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DAY 1 – London – Cambodia

Depart from London Heathrow Airport on your scheduled flight to Siem Reap. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.


DAY 2 – Arrive in Siem Rep (Cambodia)

Welcome to Cambodia. Upon arrival in exotic Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples of Angkor, clear immigration, collect your luggage and follow exit sign. Our English speaking guide will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the adventures awaiting you! (Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of UK GMT).

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Dinner                                                                                           Overnight: Siem Reap


DAY 3 – Full Day Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat, Sunset & Apsara Show

Today, you’ll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, are designated as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World“.

After breakfast we head for the “Great City” of Angkor Thom, home to the famous Bayon TempleElephant TerraceLeper King Terrace and continue to the haunting Ta Prohm temple, overgrown by creeping jungle other exquisite relics.

Afternoon proceed to the Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument Hindu god Vishnu. Later take a short yet exciting elephant-ride towards Phnom Bakheng Temple, which is the best place to view an Angkor Wat in the sunset. Stay to experience the unforgettable sunset – a view that cannot be compared to anything you have ever seen!

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Entertainment: Enjoy an Apsara dance show, a traditional Khmer performance, Apsara performances portray a story or message through the dance.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                       Overnight: Siem Reap


DAY 4 – Siem Reap – Kbal Spean – Hindu shrine, 1000  Shiv Lingas – Kompong Phluk, a floating village

 

This morning after breakfast, we visit Kbal Spean which lies  50 Kilometers North East of Siem Reap provincial town  about 18 kilometers from Banteay Srei on a dirt road. A spectacularly carved riverbed, Kbal Spean is set deep in the jungle to the northeast of Angkor. More commonly referred to in English as the ‘River of a Thousand x Shiv  Lingas’, the name actually means ‘bridgehead’, a reference to the natural rock bridge here. Lingas (phallic symbols) have been elaborately carved into the riverbed, and images of Hindu deities are dotted about the

area. It was ‘discovered’ in 1969, when ethnologist Jean Boulbet was shown the area by a hermit.

 This afternoon, we visit to Kampong Pluk Floating Village. Kampong Pluk is about 20 Km from Siem Reap Town. Arrival at the dock, take a boat trip a long a small stream to the village. Over 3000 inhabitants are real Khmers, their households made of wood and bamboo built on stilts of about 6m to 7m high.

We take an OX cart ride to the Roluos Pagoda where monks celebrate a private blessing ceremony.

Also visit the Landmine Museum and the Banteay Srei complex.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Siem Reap


DAY 5 – Morning in Siem Reap – Flight to Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast, enjoy shopping at Old Market & colonial quarter, take your time to enjoy a busy market day, communicating with the local sales and all sorts of their products. It’s quite a sight to see, to give somewhat a picture of Cambodian social living.

Afterwards, flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Clear immigration, collect your luggage and follow sign for exit. Our representative will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 6 – Ho Chi Minh City Tour

This morning, following breakfast, depart for a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City to include visiting the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, and the French architecture of the Central Post Office, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market – where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof.

Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping street in the centre of the city

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 7 – Cu Chi Tunnels

We depart to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holysee, centre of the Caodaism Religion which combines Buddhism, Christianity, Taosim and Confucianism. We attend the High Mass, the most important one among 6 times per day to watch the only religion mass in the world.

In the afternoon head outside the city to the region of Cu Ch to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to see what life was like as a member of the Viet Cong based underground during the French and American wars. i. Upon arrival at the tunnels, watch a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels. The next hour is spent exploring the maze of tunnels, accompanied by the guide. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers. Return to Saigon for the evening.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                       Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 08 – Cruise on Mekong Delta

We start at the hotel at 7:45am to drive to TienGiang, one of the provinces of Mekong Delta. Arrive in My Tho City. Take a boat ride to visit Con Phung Island with full of tropical fruit gardens. We will have chance to enjoy the fruit and Mekong folk songs performed by the local artists. The visit the most ancient pagoda in Mekong Delta – VinhTrang.

In the afternoon, we visit the VinhTrang Pagoda and the Dong Tam snake farm before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 09 – Flight to Hanoi – City Tour & Cyclo Ride

We check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi you will be met by our representative and proceed for sightseeing tour. We will first visit the Museum of

Ethnology before driving to your hotel in the Old Quarter for check in.

In the afternoon, we proceed for city tour of Hanoi to include visiting the Temple Of Literature and the first university in Vietnam. Then we continue to visit the National Museum of Vietnamese History.

Early evening, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Hanoi


DAY 10 – Cruise on Ha long Bay

Today we check out of hotel and depart for Ha long Bay for your overnight cruise on a luxury junk boat.  Incredible views await you today! Ha long Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and declared recently as one of the “New Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. There are over 3000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden Junk boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board followed by cruise this afternoon around jagged cliffs, caverns and grottoes promises an unforgettable experience. Visit to one of the caves. Watch the sunset before dinner.

Please Note: There is no Indian Vegetarian food on the boat, so we have arranged Vietnamese vegetarian food for the group.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Cruise Boat


DAY 11 – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

After a night on board our deluxe junk boat, you will awake to see daylight filtering through the early morning mist and the towering rock formations, leaving you with unforgettable memory of your visit. This morning after light breakfast we will be passing across a fishing-floating house and where people bargain for fresh shrimps, crabs and fishes.

Enjoy brunch on board and cruise back to the harbour and depart for Hanoi. On the way, we will drive to Bat Trang ceramic village. Located by the Red River, the village has gained long time reputation since 15th century of making refined porcelain in many styles such as celadon, crackle-glazed pottery, and raw terra cotta products. The pottery of Bat Trang is found everywhere from Asia to Europe and excellent for souvenir.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Our last night in Vietnam, share wonderful memories of our journey at our Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Hanoi


DAY 12 – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Depart Hanoi

Today after early breakfast, we proceed to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex included Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, House-on-stilt, and One Pillar Pagoda before biding farewell to Vietnam.

NOTE: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.

Later you will be transferred to the NoiBai Airport Hanoi to board your flight for London. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 13 – Arrival London

On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, follow signs for arrival/baggage claim, clear immigration, collect baggage and follow sign for exit.

Note:

  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the morning, you will arrive in U.K. on the same day.
  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the afternoon / evening, you will arrive in U.K. on the next day.

 

** Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful holiday. **

 

Highlights

Siem Reap (3 Nights):

  • Seven Wonders of the World - Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom Temples
  • Sunset at Angkor Wat
  • Shopping at Old Market, a traditional massage, a floating village
  • Kulen Waterfall, 1000  x Shiv Lingas
  • Entertainment: Apsara Dance

 Vietnam

     Ho Chi Minh City (3 Nights):

  • City tour
  • Boat Cruise on Mekong River
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

Hanoi (3 Nights):

  • City tour.
  • Experience a Cyclo Ride
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
  • Entertainment: Water Puppet Show

Ha Long Bay (1 night):

  • Enjoy an overnight Boat Cruise on Ha Long Bay

 

Included/Excluded

Escorted Tour Package Includes:

  1.  Meet and greet with our Tour Manager upon your arrival at London Heathrow Airport check in desk.
  2.  International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow Airport with Full ATOL Protection. We can also arrange departures from your local airport upon request.
  3. Return hotel / airport transfers at your destination.
  4. 4* Hotel accommodation on twin / Double sharing room at quality hotels with private facilities including general hotel amenities.
  5. Meals as per the itinerary – Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner, N - No Meal. Indian dinners will be provided daily.
  6.  All International and Domestic flights during your holiday including airport taxes.
  7. Sightseeing excursions and activities including entrance fees.
  8.  Services of our multilingual Tour Manager including English speaking local tour guide.
  9. Tips for local tour guides and drivers. No other hidden Charges.
  10.  Entertainment and surprises.

Escorted Tour Package Excludes:

  1. Travel & Medical Insurance – We request you to purchase your own comprehensive travel insurance to cover you during your holiday.
  2.  Optional tours that may be available during your holiday. Please speak to your Tour Manager.
  3.  Any expenses of personal nature, for example: Room service, drinks, porterage, telephone calls, laundry, bar service and beverages with meals etc.
  4. Any additional expenses incurred due to flight delay, flight cancellation, unforeseen weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrests / closures and technical faults etc.
  5. Excess luggage costs.
  6. Any surcharges, taxes, fuel increases and rate of currency exchange prior to your tour departure.

Visa Requirements

  1. British citizens require machine-readable passports, valid for 30 days after the return date, when travelling to the CAMBODIA & VIETNAM.
  2. Visa: Cambodia & Vietnam - British Citizen passport holders do require visas to enter Cambodia & Vietnam. Please ensure you make your own arrangements to obtain the Visas if you require them.
    Vietnam - UK citizens don’t need visa to visit Vietnam within 15 days.
    Cambodia - You can get a visa on arrival at most ports of entry. Payment is in USD$ only. Bring 2 passport photos. A tourist ‘T-class’ visa for 1 month. Approximate costs USD $30.
  3. Ensure your passport has sufficient blank pages. Most destinations require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend for each country you are visiting that you have at least two free pages in your passport before any international travel.