The 4 Major Cities
14 days from just £2,735 per person
Experience the contrast that is Vietnam, with an ancient culture, each street corner alive with history, and yet vibrant big-city facilities that rival those found anywhere else in the Far East. Also discover the beauty and majesty of Cambodia’s two most popular tourist cities, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Together you will understand everything that is Indochina.
Siem Reap / Phnom Penh / Battambang / Saigon / Hanoi
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Depart London Gatwick for international economy flight to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap Arrival
Welcome at Siem Reap airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Free until transfer to a local restaurant for the Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation - 5* Shinta Mani Resort or similar
Today we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins of the Angkor area, with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.
This morning we visit the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm – an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. Afternoon, drive to Choueng Kneas village, where you will take the boat to visit the way of life Cambodian poor people along with schools, restaurants, hospitals and much more floating on the great lake of Tonle Sap.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
After breakfast, heading out of town we make our way by travelling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. This afternoon, you will be transfer to Phnom Penh via a short flight. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel check in. The same afternoon in Phnom Penh, we will visit Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s name sake and we will take one hour cruise before the sunset.
Accommodation - 5* Intercontinental Phnom Penh Hotel or similar
Phnom Penh to Saigon
Following breakfast we will start our visit to the Royal Palace. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city's most visited sites and offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. The Pagoda draws its name with more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover a floor in the temple. The building serves less as a functioning shrine, no monks currently reside here, than a repository of cultural treasures such as the famous Emerald Buddha and many other valuable statues. We will then visit to Toul Sleng museum (S-21) and the killing field ofChoueng Ek, which is about 35kim away from the city.
Later transfer out to the airport for a short flight to Saigon. Meeting and greeting at Saigon airport then a short drive to your central hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Accommodation - 5* Windsor Plaza Hotel or similar
Morning at leisure. Afternoon overview tour of the most dynamic city in Vietnam to take in the important landmarks: The Central Post Office, The former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, theSaigon waterfront, and finally the colonial Dong Khoi area. Then an exciting walk follows in the famousChinatown to visit the lively markets and the elaborated Lady Hau Pagoda.
Saigon / Cu Chi Tunnels
We start the day with a drive out off the city to Cu Chi amazing tunnel system, built by Communist guerillas during the Vietnam War. Return to Saigon for a tasty lunch of "Pho" noodle soup in restaurant "Pho 24".
Saigon / Mekong Delta
Today we enjoy a day trip to My Tho to sample life on the Mekong River. My Tho is a prosperous town of 170,000 inhabitants, famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. We’ll ride a local boat on the criss-crossing waters of the area to the orchards on Phoenix Island, where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are being produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and traditional live music and songs performance and relax under the restaurant’s garden canopy.
Take a horse cart ride to a farm to taste some homemade honey-tea and proceed by boat through the small canals and side arms of the river to observe the daily life along the river banks. Visit a Snake farm then return to Saigon for overnight.
Saigon to Hanoi
We fly to Hanoi in the morning. Greetings at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in and tour-briefing. In the afternoon an orientation tour of Ha Noi, and a chance to acclimate yourself. Enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s famous “Old Quarter,” noted for its 36 guild streets. Visit an old house that’s typical of dwellings in the Old Town in Ma May Street and then walk through Hang Be market to the famed water puppet theatre for an evening show. Water Puppetry is a traditional art form created by village farmers around the Red River Delta region – unique, but recognised internationally.
Accommodation - 5* Sheraton Hanoi Hotel or similar
Today we continue exploring the French Quarter and the Embassy Rows by a cyclo, taking in the city's outstanding tourist sites such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Single Pillar Pagoda. Then drive to visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national educational establishment. We’ll then visit the Museum of Arts or Hoa Lo and the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” in the Vietnam War. The afternoon is totally for the museum of Ethnology. After dinner at a local restaurant you will enjoy the solemn moments of the flag lowering ceremony in Ba Dinh Square.
Hanoi / Halong Bay
Today we journey east to Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay. We board our luxurious boat, spend a full day and night cruising the bay's 3,000 magnificent limestone islets. You can challenge yourself with kayaking to a stunning lagoon of Halong Bay.
Accommodation - 5* Victory Star or similar
Halong / Hanoi
This morning we continue cruising Halong Bay. Bid farewell to the bay after brunch and return to Hanoi with a stop at Bat Trang pottery village, old-aged and widely known. Late evening transfer to airport for direct international economy flight to London Gatwick.
Arrival London Gatwick airport.
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