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Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure

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$2,475

14 days

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Overview

This journey through Vietnam and Cambodia offers something for everyone; Vietnam with its interesting culture and stunning scenery and Cambodia with its amazing temples of Angkor and an insight into Khmer history.

Locations Visited

Hanoi, Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap

Countries Visited

Vietnam, Cambodia

Travel Style

Costsaver

Accommodations

13 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Hanoi (2 Nights)

Lively, welcoming and fun, you'll know you've arrived in Hanoi as soon as you see your first scooter carrying an entire family whizz by. This is a city that's constantly on the move, heartily embracing its new era of liberation and speeding towards the future with gusto. Yet whilst the modern world has very much arrived in Hanoi, the past is never far from sight. Glimpses of unique architecture give a nod to periods of French and Chinese occupation, whilst the streets of the Old Quarter are still reminiscent of Hanoi of old. On every street corner you're tempted by steaming bowls of pho or fragrant summer rolls, whilst the opportunity to re-caffeinate is never far away; coffee is a big deal in Hanoi, as it is in all of Vietnam. Arriving today you'll transfer to your hotel and this evening meet up with your Travel Director to learn the lay of the land and sample your first taste of Vietnam's cuisine at a Welcome Dinner where you'll spend the evening getting to know your fellow travellers.

  • Accommodation

    Silk Path

  • Meals

    Dinner

Day 2

Hanoi Sightseeing

Dive into Hanoi's complex history this morning on a sightseeing tour of the city's headliners. Starting off at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, learn about the legendary 'Uncle Ho', Vietnam's revolutionary former leader who is embalmed and forever remembered here, then head on to visit his humble and traditional stilt house where he lived periodically from 1958 to 1969. Next up will be the beautiful One Pillar Pagoda, a stunning symbol of purity that has been masterfully designed to resemble a lotus blossom and is believed to hold magical healing powers. From here, you'll then head on to Hoa Lo Prison. Once nicknamed 'Hanoi Hilton' by US prisoners of war, the museum paints a vivid picture of how the French built prison was used up until the mid-1950's. Likely in need of an iced coffee after a busy morning, this afternoon will then be free to explore your way. Foodies, why not opt to join our walking tour of Hanoi's best bites. Led by a Local Specialist, you'll sample delights such as Pho Ga and Banh Duc whilst exploring the sights, smells and flavours of the Old Town.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

Hanoi - Halong Bay (1 Night)

Swapping concrete jungles for shimmering seas, today you'll travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. A true vision of beauty, the soaring limestone pillars, countless tiny inlets and dazzling emerald waters are arguably the biggest crowd pleasers in all of Vietnam, and for good reason. Boarding your traditional junk boat you'll set sail for Bai Tu Long Bay, the laid back neighbour of Halong Bay that is every inch as beautiful. Dropping anchor at Thien Canh Son Cave, just one of about 59 discovered caves in the region, you'll have time to admire the incredible stalactites that hang from the cave ceiling, then it will be back to the boat for an on-board cooking demonstration by the chef. School up on traditional Vietnamese cooking methods, then as your reward tuck into a fragrant dinner feast that will taste all the better given the back drop of the bay twinkling under the night sky.

  • Accommodation

    Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (2 Nights)

Waking up to the sound of gently lapping waves, you'll start off today with a rejuvenating on deck Tai-Chi session. Feeling entirely refreshed and after a tasty breakfast you'll then visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng, one of four floating villages that lie in Halong Bay. Utterly charming, take in the beauty of the boats, the smiles of the fishermen and the quiet culture of the community who live and work on the water. From here you'll journey back to Halong Bay and say a somewhat sad goodbye to your little junk boat home and friendly crew, before heading back to Hanoi to catch your flight to Danang. Landing here, you'll then transfer on to your home for the next 2 nights, the very peaceful, historic and beautiful Hoi An.

  • Accommodation

    Hoi An Historic

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Hoi An Sightseeing

A far cry from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, Hoi An has a laid back, easy going vibe that's made all the better by its prime riverside setting. In the Old Town, Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and tea warehouses all add to the allure, whilst the lush countryside is within easy reach. You'll start off today with a sightseeing tour that will visit the pretty 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, and the colourful market. Here, you'll find all manner of fragrant herbs and spices, exotic fruits, bright silks and local products tempting you to buy! With an afternoon for you to explore your way, perhaps get on two wheels and join our optional cycling tour to experience Hoi An's delightful countryside. Travelling along inland trails, you'll pass by quiet country villages, discover how local wooden boats are made and learn the art of weaving the traditional 'Hoi An' sleeping mats. Alternatively if you are keen to further perfect your Vietnamese cookery skills, you could join our optional cooking class led by a local chef, where you'll shop for ingredients in the lively market then cook up a storm back at the school before sitting down to taste the fruits of your labour.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Hoi An - Danang - Nha Trang (2 Nights)

From one idyllic setting to the next, this morning you'll be jetting off to the golden sands, tropical islands and turquoise waters of Nha Trang. Surrounded by hills that frame the six kilometre arc of sweeping beach, this much-loved beach resort is busy enough to be constantly entertained, and big enough to find your own little patch of secluded sand. After settling in to your hotel the rest of your day will be entirely free to relax on the beach with book and towel in hand or take a stroll along the promenade. This evening, tuck into dinner at a local restaurant whilst feeling happy and relaxed at your paradisiacal beachfront location.

  • Accommodation

    Novotel Nha Trang

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Nha Trang Sightseeing

Pack your suncream and your sense of adventure this morning as you'll be heading out on a cruise to Mun Island, otherwise known as Ebony Island. This stunning island boasts a series of looming black rock formations that contrast perfectly against the turquoise ocean. But it's not just the rocks you're here to see; underneath the water's surface lives Vietnam's first Marine Protected Area where up to 1500 species of fish, sea turtles and other rare marine life can all be found. Grab a mask and snorkel from the boat crew and dive in to explore this beautiful underwater world, then cruise to a nearby island to enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant. Once back at Nha Trang, the rest of the afternoon is all yours to enjoy as you please, likely claiming a little patch of golden sand for an afternoon snooze.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City (3 Nights)

Maybe sneak in a final early morning dip this morning before catching your flight to the bright lights and big city antics of Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is a place that throbs with life and gives you little option but to come along for the ride. In just one generation the city has purposefully moved on from its war torn past, emerging as a commercial capital that enthralls and delights visitors in equal measure. But as modern as Hoi Chi Minh is, you don't have to look far for glimpses of the past. Beautiful traditional pagodas and incense infused temples pepper the city, whilst museums paint a vivid picture of past troubles. Upon arrival you'll settle into your hotel, then this evening head out with your fellow travellers for a tasty local dinner in a traditional local restaurant.

  • Accommodation

    Saigon Prince

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing

Driving to the Cu Chi Tunnels this morning, you'll be given a real-life history lesson that moves the soul as you visit just a small portion of the 250km network of underground tunnels that were built by Vietnamese fighters in 1948. Incredibly the tunnels you'll see have been widened from their original state, a fact that will become even more remarkable as you learn about the history of Cu Chi. Heading back to the city, your sightseeing tour will then tick off some of the best loved sights including the Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the striking Central Post Office built in the French style complete with gorgeous tiled interiors, and the former Presidential Palace, a feat of classic 1960's architecture. Finishing up with a hit of caffeine and a quick language lesson to cover the basics, you'll head back to your hotel to enjoy a free evening.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh City Free Day

Today's your last day in Vietnam, so be sure to stock pile spring rolls and drink iced coffee whilst making the most of an entirely free day. History fans will find a visit to the War Remnants Museum utterly fascinating, where the atrocities of war and the long-lasting effects are told through stories, photos and exhibits. You could also pay a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most atmospheric and beautiful temples in the city, whilst those looking to swap city scenes for lush rice paddies and sedate local life could choose to join our optional trip to the Mekong Delta. Pass by stilt houses and fish farms and taste locally made coconut candy, then hop on board a rowing sampan to slowly weave through the network of small canals. Lunch is also be included; a real feast of local specialties.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap (3 Nights)

Waving goodbye to Vietnam and hello to Cambodia, this morning you'll catch a flight to Siem Reap, the famous gateway town to the ancient city of Angkor Wat. Many people arrive here imagining Angkor Wat will be the main attraction, and whilst that is true Siem Reap also caters to foodies, adventurers and art lovers in abundance, boasting a wealth of tasty restaurants and a lively cultural scene that will keep you entertained well after dark. After checking in to your hotel, head out to explore the lively market scene, we'll be making a bee line for the historic Old Market. Located in the Phsar Chas that dates back to the 1920's, browse the stalls selling textiles, paintings, carvings and sculptures, then head on over to the Made in Cambodia Market, where local artisans sell their own wares and will happily chat about their production process. This evening, enjoy your first taste of Khmer cuisine as we tuck in to dinner at a local restaurant

  • Accommodation

    Somadevi Angkor Resort Spa

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

Siem Reap Sightseeing

Today's the day! Few travel experiences on earth can match the first time you lay eyes on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor Wat. A true expression of Khmer mastery, this inspired creation represents the very heart and soul of Cambodia and is one of the most important religious monuments in the world. Built in the first half of the 12th Century by King Suryavarman II using techniques that will have you scratching your head in amazement, you'll learn about the great Khmer Empire as you explore the intricately carved hallways and admire the impeccably preserved carvings, then head on to the walled city of Angkor Thom to explore the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon movie fans will then be in for a treat as you have the chance to join our optional visit to Ta Prohm Temple, the UNESCO listed site that is perhaps best known as the filming location of Angelina Jolie's 'Tomb Raider'. Very much emulating the feeling of a lost city, many of the temples here are literally being swallowed by the surrounding jungle and are a real sight to see. With the rest of the afternoon all yours, an hour of so relaxing by the hotel pool could be on the cards after this truly memorable day.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 13

Siem Reap Free Day

With the day yours to explore your way stretching ahead of you and your last in Cambodia, be sure to make the most of it! Perhaps head back to the markets for some last-minute gift shopping, sample the delicious street food offerings on pretty much every corner, or get to know Siem Reap's artistic side on an optional tour of the town's best workshops and galleries including a visit to Artisans d'Angkor, where training and job opportunities are offered to disadvantaged young people who specialise in preserving traditional Khmer skills including silk making, wood carving and painting. However you choose to explore today, tonight celebrate your final night with our optional dinner and Apsara dance show. Enjoy a tasty dinner whilst watching this beautiful 7th Century dance bring to life the ancient Khmer culture before your eyes.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 14

Depart Siem Reap

You've explored ancient temples, snorkelled in waters brimming with marine life, woken up amidst the enchanting beauty of Halong Bay and eaten lots of delicious Vietnamese Pho, but today your adventure will finally come to an end. After saying your goodbyes to your new found friends, you'll transfer to Siem Reap International Airport and travel on to your next destination.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • Halong Sightseeing cruise in Halong Bay including a cooking demonstration on board, a visit to Vung Vieng fishing village and a T'ai-chi session

  • Hanoi Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh's house

  • Ho Chi Minh City Visit Cu Chi Tunnels and enjoy a free day exploring the city

  • Hoi An Spend the day exploring this ancient town

  • Nha Trang Cruise to Mun island, enjoy snorkeling in crystal clear water

  • Siem Reap Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the markets in the Old Town

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What's Included

  • Dining Highlights

  • 13 Breakfasts

  • 2 Lunches

  • 6 Dinners

  • First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Variety of Optional Experiences

  • City orientation tours

  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

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    Trip Notes: 

    • ​International Air: Please note that airfares are not included. We will quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day you book.
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    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
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