View Our Travel Guide. Take in the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling from Hanoi to Angkor Wat, before ending with a tour of Thailand's captivating capital. Arrival in Hanoi and transfer to hotel. For those able to arrive very early today or the day prior, why not get off the beaten track and explore Hanoi with us on our optional Back Streets of Hanoi add-on which explores the quaint districts of Cho Buoi, Hoang Hoa Tham and Vinh Phuc, and also includes an exhilarating local experience - riding pillion, on taxi-motorbikes through a maze of tiny streets and along the shore of beautiful Ho Tay Lake.
Overnight: Hanoi. Hanoi — Halong Bay.
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Upon arrival we board a junk boat for our overnight cruise, then soak up panoramic views of this spectacular landscape, with its jungle-clad limestone peaks and emerald green waters. Based on traditional designs, our junk boat combines oriental style with modern luxuries.
This afternoon we disembark to explore the spectacular Tien Ong Cave, known for its stunning stalagmites and stalactites. Back on board, we spend our evening watching a Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck before tucking into a delicious seafood dinner. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Early birds can start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage - the perfect way to start the day.
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Before heading back to port we'll explore by kayak the Floating Village of Cua Van, which is home to generations of fishing families. An option to fly from Hanoi to Hue is also available. Arriving into Hue we take a guided sightseeing tour visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city and the citadel.
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Next we drive into the countryside to visit the ornate mausoleums of the Nguyen Kings. Along the way we enjoy magnificent views and stop for a walk along My Khe Beach. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim before we continue our journey south down the coast.
Arriving into Hoi An, we enjoy a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town. With its cobbled streets, tiny shop houses and laid-back bars and restaurants, Hoi An is the perfect place to relax a while. Cruise the city the way the locals do, by vintage Vespa and enjoy lots of tasty Vietnamese Cuisine. Book early with your reservation consultant, as numbers are limited.
Today we enjoy a bicycle ride into the local village of Tra Que, where we learn about traditional medicine and discover age-old farming practices. A fun and hands-on experience, we assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch. Day 7 is free for you to explore charming Hoi An independently. Unwind by the pool or beach, or take a day trip. Options include My Son, a site of extensive Cham remains, or My Lai, where the massacre of civilians took place at the hands of the Charlie Company during the Vietnam War.
Hoi An - Saigon. Flight to Saigon and drive to the watery world of the Mekong Delta, famed for its abundant harvests of rice, flowers and tropical fruits. From Vinh Long, we cruise downstream on our sampan boat through the maze of waterways and canals, watching the hubbub of daily life on the water.
We pass colourful trading boats and houseboats and stop off at some of the local cottage industries producing paper, popcorn and candies. We then enjoy lunch on Dong Hoa Hiep Island in a traditional wooden home. Can Tho - Saigon. This evening offers free time. Saigon - Phnom Penh. First stop today is the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels with a length of some kilometres used by the Viet Cong during the war.
Today we enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh, with our first stop being the National Museum of Fine Arts - a magnificent red sandstone building housing the finest collection of Khmer artefacts in the world. Next we visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its floor covered in 5, gleaming silver tiles and Buddha statues adorned with diamonds.
Phnom Penh — Siem Reap. Transfer to airport for included flight to Siem Reap. After freshening up, we explore the Angkor National Museum, a fascinating museum offering us a useful insight into the story of Angkor and the Khmer Empire before we visit the famous temple complex. This massive structure rises metres tall and is famous for its thousands of unique wall carvings.
This evening offers free time, with plenty of great bars and restaurants within walking distance. Those keen for an early start can revisit Angkor Wat this morning and see this spectacular complex at sunrise. We then drive to the temples of Banteay Srei, stopping enroute to visit an exotic butterfly sanctuary and the village of Preak Dak.
At the village, we take part in our community tree planting initiative and help plant mango and jackfruit saplings. Our last stop is Ta Prohm, the temple famed for its appearance in the Tomb Raider movie, which appears as though it has been swallowed by the jungle.
Journey to Angkor Wat - 15 days
Today we journey to Kampong Phluk, where three villages of stilt houses hover over the waters of Tonle Sap lake. When the water level drops, petrified trees of a flooded forest are also revealed close by. We enjoy a boat trip on the lake and lunch, before returning to Siem Reap for some free time. Perhaps shop for souvenirs at the bustling central market or check out the bars and restaurants on lively Pub Street. Siem Reap - Bangkok Thailand. Arrival transfer to hotel in Bangkok city centre. From here, we take a thrilling tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, famed for its giant reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf and measuring 46 metres in length.
A great spot to eat, drink and party, this road is brimming with street stalls, bars and restaurants.
Journey to Angkor Wat - 15 Days
Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Today we say goodbye to our guide and transfer to the airport. Alternatively, if you would like to extend your stay in Thailand we can arrange this for you. Breakfast x 2. Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
This ambient, boutique hotel combines traditional appeal with modern pleasures. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary fashion with an array of amenities for added comfort. Its restaurant provides a great variety of Vietnamese cuisine and you are welcome to enjoy cocktails and live music in the Jazz Bar or relax in the hotel's health spa.
This premier cruise boat offers 18 well appointed cabins with en suite amenities. Cabins are contemporary in design, whilst the finer touches have a distinct oriental influence. Choice 2 — Cycle Tour - Board a private coach to rural Nong Kao village for a one-hour bicycle tour through local rice fields, stopping for a fascinating visit at a local Thai farm and refreshments. On the return, visit a traditional Thai Wooden House for a relaxing herbal infusion before returning to the train by motor coach. Continue to an acclaimed rice noodle house, where you gain insight into traditional cooking.
Proceed to Wat Nue pier to board a flat-bottom riverboat and participate in a traditional Thai cooking class on board as you sail along the River Kwai. Disembark at Chong Kai War Cemetery for a visit before returning to the train by motor coach. Rejoin the train and enjoy lunch aboard. See family homes, temples and a local market en route to the Grand Palace. This lavishly adorned wat or temple is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Continue by local transportation on a tuk-tuk ride to Wat Pho to see the Reclining Buddha.
The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure so you can follow your own path.