Classic Vietnam itinerary with Cambodia

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Duration (in days): 13

From: Phnom Penh

To: Hanoi

From

£2,400

Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Enjoy this Cambodia and Vietnam itinerary, taking in the must-see spots in South East Asia. Marvel at the faded beauty of the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia – enjoy a sunrise or sunset amongst the crumbling temples and follow the vines and roots as they weave in and out. Up the tempo as you hit Ho Chi Minh City, a city steeped in history and buzzing with energy, before stepping back and take a breather in the Mekong delta region as you see rural life at its best on the shores of the river.

Head north to the port city of Hue and the quaint town of Hoi An, popular with travellers. Its colourful artwork, relaxed pace and beaches mixed with historical temples give this place a lovely vibe. Finish in the north with an unforgettable tour of the limestone karsts dotted around Halong Bay and a tour of the city of Hanoi – see for yourself the difference in feel between north and south. Dodge the many motorbikes, enjoy delicious, fresh local food and meet the locals.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

This Vietnam & Cambodia holiday includes

  • International & domestic flights
  • All transport
  • All accommodation in ‘superior’ hotels (usually 4*)
  • English speaking guides
  • Halong Bay overnight cruise
  • Selected excursions

 

Highlights

  • Explore the temple complex of Angkor Wat
  • Try out the delicious local food throughout Vietnam
  • Experience a slower pace in the Mekong Delta region and shop at a floating market
  • Visit a local tailor in Hoi An, or bring home some colourful local art
  • Admire the dramatic karsts as you sail through the beautiful Halong Bay
  • Explore museums, pagodas, temples and market
Essential Vietnam & Cambodia Holiday in 2 Weeks | Map | Travel Nation
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief: 

  • 1 night Phnom Penh
  • 2 nights Siem Reap
  • 3 nights Ho Chi Minh
  • 1 night Hoi An
  • 1 night Hue
  • 1 night Hanoi
  • 1 night onboard Halong Bay boat
  • 1 night Hanoi

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport. Your journey to Asia will be overnight, with a transfer in a major Asian gateway.

Included: International flights

Day 2: Arrive Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel to check-in. Spend the afternoon exploring the history of this lively city - from the back of a cyclo.

Included: Hotel, transfers and a guide

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Today you’ll fly to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Angkor, home to the remains of the Great Khmer Empire from the 9th – 15th Century.

After helping you to check in at your hotel, your guide will accompany you on an afternoon visit to Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Empire.

Included: Domestic flight, hotel, breakfast, transfers and a guide

Day 4: Full day tour

Spend the morning exploring crumbling temples overgrown with vines and jungle trees – spectacular at dawn and certainly a very memorable experience. The afternoon will be spent on a tour of the famous Angkor Wat – often believed to symbolize the soul of the Khmer people.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, guide and touring

Day 5: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Morning at leisure until your transfer to the airport – take the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the busy, cosmopolitan hub of Southern Vietnam. The afternoon is also free for you to explore as you wish.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, transfers and domestic flight

Day 6: Full day in Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, this vibrant city could keep you entertained for days! Fortunately you’ll have a guide and a driver to help make the most of your time; visit several markets, museums, a pagoda and the old colonial sights including the Old Saigon Post Office, the Continental Hotel and Opera House and City Hall. Be sure to take plenty of water and an empty memory card – and a good appetite, the street food is fantastic.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, guide and driver

Day 7: Day trip to the Mekong Delta

Today you’ll be driving to the delta town of Cai Be for a river cruise, taking in the floating market, home to some traders for generations. Enjoy a day experiencing daily life for local villagers, and feast on a local Mekong style lunch before heading back to the city.

Included: Hotel, breakfast and lunch, day tour including guide, driver and boat trip

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An

Board a short morning flight to the port city of Danang, where you will then transfer on to Hoi An. A relaxed and colourful town, this is often a favourite for many visitors to Vietnam. Explore the markets and the old town at your leisure.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, domestic flight and transfers

Day 9: Hoi An to Hue

Head back through Danang and along the coast to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Making stops along the way, you’ll reach the Perfume River with time to visit the ruins of the Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, transfers and guide

Day 10: Hue to Hanoi

Begin your day at the vibrant market before picking up a cyclo and heading through the old city to the Lake. Make the most of this ancient city before taking the short flight to Hanoi, where you will transfer to your hotel to check in.

Included: Hotel breakfast, transfers and morning tour

Day 11: Hanoi to Halong Bay

The stunning Halong Bay awaits you today – transfer north to the jetty before boarding your junk boat, where you’ll be sleeping tonight. Lunch and dinner are served on-board, and the afternoon will be spent cruising the bay amongst the karst formations.

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner, transfers and overnight accommodation

Day 12: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Slowly cruise back to the jetty after brunch onboard. On arrival back in Hanoi you’ll have a chance to explore the fascinating capital of Vietnam – walk through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter and around the market and lake nearby. Enjoy a traditional Water Puppet show in the evening, a uniquely north Vietnamese art form depicting rural life.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, transfers, a guide and entrance to the evening show

Day 13: Depart Hanoi

With so much to see, maximise your final morning visiting some of the cities famous sights – the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the picturesque West Lake. Squeeze in a final bowl of Pho or steaming Bahn Xeo before departing for your return flight.

Included: Breakfast, morning tour and transfer, international flight

Depending on your return flight time you may arrive back in the UK on the same day, or on occasion some flights are overnight and arrive in early the following morning.


Why not add a few nights in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai on your way home with one of our stopover packages...

 

 


Info

The climate in Vietnam varies dramatically depending on the region you are visiting and is incredibly diverse with weather ranging from snow and frost in the northern hills to tropical conditions in the south. There are two monsoons in Vietnam; the winter monsoon arrives between October and March and brings cold and wet winters to the north and dry and warm conditions in the south. From April to October the summer monsoon brings humid weather to the whole country apart from those regions sheltered by mountains. For the best balance we recommend visiting in either April, May or October. Singapore has a tropical climate and stays hot and humid throughout the year, temperatures average around 31c with little seasonal variation although its slightly hotter in April and May and cooler in December and January.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • International and domestic flights
  • All airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner
  • A guide and driver along with excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overnight Halong Bay cruise

Not included: 

  • Meals other than those mentioned
  • Tours and excursions not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Visa costs and any local departure taxes
Accommodation

11 nights in twin share 4* accommodation (1 night in a cabin on the Halong Bay junk boat)

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