A show-stopping tour of Cambodia and Vietnam from the Angkor Temples to Ha Long Bay and more, with luxury hotels, optional excursions and all travel
Days 1-3: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Today you touch down at Siem Reap to begin your epic 13-night adventure. You’ll be whisked off via private transfer straight to your hotel to get all settled in, and with three nights here and a full-day tour of the area’s highlights on the agenda, there’s no need to hurry.
Spend some time in Siem Reap’s bustling city centre, perhaps stopping by the famous Old Market, shopping for local crafts on the King’s Road, or seeing the monks perform ancient Buddhist rituals at the Wat Preah Prom Rath City Temple, a tantalising taste of the mystical Angkor Temples you’ll be seeing later on. Stick around into the evening to see the city light up as the sun sets, and stroll through the colourful Night Markets to haggle away to your heart’s content. And for all your foodie needs, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Siem Reap’s vibrant Pub Street, a kaleidoscope of restaurants, bars, street food stalls and more.
Next up, a full-day tour of Siem Reap and the Angkor Temples awaits. A symbol of the lost splendour of the Khmer Empire, this vast 400-square-kilometre complex is one of Southeast Asia’s most important archaeological sites, and boasts both Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage status. Marvel at the soaring stone-carved structures as you stroll through the ancient town of Angkor Thom, before taking that bucket-list picture at the world-famous Angkor Wat temple.
Days 4-5: Hanoi, Vietnam
Hop on a flight to Hanoi to begin the Vietnamese chapter of your journey, where the country’s lively capital city will be your home for the next two nights.
With over a thousand years of history under its belt, Hanoi is a box-ticking favourite with culture vultures, history buffs and thrill-seekers alike, boasting an eclectic mix of Chinese, Southeast Asian and French influences. Here, ancient temples and pagodas brush shoulders with cutting-edge architectural landmarks, while elegant Indochine architecture stands as a reminder of the country’s colonial past. Top-billed sights include the buzzing Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, the National Fine Arts Museum and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, while the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is one of the city’s quirky and best-loved attractions. How better to discover it than with a half-day guided tour of the city, and the rest of the time to spend at your leisure?
Day 6: Ha Long Bay
Today, the emerald waters and magical islets of Ha Long Bay await, as you take a shared transfer to embark on a spellbinding one-night cruise. Tick off another UNESCO World Heritage Site as you glide past the limestone mountains rising majestically out of the water, admiring their glittering white stone covered in lush tropical vegetation. Later on, perhaps take a dip as the ship drops anchor in a crystal-clear lagoon, paddle away in a kayak or simply soak up the sun from the deck. Make the most of your full-board while cruising with scrumptious seafood and local eats, perhaps trying your hand at replicating regional favourites under the guidance of the ship’s own chef. And as the sun sets over this once-in-a-lifetime landscape, raise a glass to today’s adventures before retreating to your private cabin.
Day 7: Back to Hanoi
Find your land legs again today as you round off your Ha Long Bay cruise and return to Hanoi, making time to catch up on any sights you missed out on last time you were here. Whether or not you feel like exploring, be sure to rest up at your hotel - a change of scene awaits you on the morrow.
Days 8-11: Hoi An
After flying from Hanoi to Da Nang, it’s off to Hoi An for the next leg of your trip.
Home to traditional tea houses, lively night markets, quaint canals and - you guessed it - another UNESCO-listed site, a stay in Hoi An feels like stepping back in time. The crown jewel of this charming former port is the well-preserved Ancient Town, where grand colonial houses, timber-framed shop fronts and colourful lanterns reign supreme - it’s one of Vietnam’s most photographed spots, so be sure to whip out that camera while you’re here. A stroll through this part of town is an immersive experience in itself, with highlights including the Japanese Bridge and ornate Assembly Halls. The city boasts a notorious street food scene, so simply let loose at the Central Market or the Hoi An Night Market to get your fix - your time in Hoi An is yours to spend as you wish.
Days 12-13: Ho Chi Minh City
Board a flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City for the final stop on your whistlestop tour.
Formerly known as Saigon, this vast metropolis is the most populated in Vietnam, and wears its action-packed past with pride. The city’s diverse skyline comprises everything from colourful colonial buildings (don’t miss the iconic Central Post Office and Saigon Opera House) to Vietnam’s tallest skyscraper and centuries-old temples, like the Giac Lam Pagoda, believed to be the city’s oldest. As far as street food goes, the city has plenty to rival the previous stops on your trip, while the fashionable Dong Khoi neighbourhood in Old Saigon is your go-to for timeless elegance and high-end retailers. Culture and history fans shouldn’t miss the Fine Arts Museum, Sino-French Museum and the moving War Remnants Museum - whatever you choose, your time here will be boosted by a half-day guided city tour, where you’ll be sure to pass by several top-billed sights.
Day 14: Back home
After a whirlwind 13 nights of adventures through dazzling temples, bustling cities and dreamy landscapes, it’s time to pack your bags ahead of your private transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airpot to catch your flight home.
Day 1-3: Tara Angkor (or similar), Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 4 & 5: Q Hotel (or similar), Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 6: Dora Cruise, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Day 7: Q Hotel (or similar), Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 8-11: La Siesta Hoi An (or similar), Vietnam
Day 12 & 13: Novotel Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Breakfast included throughout
- Full-board basis in Ha Long Bay (cruise)
- Flight from London Heathrow to Krong Siem Reap and from Ho Chi Minh City to London Heathrow
- Flight from London Heathrow to Siem Reap and from Ho Chi Minh City to London Heathrow
- Flight from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Hanoi, Vietnam included
- Internal flights in Vietnam included
- Private transfers included throughout
- Shared transfers included to and from Ha Long Bay
Full day Siem Reap & Angkor Temples (Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat) tour
£ 100.00 per person
Half day Hanoi City Tour
£ 35.00 per person
Half day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
£ 35.00 per person
From London Heathrow, with Singapore Airlines & Vietnam Airlines
Outbound from London Heathrow to Siem Reap, via Singapore:
Departing London at 10.55, arriving into Siem Reap at 09.45 (the following day)
Flight from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Hanoi, Vietnam:
Departing at 17.55, arriving into at 19.45
Internal flight from Hanoi to Da Nang:
Departing at 12.00, arriving at 13.30
Internal flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City:
Departing at 13.10, arriving at 14.55
Inbound from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to London Heathrow via Singapore:
Departing at 19.50, arriving at 05.55 (the following day)
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