Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia

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Discover the delights of two of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating countries. Combining compelling history, dramatic landscapes and rich, ancient cultures, Vietnam and Cambodia are dream holiday destinations. This 10-day tour gives you the opportunity to experience their top sites – including Halong Bay and Angkor Wat (Trip Advisor's #1 World Landmark!) – as well as more off the beaten track experiences, such as local markets and authentic floating villages. Domestic and international flights, along with some spectacular scenic drives, allow you to cover plenty of ground, so you’ll be able to observe the distinct differences in northern, central and southern Vietnamese culture as well as the difference between the two countries.

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Travel Period: 01/09/2018 - 07/12/2018
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  • Hanoi + Halong Bay + Ho Chi Minh City + Mekong Delta + Siem Reap + Phnom Penh + Oudong
  • 10 nights
  • Rates vary. Price based on 2 people sharing over 10 nights on 07/12/2018. Includes international and internal flights, English speaking guide, accommodation, transfers, representation services and UK airport taxes.

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Day 1 - Hanoi

Your Vietnamese adventure begins! Your driver and guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Hanoi. Later in the afternoon you’ll explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo (Vietnamese rickshaw).

Uncover Hanoi

Situated in the North, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second largest city in the country. More than a thousand years old, Hanoi’s rich history can still be observed to this day in the ancient architecture of its Old Quarter, as well as in the remnants of French and Chinese-style buildings across the city. This bustling metropolis is home to fascinating museums, turn-of-the-century temples and important historical sites.

Day 2 - Hanoi Guided Tour

Explore Hanoi’s rich culture and history with a morning tour of the city’s most important sites and museums: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (comprising the late Vietnamese leader’s tomb, Presidential Palace, and house, within an extensive complex of beautiful gardens), the One Pillar Pagoda (just a few meters from the Mausoleum, this is a small and curious Pagoda designed in the shape of a lotus flower), Ho Chi Minh’s private residence, the Tran Quoc Royal Pagoda (a stunning Pagoda situated between city’s two lakes, offering stunning views of Hanoi) and the Temple of Literature (erected in honour of Confucious, this is a peaceful haven in the bustling city of Hanoi and was the first University of Vietnam). Later in the afternoon you’ll continue your tour with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology and Ngoc Son Temple, a mesmerising sacred structure situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. You’ll then have the opportunity to go shopping on Silk Street (famous for its tailor-made silk stores), before heading to the famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to witness the ancient tradition of water puppeteering.

Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong

Your guide will take you to the spectacular Halong Bay, where you’ll cruise through the poetic landscape on a traditional Junk (sailing ship). Enjoy the tranquillity of the clear emerald waters of Halong Bay for 2 days.

Admire the jade-green waters of Halong Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is scattered with more than 2000 floating islands of karstic rock. Legend has it that these floating islands were created by a family of dragons who were invoked by the Emperor to protect Vietnam against Chinese invaders. The dragons flew across the bay, spitting out jewels and jade, which magically turned into scattered islands. Together, these islands linked to create a protective barrier, which can still be admired to this day.

Day 4 - Halong – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a refreshing morning swim in the waters of Halong Bay, before journeying to Hanoi, where you’ll take an evening flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Discover Vietnam’s Vibrant Capital

Formerly known as Saigon, the capital of Southern Vietnam was baptised Ho Chi Minh City after the Vietnam war. This rapidly-developing metropolis is buzzing with restaurants, bars and shopping centres. At night, the city transforms into a Tokyo-esque light-fest, with coloured lights beaming from high-rise buildings. Vibrant and fast-paced, Ho Chi Minh even has the greatest number of motorcycles in the world! Modernity is met by tradition, however, as the city is also renowned for its French colonial buildings, internationally-acclaimed museums and historic landmarks.

Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you’ll travel to Cu Chi, the heart of revolutionary guerrilla warfare during the Vietnam War. This is a vast network of underground tunnels reaching almost 200 km, encompassing kitchens, weapon caches, a hospital, and even a former US air base. On your drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll stop for lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll take a tour of Vietnam’s busiest city - from downtown to Chinatown. You’ll be able to admire some of the country’s finest examples of French colonial architecture (including Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Saigon Post Office) and get a glimpse into daily life in the city with a trip to Binh Tay Market, a favourite amongst locals. Discover the city’s history and culture with visits to the Reunification Palace and Thien Hau Temple,and pick up some unique gifts for your loved ones at a well-known lacquer workshop.

Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong – Ho Chi Minh City

Embark on an excursion to the Mekong Delta, a breathtaking maze of canals, swamps and islands. On board a public boat, you’ll sail to Cai Be, a floating market where you can try exotic fruits. Wholesalers on big boats moor here, each specialising in different types of fruit and vegetables. Continue through small canals and stop at Mekong river islands where you will visit fruit orchards and learn about the noodle-making industry. After, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Travel through the Mekong Delta

This vast expanse of land is home to more than 20-million people and is renowned for its picturesque panoramas of rice paddy fields, floating villages, and jungle-like rivers. An agricultural centre, the Mekong Delta is teeming with coconut palms, sugarcane groves and fruit orchards. The region truly gives an authentic insight into rural Vietnam, with its friendly locals and laidback atmosphere.

Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

Spend your day at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrived in Siem Reap you will meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel.

Uncover the Ancient Beauty of Siem Reap

This beautiful city boasts one of Cambodia’s most important attractions and a symbol of the nation: the ancient town of Angkor Thom, an archaeological complex of magnificent 13th century temples. Though best known for the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site, the modern city of Siem Reap also has plenty to offer, with beautiful royal gardens, riverside promenades, towering pagodas and charming palaces. The city has a rich cultural scene, with several museums of note (Angkor National Museum, War Museum Cambodia, and Cambodia Landmine Museum), and even a Cambodian Cultural Village featuring miniatures of the most important buildings across the country. Siem Reap is also the perfect spot for wining and dining, with excellent street food offerings and a strong rice wine tradition (make sure to try Sombai Infused Cambodian Liqueur, produced in Siem Reap itself!). At night, the renowned bar-strip on Pub Street comes to life, with music and dancing in local bars almost always spilling out onto the street!

Day 8 - Siem Reap

Begin the day with a visit to one of the jewels of Cambodia - the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom (‘Great City’). Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city is home to many of the finest temples from King Jayavarman VII’s reign, 1181‐1220. Enter by the monumental south gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. One of the most popular and compelling in temples in Angkor, you can explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling down at you from every angle. Afterwards, visit the tree‐entangled temples of Ta Keo and Ta Prohm. In the afternoon you’ll explore one of the highlights of your trip – Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat today is the largest sacred edifice on earth and of high importance for the Khmer itself. Constructed in 12th century by King Suyavarman II, the temple was originally dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. Towards the end of the century, Angkor Wat was transformed into a Buddhist temple, and remains an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist monks to this day. Surrounded by a giant moat, the temple can be reached via a beautiful naga balustrade. Hundreds of ornaments and reliefs cover the walls of this huge and ancient construction.

Day 9 - Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing to Phnom Penh city by road transfer. Upon arrival, you'll check in at your hotel before embarking on a guided tour of the city. Cambodia’s bustling capital. You’ll begin with a visit to the Royal Palace; dating back to 1866, this the last palace which was built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named after the more than 5,000 heavy silver plates that adorn the floor. Originally named Wat Prakeo, meaning "Temple of the Emerald Buddha", the temple plays host to a beautiful collection of Buddha in gold, silver, crystal and bronze. Just a few meters away is the National Museum, which was designed by George Groslier and the Ecole des Arts Cambodgiens. The museum houses the world's leading collection of ancient archaeological, religious and artistic artefacts from the 4th to 13th centuries. Over 5,000 exhibits show the cultural wealth of the kingdom. The roof is also home to a colony of bats!

Explore the capital of Cambodia

The capital of Cambodia since its colonisation by the French, Phnom Penh was founded in 1434. Formerly known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, it was considered one of the most beautiful French cities in Indochina during the 1920s. Today, Phnom Penh is the political, cultural and economic hub of the country. This beautiful riverside city is home to magnificent Buddhist architecture and art, as well as a wonderful gastronomic scene.

Day 10 - Phnom Penh – Oudong

Full day excursion to old capital Oudong and traditional craft villages

You’ll travel to Kampong Luong (40 km northwest) and visit a silversmith village, where you’ll learn about traditional Cambodian craftsmanship. Following the visit, you’ll travel to nearby Oudong, the Khmer capital during 17th-19th centuries, and Kampong Chnang province, where you’ll visit traditional pottery villages. In the evening you’ll transfer back to Phnom Penh.

Delve into the Mysteries of Oudong

This archaeological complex was the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia from 1618-1866. Also known as Mount Royal Throne, or the ‘City of Kings’, the last monarch to reside here was King Norodom. The city is now an important object of study for archaeologists and historians.

Day 11 - Departure

Time to say goodbye to Cambodia! You’ll have some free time until your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Silk Queen Grand Hotel

Situated right in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter, Silk Queen Grand Hotel is ideally located in the centre of the city’s tourism, financial and entertainment districts. The hotel's luxury guestrooms provide an expansive and elegant living space with impressive views of the city. Designed to enhance the sleep experience, f<span>urniture, finishings and amenities are residential in feel and </span><span>functional in design. Each room features </span>generously-sized bathrooms and Asian-inspired décor. With an on-site restaurant, spa centre and swimming pool, guests are guaranteed to have an enjoyable stay at Silk Queen Grand Hotel.

Pelican Cruise

A traditional Vietnamese ship, the Pelican Cruise is inspired by 14th-century wooden junks. Enjoy a unique stay aboard Pelican Cruise’s roomy cabins, each of which is beautifully decorated with dark wood panelling and fitted with an ensuite bathroom as well as panoramic windows offering spectacular views of Halong Bay. Those looking for some fun aboard will find that there are a variety of activities and services to keep everyone entertained, including Tai Chi classes, cooking classes, karaoke and kayaking excursions. The Pelican Cruise also features an onboard spa, providing customised massages, facials and relaxing therapies. Pelican Cruise is also home to a restaurant with a view, offering a delectable mix of Western and Asian cuisines. A night aboard the Pelican Cruise promises a truly unforgettable experience in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Lavender Boutique Hotel

<p class="Default"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt;">Situated right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Lavender Boutique Hotel is just a hop, skip and jump from the city’s main tourist attractions, shopping centres, restaurants, bars and clubs. With stunning city views, this modern hotel offers the utmost comfort and style for those looking to immerse themselves in Vietnam’s capital. Lavender’s Deluxe rooms are comfortable and spacious, decorated in a trendy palette of colours. With silky-soft bed linens and comfy pillows you’ll be guaranteed a great night’s sleep – just what you need after an intense day of site-seeing! All rooms include an en-suite shower and bathtub, complimentary WiFi, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, as well as laundry and dry-cleaning services. The hotel’s onsite Boutique Restaurant offers an international buffet breakfast as well as delectable Vietnamese, Asian and European cuisine throughout the day. </span>

Samsara Villa

Built in 1963 as a luxury villa during Cambodia’s Golden Era, Samsara Villa was converted into a hotel in 2012. Samsara offers an intimate and romantic setting, with just 14 rooms in total, each decorated differently and imaginatively. Samsara’s superior rooms spill out onto a shared roof terrace, each feature a flat screen cable TV, a mini-bar, ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom. Preserving its original charm and allure, the hotel plays host to a terrace pool, a tropical garden, a Health &amp; Wellness Studio, as well as a restaurant &amp; bar. Samsara Villa promises a relaxing and calming stay in Phnom Penh with a unique, boutique feel.

Angkor Panoramic Boutique

Located smack bang in the centre of Siem Reap, Angkor Panoramic Boutique hotel is filled with plenty of charm and personality. The hotel’s modern rooms include cable TV, a minibar, a safety deposit box, and an en-suite bathroom. Angkor Panoramic Boutique stands out with its rooftop restaurant and bar, which offer high-quality French cuisine (prepared by the hotel’s resident French chef) as well as an outstanding 360-degree view of the city – with views extending as far as Angkor Wat! Angkor Panoramic Boutique also plays host to an ambient garden bar, nestled in a tropical-themed garden. Guests can enjoy a relaxing lap in the hotel’s tranquil outdoor pool. Angkor Panoramic Boutique also boasts an in-house spa, where guests can immerse themselves in a traditional range of health and beauty treatments – discovering the beauty secrets of ancient Cambodia.

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