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"A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling." Lonely Planet
Vietnam is a land of challenging myths and stunning scenic beauty. It is also the land of smiles, warm hospitality and generosity. You'll get to sample that hospitality and the best food in South-east Asia on a truly immersive tour experience.
You'll start in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital for close on a thousand years. It’s a small, absorbing city of pagodas and dynastic temples, where life proceeds at a gentle pace. From here you’ll strike out east to the labyrinth of limestone outcrops in Ha Long Bay where you'll cruise for two days.
Your journey then takes you to the commercial southern city of Ho Chi Minh City, the rice fields and orchards of the nearby Mekong Delta, Hoi An and the temple ruins at My Son. These and the other destinations on this itinerary are certain to make you want to return for more one day.
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If you've ever wanted to see the ancient and wonderful countries of Vietnam and Cambodia this is the best way to do so. With return flights and a professionally guided tour, this itinerary makes sure you see the best of the best in these countries, mixing modern and ancient culture, and tourist focused activities with authentic experiences, all in truly beautiful scenery. See ancient cities and palaces, awe-inspiring temples, astonishing natural sights and buzzing cities all whilst staying in top-quality accommodation including on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay.
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This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.
Comprehensive, best-in-class, travel insurance is included*. Valued at over $400 per couple. No more to pay. Full insurance cover details are available in the PDS supplied.
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You will receive these guides to help you gain the most out of your holiday. Recommendation: Take the time to read suggestions for things to see and do before you leave home. Take your Lonely Planet guides with you in your luggage.
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This trip is perfect for your first trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with a fully-planned tour itinerary and knowledgeable tour guides. You can relax and know you are in good hands with of the country's best tour operators. See all the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia including Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, My Son, Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat.
"A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd
After flying into Hanoi take a private transfer to the hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, and after checking in you have free time to explore or relax before you tour starts in the morning.
This morning enjoy a scenic journey to Halong Bay, and once you embark the cruise ship to enjoy lunch while admiring the beauty of the limestone islands. After lunch you can go kayaking through the Luon Cave area. Next, you'll cruise to Soi Sim and enjoy the beach or hike to the top of the island for an extraordinary view. After this the group heads back to the ship to enjoy the sunset and dinner. This is where you stay the night.
Start your day with some Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt before breakfast, then later explore the Sung Sot Cave. Watch a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration and enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch the cruise will be finished, so you'll back to Hanoi for the night.
Today is a free day to explore the Hanoi Old Quarter before your train to Da Nang. The Old Quarter has over 1000 years of history with it's hustle and bustle, and shopping. This area showcases the history of the city with a mixture of French architecture and Catholic churches as well as newly-built modern restaurants and bars. (Option to take a flight to Da Nang and have an extra night in Hoi An.)
After arriving in Da Nang in the late morning, you will be transferred to Hoi An. This is a grand and elegant city with a diverse mix of historic buildings, from the Japanese Covered Bridge to the centuries old and unique, traditional homes of the area.
Today you will be travelling to the religious centre of My Son. This is a World Heritage Site built in the 4th century. You will be taken on a guided tour. After My Son you'll take a boat trip down the Thu Bon with lunch, and a visit to the traditional Kim Bong Carpentry Village before returning to Hoai An for the night.
Today you are free for most of the day to explore this beautiful, ancient city before your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Once you have checked out of the hotel you can leave your bags there to explore the city and enjoy some free time.
Today you will be heading out of Ho Chi Minh City to see the bustling area of the Mekong Delta. You will get the chance to see the rice fields the area is famous for, before visiting a real floating market. Then continue to Vinh Long and experience the charm of the area. Enjoy a fresh local lunch and local music before relaxing in a bonsai garden. After this you will be heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Free day to explore Ho Chi Minh City. We recommend exploring the city including the Dong Khoi area, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House and Reunification Palace. You Lonely Planet guide will be an invaluable resource here.
Today you will be travelling into Cambodia and you will be staying in the stunning city of Phnom Penh. After checking into your hotel, you have the rest of the day to explore this wonderful city and see how it is reclaiming its title of the most beautiful city in Asia.
Today is an included but optional guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek area for those who want to know the full history of the Khmer Rouge regime. This afternoon explore Psar Toul Tom Pong, also called the “Russian Market", where anything and everything is for sale. Later this afternoon, we take a one-hour boat cruise on the Mekong river.
Today you will travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
After breakfast, a guided tour will take you to the Angkor Thom Area. Then you are free to visit the Ta-Prom Temple. Enjoy some lunch, then continue your journey to Angkor Wat Temple, one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, built in between the 9th - 13th century.
Today is the final day of your wonderful Vietnam and Cambodia adventure. After breakfast you'll have time to check out and leave your bags at the hotel to explore chic and vibrant Siem Reap more before you return home.
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