- The Mekong Delta is known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam
Essential Vietnam & Cambodia
Vietnam and Cambodia
- VIP door to door
Journey through the heart of Indochina
Discover the heart of Indochina as you explore Vietnam and Cambodia.
Your adventure begins in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. From here, you’ll cruise around UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, stroll through Hoi An’s old town, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and explore the Mekong Delta.
Next up is Cambodia. You’ll spend three nights in Siem Reap, gateway to the Khmer temples at Angkor. As well as temple-hopping, you’ll sail across Tonlé Sap Lake and visit an artisan crafts collective.
11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
19 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 3-13) 6 lunches (days 2, 4, 6, 8-9 and 11) 2 dinners (days 5 and 7)
Local tour manager
- Souvenir reusable water bottle
- Early check-in on arrival in Hanoi on day 2 (2023 departures)
- International and regional flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- 2 half-day tours of Hanoi
- Halong Bay cruise
- Walking tour of Hoi An
- Tour of Hoi An countryside
- Cruise on Saigon River
- Cu Chi Tunnels
- City tour of Ho Chi Minh City
- Excursion to Ben Tre
- Visit ruins of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat
- Tonle Sap Lake cruise
- Visit to Les Artisans d’Angkor
- Visit the Angkor Silk Farm
†Prices are based on return flights with Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow - inbound via Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 UK to Hanoi
- Day 2 Hanoi
- Day 3 Hanoi
- Day 4 Hanoi to Halong Bay
- Day 5 Halong to Hanoi to Danang to Hoi An
- Day 6 Hoi An
- Day 7 Hoi An to Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 8 Cu Chi Tunnels to Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 9 Ben Tre
- Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
- Day 11 Angkor Wat
- Day 12 12 Siem Reap
- Day 13 Siem Reap to UK
- Day 14 UK
The Ann Hanoi
Paradise Suites Hotel
Hoi An Historic Hotel
Liberty Central Saigon Hotel
Angkor Palace Resort
Day 1 UK to Hanoi
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi
Upon arrival in Hanoi we transfer to our hotel. After lunch we visit the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, which displays a vast collection of ancient stone carvings and Buddhist statues. We’ll also visit the lakeside Ngoc Son Temple and take a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Day 3 Hanoi
We continue our exploration of Hanoi this morning, stopping at the monumental Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the wooden stilt house where Ho Chi Minh lived in his later years.
Nearby we’ll see the One Pillar Pagoda, the 11th-century Temple of Literature and West Lake. Here we’ll visit Tran Quoc Pagoda and the Taoist Quan Thanh temple.
The rest of the day is at leisure, while this evening you might like to attend an optional water puppet show, a traditional art form unique to northern Vietnam.
Day 4 Hanoi to Halong Bay
We head towards Halong, travelling through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta.
We’ll board our private junk for a cruise on the emerald green waters of beautiful Halong Bay, dotted with more than 2,000 towering karst islands topped with dense jungle foliage.
We enjoy lunch on board before we return to Halong.
Day 5 Halong to Hanoi to Danang to Hoi An
We fly to Danang today, travelling on from there to nearby Hoi An.
Later this afternoon we take a walking tour of Hoi An, with an exceptionally well-preserved old town that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You stay at Hoi An Historic Hotel (4*) or La Siesta Hoi An Resort (4.5*).
Day 6 Hoi An
Day 7 Hoi An to Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
We fly south to Ho Chi Minh City. This evening we’ll take a dinner cruise on the Saigon River, aboard a traditional wooden junk.
You stay at Liberty Central Saigon Hotel (4*) or Mai House Saigon (5*).
Day 8 Cu Chi Tunnels to Ho Chi Minh City
Today we head out to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the remarkable underground tunnel network where Vietcong guerrillas hid out during the Vietnam War.
We return to the city for a tour, visiting landmarks such as Reunification Palace, Reunification Hall, the elegant 19th-century Central Post Office, and the opera house.
Day 9 Ben Tre
This morning we embark on an excursion to the Mekong Delta region, often referred to as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’.
In Tien Giang, we will board our boat for a scenic river cruise, stopping to visit a small handicraft factory on Turtle Island.
Later we’ll take a tuk tuk ride along country roads, enjoy locally produced honey, and explore the Xep Canal by boat. We’ll also pay a visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho.
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
We head to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for our flight to Siem Reap and on arrival transfer to our hotel.
Day 11 Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is the largest religious complex in the world and Cambodia’s most cherished symbol.
We begin our visit at the ancient city of Angkor Thom. At the centre of the city stands the impressive Bayon Temple, adorned with carvings.
We continue to Ta Prohm temple, whose ruins are wrapped in the sinuous, snake-like roots of strangler figs and silk cotton trees.
After lunch we’ll spend the afternoon at Angkor Wat itself, a remarkable site famous worldwide for its exquisite bas reliefs, including over 3,000 images of apsaras and dynamic battle scenes. We’ll view sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple.
Day 12 12 Siem Reap
This morning, we’ll enjoy a boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, stopping to visit a floating village.
On our way back we’ll call in at Les Artisans d’Angkor, where we can learn about traditional local crafts such as woodcarving, lacquering and silk painting.
Day 13 Siem Reap to UK
This morning is free before a drive through the countryside to the Angkor Silk Farm, where you can observe the entire process of silk production.
We then transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.