Vietnam & Cambodia (18 Days)

Hanoi(3N) – Halong Bay(1N) – Hue(1N) – Hoi An(3N) – Ho Chi Minh City(3N) – Mekong Delta – Siem Reap(3N) + 1N Kuala Lumpur Stopover

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The incredibly beautiful country of Vietnam stretches to over 1600 km from North to South, with over 3400 km of idyllic coastline.

This is a place with much to offer visitors, from its friendly smiling inhabitants, ethnic culture, bustling markets and colonial architecture to its spectacular mountains, shimmering paddy fields, near impossible boulder formations and beautiful beaches. Vietnam is a country that is particularly attractive to tourists also, with its well deserved reputation of being one of the safest countries in Asia.

Our tour of Vietnam begins in the capital city of Hanoi, a pleasant and enchanting city, with wide tree-lined boulevards, faded grandiose villas, misty lakes and verdant parks. Our next stop is one of the most scenic spots in all of Vietnam: Halong Bay.

Relax on a private luxury junk boat (overnight) and see the beauty of Halong Bay in the morning as the sun rises. Next on our itinerary is the ancient imperial city, and later the feudal capital of Hue, set along the banks of the Perfume River. Hue is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, royal palaces, royal tombs etc. We continue our tour to the exceptionally well preserved former trading port of Hoi An. A major trading port in the 16th century, mainly in ceramics.

Our final destination in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City. Sitting on a giant bend of the Saigon River, it is still often referred to as Saigon. It was here, at the Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace) that the last days of the Vietnam war were played out. From HCMC we explore, with a cruise on the Mekong River, one of the most fertile regions of the world: the Mekong Delta.

Our visit to Cambodia is to the main tourist attraction: Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat with its vast complex of temple ruins. The architectural legacy left by the Khmer empire dazzles Cambodia’s visitors. Over the centuries, the jungle has reclaimed its position amidst the architecture to create magical unions of stone and nature.

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Another wonderful aspect of this country is the incredible friendliness of its people providing a warm welcome for visitors.

For this tour we will be staying in specially selected 4/5 star hotels throughout.

An outstanding value for money tour when you see all that is included.


Itinerary

Day 1
Depart Dublin for Dubai with Emirates Airlines and connect with onward flight to Hanoi.


Day 2. Hanoi
On arrival in Hanoi, meet and greet and transfer to the excellent Silk Path Hotel**** for 1 night. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 3 Hanoi-Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Morning transfer to Halong Bay to board a private luxury junk at around midday for overnight cruise amongst the thousands of limestone islands and inlets in the emerald waters of this spectacular bay. After lunch, stop at an island to relax, swim or take a trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of Halong Bay. Lunch and dinner served on board.

Note: This tour may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Day 4 Halong Bay-Hanoi (-/Brunch/D)
Enjoy a slow morning cruise as the sun rises, with the breathtaking view of the rocky islands rising from the crystal clear waters. After brunch disembark and transfer back to Hanoi for 2 nights. Dinner at a local restaurant


Day 5 Hanoi (B/L/D)
Full day Hanoi city tour to include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the ancient One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Quan Than Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the History or the Ethnological Museum. In the evening, take a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Show.


Day 6 Hanoi-Hue (B/L/-)
Early morning transfer to the airport for the short flight to Hue. Stay at the Indo Chine Palace Hotel***** for one night. Visit the former Imperial City (Imperial Citadel). After a Cyclo tour of the Old City, take a short boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the colourful Dong Ba Market. Rest of the day at leisure.


Day 7 Hue-Hoi An (B/-/D)
Transfer to the ancient city of Hoi An. Stop en route at the photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. and enjoy the wonderful view from the peak of the Hoi Van Pass. Stay at Hoi An Historic Hotel **** for 3 nights. Dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 8 Hoi An (B/L/-)
In the morning we take in visits to the ruins of the ancient Champa Kingdom My Son, and enjoy a Champa Dance Performance. After late lunch at a local restaurant in Hoi an, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient Town centre, to visit Silk Road Museum, Former Merchants homes, the 300 years old Japanese Style Bridge and the colourful local market.


Day 9 Hoi An (B/L/-)
In the morning visit Tra Que Village to see Vietnamese traditional farming and cultivation activities. After a relaxing herbal foot massage, you will be shown how to prepare a local delicacy: Tam Huu, followed by a traditional Vietnamese home cooked meal. Remainder of the day at leisure.


Day 10 Hoi An-Danang-HCMC (B/L/-)

After breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive HCMC before noon. Afer lunch take a half day city tour to include the Presidential Palace, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum, the former Reunification Hall, etc. Stay at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel***** for 3 nights.


Day 11 HCMC (B/L/-)
Morning visit to the Cao Dai Holysee, Tay Ninh, the centre of the Caodaism religion which combines Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to Cu chi, an amazing complex of underground tunnels constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American Vietnam Wars.


Day 12. Mekong Delta (B/L/-)
Early morning drive to Cai Be (100 km). Board a private boat to cruise on the Mekong River, visiting Cai Be Floating Market. Lunch is served at a farmers garden with Mekong Delta Speciality. After lunch we cruise to Vinh Long visiting an industry village, to see Rice Paper making, Coconut Candy, Pop Rice and Corn Workshops, etc. Return to HCMC in the late afternoon crossing My Thuan Bridge.


Day 13 HCMC-Siem Reap (B/-/D)
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap. Meet and greet and transfer to the Tara Angkor Hotel**** for 3 nights. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake and visit a Floating village. Dinner at Viroths Restaurant.


Day 14 Siem Reap (B/L/-)
Morning visit to the south gate Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Vimean Akas, Prasat Sour Prat etc… Lunch at The Square 24 restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the highlight of a visit to Cambodia, the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple. Enjoy the sunset from the top of Ba Kheng Hill.


Day 15 Siem Reap (B/-/D)
A full day tour to visit Ta Prohm, Kravan, Sras Srang, Takeo, Prerup, Meloon, Neak Peon and Preah Khan Temples. In the afternoon see the gem of the Angkor area, the pretty Temple of Banteay Kdey and also Bantey Srey Temple of the Women, etc. Farewell dinner at Por Cuisine Restaurant with Apsara Dance Show.


Day 16. Siem Reap–Kuala Lumpur (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Kuala Lumpur. On arrival in Kuala Lumpur your own transfer to the excellent Hotel Istana***** for one night.


Day 17
In Kuala Lumpur at leisure, your own arrangements. Your own late evening transfer to the airport to check in for flight departing after midnight.


Day 18
Depart Kuala Lumpur. Arrive Dubai and connect with onward flight, arriving back in Dublin on the same day.

 Departure Dates 2018

28 May & 30 Sep
Tour Price €2,875 + Taxes €465 per person twin sharing

Single Supplement from €690

*For groups of 10 or more you can choose your own departure date (subject to availability)

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Tour Price Includes

  • Return flights DUB-DXB-HAN / REP-KUL / KUL-DXB-DUB in economy class
  • Internal flights Hanoi-Hue;  Danang-HCMC;  HCMC-Siem Reap in economy class
  • Twin sharing accommodation with daily breakfast in hotels
  • Lunch and dinner as per itinerary
  • Transfers / transportation in air-con coach
  • English speaking guides in each city
  • Boat trips as mentioned
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees as detailed
  • One night hotel accommodation in Kuala Lumpur with breakfast.

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Vietnamese Visa Fee (USD 70)
  • Cambodian Visa (Payable on arrival:  USD 25 + 2 Passport sized photo)
  • All arrangement, meals, sightseeing, transfers etc. in Kuala Lumpur.