Tailored from £2,600 per person excl. flights
13 Days Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay
13 Days Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay
Your holiday to Cambodia and Vietnam begins in Siem Reap, where you will discover one of mankind’s greatest architectural achievements: the celebrated temples of Angkor Wat. Your journey continues to Phnom Penh where you learn about Cambodia's recent history. Flying into Vietnam you will soon be exploring sophisticated modern cities and ancient citadels alike: trying out the local culinary delights as you go. Halong Bay provides the final flourish as you navigate through the dazzling hues of water, limestone and sails. Contact us to speak with a specialist in holidays to Cambodia and Vietnam begin work on a bespoke itinerary for you.
Arrive in Siem Reap
Explore Siem Reap
Fly to Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh City Tour
Fly to Saigon
Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon
Flight to Da Nang & Transfer to Hoi An
Hoi An Walking Tour
Fly to Hanoi
Halong Bay cruise
We will meet you on arrival at Siem Reap (REP) airport, look out for the Wayfairer welcome sign, and transfer to Siem Reap for the night on a B&B basis. Depending on your arrival time your local guide will meet you at the hotel tonight to brief you about your tour, take you around the city and recommend some great dining options. Your unforgettable journey starts here!
Leave your hotel base in Siem Reap after an early breakfast and travel by private transport to the Holy City early to avoid the crowds. Your guide will talk you through how these temples were built, and what purpose each one served within the complex. The infamous Angkor Wat temple itself was built in the high classical style of Khmer architecture in the 12th century and still stands as a powerful symbol of Cambodian pride.
After breakfast, we will travel to Banteay Srei, a temple famed for its intricate carvings depicting battles, scenes of conquest and Khmer daily life: it is often referred to as the ‘jewel of Khmer art.’ Built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva, this red sandstone temple will capture some of your most memorable photos. In the afternoon, we journey to Tonlé Sap River and the floating village of Kompong Phluk .
The river is the home to many Cham and Vietnamese communities living on floating villages around the lake and is a much quieter area than where most of the tourists visit. The Kompong Phluk community welcomes curious tourists and the local people benefit financially from this community tourism initiative. Having said that we urge all travellers to be respectful and conscientious of people at work and children at play as we meander around the school, hospital and family dwellings, all floating on the water.
In the morning, we say farewell to Siem Reap and fly to the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you can explore or relax at your own speed. Ambling through the streets will allow you to observe the colonial architecture that still dots the cityscape, exuding timeless charm from a bygone era. The evening can be spent relaxing at your own pace and we like to recommend the Foreign Correspondent’s Club - situated on the waterfront; it is a famous and historical location, with three floors of cane furniture a fantastic international menu and mouth-watering cocktail creations.
You take a tour of the capital today, beginning at the Royal Palace, which is the home of the current Cambodian Monarch, King Sihamoni. Next there is the option to go around the Tuol Sleng Prison where prisoners of the Khmer regime were held and killed. Although disturbing, it is an incredible historic account of comparably recent events in the country and highlights the changes that have taken place since it was closed.
After lunch we visit another important landmark of Cambodia’s tragic past are the Choeung Ek Killing Fields just outside the city and it is a very emotional place to visit and learn about Cambodian history during the time of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Have a final meander around Phnom Penh this morning before we travel to exciting Vietnam; first stop, Saigon. Once a small fishing village, it is now a sophisticated and energetic modern city with a huge variety of things to see and do. Once you have checked into your hotel you will have the afternoon and evening to explore, and as usual your experienced local guide will be happy to nudge you in any direction you like - traditional Vietnamese dances or shadow-puppet shows can be enjoyed at different venues around the city and are a great way to dive straight into Vietnamese culture. Overnight: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
In the morning, we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, where the Viet Cong conducted guerrilla attacks on American and South Vietnamese positions, then suddenly disappeared out of sight. You can crawl through the tunnels, which contained hospitals, kitchens and meeting rooms and even watch a short film, which shows their construction and living conditions at the time. Returning to Saigon, your guide will take you on a tour of the city including a visit to the Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the war during the ‘Fall of Saigon’ on April 30th 1975, the War Remnants Museum and the 19th century French-built Notre Dame Cathedral.
This evening would be a great chance to ask your guide to direct you to one of the outstanding Vietnamese restaurants in the city. Saigon is home to culinary excellence from all around the country, with an array of diverse specialties, and it can be an appealing way to visit the other provinces in the country through your taste buds.
This morning we fly to Da Nang and we then travel by private car the short journey to wonderful Hoi An. This charming and busy town will immediately take your breath away and your local guide will be happy to show you all its secrets. With a history of trading the treasures of the Orient, it is no wonder that it continues to be the hub of the silk and ceramic industry in Vietnam. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it has narrow streets filled with architecture from several countries including the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. The evening can be given over to the pleasures of finding a charming local restaurant, which your guide will be happy to escort you to, with fresh, local seafood being a Hoi An specialty.
Today you can take the time to ramble through Hoi An’s maze of streets, appreciating why it is now Vietnam’s premier tourist destination. With some of the best tailors in the country located here working in nearly 100 silk shops, many visitors take this time to have various clothes made with Vietnamese flair - the speed at which the tailors work is astonishing! Moments between fittings or sightseeing can be punctuated by coffee and tea stops at the various small establishments found around every corner, each with a charm of its own. If you want to head out of town you can go further afield and explore the countryside by bicycle, appreciating the green terraces and rice paddies that characterise rural Vietnam.
This morning we fly into Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city and one of most charming cities in Southeast Asia. This afternoon we enjoy a city tour, showcasing some of Hanoi’s most interesting attractions. We start with the One Pillar Pagoda, which dates back to 1049 and is one of Hanoi’s oldest structures, and then explore the Temple of Literature, also from the 11th century, which was the country’s first institute of learning. We then visit Hoa Lo Prison, which was once used as incarceration for political enemies of the French, and later for American pilots. The afternoon is the perfect time to saunter around the Old Quarter with its thousands of specialty shops, proffering silk, lacquer ware, spices and anything else you can imagine.
Today you will board a stylish boat and enjoy a luxurious cruise around Halong Bay: one of the world’s natural wonders. The red-sailed junks navigating through the limestone islands of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. On board, you will be served an authentic seafood lunch and afterwards have the opportunity to visit a secret grotto, enjoy a swim if the weather permits, and maybe even do some kayaking. The waters of Halong Bay are host to an immense diversity of ecosystems, including mangrove forests, freshwater lakes and offshore coral reefs. After we have moored up in the bay for the night your crew will prepare a sumptuous dinner while you watch out across the water for the spectacular setting sun.
In the morning, we cruise back to Halong port, where we disembark and drive back to Hanoi. The afternoon is free for you to see more of Hanoi at your own leisure. As evening draws in, it is time to plan the final dinner of your trip. Hanoi has a wonderful variety of restaurants, some of them in old French colonial houses or tucked away in the old part of town, and your guide will knowledgeably direct you to the best the city has to offer.
Your Cambodia & Vietnam experience finishes today after breakfast and we will transfer you to Hanoi (HAN) airport in plenty of time for your onward journey. An extraordinary experience of discovery in these two wonderfully different countries will you leave with memories that last a lifetime.
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By travelling with Wayfairer on you holiday to Cambodia and Vietnam, you will experience the best of luxury and responsible travel in Southeast Asia.