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What to expect

Visit Angkor Wat

Largest religious monument in the world

Local Traditions

Learn the tradition of lantern making

Unique Experiences

Cruise the beauty of Halong Bay

Vietnamese cuisine

Discover local markets & new flavours

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. Delve deeper into our discovery tour from Angkor Temples in Cambodia to Hanoi, Hoi An & 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
  • 2 Internal flights: Halong – Danang & Danang- Ho Chi Minh City
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & Information Meeting
  • Solos Board: Breakfast daily, 10 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing programme as listed in the day by day itinerary with English speaking guide for tours
  • 2 nights cruise in Halong Bay
  • 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
  • Visit Angkor's atmospheric ruins
  • Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake & Hanoi
  • Discover Hanoi's markets and museums
  • Journey through Ninh Binh's rural landscapes
  • Cruise the otherworldly beauty of Halong Bay
  • Tai Chi & Village Life
  • Journey to Hoi An
  • Hoi An City Tour
  • Day at Leisure
  • My Son Temples Cham culture, architecture & civilization
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City
  • Departure Ho Chi Minh

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 note 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

Journey through Ninh Binh's rural landscapes

After breakfast at our hotel, we leave Hanoi for a 2-hour drive to Ninh Binh, the ancient royal capital of Vietnam. We visit temples dedicated to the Dinh and Le dynasty kings, before continuing our trip to Tam Coc and take a bicycle ride along picturesque roads amidst beautiful green paddy fields till reach a local restaurant for lunch.

In the afternoon, we board a small sampan for a 2-hour spectacular trip through caves, waterways and the beautiful rural landscape consisting of limestone cliffs and rice paddies.

We return to Hanoi in the late afternoon.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included

 

DAY 8

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 9

Tai Chi & Village Life

We begin our day with a relaxing morning Tai Chi Class instructed by a specialist on the deck.

After breakfast, we transfer to a day boat to visit a village nearby and enjoy our time there.

We return to the boat in the afternoon to enjoy some free time on board to relax and indulge in delicious cuisine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
DAY 10

Journey to Hoi An

After enjoying breakfast on board, we can enjoy the fresh morning air in the bay. The cruise continues navigating past limestone karsts, many of which form highly photogenic shapes, before disembarking by noon.

Transfer back to Hanoi for a flight to Danang.

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

Upon arrival at Danang airport, we will transfer to our hotel in Hoi An. (approximately 45 min drive)

  • Brunch Included
DAY 11

Hoi An City Tour

Today we explore the charming ancient town of Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port during the 15th to 19th Centuries. Many of the buildings in the town reflect historical architectural styles and the whole town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The old houses and buildings are simply charming and very photogenic, painted in a yellow-hue with wooden shutters and adorned with beautiful, colourful lanterns. We enjoy a walking tour in the Old Town, and visit Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the Japanese wooden bridge and visit ancient houses. We conclude with a visit to a lantern making cottage and learn how to make this handicraft.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

After your packed day of walking around Hoi An’s ancient town, we head out for dinner and enjoy a stroll along the riverside, which comes alive at night!

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included

 

DAY 12

Day at Leisure

Today can be spent however we wish! We can kick back and relax at the hotel, making use of its facilities, such as its pools, bars or even the wellness and spa area.

A personal recommendation would be to hire a bicycle from the hotel and pedal your way through the countryside, surrounded by rice fields being ploughed by water buffalo, all with a  goal to get to the beach. Then you can spend the day relaxing on the sandy shores of An Bang Beach.

The more adventurous can take a trip on Hoi An’s famous Basket Boat, where you can meander through a lush greenery of seven-hectare forest filled with water and coconut trees while on board a bamboo basket boat.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 13

My Son Temples Cham culture, architecture & civilization

After breakfast at the hotel, we take a half day trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, ‘My Son’ (1 hour drive) located to the southwest of Hoi An. In a lush green valley stand dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th Centuries. We stroll around the temple complex, rediscovered in the late 19th Century, to learn about the fascinating Cham culture, architecture and civilization. We can notice the strong ties to Hindu divinities, namely Shiva, regarded as the founder and protector of Champa’s dynasties, before returning to Hoi An.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

 

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DAY 14

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.

Lunch is served at local restaurant.

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DAY 15

Departure Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast, we can spend the day exploring the city and shopping for souvenirs, thanks to a late 6pm check-out. We’ll then transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for our flight home.

  • Breakfast Included

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 – Hanoi
  • Peony Cruise three-star+ – Ha Long Bay
  • Hadana Boutique Resort four-star – Hoi An
  • Odys hotel three-star+ – Ho Chi Minh City

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

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

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