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What to expect

Visit Angkor Wat

Largest religious monument in the world

Unique Experiences

Cruise the beauty of Halong Bay

City Life

Explore the historical heart of Ho Chi Minh

Unwind in Paradise

Soak up the sunshine at Mui Ne Beach

About the trip

Southeast Asia has long been a draw for travellers searching for that certain something, far removed from daily life back home. Spirituality, relaxation and adventure – there are infinite reasons why heading east has become an experience not to be missed. Join us on our discovery tour from Angkor Temples in Cambodia to Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and explore these two truly amazing countries with your fellow solo travellers.

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What's Included

  • Scheduled return flights London – Siem Reap; Siem Reap – Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City - London & transfers
  • Internal flight Halong – Ho Chi Minh City
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Late check out on day 14
  • Welcome drink & Information Meeting
  • Solos Board: Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing programme as listed in the day by day itinerary with English speaking guide for tours
  • Overnight cruise in Halong
  • Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle - Drinking water and refreshing towels are provided in the vehicles
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Itinerary

  • Depart UK
  • Arrive Siem Reap
  • Explore the Temples of Angkor
  • Explore Angkor
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Hanoi
  • Hanoi
  • Hanoi - Ha Long
  • Ha Long - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)
  • Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)
  • Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)
  • Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)
  • Phan Thiet - Ho Chi Minh City Airport
  • Arrive in UK

What’s Extra

  • Cambodia visa 36USD (can be arranged on arrival, passport photograph is required)
  • Insurance – see here
  • Meals, drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not noted specifically mentioned in the program

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Depart UK

Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia

DAY 2

Arrive in Cambodia

Welcome to incredible Cambodia! Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration, collect our luggage and transfer to our hotel in Siem Reap. After check-in, we will have some free time to rest after our flight.

Today evening we will enjoy a welcome drink and dinner while watching an Apsara Dance show embodying Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage through traditional performing arts. Dancers, singers and musicians will perform classical and village dances to the music of the traditional orchestra.

Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 3

Explore the Temples of Angkor

Today we visit Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. At the heart of Angkor Thom is the 12th Century Bayon – the mesmerising, if slightly mind-bending, state temple of King Jayavarman VII. This masterpiece temple of grandeur is well known for its 54 towers of enigmatic faces, representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire.

Our next stop is the Terrace of Elephants which was used by Angkor’s King Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. We will also see Terrace of the Leper King, the statue that depicts the Hindu god Yama, the god of death.

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DAY 4

Visit Angkor's atmospheric ruins

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll drive to the North of the Angkor area and visit the temple of Banteay Srei, carved in beautiful pink sandstone. It is also called The Citadel of Women and is one of the best-preserved temples in Cambodia.

In the afternoon we will visit the Ta Phrom Temple, the most atmospheric ruins at Angkor. Swallowed by the jungle, the ruins resemble the monuments of Angkor that appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.

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DAY 5

Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Hanoi

We depart to Tonle Sap Lake and board a Sampan (flat-bottomed wooden boat) and head down the Roulos river to Kompong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. We will see the village houses on stilts, flooded forests and learn about the daily life of the local community.

Following our tour, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport for our flight to Hanoi.

After arriving in Hanoi, we transfer to our hotel in Hanoi.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included
DAY 6

Discover Hanoi's markets and museums

Today we tour incredible Hanoi! We begin with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins. Then it’s onto a visit of the Museum of History. We also walk through Dong Xuan Market – the Old Quarter’s largest wholesale market, where you can find exotic plants, fresh fruits, vegetables and sweetly fragrant flowers. We visit a local house and take our time talking with the hosts and learn about their family’s life and history.

Afterwards we will have lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside visit) and his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda.

 

 

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DAY 7

Cruise the otherworldly beauty of Halong Bay

This morning, we depart for the stunning Halong Bay (3 ½ hour drive), located in the Gulf of Tonkin. Undoubtedly one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations, with over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited.

Soon after arriving in Halong City, we check-in and board a traditional junk boat, with lunch served on board as we cruise towards the bay.

During the course of the afternoon, we can enjoy some visits and activities, or simply relax on board (possibility to swim in the bay if weather permits). Dinner is served on the boat.

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DAY 8

Ha Long - Haiphong - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast on board, we can enjoy the fresh morning in the bay, with the cruise ending around 11am.

If time permits, stop at Hai Phong City for a short city tour (Hang Kenh Temple, The Central Market, Hai Phong Museum) before going to Haiphong Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

(Please note: Internal flight baggage allowance is 20Kg)

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport we will transfer to our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 9

Discover Ho Chi Minh City

Today we enjoy a full day exploring the city. We visit the former Presidential Palace, or as it is known today – the Reunification Palace. Then we will head to the historical heart of the city and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral (outside visit only due to its renovation). The red bricks of the cathedral walls were originally from Paris. From there, we take a short walk to the old Central Post Office. After that, we will visit the best-preserved buildings from the colonial era, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville now home to Saigon’s municipal authorities. Later, we will continue to the Catinat building. Built in 1927, in an art deco style, it has once again become a hub for fashion conscious Saigonese and contains many designer boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés.

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DAY 10

Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)

After breakfast, we drive to Phan Thiet (3 hrs drive) and once we check-in to our hotel, the rest of the day is free to spend as you wish.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included
DAY 11

Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)

Today we can enjoy the day however we wish. Take in the sights & delights of the local area or spend time at the beach. You can also join one of the optional day tours. Further details of the day tours can be found in the FAQ’s.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 12

Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)

Another relaxing day taking in the sights & delights of the local area or strolling the sands.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 13

Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach)

Enjoy a third day unwinding on white sands or taking a dip in the ocean.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 14

Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Beach) - Ho Chi Minh Airport

After breakfast, we spend the day enjoying a final day at the beach, thanks to a late 6pm check-out. We’ll then transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for our flight home.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 15

Arrive in London

Overnight flight back to the UK, arriving today morning in London.

Accommodation

Cambodia & Vietnam

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar);

  • Hari Residence three-star+ – Siem Riep
  • The Ann Hotel four-star or Sunway hotel four-star – Hanoi
  • Peony Cruise three-star+ – Ha Long Bay
  • Odys hotel three-star+ – Ho Chi Minh City
  • Allezboo four-star – Phan Thiet

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
Nov-Apr 35 °C 28 °C
May-Oct 34 °C 29 °C

Our Reviews

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