Best of Vietnam & Angkor
In Vietnam and Cambodia, experience the culture and beauty of Indochina as you journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and Cambodia's ancient capital of Angkor. Sail beneath the jagged karst pillars of Ha Long Bay on a traditional-style junk. Stroll past lush rice paddies, meet monks and watch the sun rise over the Khmer temples of Angkor.
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is known for its French architecture, Cu Chi tunnels and museums. Begin your day with a coffee, Vietnamese love their coffee and Saigon has the best cafes. A waft of food peppered with aromatic spices will explain, Saigon is big on street food. Explore the ancient city of Hoi An, also known as the foodie’s paradise.
Angkor Wat Temple complex, is located in the northwest of Cambodia at the head of Tonle Sap lake. Originally built as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple. Cruise on Tonle Sap lake and visit the workshop of the Artisans d'Angkor.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY TOUR OF VIETNAM & CAMBODIA…
And, visit Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi and Siem Reap with Angkor Temples.
This comprehensive tour of Vietnam and Cambodia features ancient ruins, impressive landscapes and visits to the important cities of Saigon, Hoi An and Hanoi in Vietnam with a side excursion to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Stay at the best luxury hotels in Vietnam and Cambodia, and enjoy personalized private touring with your own guides and drivers.
Begin in dynamic Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the country’s bustling commercial centre. With your own expert guide and driver, experience the city's most interesting neighbourhoods, historic attractions, museums, art galleries and shops, markets, and excellent restaurants. One day, take an excursion into the countryside to tour the Cu Chi Tunnels and observe a colourful religious ceremony at the Cao Dai Temple.
Continue to Hoi An, a World Heritage town that retains a distinct Chinese atmosphere with colourful historic homes, charming cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. With your private guide tour the surrounding villages and enjoy the stunning countryside scenes that will simply mesmerise you. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
Next spend three nights in Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. With your guide, ride cyclos around the lake to see the city's historic French colonial architecture. Visit ancient temples, the Museum of Ethnology and the fascinating Old Quarter with its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens and more.
Travel to Siem Reap for a three-night exploration of Angkor—the ruins of the ancient Khmer empire. Visit Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone. Nearby is Angkor Thom, a former capital believed to have once housed a population of approximately one million people around its Bayon, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.
One day, visit more remote temples or enjoy an excursion to Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake and an ecological wonder. Cruise among the lake’s floating villages, markets and gardens and also learn about the Tonle Sap ecosystem and spot birds and other wildlife.
Best of Vietnam & Angkor This private luxury tour visits the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia.
(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Siem Reap
Day 1 – Arrive
Saigon, Vietnam Fast-track assistance through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour.
Day 2 – Tour
Saigon Full-day private city tour or full-day private excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple.
Day 3 – Transfer
Hoi An Private transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Private transfer to Hoi An resort for 2 nights, with touring en route.
Day 4 – Tour
Hoi An Morning private walking tour.
Day 5 – Transfer
Hanoi Private transfer to Danang airport for flight to Hanoi. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour.
Day 6 – Tour
Hanoi Full-day private city tour, including touring by cyclo. Evening water puppet performance.
Day 7 – Transfer
Siem Reap, Cambodia Private transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Sunset private tour of ruins.
Day 8 – Tour
Siem Reap Private touring of temples and ruins with option to tour by bicycle.
Day 9 – Explore
Siem Reap Private touring of more remote temples and ruins or excursion to Tonle Sap Lake and floating villages.
Day 10 – Depart
Siem Reap Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
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When to go The climate in Vietnam and Cambodia remains tropical. The best time to visit the region is in the months between November and mid-March. During these months the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. Thereafter the temperature begins to rise and March to May gets very hot. The monsoon arrives in the month of April-May and peak in August but continues until mid-October. Travel is difficult during these months. Avoid travelling during March-April and August.
Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low cost carriers to Vietnam.
There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours.
Passport/Visa British, European and Americans require a visa for Vietnam and Cambodia. You can obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Vietnam and Cambodia provided your passport is valid for at least six months. Two passport sized photographs will be required. Travellers are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.