The 4 Major Cities
15 days from just £1,430 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 the UK with international flight to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap Arrival
Welcome at Siem Reap airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel. This afternoon we visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Giant faces of Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and Terrace of Leper King. We then climb up Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, and bask in the spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat when the sun is going down.
Accommodation - 4* Tara Angkor Hotel or similar
Today we visit a selection of temples, including the Victory Gate, Thommanom, Ta Keo, Chau Say Thevoda and the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, which remains in its original state. After lunch we continue to the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain, Angkor Wat. This temple complex is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece.
This morning we visit the red sandstone Temple of Banteay Srei, being widely praised as the "jewel of Khmer art". After we continue to a Temple named after the Samre people. The Les Artisans d’Angkor will follow before we return to our hotel for noon break. In the afternoon we visit Pour Krom, walking through this lovely local village to experience local life. Hop on an ox-cart and ride to Chong Knies village for a boat trip on Tonle Sap Great Lake.
Watch the sunset at the Great Lake then drive back to hotel. We have a chance this evening to delve into the nightlife of Siem Reap, from the backpacker area to the night market.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
After breakfast at hotel, heading out of town we make our way on a newly paved road to Preah Dark village and we follow this with a visit to the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. This afternoon, you will be transferred 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 - 4* 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 - 4* Grand 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.
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 - 4* Lan Vien Hotel or similar
This morning we tour Hanoi's charming French colonial boulevards, visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, thehouse on stilts and the museum, to know his amazing life. Continue to the ancient Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national educational establishment. We’ll then visit the Museum of Arts or Hoa Lo, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” in the Vietnam War. The afternoon is totally for the museum of Ethnology and museum of History.
NOTE: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from September to November for annual maintenance. Emperor Tours will organize the visit outside.
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 - 4* Victory Cruise 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.
Free until transfer to the airport for departure flight.
Arrival London Heathrow airport.
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