Take in the must-see highlights of Vietnam on Cambodia, from temple icons to hidden gems
- Take in the city greats of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh
- Head off the beaten track with a stay in remote Ninh Binh
- Explore the floating markets of the Mekong Delta and the mercantile history of Hoi An
- Watch sunrise and sunset over Angkor Wat
- Take a cruise on Tonlé Sap Lake and visit a UN-funded environmental project
- 2 Nights Hanoi
- 2 Nights Ninh Bình
- 3 Nights Hoi An
- 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh
- 2 Nights Phnom Penh
- 3 Nights Siem Reap
City | History & culture | Natural world | Off the beaten track
This tailor-made holiday takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia. You’ll begin with the old-quarter delights of the Vietnamese capital before trading Halong Bay for a less tourist alternative in off-the-beaten-track Ninh Binh. Then, flying south, a tour of Hoi An will introduce you to the central coast’s rich trading past before the colonial treasures of Ho Chi Minh City provide a launchpad for an included day trip out into the labyrinthine waterways of the Mekong Delta. The second half of your holiday sees you across the border to Cambodia. After taking in the rich and sometimes turbulent history of its haunted capital, you’ll head further west to Siem Reap, the ever-bustling gateway to the world-famous Angkor temples and the floating communities of Tonlé Sap Lake. It’s all linked together with included transfers, expert-led tours and stays in hand-picked hotels.
Day by day itinerary
Start your holiday in style with included UK airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Hanoi.
Arriving in Vietnam’s energetic capital, you’ll be met by an included transfer to your hotel, a hidden gem in in Hanoi’s old quarter and just a short hop from the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s the perfect base from which to get out and explore, which you’ll do on day three with a morning tour the city, taking in such highlights as the Temple of Literature and the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ – the former prison used to incarcerate American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Then, after an included lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll jump on one of the ubiquitous cyclos for a dash through the market-filled labyrinth of the Old Quarter. Meals included on day three only.
Stay: La Siesta Classic (Superior)
Meals: B L
While many Vietnam tours head to Halong Bay, this one heads off the tourist trail in favour of the remote and beautiful village of Ningh Binh. In order to get there, you’ll first drive two-and-a-half-hours outside the city to the Van Long Nature Reserve and your waiting bicycle. It’s then a scenic, seven-kilometre amble through the countryside, pausing at a temple, communal house and market along the way. On arrival in Ninh Binh itself, you’ll have the chance to sample first-hand the region’s farming and agriculture with some rice picking, crabbing or fishing, before lunching with a local family – a truly unforgettable experience. The rest of your stay in Ninh Binh is split between discovering its rich history, showcased in region’s dynastic temples, and taking in more of the region’s landscapes with guided visits to misty mountains and mysterious caves.
Stay: Tam Coc Garden (Superior)
Meals: B L
Return to Hanoi for your flight south to Danang on Vietnam’s tropical central coast. From here, a delightfully scenic transfer will bring you to Hanoi for a two-night stay. It’s ample time to get a taste for the town’s mercantile past, best seen in its still-operational silk-lantern workshops, one of which you’ll visit on an included tour followed by lunch in a local restaurant. Then, with a full day spare, you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional excursions, perhaps heading out into the countryside on an antique Vespa, or getting to grips with the local food on a market visit and cookery class.
Stay: Anantara Hoi An (Deluxe)
Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta
Transfer back to Danang for the flight south to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll be met for an included private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, a guided city tour will introduce you to the sights and sounds of Vietnam’s largest city, contrasting the ornate beauty of the Taoist Jade Emperor Pagoda with such history-rich landmarks as the Reunification Palace, whose downfall signalled the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. It’s a conflict further remembered at the poignant War Remnants Museum. The next day, you’ll leave the city behind to take in the fruit farms and floating markets of the Mekong Delta. Combining picturesque walks with cycle rides and speed-boat dashes, your full-day tour is the ideal introduction to a region known as Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’.
Stay: Liberty Central Saigon City Point Hotel (Superior)
Meals: B L
Say a fond farewell to Vietnam as a flight and a pair of included transfers bring you to Phnom Penh. The next day, after enjoying the Junior-Suite indulgences of your boutique spa hotel, you’ll embark on a guided city tour. As well as taking in its gilded beauty – the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are particularly impressive – you’ll also examine the capital’s darker side at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. While these can be challenging places to visit, they provide an important insight into insanities of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
Stay: White Mansion Hotel (Superior)
Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
After your flight to Siem Reap, and included transfers, of course, you’ll embark on a day-and-a-half discovery of one of the world’s man-made treasures – Angkor Wat. With your expert local guide, you’ll enjoy visits at sunset and sunrise to marvel at intricate bas-relief carvings and look out over majestic views of the jungle-fringed ruins. Then, in the daytime, there’s the chance to explore further as you head to the outlying temples, enjoying in-depth explorations of Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Promh – the temple whose twisting tree-root frame was made famous by Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider film.
Stay: Shinta Mani Shack (Superior)
Head out of the city today as a guided transfer brings you out to the great lake of Tonlé Sap. Hop on a boat to explore its floating villages – communities that come complete with schools, restaurants and even a hospital – before calling into the United Nations-funded Gecko Environment Centre. Here, you’ll learn more about the lake’s unique biodiversity and the threats it faces, before heading on through the mangroves to watch local fishermen ply their trade in a dazzling fleet of multi-coloured boats. Return to Siem Reap this afternoon to enjoy some final free time for shopping or to simply relax by the hotel pool.
Stay: Shinta Mani Shack (Superior)
Depart for UK
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, arriving in the UK on day 17.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £3,425 pp. incl. flights
from £3,595 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights between London, Vietnam & Cambodia
- Private transfers through-out
- 14 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
- Private touring including some lunches (as per itinerary), highlights include:
- Cyclo ride through Hanoi's old quarter, Sampan boat ride through Van Long Nature Reserve, walking tours, Mekong Delta by speedboat, explore the Angkor temples & cruise through the floating villages.
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