Experience the diverse pleasures of Asia in 12 days with our fantastic Vietnam and Cambodia Twin Centre Break
“Southeast Asia is a fulfilment of my fantasies of the way travel should be.”- Anthony Bourdain
Cambodia and Vietnam are breathtaking destinations of diverse delights. Travelers are gripped by the sights and sounds, bewitched by their geniality and divine cuisine, captivated by fast-moving cities like Ho Chi Minh, the Mecca in which Vietnam flourishes, and enlightened by the palaces, cathedrals and the thousands of stalagmites of Sung Sot cave. Such a concoction of history, French colonial influences, and tales of past upheaval ensures a majestic holiday.
During our fantastic 12 day trip across Cambodia and Vietnam, undergo an exhilarating renovation of the senses. Venture into the jungle’s vines and creepers towards Angkor Wat, the 12th century temple and shrine of Khmer art and architecture, a Cambodian mascot with its sculpted towers of lotus blossom and stately surroundings worshipped by Buddhists monks.
Wander through the ancient capital of Khmer, empire to the exuberant cities of Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, before cruising in Agatha Christie style across Halong Bay, passing some of the 3,000 limestone islands. Add spice by devouring the Vietnamese cuisine of B?n Thành Market infused with a vast spectrum of enticing and evocative flavours, making taste buds explode. “I changed my whole palate as a lot of the dishes I used to love became boring to me.” - Anthony Bourdain.
All tours, transfers and monument fees
- We take care of travel with Return International Flights from the UK
- You will be whisked away from Siem Reap Airport by Private Car to the Hotel
- Three-Night Stay in Siem Reap where you will explore the jewels of Cambodia
- Khmer Dinner included on the day of arrival in Siem Reap
- Behold the sight of the sun striking the Angkor Wat Temple with Excursion
- Private Transfer to Siem Reap ferry terminal
- Satisfy travel taste buds by tucking into a packed Lunch on Board
- Enjoy a fascinating ferry of Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
- A Private Car will pick you up from Phnom Penh Ferry Terminal
- One-Night Stay in the country’s exotic capital, Phnom Penh
- Private Guided Car Transfer to Phnom Penh Bus Station to catch the Mekong Express
- Enjoy the thrill of crossing the boarder of Cambodia to Vietnam by Luxury Bus
- Transportation by Private Guided Car to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
- Two-Night Stay in the city of Ho Chi Minh with a Tour of fascinating sights
- You will venture to the brilliance of the Vietnam War’s Cu Chi Tunnels
- Private Transfer to the Ho Chi Minh City Airport where you will fly to Hanoi
- One-Night Stay in Hanoi with Transfer to Halong Pier by Coach
- Set out in style on the Flamingo Cruise for One-Night with Full-Board!
- A Cruise is the perfect place for a party with Free Bottle of Wine Per Room
- Cave visits
- Fishing, Evening on Deck Party, Fancy Cooking / Salad & Fruit on Board
- After a relaxing day at sea, you will be guided to Hanoi for a Three-Night Stay
- Enjoy fantastic atmosphere at the amazing Water Puppet Show
- A Guided Walk where you will behold 2,000 years of history and culture
- Rejuvenate from the streets of Hanoi with a Complimentary Massage at SF Spa
- Quick Guided Transfer to Hanoi Airport
- Breakfast included with each hotel stay
Absorb the incredible sights and sounds of the jewels of Asia
- Excursion to see Angkor Wat with the opportunity to see a flight of bats
- Enjoy a fascinating ferry of Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
- Visit the awe-inspiring Wat Phnom temple, where many pray for fortune
- Discover the history within the brilliant complex of the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Set out in Agatha Christie style on the luxurious Flamingo Cruise
- Did someone mention a boat party? Enjoy a night of wining and dining
- Be blown away by the visual delights of the amazing Water Puppet Theatre
- Behold 2,000 years of Hanoian history with a Guided Walking Tour
- Unwind after trekking the streets of Hanoi with a Relaxing Massage at SF Spa
- A Fantastic Collection of Hotels reflecting the beauty of each city
Extend your Asia Odyssey with 4 Nights in Serene Hoi An from £299pp!
There is something quite charming about the idea of continuing your holiday in a very beautiful and relaxing part of Vietnam, where the promise is crystal clear waters and impossibly white beaches. Here in Hoi An that is exactly what you will find!
- Enjoy a Private Transfer to Hanoi’s airport
- Domestic flight
- Guided Transfer from Danang to Hoi An
- 4-Night Stay in delightful Hoi An
- Hotel stay in Hoi An includes Daily Breakfast
- Guided Transfer from Hoi An to Danang Airport
Just steps from Angkor National Museum and within a short walk of Rolous Group, Silk D' Angkor Boutique Hotel offers 4-star Siem Reap city center hotel accommodations.
Hotel features 68 guest rooms, elegantly furnished with rich timber floors, vibrant silk color and stylishly decorated with Khmer traditional fixtures. All rooms have a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have views of the pool or city.
Entrenched in the timeless healing traditions of the world's richest cultures, Silk D'Angkor Spa Hotel provides Khmer traditional massage. While staying at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy array of benefits such as WiFi in public areas, outdoor pool, barbecue and sun terrace. Bike rental is available at this hotel and the area is popular for biking. Guests can also go for a dip in the outdoor pool and enjoy the sun loungers. There is also a poolside bar and a bar/lounge so guests can sip a refreshing drink by the pool or indoors. If you want low-key dining options, you will be pleased to find barbecue grills and 24-hour room service.
The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of Phnom Penh on the edge of the citys art district and couple of minutes walk from the bustling river front area and the historic Royal Palace. With a roof top pool and restaurant, own spa, and spacious, comfortable rooms, the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Cambodia’s capital.
All the rooms in this hotel feature elegant design and offer highest levels of accommodation. The Royal Palace View Balcony Suites provide spacious suite accommodation featuring elegant contemporary Cambodia design. The suites have views over the Royal Palace compound and across Phnom Penh’s cityscape beyond.
Guests can make arrangements for a relaxing massage or rejuvenating spa or organise a day trip at the tour desk. Relax at the end of the day or in the cool of the early morning in the roof top pool. The Rooftop Restaurant and Bar serves Cambodian and international dishes, alongside a selection of wine and cocktails.
Frangipani Royal Palace friendly and helpful staff will do whatever they can to make your stay in Phnom Penh a pleasant one.
The hotel is located right in the city centre of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel is situated a 5-minute drive from popular attractions like the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the Opera House and the War Remnants Museum. The Ben Thanh Market and Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum are within a 5-minute walk away.
Decorated by an elegant style, modern and all rooms have windows. The rooms are fitted with comfortable bed and furnishings, and feature a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a safety box and a minibar. All bathrooms have a hairdryer and free toiletries for guests’ convenience. The suite has a sauna and a bathtub. Each room provides separate sleeping and sitting area with LCD television 32 inch, one double bed with 2 soft pillows and beautiful clean duvets. In addition, the room is included a mini bar and complimentary tea and coffee so absolutely you can take a rest with your favorite drinks even in your room.
The restaurant serves a selection of Vietnamese and Western dishes. It also has a buffet breakfast daily. A 24-hour room service is available on request.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Ho Chi Minh City!
Surrounded by the buzz of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, being the extended new wing of the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the eco-friendly Essence d’Orient Hotel & Spa, which is one of the three Essence hotels in Hanoi, has built a reputation as one of the city’s top boutique hotels. Great location, elegantly simple rooms with a Vietnamese touch and an obsession with service are the hallmarks of our hotel, which, despite its small size, offers most of the services of a five-star hotel.
Each room is designed with your total comfort in mind, and fresh contemporary style to escape from hustle and bustle outside. Air-conditioned rooms at Essence d'Orient Hotel & Spa are well-equipped with a safe, tea/coffee maker and a fridge.
Located on the ground floor of Essence Hanoi Hotel, the Essence Restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese dishes in an elegant, refined setting. Featuring an exotic décor which draws on the aesthetics of both colonial Vietnam and cutting edge contemporary design, Essence Cafe & Restaurant is considered by many as one of the best restaurants in Hanoi.
At Essence Restaurant, both residents and non-residents can enjoy a delicious meal with great food and excellent service in a pleasant environment.
Guests may indulge in a relaxing massage at the Essence Spa. Essencia Spa seeks to balance both your inner and outer worlds to allow a return to peace and emotional happiness.
Founded in 2014, Minh Long Cruises company offers a pioneering new generation luxury of vessel with both uncompromising quality and safety standards: Halong Flamingo Cruise. Falmingo cruise 1 was launched in 2014, soon followed by Flamingo cruise 2 and Flamingo cruise 3 in end of 2014. Accommodate 38 cabins with fleet of 3 cruises, Flamingo Cruises Halong could carry and serve nearly 100 guests with the highest standards of hospitality worthy of world class.
Flamingo cruises are one of few cruises line in Halong Bay with fully equipment, the highest safety standards with sonar, radars. Each cabin is provided modern alarm devices linked to a central monitoring system, smoke sensor, fire extinguishers, hydrant and hoses, life jacket and clear emergency instructions.
Guests can join the Tai Chi sessions, cooking lessons, or enjoy some alone-time on the sun deck. Water activities include swimming and kayaking. Besides the outstanding in-door services, our Flamingo Cruise also offers an exotic, refreshing and harmony itinerary to explore endless beauties in Halong bay. The cruise brings you into the contacts with the local people at different floating villages where you will have ample opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity
River Beach Resort is located in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site-Hoi An, where the De Vong River meets the South China Sea, right at the heart of Cua Dai Beach. The property is set amidst picturesque rice paddies and well-preserved houses in the ancient town of Hoi An.
The Hotel offers 85 luxurious guest rooms, ranging from deluxe, superb deluxe rooms to executive, family and presidential suites. All are fully equipped with modern facilities and comforts. Each rooms has a private balcony or terrace and offers views of the river, pool, garden or countryside. Rooms and facilities for the disabled are also provided.
Enjoy resort's private beach at Cua Dai, a mere 2 minute walk from the hotel where umbrellas, sun loungers, towels and refreshments are provided.
Day 1 ARRIVAL SIEM REAP
You will be received with a warm welcome at Siem Reap International airport and transferred to the hotel.
The evening is free for you to relax at the hotel. In case you wish to explore the city, you can choose to visit Pub Street which is famous for its quality yet economical restaurants and bars. Enjoy Khmer dinner on the day of arrival.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2 FULL DAY ANGKOR TOUR
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a full-day tour of the Angkor complex.
You must not miss the antique capital of Angkor Thom. With sites like the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk; the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara; the Phimeanakas; the Royal Enclosure; the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King; Angkor Thom has so much to offer.
The most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor is Angkor Wats. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Other sites that deserve a mention are: Prasat Kravan, also known as ‘The Royal Baths’, the site was once used for ritual bathing; Banteay Kdei, surrounded by 4 concentric walls; Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool; Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3 SIEM REAP - OPTIONAL BOAT TRIP
After eating breakfast at the hotel, your day will be at leisure or you may head out to enjoy an optional boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake.
This beautiful fresh-water lake is the largest in South-east Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. Built on the lake, is a wondrous ‘floating village’ with floating schools, floating police station, et al. The ‘village’ moves from place to place following water levels and current.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4 SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH
Express Boat Cruising on Tonlé Sap Lake
Sailing from Siem Reap, this journey will take you pass the treasures of one of the most fascinating and beautiful lakes in the world. Tonlé Sap (the Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, bringing love and life to this beautiful nation. From the incredible variety of birds and fish to its remote shores, Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Asia and surely the loveliest. No doubt, just as the Nile played a crucial part in the development of ancient Egyptian culture, the lake gave rise to the world’s largest pre-industrial civilisation – the Khmer Empire and its ancient capital of Angkor.
Our cruise comes to an end as we reach Phnom Penh boat station. But the spectacular scenery and the memories made on board will remain in our hearts.
Please note: the water level varies according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed, we cannot be held for minor changes that might occur during different seasons.
Continue your journey in the Pearl of the Orient, Phnom Penh, visiting by yourself the dazzling white and gold complex of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Feel free to visit the Genocide Museum or venture to the former Tuol Svay Prey High School, which the Khmer Rouge set up as prison in May 1976, to detain those accused of opposing the Pol Pot regime. Be prepared to be shaken by this moving reminder of the genocide that occurred during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime.
Overnight in Phenom Penh.
Day 5 PHNOM PENH - HO CHI MINH CITY
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart to Ho Chi Minh City by morning bus (Mekong Express). Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City, you are transferred to the hotel.
If there’s time, you must stroll around the downtown part of the bustling Ho Chi Minh City to explore the different local ways of life. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a centre of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. As opposed to its northern counterpart, this metropolis is filled with automobiles, numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafes.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6 HO CHI MINH CITY SIGHTS & CHU CHI TUNNELS EXCURSION
The plan is to devote half of today exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City.
We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous edifice was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975.
We also visit some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. Post this, we head to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum. We conclude our sightseeing session with a walk around the retail Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale!
In the afternoon, we travel about 30 km North-West of Ho Chi Minh City to Chu Chi town. Chu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The incredible underground network in Chu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the American war.
The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. We visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7 SAIGON - HANOI OR EXTEND TO DANANG IF OPTIONAL HOI AN EXTENSION IS CHOSEN
Step back in time as you fly from the buzzing, modern city of Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. Upon arrival at Noibai Hanoi Airport, you’ll be met by our tour guide & transferred to your hotel in Hanoi.
Afternoon / Evening at leisure to explore the evening sights on your own.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8 HANOI - HALONG PIER - FLAMINGO CRUISE
After an Early Breakfast at your hotel in Hanoi, you will get picked up for a road journey to Halong.
1215: We arrive at Halong tourist wharf. Halong Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1994. The islands in Halong Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands. Karst, the result of repeated rising and lowering of the continent, underwent full erosion and weathering to create the unique Halong Bay in the world.
1230: We travel to Flamingo Cruise where you are welcomed by a fresh drink, cruise briefing & safety instructions before getting a check-in for the cabin.
1300: Vietnamese sea-food lunch will be served on board, while cruising towards Surprising Cave.
1530: Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave - one of the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
1630: We arrive at Titiov Island. Here, you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing among the World’s Natural Wonders.
1800: Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits.
1900: Enjoy preparing/eating Vietnamese traditional cuisines under the chef’s guidance.
2000: Dinner is served in the restaurant.
2130: Retire to your cabin or join the fishing excursion, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar, access the Internet or play exciting games.
Overnight on Flamingo Cruise.
Day 9 FLAMINGO CRUISE - HALONG PIER
The day starts early and has a lot of adventures to offer. If you wish to view the Ha Long Bay’s sunrise, please wake up early at 6h30 & have some coffee on the sundeck.
After the relishing breakfast on board, enjoy the dramatic natural scenery through amazing islets as the cruise takes another route.
1130: Lunch is served on board
1230: We arrive at Halong Habour & get on the coach to head back to Hanoi.
1700: We arrive at Hanoi.
Evening is at leisure and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10 HANOI
After breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a walking tour of the Ho Chi Minh complex, the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum - the final resting place of Vietnamese great father; President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house - where Ho lived on and off from 1958 to 1969.
The next place is One Pillar Pagoda, a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square pond. From there, leave for the Temple of Literature, the first college of Vietnam. While heading back to Hoan Kiem Lake, have a brief stopover at Ngoc Son Temple. Thereafter, you can take a Cyclo tour around the Old Quarter Streets.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 11 HANOI AT LEISURE
Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. The day is at leisure to walk around the lake. You can choose to visit the Church, the famous red bridge. In the evening, you can enjoy the Water Puppet Show near the lake.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12 HANOI
After breakfast at the hotel, you can devote the entire day to shopping and buying souvenirs for friends. As the hotel is located in central Hanoi, all the shopping areas are not too far. Then, according to your flight schedule, you shall be driven to the airport.
- Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
- Accommodation will be on twin sharing Basis unless otherwise stated.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
- If owing to weather conditions boat trip between Siam Reap and Phnom Penh is not possible, our liability will be limited to giving you a Luxury Coach Service between the cities.
- In rarest of case where the Halong Bay Cruise is not doable owing to whether conditions or any other reason, our liability will be limited to make alternate accommodation arrangements and refunding the difference, if any.
- Ferry ride between Mid March to September may have to be changed into Luxury Coach ride due to low water levels and ferry rider availability.
- Visa stamping fee on arrival
- Optional Tonle Sap Lake Boat Ride in Siem Reap, it can be added for £40 per person
- Optional Phnom Penh private guided city sightseeing can be added for £50 per person
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Any special event costs
- Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions