Carved figures on bridge to South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple in Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Southeast Asia has long been a draw for travellers searching for that certain something, far removed from daily life home. Spirituality, relaxation, 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 of Southeast Asia!

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Why go?

  • Visit Angkor Wat - the largest religious monument in the world
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi
  • Enjoy a cruise at Halong Bay - on one of the most amazing places you would go on earth
  • Explore the historical heart of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Soak up the sunshine at Mui Ne Beach

Itinerary

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  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included

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. In the evening we will enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

  • Accommodation 3 * Central Boutique Angkor Hotel or similar - Siem Reap
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast at our hotel we will 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 is grandeur and is well known for its 54 towers with 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.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will depart to Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is the best-preserved temple in the entire complex and has remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. Constructed in the classical style of Khmer architecture, it has become a symbol of Cambodia even appearing on the national flag.

On the way back to Siem Reap we will visit a local craft centre. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

  • Accommodation 3 * Central Boutique Angkor Hotel or similar - Siem Reap
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast at our hotel we will 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. 

Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will visit the twin temples of Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda, built in the mid-12th century before exploring Ta Keo, a temple-mountain, possibly the first to be built entirely of sandstone by Khmers. We will also see the Srah Srang holy pond, Banteay Kdei also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells" and Ta Phrom Temple, the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. It has been swallowed by the jungle and looks very much the way most of the monuments of Angkor appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.

In the evening we will enjoy a Christmas Eve Dinner. 

  • Accommodation 3 * Central Boutique Angkor Hotel or similar - Siem Reap
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast at our hotel we will depart to Tonle Sap Lake and board a sampan (flat-bottomed wooden boat and head down the Roulos river to Kompong Phluck, 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.

After our tour we will have a lunch at local restaurant before transferring to the airport for our flight to Hanoi.

After arriving in Hanoi, we will transfer to our hotel in Hanoi. your hotel. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

  • Accommodation 3 * Flower Garden Hotel or similar - Hanoi
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast at our hotel we will start our tour of Hanoi. We will start with Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Museum of Women.

Afterwards we will have a lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will visit the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins. We will also walk through the old quarter of the city and visit a local house. Afterwards we will continue to Ngoc Son Temple nearby Hoan Kiem Lake.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a leisurely ride on a rickshaw around the city and through its hidden alleyways followed by a water puppet show in the early evening. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

  • Accommodation 3 * Flower Garden Hotel or similar - Hanoi
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast we will depart for the stunning Halong Bay (3½ hour drive) located in the Gulf of Tonkin, a must see in Vietnam with over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited.

After we arrive at Halong City we will check in and board a junk boat. Lunch will be served on board while cruising towards the bay.

In the afternoon you can enjoy some visits and activities or just spend some time relaxing on board (possibility to swim in the bay if weather permits). Dinner is served on board. 

Overnight on Halong Bay.

Note: Visits or activities will be slightly different depending on each junk’s itinerary. Your tour guide will be replaced by a local guide on board during your cruise.

  • Accommodation 3 * Glory Cruise (or similar) - Ha Long Bay
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast on board we can enjoy the fresh morning in the bay. Our cruise ends around 11am. We will have an oriental tour in Hon Gai and Halong before going to Van Don Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City.  

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

Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Note: Breakfast, lunch or brunch will be served on board depending upon each junk boats service.    

  • Accommodation 3 * Cititel Central Saigon Hotel or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast included

After breakfast we will enjoy a full day exploring the city. We will 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 will 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 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 at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will visit the War Remnants Museum. We will end our tour with a visit to China town with it’s the bustling Binh Tay Market.

  • Accommodation 3 * Cititel Central Saigon Hotel or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

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

Lunch at the hotel after check in.

Overnight stay in Phan Thiet.

  • Accommodation 4 * Pandanus Resort - Mui Ne or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast you can enjoy the day as you wish. Take in the sights & delights of the local area or spend time at the beach.

In the evening we will enjoy a New Year Gala Dinner at the hotels’ restaurant.

Overnight stay in Phan Thiet

  • Accommodation 4 * Pandanus Resort - Mui Ne or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast you can enjoy the day as you wish. Take in the sights & delights of the local area or spend time at the beach.

 Overnight stay in Phan Thiet

  • Accommodation 4 * Pandanus Resort - Mui Ne or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast included

After breakfast, spend the day enjoying the beach. After a late check-out at 5pm, we'll transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for flight home.

  • Accommodation 4 * Pandanus Resort - Mui Ne or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Our flight back to the UK. Arriving London the same day.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included

Cambodia’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world whilst the nature, history and culture don’t even scratch the surface of the draw that Vietnam has for travellers. From foodies and beach hoppers to art and culture buffs and adventure seekers, Vietnam has something to offer everyone. 

Added value: Late check out on day 14

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +7 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily :

Cambodia

Dec 26°C, Jan 27°C

Vietnam
Dec 26°C, Jan 24°C

 

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

London to Siem Reap – approx. 16 hours (depending on your flights)

What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London – Siem Reap (via Ho Chi Minh City); 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
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 4 dinners including Christmas Eve Dinner & New Year Gala Dinner
  • Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels are provided in the vehicles
  • English-speaking guide for tours
  • Entry fees for all sightseeing
  • Overnight cruise in Halong
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Cambodia visa 30USD (can be arranged on arrival, passport photograph is required)
  • Not included meals
  • Insurance
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not note specifically mentioned in the program

Useful Information

Visas and passport validity (Vietnam)

The visa waiver programme for British nationals has been suspended. You must obtain a visa in order to travel on Vietnam Airlines. For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements  or the Embassy of Viet Nam  http://vietnamembassy.org.uk/  (contact details on their website).

For latest info please check: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements 

A number of British nationals have been refused entry and exit due to their passport being damaged. Make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Vietnam. Being refused entry can result in significant cost and a long stay at the airport.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months on the date you enter Vietnam.

Visas and passport validity (Cambodia)

Tourist visas are available on arrival at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airports. If you wish to get a visa on arrival you must arrive with a passport photograph. You can also get an eVisa online before you travel.

Visa fees, conditions and photograph requirements are subject to change. Check the Royal Cambodian Embassy, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website for the latest information on fees, conditions and photograph requirements and on how to apply for an e-visa. Currently an e-visa costs 30 USD + 6 USD processing fee).

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia. Entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing.

Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of 6 months for any subsequent renewal or extension of your visa that you apply for from within Cambodia.

Registration

When checking into a hotel, you’ll have to hand over your passport so that the hotel can register your presence with the local police. Make sure your passport is returned and keep it in a safe place.

Transfer Time

The transfer time from Siem Reap International Airport to your hotel in Siem Reap is approximately 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. The transfer time from hotel in Phanthiet to Ho Chi Minh International Airport is approximately 4 hours, depending on the traffic.

Currency

Vietnamese dong

Cambodian riel

Gratuities

We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of equivalent of £70.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Included Programme

A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.

Dress Code

The emphasis is on casual clothing throughout. Go for light, loose cotton clothing and comfortable shoes or walking boots. Conservative dress is preferred for both men and women. No shorts or vest tops in restaurants. When visiting temples and certain museums dress politely; shorts, singlets, spaghetti straps, skirts, tank-tops and open backed sandals are not acceptable. The dress code would be same for men and women, that is shoulders and legs covered, no hats, and shoes to be taken off.

Please note

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, some with early starts.

The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change

 

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
21 Dec 2020 04 Jan 2021 14 All Ages £3,695 BOOK

What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London – Siem Reap (via Ho Chi Minh City); 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
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 4 dinners including Christmas Eve Dinner & New Year Gala Dinner
  • Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels are provided in the vehicles
  • English-speaking guide for tours
  • Entry fees for all sightseeing
  • Overnight cruise in Halong
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Cambodia visa 30USD (can be arranged on arrival, passport photograph is required)
  • Not included meals
  • Insurance
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not note specifically mentioned in the program

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