Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia
Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia; Ta Phrom Temple, Giant Statues in Angkor Thom, Ancient Gate Angkor Thom
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia; Ta Phrom Temple, Giant Statues in Angkor Thom, Ancient Gate Angkor Thom
Highlights fo Vietnam and Cambodia: Siem Reap River at night, Ancient Angkor Wat Temple
Highlights fo Vietnam and Cambodia: Siem Reap River at night, Ancient Angkor Wat Temple
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia; Sunset over a Japaneese bridge, Motos en Hoi An, Imperial Royal Palace of Nguyen Dynasty in Hue
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia; Sunset over a Japaneese bridge, Motos en Hoi An, Imperial Royal Palace of Nguyen Dynasty in Hue

Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia

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Overview

In addition to ticking off all the major sights, with an incredible list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites included, this tour allows you to discover Vietnam’s famous highlights in addition to exploring Cambodia’s ancient Khmer culture. The itinerary is further enriched with unique, carefully selected cultural insights; visit the home of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, learn about the ancient Champa civilisation, stroll the colourful markets, join local farmers in the fields, see the preservation of Khmer artisan skills in action and dine with a family within an historic monument which is also their home.

You will be staying in luxury hand-picked hotels throughout; with two and three night stays in each destination, there is plenty of time for relaxation and exploring at your own pace. (TT)
 

Highlights

  • City Tours of contrasting Hanoi, ancient Hue and Hoi An and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City
  • Lunch at the historic home of a local family in Hue with the Be My Guest experience
  • Stay and dine onboard Jasmine Cruises' traditionally built boat, as you float among the magnificent limestone islands of Halong Cruise around Halong Bay
  • Cruise Perfume River in Hue
  • See Red Beach in Danang
  • Visit the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit Angkor Wat with a renowned Khmer Scholar, Angkor Thom, Siem Reap Old Town and Artisans d’Angkor in Cambodia
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Itinerary

Day 1 – Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

Stay 2 Nights at Melia Hanoi with buffet breakfast

Day 2 – Hanoi

Explore the city on a guided tour, starting with the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. A short walk from here you will find his famous house on stilts, before continuing to the Temple of Literature. After lunch (included) enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter and enjoy the colourful shopfronts and street food vendors. Enjoy an evening at leisure or consider joining one of the optional excursions.

Day 3 – Hanoi to Halong Bay

Depart after breakfast for the 3.5 hour transfer to Halong Bay, where you will join your luxury traditional Vietnamese Junk Boat. Lunch will be served as you cruise out into the bay among the hundreds of islands; in the afternoon visit Cua Van Fishing Village by rowing boat to get a closer look into the lives of the local fishermen. Drop anchor later in the evening to relax, enjoy the scenery and enjoy a fabulous dinner on-board.

Stay 1 Night aboard Jasmine Cruise

Day 4 – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An

Begin your day peacefully with a morning T'ai Chi class on the deck; then perhaps enjoy an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay’s quiet beaches. Continue to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Danang, where on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Hoi An.

Stay 3 Nights at Royal Hoi An with buffet breakfast

Day 5 – Hoi An

Hoi An is another UNESCO World Heritage site, given the status due its well-preserved ancient buildings and pedestrianised streets; enjoy a walking tour this morning including the local market and see the famous 400 year old Japanese Bridge. Then join a very special Cultural Insight with some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines, before indulging in a relaxing foot massage. After lunch return to Hoi An for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.

Day 6 – Hoi An

Enjoy a morning exploring at your own pace and then in the afternoon choose between two very different cultural experiences; join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life tour (learn about the local fishermen and have a go at casting a net yourself (the latter is weather dependent).

Day 7 – Hoi An to Hue

Spend this morning taking a boat trip to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn the art of Vietnamese cuisine and then savour your efforts with a wonderful meal for lunch before returning to Hoi An. This afternoon depart Hoi An and drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass stopping en-route to see Red Beach where the American Marines first landed in Vietnam. Continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Sculpture before arriving in Hue.

Stay 2 Nights at Imperial Hotel, Hue with buffet breakfast

Day 8 - Hue

From the Hotel, travel to the ancient UNESCO world heritage site of the imperial Citadel by cyclo (pedal powered rickshaw). Your driver will then take you to see the seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda and you will join a dragon boat trip long the Perfume River to the beautifully preserved house of the former Princess Ngoc Son for a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Chat with the current family in residence to understand life in this historic house and city whilst you enjoy lunch they prepare for you. Your afternoon is then at leisure and you can seek out a local restaurant for dinner; alternatively, you can add a Bamboo Paper Art Workshop, where you can watch talented artists turn the bamboo material into various details and unique creations.

Day 9 – Hue - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). Upon arrival enjoy some free time to stroll around the city before lunch at KOTO restaurant; a non profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. Walk off lunch with a city tour on foot taking in some of the landmark French colonial buildings and visit the War Remnants Museum. After a stroll around Ben Thanh market, check in to your hotel on the riverside.

Stay 3 Nights at Sofitel Saigon Plaza with buffet breakfast

Day 10 – Mekong Delta

After breakfast, it is a day out in the Delta of the Mekong River, starting at My Tho, where you will transfer to a small sampan boat and cruise the myriad canals to stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Take a short walk to the home of a former soldier, a survivor from the Khmer Rouge battles, whom now makes rice paper with his wife; they are a wealth of fascinating insights and tales. Return to Ho Chi Minh City to enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City

Today you will board a private speedboat to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels with a VC Veteran, a network of underground tunnels built to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from air and ground sweeps. Enjoy some free time this afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City before get together again this evening to visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, then finish your tour with a Farewell Dinner.

Day 12 – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Check in and enjoy free time at your hotel enjoying the facilities.

Stay 4 Nights at Le Meridien with buffet breakfast

Day 13 – Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

This morning, visit the largest religious monument in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat with a renowned Khmer Scholar, who will help interpret the stories contained within. Stop at the terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple – “Citadel of Women” dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Stop for lunch with a local family in their 80-year-old wooden house on their dragon fruit farm. This afternoon return to Siem Reap and take a guided walk around Siem Reap’s charming old town. Visit Artisans d'Angkor, a training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross picturesque Siem Reap River to Wat Damnak, a living temple, and receive a special blessing from one of the monks. Walk back across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Old Market. In the evening spend time at leisure or visit the picturesque Ta Prohm, one of the famous temples of Angkor (payable).

Day 14 – Angkor Thom

Start the day with a visit to two more UNESCO listed sites - Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire and the Terrace of the Elephants, the platform where the king could welcome back his victorious army. Next head to the picturesque temple of Ta Prohm (the location for the film 'Tomb Raider') where the magnificent tree roots have started to reclaim the temple back into the jungle, giving a forgotten city feel. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 15 – Peak Sneng Village

Begin the day in the company of local Khmer villagers with a visit to a local school for the opportunity to chat with some of the children who will join you on a walk through the village and to see their day to day lives. Visiting the village will help you gain insight into weaving Cambodia’s national hats which are made from palm leave or folding Lotus flowers into delicate works of art. This evening complete your trip in style with a Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing.

Day 16 – Departure day

After breakfast, transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your flight home

What’s Included

  • Daily breakfast and 5 dinners and 6 lunches
  • International and Domestic flights including taxes
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Insider Experiences & Cultural Insights as detailed above
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Please note that Tet Vietnam New Year is from 24 – 30 January 2020, therefore places can be closed or become busy during this time of celebration.

Dave Hennessy
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