Invitation to Vietnam & the Temples of Angkor

Invitation to Vietnam & the Temples of Angkor

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Invitation to Vietnam & the Temples of Angkor

14 Days Starting and ending in United Kingdom

Visiting: United Kingdom, Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay, Hue, Hội An, Krong Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, ሀመር።

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

LVVV

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low, Classic Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural

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Tour Overview

This fascinating introduction to the diverse landscapes of Vietnam also includes a visit to Cambodia's Angkor temples. Hanoi is our first stop, where we’ll be taken on bicycle rickshaws around the ancient quarter. Its then onto Halong Bay, where we’ll cruise amongst the 1,600 islands and islets. We’ll traverse the famed Hai Van Pass which weaves its way from Hue as we head towards Hoi An and the views from the top of the pass are stunning! Hoi An is an ancient town, with canals weaving through it, we’ll stay for 2 nights. Before heading to Siem Reap. Just outside lies the Angkor temple complex, an incredible sight. Finally we end our tour in Ho Chi Minh City formally known as Saigon.

Highlights

  • Hanoi tour and trishaw ride

  • Enjoy a Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake

  • See a traditional water puppet show

  • Overnight cruise through Halong Bay

  • Sightseeing tour of Hue

  • Boat trip along the Perfume River

  • Drive along the scenic Hai Van Pass

  • Hoi An tour

  • Ho Chi Minh City tour

  • Visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk/Hanoi

Location: United Kingdom

Today you will fly to Hanoi

Day 2 Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals Included: Dinner, D

On arrival in Vietnam's capital, we'll transfer you to your hotel. A two-night stay will give you plenty of time to get to know the city. Tonight you will experience a welcome dinner like no other at the Koto Restaurant, a social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged children. KOTO has trained over 700 students in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled. Enjoy the aroma and flavours of Vietnamese and South-East Asian specialties, and try a selection of traditional dishes before sitting down for a three course meal.

Day 3 Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

Your sightseeing in Hanoi begins at the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh, the president who was known as 'Uncle Ho', lies in state guarded by silent sentries. We'll then head to the Temple of Literature, a collection of courtyards, gardens and pavilions built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius.
After a busy morning we'll be ready for lunch, which is served at a restaurant specialising in traditional Hanoi delicacies. Then this afternoon, you'll see even more when we head to the Ancient Quarter and board a trishaw – a traditional bicycle rickshaw. Sit back, relax and take in the sights as your driver navigates the bustling streets. After a short stop for a Vietnamese coffee, we'll continue on foot to Kim Ngan temple, considered to be one of the oldest in the area.
You've a traditional experience to look forward to next – a water puppet show. After the performance our group will enjoy backstage access before we return to the hotel.

Day 4 Halong Bay

Location: Hạ Long Bay

Accommodation Name: Emeraude Classic Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

The beauty of Halong Bay cannot be underestimated, and after a lovely drive through green paddy fields we'll reach this UNESCO-listed site. You've the option to view the bay on a seaplane flight before heading to your unique overnight accommodation. We'll cruise through the dramatic limestone peaks that rise from the water and you'll be able to watch the sun set over the bay, before enjoying dinner on board.

Day 5 Hue

Location: Hue

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Moonlight Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

You'll wake up to the beautiful surroundings of Halong Bay and watch the sun rise as coffee, tea and cookies are served on board. The rest of your morning is spent enjoying this unique destination, and may include activities such as kayaking and swimming, or visits to local markets and caves. Later we will disembark the ship, make our way to the airport and fly to Hue.

Day 6 Hue

Location: Hue

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Moonlight Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

A full day in Hue means you'll get a real flavour of Vietnam's former capital. We'll start with a relaxing cruise along the Perfume River, which takes us to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, after a little time to look around, we'll continue to the citadel, the ancient seat of royal power. We'll explore the former Imperial Palace and learn more about the area's intriguing architecture, which was inspired by Beijing's Forbidden City. By now you'll probably be ready for some lunch, so we'll stop to enjoy a vegetarian meal. Later we'll visit the imposing tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, located in a beautiful setting surrounded by gardens and lakes.

Day 7 Hoi An

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

Driving over the Hai Van Pass, possibly the most scenic of coastal road in Vietnam, our journey today takes us south to Hoi An. You'll be enchanted by this ancient riverside town, and after lunch we'll take a tour. Highlights include the Japanese Covered Bridge and a cruise on the Thu Bon River.

Day 8 Hoi An

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, B

Today you will visit a local community project, many of which support street kids and disadvantaged young people by providing them with training for a career in the hospitality industry. You'll meet some of the students, learn about different types of local cuisine and then possibly have a go at making some yourself. Afterwards, some delicious food made with local ingredients will be served.

Day 9 Hoi An - Siem Reap

Location: Krong Siem Reap

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Angkor Paradise Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

Today we're flying to Siem Reap in neighbouring Cambodia where we’ll stay for two nights. But first we will find out more about the beautiful silk lanterns of Hoi An, one of the most iconic and colourful sights of Vietnam. Today drive out of town and visit a small workshop to discover how they are produced. During this experience, you can learn the tricks of the trade and see the way silk and bamboo are expertly combined, then try your hand at the process. Choose from a range of patterns and silks to create a unique reminder of your time in Hoi An. We then visit Tra Que Vegetable Village to enjoy a light lunch with vegetables from the village and local delicacies including ”tam huu” roll, 'banh xeo' (local pancake of people in the Central Vietnam region).

Day 10 Siem Reap

Location: Krong Siem Reap

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Angkor Paradise Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, BD

We start the day with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Our explorations uncover the Bayon, where hundreds of smiling faces decorate the towers and Phimeanakas. We’ll also take in the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings before driving to Ta Prohm, a temple which has been left to the clutches of the jungle. We’ll also visit the world’s largest religious monument – the magnificent Angkor Wat. During your visit to Angkor Wat Temple, you will have the opportunity to experience a memorable activity: receiving a blessing from a Buddhist monk. Finally we’ll climb to the top of Bakheng Mountain and enjoy fabulous views of the jungle.

Day 11 Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

This morning we will travel to Banteay Srei temple, considered the jewel in the crown of all the Angkor temples. This small delicately carved pink sandstone temple is also known as the Citadel of Women. The temple has hundreds of small, intricate figures and deities, cut into the walls and lintels that depict scenes from Hindu stories. Three rectangular enclosures make up the temple with the inner buildings comprising of a sanctuary and two libraries.
Next, drive the short distance to Banteay Samre. The temples name is derived from the Samre people who live to the east of the baray.
We also visit the village of Chansar, which is supported by our Travelsphere Cares project. We’ll enjoy a walking tour of the village and visit the home of a Khmer family where we will enjoy a local lunch. Later fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, BD

You're going to spend this morning discovering the Cu Chi Tunnels. This incredible network of underground passages was first constructed in the late 1940s by the peasant army fighting the French. They were later extended by the Viet Cong rebels, and you'll get the chance to head inside to explore. When we return to Ho Chi Minh City, we will enjoy a city tour. This evening we'll enjoy a cruise along the Saigon River and dinner will be served on board.

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh/Uk

Location: United Kingdom

Meals Included: Breakfast, B

This morning you have free time to make your final explorations, before we transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Day 14 Uk

Location: ሀመር።

You'll arrive in the UK today.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4 star hotels

  • Return flights from London

  • 10 nights in 4-star hotels, overnight cruise plus 2 nights in flight

  • 24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Local Guides

  • Overseas transfers and other transportation

  • Audio Guide

  • Porterage

Accommodation

    • Sunway Hotel
    • The 4-star Sunway Hotel is located close to a host of Hanoi's attractions including its Old Quarter.



      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, health club and sauna. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, coffee/tea-maker, safe and hairdryer.
    • Emeraude Classic Cruise
    • Emeraude cruise ship is a charming vessel incorporating many aspects of comfort and luxury. Facilities on board include a restaurant, sundeck, bar. Cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning and a private shower room.
    • Le Pavillon Hoi An Luxury Resort
    • Muong Thanh Hue Hotel
    • Aristo Hotel
    • There are both great facilities and wonderful services on offer at this hotel that will really enhance any stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Amenities include a spa, gym and a restaurant that offers a range of cuisines. Guests can also take advantage of the currency exchange and laundry services available at the Aristo. The air conditioned rooms are furnished with WIFI, a minibar, TV, hairdryer and private facilities.
    • Angkor Paradise Hotel
    • Situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.

Optional Excursions

Seaplane flight over Halong Bay

Excursions Included

Hanoi tour and trishaw ride


Enjoy a Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake


See a traditional water puppet show


Overnight cruise through Halong Bay


Sightseeing tour of Hue


Boat trip along the Perfume River


Drive along the scenic Hai Van Pass


Hoi An tour


Oodles of Noodles visit


Ho Chi Minh City tour


Visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels


Saigon River cruise including dinner


Explore the Angkor temple complex


Visit the village of Chansar


Receive a blessing at a Buddhist temple

Check out our Q&As

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

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