam - Sokha Hotel, Siem Reap
Vietname - TTC Hotel, Can Tho
Vietname - Victoria Hotel, Chau Doc
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Flower Garden Hotel – Hanoi
Legend Hotel – Ninh Binh
Huong Giang Hotel & Spa – Hue
Hoi An Silk Village – Hoi An
Paragon Hotel – Ho Chi Minh
TTC Hotel Premium – Can Tho
Victoria Hotel – Chau Doc
Green Palace Hotel, Phnom Penh
Sokha Roth Hotel, Siem Reap

What Our Customers Say

From the arrival in Hanoi till our departure from Siem Reap we enjoyed a fabulous holiday. The guides were exceptional, friendly reliable, knowledgeable and went the extra mile. The itinerary more than lived up to expectations. Mr R Park, 2018 Read more “Vietnam & Cambodia”

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