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Highlights of Vietnam & Angkor Wat

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Highlights of this tour:

Hanoi, mini-cruise on Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi tunnels, the Mekong Delta, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Siem Reap.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Hanoi; return flight from Siem Reap
  • Domestic flight in Vietnam, from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
  • 12 nights at 3-star hotels
  • 1 night on the 4-star mini cruise ship Emeraude
  • 1 night in a 4-bunk sleeping compartment on the train Violette from Hanoi to Danang
  • Local, English-speaking guides to accompany you on the trip
  • 13 x breakfast (days 3–5 and 7–16)
  • 2 x lunch (days 4 and 12)
  • 1 x dinner (day 4)
  • Transport by car or minibus with air conditioning
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip

Comprehensive package of excursions included:

  • Guided city tour in Hanoi including the Temple of Literature and a Cyclo tour of the old quarter and water puppet theatre
  • Ha Long Bay
  • The Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Full-day excursion to the Mekong delta including a boat ride and visit to small, local cottage industries
  • Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Thom
  • Admission and fees for the sights and attractions mentioned

Our promise to you:

  • The top highlights along this travel route
  • A well-constructed travel itinerary. No time wasted & world class
    logistics
  • Guaranteed price, with no hidden surcharges
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
Single room supplement £560
Discounts for large groups
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This 17-day tour takes in the classic sights and attractions of Vietnam, as well as the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, presented by skilled, local, English-speaking guides. The itinerary includes plenty of breaks during which you can explore the various destinations for yourself. The tour starts in the beautiful city of Hanoi in the tranquil north of the country, showcasing the contrasts between the modern and more traditional parts of the city. You have every opportunity to experience UNESCO Heritage Sites (both natural and cultural) at first hand during visits to Ha Long Bay and the old streets of Hoi An. In addition, you can immerse yourself in more modern history in the Cu Chi tunnel network – an indelible symbol of the guerrilla war waged by the Viet Cong against the American forces. Ho Chi Minh City is the economic dynamo of Vietnam, and the contrast to Hanoi is clear to see. In the Mekong Delta, you can admire the fertile ‘pantry’ of Vietnam, with its floating markets set against a background of green paddy fields and fruit plantations. Your trip winds up in Cambodia with a visit to the Angkor Wat temple complex, which features on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Your visit will take you to both Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. You will also have a day in Siem Reap, where you can explore the local area for yourself.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Outward flight from the UK
Day 1: Outward flight from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Hanoi with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Arrival in Hanoi

After arriving in Hanoi, you will pass through immigration before collecting your luggage. You will be met in the arrivals hall by a guide holding an Asiatours sign, who will accompany you to the hotel where you will be spending the next two nights. Having checked in at your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish.

For example, you can saunter along the busy streets and alleyways of the exotic old quarter, stopping as you please to admire the sights and sounds of this amazing city. Hoan Kiem Lake is close by; it takes about half an hour to walk all the way around it – a delightful stroll in the shade of the tall trees.

Overnight stay Authentic Hanoi Hotel 

Day 3: Sightseeing in Hanoi
Day 3: Sightseeing in Hanoi

Today, you can look forward to a fascinating half-day sightseeing tour that takes in the biggest sights and attractions in Hanoi. Your itinerary starts at the Temple of Literature, which was built in the 1100s by students of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. With a history stretching back almost 1,000 years, the temple is one of the last remaining examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture.

It is then time to visit the Ngoc Son Temple, which is located on a small island in the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake. Access to the temple is across Huc Bridge, whose name literally means ‘the placed touched by the rays of the morning sun’. Here, you will hear the legend of the Emperor, the magical sword and the giant turtle after which the lake is named. The next treat is a ride on a traditional ‘cyclo’ – a bicycle taxi – along some of the 36 streets that make up the charming old quarter. The local citizens flock to the area to buy everything from noodles to Buddha figurines. The 36 streets in this part of the city were named after the goods traded there, and ‘Bamboo Street’ and ‘Tin Street’ still live up to their names. Your sightseeing tour concludes with a traditional performance at the water puppet theatre.

Overnight stay Authentic Hanoi Hotel 

Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Mini cruise
Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Mini cruise

From Hanoi, your tour continues through the fertile delta of the Red River to Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay is one of the most remarkable nature areas in Vietnam. The bay is dotted with green-clad limestone cliffs rising almost vertically from the water, which changes in tone from deep blue to jade green with the turning of the seasons. Several of the islands also feature large grottoes. The large Cat Ba island is the site of several villages, while a number of smaller islands are home to modest fishing hamlets. For tourists, Ha Long Bay is first and foremost a magnificent area of nature of the finest calibre, but for the Vietnamese people it is also inextricably interwoven with legends of dragons and drama. Ha Long Bay covers approx. 1,500 km² and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1994.

For this mini-cruise around Ha Long Bay, you will be sailing on the cruise ship Emeraude. The vessel heads out among the scattered islands in the bay, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the sea and the magnificent cliffs and islands. You can also experience life in a traditional fishing hamlet. Of course, you could choose simply to relax and enjoy life and the view out over the islands and the floating fishing villages, treating yourself to an occasional swim in the turquoise sea.

NB!! In the event of bad weather (storm conditions), the authorities in Vietnam reserve the right to cancel all sailing trips in Ha Long Bay in the interests of safety. This actually happens a few times every year. If this is the case, the mini-cruise will be replaced by hotel accommodation and an excursion in Hanoi.

Extra excursion: How about a bird’s-eye view of Ha Long Bay? This magnificent bay is a truly beautiful sight from above, and an aerial view will give you an excellent impression of the sheer size of the area, as well as the chance to admire the numerous limestone islands and islets towering majestically above the water.

Overnight stay Emeraude cruise ship 

Day 5: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – train journey to Danang
Day 5: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – train journey to Danang

Start the day with a refreshing dip in the clear, warm waters of Ha Long Bay, or perhaps simply admire the sunrise from the magnificent sun deck – where you can also take part in morning exercises (usually Tai Chi). Breakfast is served while the boat starts to glide peacefully back towards the harbour. On the return trip, there will be time to visit a grotto to admire the impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Once you return to dry land, it is time to head off to Hanoi by road. You will then have a few hours in the city to do with as you wish before your guide accompanies you to the station to catch your train to Danang.

For a surcharge, you can fly from Hanoi to Danang instead of taking the night train. This option will include an extra night in Hoi An.

Overnight stay Sleeper carriage on the Violette night train from Hanoi to Danang

Day 6: Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An

You wake up to a beautiful view as the train makes its way along the coast. Look out over the green mountains and the beautiful blue sea.

You arrive in Danang mid-morning, where you are met by a guide who drives you to your hotel in Hoi An. Having checked in, the rest of the day is at your leisure. You can explore the city on your own or purchase one of our extra excursions.

Hoi An is a wonderful experience and you cannot help but fall in love with the city. It is especially well-known for its charming architecture, impressive silk production, great tailors and its Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Flowing through the heart of the Old Town is the Thu Bon River, which is a glorious example of an international port dating back to the heyday of European and East Asian trading companies from the 16th to the 18th century.

Away from the river, you will find yourself in a maze of cosy, charming streets. Wherever you turn, you will see how the former colonial powers have each made their mark on the district. Colourful lanterns, Japanese houses, Chinese temples and French yellow merchants’ houses fill the cityscape. Shops, street kitchens, cafés and restaurants line the streets, where you can while away several hours connected to the city’s free Wi-Fi.

The fact that Hoi An’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site naturally makes it a major draw for tourists. The streets might be busy, but there is still a lovely calm to the area, and the district has managed to retain its authenticity and charm. It also helps that cars, scooters and motorcycles are denied access.

You spend three nights at this wonderful gem of a place, giving you plenty of time to enjoy and explore different parts of the city.

Overnight stay Êmm Hotel Hoi An 

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Days 7-8: Hoi An
Days 7-8: Hoi An

These days are yours to do with as you wish. You can choose to spend them enjoying the beach and the water, or exploring the charming city and the old harbour area.

You have the option to purchase the following excursions:

Overnight stay Êmm Hotel Hoi An 

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Day 9: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 9: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport in Danang, before flying to Vietnam’s biggest city Ho Chi Minh City.

On your arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, you will be met by a guide who will drive you to your hotel, which is located in District 1. District 1 is still known as Saigon and is considered to be the inner city, while District 2–11 is called Ho Chi Minh City.

The day is spent at your leisure, and you can explore the city on your own or you can choose to purchase one of our extra excursions.

It might be something of a shock to come from the peaceful Hoi An to this hectic metropolis inhabited by some 10 million people and just as many scooters and motorcycles. Fortunately, you will be rewarded with an incredibly exciting and modern city. This is seen in the city’s buildings, which are a good mix of old and new – modern high-rise buildings in glass and well-preserved colonial buildings.

At your hotel, you are not far from the famous Ben Tranh Market, modern shops and shopping malls as well as the city’s many attractions such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, the War Museum, the Opera House and the Saigon Skydeck skyskraper, from which you can look out over the whole city.

Overnight stay Lavender Anh Xuan Hotel 

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Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

The day is yours to explore the city on your own, check out the various markets or eat your way through the delectable street kitchens.

You have the option to purchase the following excursions:

Overnight stay Lavender Anh Xuan Hotel 

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Day 11: The Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 11: The Cu Chi Tunnels

On the agenda for today: a half-day excursion to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese troops – the Viet Cong – constructed a huge network of tunnels linking underground command centres, staging posts, schools and training facilities. The tunnels also served as hiding places for launching ‘pinprick’ attacks on the American forces. The entrances to the tunnel system are tiny, and the tunnels themselves were constructed for people small in stature.

Overnight stay Lavender Anh Xuan Hotel 

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Day 12: Full-day outing to the Mekong Delta
Day 12: Full-day outing to the Mekong Delta

You will be picked up from the hotel and driven south, where you will soon see green rice fields. The climate here allows the farmers to plant and harvest three crops a year.

Before you reach the Mekong Delta, you will visit the local temple, Cao Dai, which is home to a religion that combines Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity.

You then arrive in the charming town of Cai Be, which was once famous for its floating markets on the Mekong itself. From its source, the Mekong River runs 4,500 km through six countries to the delta at the coast to the south of Ho Chi Minh City. The delta is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam and is – as the name suggests – a lush place, covering an area of about 40,000 m². The size of the area covered in water depends on the season and precipitation.

In Cai Be, you board a private boat, which sails you around the delta. Along the way, you will see the locals fishing and selling their wares on land. You may also see locals sailing past with watermelons, coconuts and pineapple. You sail on through the narrow canals between the green coconut palms, also known as water coconut trees. You arrive at a small rice paper factory, where you see how it is made from scratch.

The day continues with a walk around the village, giving you a feel for how the locals live. You will visit a family that makes roofs out of coconut leaves, and other people who weave everything from blankets to bags and table mats.

You board a sampan, which is a traditional boat, and sail further down the charming delta before enjoying a late lunch at a local house. You are also given a demonstration of how to make one of the most popular Vietnamese specialties, banh xeo, a Vietnamese pancake typically filled with vegetables and fresh herbs as well as meat or tiger prawns.

After lunch, the boat sails back to Cai Be, and you then return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight stay Lavender Anh Xuan Hotel 

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Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

From Ho Chi Minh City, you fly to Siem Reap. On arrival, and after passing through customs and immigration, you will be met at the airport by your guide who will accompany you to the hotel and help you check in. Once you have checked in, it is time to head off to the Angkor Wat temple complex to visit some of the best-preserved temples at the site. To round off the day, you can enjoy the magnificent sunset over Angkor.

Overnight stay The Steung Siemreap Thmey Hotel

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of the Angkor temple complex
Day 14: Sightseeing tour of the Angkor temple complex

The day starts at the southern gate to Angkor Thom, where you will have the opportunity to explore Bayon, one of the main buildings in the city ruins. Bayon comprises 54 towers decorated with more than 200 stylised smiling faces carved in stone. During the morning, you will also visit the royal enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Leper King Terrace and – of course –Ta Prohm Temple, which received global exposure in the film ‘Tomb Raider’.

Overnight stay The Steung Siemreap Thmey Hotel

Day 15: Siem Reap
Day 15: Siem Reap

The day is yours to do with as you wish.

For an extra fee, you can take one or more excursions:

Overnight stay The Steung Siemreap Thmey Hotel

Day 16: Siem Reap – the UK
Day 16: Siem Reap – the UK

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven out to the airport to catch your flight from Siem Reap back to the UK. There will be
connecting flights along the way.

Day 17: Arrival in the UK
Day 17: Arrival in the UK

Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.

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