Tour Overview

Explore the natural wonders and national treasures of Southeast Asia. Be amazed by eye-opening Bangkok, explore the legendary temples of Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap and delve into Cambodian history in the capital of Phnom Penh. Experience the bustling city of Hanoi, the mystic waters of the stretching Mekong Delta, the historic capital Ho Chi Minh City and relax on an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay

Itinerary

icon Day 1: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Location: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Accommodation Name: Aetas Lumpini

Arrival at your departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Bangkok. * Night on board.

* Important: If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

icon Day 2: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: Aetas Lumpini

Arrive in the capital of Thailand and transfer to your hotel. Bangkok is one of the most influential, modern and lively cities in Southeast Asia due to it's economic, political and social development. Make the most of your time in the city by exploring the bustling street markets or enjoying some of the exotic street food on offer. Overnight in Bangkok.

icon Day 3: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: Aetas Lumpini

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a fascinating tour of Bangkok's temples. Head to Yaowarat Road, in Chinatown, to visit magical Wat Traimit temple, which houses the largest solid gold Buddha in the world, almost five meters high and an amazing five and a half tons in weight. Continue to Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok where the famous Reclining Buddha is kept. After admiring the sheer size of the temple, continue to the astounding Wat Benchamabophit or The Marble Temple, a Buddhist sanctuary built in white Italian marble in the 18th century, with elegant and intricate designs. Finally, enjoy a visit to the State Factory of Precious Stones, for the opportunity to buy local jewellery, crafts and silks. Overnight stay in Bangkok.

icon Day 4: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a day exploring Bangkok at your own pace. We recommend visiting some of the emblematic temples dotted around the city and soaking up the atmosphere of the famous night markets. Overnight stay in Bangkok.

icon Day 5: Bangkok - Siem Reap

Location: Bangkok - Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Arrive, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Take the opportunity to explore this beautiful city and get to know your surroundings. Discover the local cuisine and relax at your hotel. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

icon Day 6: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom - Preah Khan Temple - Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom - Preah Khan Temple - Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today explore the most significant temples in the Angkor Complex. Visit the ancient capital, Angkor Thom and enjoy the unique decorative towers of the Bayon Temple. At Preah Khan Temple, wonder at the 12th-century splendour before you continue to Ta Prohm in the afternoon, home to the enormous iconic fig tree roots that grow through the middle of the temple. Admire Bayon architecture at Banteay Kdei temple before you finally arrive at Angkor Wat, the world heritage site and most revered of all the Cambodian temples. It features the longest bas-relief in the world and is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the entire temple complex. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

icon Day 7: Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, soaking up the ambience of Siem Reap, or perhaps exploring the sights at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to Phnom Kulen Mountain, a sacred pilgrimage site home to remote temples.* Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

* Optional Half-Day Phnom Kulen Mountain Excursion: Enjoy a 1-hour scenic drive to Phnom Kulen Mountain, considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Visit a modern pagoda, which offers stunning views over the Angkor area, and be amazed by the eight-meter tall statue of a reclining Buddha. Continue to the River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall nearby, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Return to Siem Reap.

icon Day 8: Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: G Mekong

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the lively city centre. We recommend enjoying an optional excursion to Tonle Sap Lake and an optional Tuk-Tuk Street Food tour.* Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

* Optional Morning Tonle Sap Lake Excursion: Transfer to Tonle Sap Lake, a huge freshwater body of water, known for it's floating villages. Enjoy a boat ride through the villages, complete with floating farms, schools, gardens and temples. Return to dry land and visit the Old Market of Siem Reap.

* Optional Evening Tuk-Tuk Street Food Tour: Set off in the evening to the local night market and discover the wide array of regional cuisine and snacks. Take a tuk-tuk to a local Cambodia restaurant to enjoy a traditional dinner.

icon Day 9: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Location: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Accommodation Name: G Mekong

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, catch the Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus* headed for the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore this vibrant city, filled with beautiful French colonial architecture and situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. We recommend an optional city tour to get to know Phnom Penh's most emblematic sights.** Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.

* The Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, is 320 km long and will take approximately 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take an optional flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with Cambodia Angkor Air (approximately 1-hour flight time). This can be purchased in the next step of the booking process.

* Optional Phnom Penh City Tour: Explore the landmarks of Phnom Penh such as the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the moving Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, for a poignant look at the country's tragic history. End the tour in the colourful Central Market.

icon Day 10: Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation Name: Icon Saigon - Luxury Design

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, for a moving insight into the horror and tragedy of the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Visit both Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious Killing Fields to learn about this dark time in Cambodian history. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.

icon Day 11: Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Icon Saigon - Luxury Design

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, cross the border between Cambodia and Vietnam on the Mekong Express/Giant Ibis bus* headed for Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many of the locals. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city and its famous night market, perfect for picking up some authentic souvenirs. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh.

* The Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus ride from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City is 280 km long and will take approximately 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take an optional flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City with Cambodia Angkor Air (approximately 1-hour flight time). This can be purchased in the next step of the booking process.

icon Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Icon Saigon - Luxury Design

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a Full-Day Tour to soak up the rich tapestry of history and culture in Ho Chi Minh City. Visits Dong Khoi Street, home to many of the city's most important sites from the French colonial period, when the city became known as the 'Paris of the Orient'. Appreciate the restored Opera House, based on the Petit Palace in Paris and visit the Grand Hotel de Ville, now formally re-branded as the People's Committee Hall. Be amazed by the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the impressive Central Post Office, designed by the architect Gustav Eiffel. In District 5 visit China Town and the iconic Thien Hau Temple, built in honour of the goddess of the sea. Conclude your day discovery at the bustling Ben Thanh market. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

icon Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day in this exciting city. We recommend an optional excursion to discover the magical Mekong Delta.* Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

* Optional Mekong Delta Excursion: Depart to Ben Tre province crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on the Ben Tre River, one of the tributes of Mekong River while witnessing the lively activities of local life along the way. Stop at a brick kiln and visit one of the many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Take a motorized cart or bicycle along the shady paths and pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to discover everyday life on the river. Take a rowing-boat along a beautiful water palm creek before you return to the pier.

icon Day 14: Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi

Location: Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. You will have this morning free or join the optional half-day excursion to visit Cu Chi tunnels*. The afternoon, transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the city. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

* Optional Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion: Spend the morning exploring the impressive tunnel complex of Cu Chi, dug in 1948 for guerrillas to escape the bombardment of French forces. Explore the underground villages and understand the history of the tunnels.

icon Day 15: Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an action-packed city tour of Hanoi. Stop at Huu Tiep Lake, home to the famous downed US B-52 bomber and wander through the lively local market. Next, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (viewed from the outside on Monday & Friday due to closure), and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of the city. Continue to Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, the Temple of Literature and Vietnam’s first university, dating from the 11th century. Explore, on foot, Hanoi’s Old Quarter streets to see local people trading and going about their daily lives. Take a relaxing seat at a local café for a refreshing cup of coffee or green tea. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

icon Day 16: Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: V'Spirit Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Hanoi, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Vietnam's busiest city. We recommend an optional excursion to the beautiful natural area of Ninh Binh.* Overnight stay in Hanoi.

* Optional Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion: Set off in the morning to the region of Ninh Binh, famous for its karst mountains and misty caves. Take a rowing boat along the natural canals of the Thung Nham Valley and explore the mystical caves along the way. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch before continuing to Mua Cave, where a 20-minute climb rewards you with breathtaking views of the Tam Coc landscape. Admire the natural beauty of Vietnam.

icon Day 17: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Location: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road to Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage area of outstanding natural beauty known for its limestone islands and glistening waters. Travel through the rich farmlands of the delta and witness the daily life of the Vietnamese villages. Arrive in Ha Long and board a traditional junk boat, to begin your cruise on the bay with a welcome drink. Lunch on board. The cruise passes by many fascinating islets and may stop for a while to visit local fishing villages, caves and limestone islands. Relax at your leisure on the sun deck. Dinner and overnight on board.

* There will be no guide on board.

icon Day 18: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Location: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Brunch on board as the junk continues to cruise around the idyllic landscapes of Ha Long Bay. Soak up the natural beauty before returning to Ha Long port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, perhaps picking up some last-minute souvenirs or revisiting your favourite city sights. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

icon Day 19: Hanoi - UK/Ireland

Location: Hanoi - UK/Ireland

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

What's Included

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    Meals

    16 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner.

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    17 nights: 16 nights accommodation in Deluxe category hotels and 1 night on board a Ha Long Bay Cruise.

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    Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with bottled mineral water.

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    International flights: UK/Ireland - Bangkok, Hanoi - UK/Ireland. *

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    Internal flights: Bangkok - Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi. *

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    Ha Long Bay Cruise.

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    Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.

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    ATOL Protection.

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    Internal flights: Bangkok - Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi. **

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    International flights: UK/Ireland - Bangkok, Hanoi - UK/Ireland.

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    Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide. *****

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    ATOL Protection. ******

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    Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide.

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    All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

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    17 nights: 16 nights accommodation in Deluxe category hotels and 1 night on board a Ha Long Bay Cruise. ***

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