Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Delta 2019
Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Delta
Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh and the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.
- Fully escorted by a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
- Scheduled flights from London to Hanoi and Siem Reap to London
- All rail and coach travel as described
- 13 nights' accommodation in 4 and 5-Star hotels
- 1 night aboard a luxury junk in Halong Bay 1 night on board a sleeper train from Hanoi to Hue
- 36 meals, including 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners
- City tour of Hanoi including a tuk-tuk ride
- Guided tour of Hue
- Excursion to the Marble Mountains
- Sightseeing tour of Hoi An and Phnom Penh
- Performance at a traditional water puppet theatre
- Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh
- Excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels and a talk on Vietnam's railways
- Visit to Cai Rang floating market
- Visits to Angkor Wat temple and Angkor Thom
Day 1 - 2: UK – Hanoi
You depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight direct to Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, arriving the next day. In the afternoon begin your sightseeing tour of the city, with a tuk-tuk ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter, past Hoàn Kiém Lake. You will return to the hotel for dinner this evening.
Day 3: Halong Bay
You continue exploring Hanoi before transfering to iconic Halong Bay. An extraordinary collection of limestone karst rock formations and islands dotted amongst emerald waters. Here you begin one of the highlights of the tour as you board a luxury junk for an overnight cruise. You will travel through the incredibly scenic Halong Bay, enjoying lunch and dinner on board.
Day 4 - 5: Hue
As the sun rises over the glorious panorama this morning, you could try Tai Chi on deck. After breakfast visit one of the bay's typical limestone grottos, before sailing back to shore. From here you will transfer back to Hanoi, stopping en-route at Dong Trieu Pottery Village. This evening, visit a Water Puppet Theatre, where you are treated to a performance of this traditional Vietnamese art form. Tonight join the overnight sleeper service to Hue, in twoberth compartments.
The next day your early arrival in Hue gives you a full day to explore. Embark on a cruise on the famous 'Perfume River' to the magnificent seven-storied Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue to the immense Imperial Citadel, whose impressive six miles of walls contain the Imperial and the Purple Forbidden City.
Day 6: To Hoi An
Today you travel south by train from Hue to Danang, on one of the most beautiful stretches of line in Vietnam. Leave the train in Danang and transfer by coach to Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An
The charming riverside town of Hoi An is famed for its beautiful old buildings and its history as a merchant trading post. This morning discover the old town on a walking tour. After lunch in a local restaurant, your afternoon is at leisure to explore the lively streets and the myriad of tradesmen offering made to measure clothing and custom made shoes, or perhaps just absorb the relaxed atmosphere and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of our hotel.
Day 8: To Nha Trang
Leaving Hoi An, transfer by coach to Danang for the train to the vibrant coastal resort of Nha Trang, passing rice paddies and mighty oxen working the countryside. You will then check in to our hotel, located on the beachfront, for a two night stay.
Day 9: Nha Trang
Your day is free to spend at leisure in Nha Trang. The city is renowned for its superb beaches and idyllic setting in one of the world's most beautiful bays.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh
Continue with a daytime journey by rail to Ho Chi Minh City - best known by its former name, Saigon. Chaotic and boisterous, this is a city with a huge zeal for life. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour, taking in the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and Reunification Square.
Day 11: The Cu Chi Tunnels
You travel to the Cu Chi tunnels, and visit the vast underground complex utilised by the Viet Cong during the war against the US. At its height, this system stretched for almost 250 km towards the Cambodian border, and contained field hospitals, weapons factories, kitchens, and living quarters. Your visit gives a real insight to life during this period. Enjoy a talk with a local expert about the history of Vietnam's railways during lunch, and this afternoon and this evening you are at leisure to continue exploring Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: The Mekong Delta
Travel west by coach to the Mekong Delta, a wonder of nature where the enormous Mekong River splits into branches on its way to the South China Sea. You then travel by boat to get a glimpse of the communities that make their living here, and stop at the floating market of Cai Be, before crossing a lower branch of the Mekong River. Later you will reach Can Tho, and stay here overnight on the Mekong's banks.
Day 13 - 14: Into Cambodia and Phnom Penh
This morning you visit Cai Rang, one of the world's largest floating markets. After time to explore, you transfer to Cao Lanh for your onwards boat journey through the Mekong Delta, and into Cambodia. You arrive in Phnom Penh, the country's exciting capital, known as the 'Pearl of Asia', situated at the meeting point for three great rivers - the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac.
The next day, explore Phnom Penh. Despite its chequered recent history, Phnom Penh is a wonderful place, home to a number of ornate golden temples. Today's full-day sightseeing tour introduces you to some of the city's main sights. See the Silver Pagoda, the grand Royal Palace, the National Museum and the Russian market. Later visit the moving Tuol Sleng - a museum dedicated to the history of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Day 15 - 16: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
Journey by road to Siem Reap today, pausing en-route at Sa Dec, a peaceful city made up of rustic colonial houses and tree-lined avenues.
The next day you will visit the world-famous Angkor Wat temple, a source of true national pride and the world's largest religious structure. During your time here you will visit Ta Prohm, a temple within the complex. Continue by tuk-tuk to the abandoned city of Angkor Thom.
Day 17 & 18: To London
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London via Hanoi.
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