Highlights of Vietnam including Cambodia Extension

Highlights of Vietnam including Cambodia Extension

Highlights of Vietnam including Cambodia ExtensionVietnam, Cambodia
Fully GuidedFully Guided
1717 Nights
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B&B (+1)
Transport: Flights & TransfersFlights & Transfers

    Your Guided Group Holiday To Vietnam & Cambodia 

    Experience an unforgettable journey through Vietnam and round off this 17-night guided holiday of a lifetime with three days in Cambodia. On this incredible trip, we’ll discover the dynamic cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, sail around the breath-taking Ha Long Bay and explore the Vietnamese floating markets in Can Tho. We’ll learn how Viet Cong fought so fiercely in the Vietnam War when visiting the Củ Chi Tunnels and take a cruise on the mighty Mekong Delta. Revel in Vietnam’s beautiful country, from its rivers and countryside to its remarkable history and culture.  There will also be free time to sightsee at your own pace, with recommendations based on your interest from our expert guide. Our final stop of our holiday will be in Cambodia, where we’ll visit the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat and have free time to explore Siem Reap.

    Please Note:

    • This holiday includes 15 nights hotel accommodation and 2 overnight flights.
    • Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
    • Outbound and return flights will be via Dubai, Doha, Istanbul or Bangkok depending on your chosen date. 
    • 05 October 2024 & 09 November 2024 itinerary varies due to flight connections from Sieam Reap to Bangkok. This date includes a city tour of Bangkok before your connecting flight to Dublin.
    Tour Map

    Trip Itinerary

    Activity Level 4

    Activity Level: Busy

    What does this level mean?

    Day

    Travel to Vietnam

    1

    Depart for Hanoi

    Depart for Vietnam, flying to Hanoi.

     

    Arrive in Hanoi

    2

    Arrive in Hanoi

    Time: MorningMorning

    Following our arrival in Vietnam, we will be transferred with guide assistance to our hotel in Hanoi, our tour base for the next two nights.  

    Traditional Puppet Show & Dinner

    Time: EveningEvening

    Later this evening, let’s enjoy a cyclo (three wheeled bicycle taxi) ride to a theatre to watch a traditional Water Puppet show, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.  Our Vietnam adventure has begun!

    Hanoi City

    3

    Hanoi City Tour

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    After breakfast at our hotel, let’s explore Hanoi on a full day guided excursion.  We will see some of its most fascinating sites such as the monumental tomb of Ho Chi Minh’s (Uncle Ho) Mausoleum, view (from the outside) the simple wooden house where he lived and worked, and the One Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist Temple sitting within a lake.  Also included in our tour is a visit to the world-famous 11th century Temple of Literature and the former Hỏa Lò Prison.  We will finish our day with a walking tour of the Old Quarter and the area around the beautiful Hoàn Kiếm Lake.

    Lunch is included today, at a local restaurant.

    Evening at Leisure

    Time: EveningEvening

    Let’s take a break to enjoy our surroundings at leisure, perhaps take a stroll along the lake, or watch the locals going about their daily life. There are many bars and restaurants that offer great views over this bustling city. If our Hanoi stay coincides with a weekend, we can even wander through the night markets and perhaps find a bargain. Our expert local guide will be happy to advise on activities and places to discover.

    Ha Long Bay

    4

    Sail Around Ha Long Bay

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    After breakfast, we’ll depart Hanoi and travel to the magnificent Hạ Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The drive will take approximately two and a half hours. On arrival we’ll set sail on a leisurely cruise, taking in the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay.

    Lunch is included during our cruise.

    During the cruise, we’ll visit some of the caves and grottos of the spectacular limestone islands and take the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the serene blue waters and towering rock formations of the bay.  It’s no wonder that this location has been used as a setting for many movies

    Evening at Leisure

    Time: EveningEvening

    After disembarkation from our cruise, we set off on the drive to our hotel in Ha Long Bay and check in for the night.  Let’s relax and unwind after our magical voyage and enjoy dinner (included) at our hotel tonight.

    Fly from Hanoi to Danang

    5

    Travel to Danang and Transfer to Hoi An

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    After breakfast we will take a drive of approximately two and a half hours to Hanoi Airport for our flight to Da Nang in central Vietnam. There will be a stop along the way for lunch (included).

    On arrival at Da Nang airport we will transfer by coach to our hotel in Hoi An, our base for the next three nights, with a journey time of approximately forty-five minutes.  After check in, we can enjoy dinner at our hotel (included), relax after our journey and look forward to discovering Hoi An and its surroundings.

    Please note your internal flight times for Hanoi to Danang and Hue to Saigon (Ho Chi Min) will be advised locally, and tickets will be given locally for your flights.

    Hoi An

    6

    Guided Walking Tour of Hoi An

    Time: Half DayHalf Day

    Let’s explore more! Today we’ll set off on a morning boat tour on the Thu Bồn River, where we will be able to witness the fascinating daily activities of the local people who live along its banks.

    In the afternoon, let’s continue our sightseeing with a guided walking tour of Hội An, where there will be an opportunity to see the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.

    Afternoon at Leisure

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Time to see more, at our own pace!  The rest of our afternoon will be at leisure to explore this fascinating and beautiful town or relax at the beach.

    Hoi An is a perfect place for the keen photographer, with colourful buildings, rice paddy fields, markets and interesting people among the subjects to capture as holiday memories.  Opening hours permitting, a visit to the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum is recommended, to view stunning images of some of Vietnam’s ethnic tribes people dressed in splendid traditional costume.

    For coffee connoisseurs this will be the perfect opportunity to try an egg coffee, or a Cafe Sua Da (iced coffee) Vietnamese-style. Vietnam is famous for its coffee and it is simply delicious!

    Hoi An Tour & Cookery Class

    7

    Hoi An Guided Tour

    Time: MorningMorning

    After breakfast, let’s embark on a guided excursion into the Hội An countryside, where we will visit a typical village and see the farmers working their fields and gardens and gain an insight into their daily life.

     

    Vietnamese Cookery Class

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After our farm tour, let’s join a hands-on cookery class, to learn about traditional Vietnamese cooking methods and recipes. Our cookery class experience will include a talk on the art of Vietnamese gastronomy, vegetables, herbs, spices and how to use them. After the lesson, we can enjoy the meal we have skilfully prepared!

    Travel to Hue & Perfume River Cruise

    8

    Transfer to Hue

    Time: MorningMorning

    After breakfast, we’ll set off from Hoi An to Hue. The drive will take approximately four hours, with a stop for lunch (included) along the way.  On arrival in Hue, let’s join our expert guide and discover Hue on a city tour, visiting the walled fortress of the Imperial Citadel and the 19th century Tomb of Tu Duc.

    Perfume River Cruise

    Time: EveningEvening

    We’ll finish our day with a cruise along the Perfume River (named because falling orchids gave the water a pleasant scent) to Thiên Mụ Pagoda, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

    After dinner, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Hue for an overnight stay.

    Fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

    9

    Ho Chi Min at Leisure

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today, we’ll transfer to Hue Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) where we will spend the next four nights. After checking in at our hotel there will be some time at leisure to settle in and get to know our surroundings. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.

    Ho Chi Minh

    10

    Saigon Excursion

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today we begin to uncover the wonders of Ho Chi Min City (Saigon). First stop on this morning’s guided tour is at Reunification Palace (formerly Presidential Palace) an important historical landmark.  After that, we take a short walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral, past the French Colonial Post Office and other prominent buildings. Our final stop this morning will be at the Jade Emperor Pagoda, before enjoying a light lunch at a local restaurant (included).

    Explore Temples and Markets in Saigon

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After lunch, we continue our excursion, moving on to Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City’s largest Chinatown. Here we’ll uncover historic and cultural treasures including Cha Tam Church, Thien Hau Temple and the authentic Binh Tay market.  The tour ends with a visit to a small Cao Dai Temple. The rest of the evening will be at leisure, to relax after a memorable day of sightseeing in Ho Chi Min City.

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    11

    Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today we will embark on an excursion to discover the Chu Chi network of underground tunnels. These tunnels were the location of many of the Viet Cong’s military campaigns during the Vietnam War (or American War, as it is called in Vietnam). The tunnels were used as hiding places during combat; also serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food storage and living quarters for the Vietnamese fighters. 

    For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above.  The more daring among us can enter some of the tunnels with our guide. As this requires crawling along on hands and knees in the darkness of the tunnel, it is certainly not for the faint hearted!

    Lunch is included today.

    At Leisure

    Time: EveningEvening

    Returning from our excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels, let’s enjoy an evening at leisure and perhaps dine out in one of the city’s many restaurants.  Our expert guide will be happy to offer suggestions and recommendations.

    At Leisure

    12

    Free Time in Ho Chi Minh City

    Time: Full dayFull day

    Let’s enjoy a day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City, for independent exploration.

    Those who are interested in the history of the Vietnam war might visit the War Remnants Museum, to view exhibits that include fighter aircraft, helicopters, tanks, plus many graphic photos - a stark reminder of Vietnam’s history not so long ago.

    Parks in the city provide an enjoyable space for a stroll and a glimpse of local life, for example, city dwellers playing đá cầ, a form of foot badminton. Now is also the perfect time for shopping!

    Our knowledgeable guide will be happy to suggest free time activities to suit our interests.

    Travel to Can Tho (Mekong Delta)

    13

    Guided Excursion of The Mekong Delta

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today we bid farewell to Ho Chi Min City and set off on a full day guided excursion to Cai Be, known for its large floating markets.  Our journey will take around two hours.  On arrival, we’ll take a cruise on the mighty Mekong Delta, in a motorised sampan boat.   We’ll have the opportunity to sample some local seasonal fruit during lunch (included) at a local farmer’s home, before continuing our leisurely cruise to Vinh Long. After the cruise, we transfer to Can Tho and check into our hotel for an overnight stay.

    Free Time in Can Tho

    Time: EveningEvening

    Enjoy some time at leisure in Can Tho and join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel (included).

    Cai Rang Market & Fly to Cambodia

    14

    Cai Rang Market

    Time: MorningMorning

    This morning, let’s uncover more of Vietnam during one last cruise.  We’ll visit the bustling market town of Cai Rang and enjoy a Sampan ride through its colourful floating market, with hawkers jostling for space to sell their wares, including everything from exotic fruit and vegetables to plastic sunglasses.   

    Travel to Cambodia

    Let's say a fond farewell the Mekong Delta as we transfer to the airport for your flight to Cambodia, with guide assistance.  Upon arrival in Siem Reap transfer with guide assistance to your hotel.

     *Please note that your extension in Cambodia is based on an individual rather than a group format.

     

    Discover Angkor Wat Temple

    15

    Explore the Angkor Temples of Cambodia

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today explore the Angkor Temples of Cambodia. The first tour is to Angkor Thom and then you will travel on to Ta Prohm.  After lunch we visit the most famous of them all and the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat. The temple was first a Hindu, then a Buddhist shrine and is the top attraction in Cambodia. Enjoy time to marvel over this beautiful site before returning to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

    Please note:

    Angkor Wat temple is still considered a sacred site and appropriate attire must be worn during the visit of the Bakan Tower. Please ensure to cover your knees and shoulders during your visit.

    Angkor Wat temple will be closed on the Buddhist Sabbath Days,  religious days and four days a month in accordance with the Lunar calendar.

     

    At Leisure

    16

    Free Time in Siem Reap

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today have the day free to explore Siem Reap at your own pace. You might like to visit the Psar Chaa open air market where you can haggle with vendors while enjoying the unique local atmosphere. Another Siem Reap highlight is the Artisans Angkor school where young locals are taught traditional wood- and stone-carving techniques, traditional silk painting, lacquerware and other artisan skills.

    Return Home

    17

    Depart Cambodia

    Today you will have another day at leisure to experience the wonders Siem Reap has to offer. In the afternoon transfer with guide assistance to the airport for your flight home.

    Bangkok City Tour - 05 Oct & 09 Nov 2024 Departure only

    05 October 2024 & 09 November 2024 Tour Departure only 

    Bangkok City Tour

    We say farewell to Cambodia and board our flight to Thailand. On arrival in Bangkok we meet our tour guide and begin our Bangkok city tour.

    Let's experience more with a city tour including Wat Pho Buddhist temple complex, a walking tour to discover the local Chinese markets, and food stalls, with time at leisure for dinner (not included). 

    We return to Bangkok airport and check in for our return flights home to Dublin.

    Arrive Home

    18

    Arrive Home

    Time: MorningMorning

    Arrive home following your adventures in fantastic South East Asia.

    * We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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