Cambodia & Vietnam Explorer
Highlights: Royal Palace, Killing Fields, Angkor Wat, Bayon, Hanoi's Old Quarter, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Halong Bay
Includes: 12 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, 3 internal flights within Asia, 1 International flight, 3 cruises, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, small group touring, entrance fees, Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers, local English-speaking guides, return transfers.
Grading: Max 16, Avg 12
Our insider experiences:
Escape the crowds by entering Angkor Wat's little-used eastern gate before dawn. Explore by torchlight, something few tourists get the opportunity to experience, before watching the sun rise majestically over Angkor Wat's spires.
Glide through Phnom Penh's fascinating streets on a cyclo ride, an elegant way to travel that may not exist for much longer.
Join the disadvantaged youth receiving training at Streets Caf� for a memorable market walk, learning about local produce as well as this excellent initiative.
Sample locally sourced seafood as you enjoy a delicious lunch while cruising the turquoise waters of Halong Bay.
In Hanoi, enjoy some local Hanoi specialties and spend time with a local family over dinner in their home. An insightful experience that goes beyond simply sightseeing.
DAYS 1-2: PHNOM PENH
On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel. Get to know your travelling companions and tour leader at welcome drinks and briefing. Discover Phnom Penh�s rich French colonial past from the unique front-seat perspective of a traditional cyclo ride and explore its majestic Royal character at the Royal Palace and the ornate Silver Pagoda. The National Museum offers a fascinating look at Cambodia''s history with art and artefacts dating back to prehistoric times. Reflect on the Khmer Rouge legacy at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields and gain fascinating insights into Cambodia''s confronting past. End your day at the Central Market observing the lives of the locals.
DAYS 3-4: SIEM REAP
A short flight brings you to Siem Reap, the gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. On arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Early the next day, creep through the jungle with your path illuminated only by torchlight, and enter the little-used eastern gate of Angkor Wat to watch the sun''s first light shining down on the magnificent temple - an experience you will never forget. Then, enjoy a local breakfast at an Angkor caf�. Travel between temples by tuk-tuk, ideal for taking photos. See the magnificent stone heads of Bayon before you explore the atmospheric ruins of tree-covered Ta Prohm. Share your experience with your fellow travellers at a group dinner.
DAYS 5-7: SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
Fly to Saigon. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Bond with your small group of fellow travellers and tour leader at a tour briefing and welcome drinks. Gain insight into the resilience of the Vietnamese people as you investigate the amazing Cu Chi tunnels before wandering along the city''s historic Dong Khoi Street, and stop to explore the War Remnants Museum. Wind your way through the canals of the Mekong Delta and visit local orchards.
DAYS 8-10: HUE & HOI AN
Fly north to Hue, the former imperial capital and a window into Vietnam''s complex past. Delve into the ancient Citadel, an elaborate emperor''s tomb and the tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda. At the Spiral Foundation, meet workers from the Deaf community as they guide you to make your own souvenir. Witness the lovely countryside and spectacular coastal scenery on your way to Hoi An. A living monument to Vietnam''s rich history, this charming town boasts traditional houses and temples and the iconic Japanese Bridge. Enjoy some free time in Hoi An for shopping and further exploration.
DAYS 11-14: HALONG BAY & HANOI
Fly from Danang to Haiphong. Relax as you watch farmers working their land on the drive to enchanting Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. Enjoy the freshest seafood while you cruise amongst the thousands of limestone islands. Continue on to Hanoi, and enjoy a delightful water puppet performance. Visit the ancient Temple of Literature and ''Hanoi Hilton'' prison before a group farewell dinner with a local family in Hanoi. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.