Journey to Angkor Wat & Bangkok - 17 days

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Journey from Hanoi to Bangkok on this 17 day Southeast Asian adventure which takes in the best of Vietnam and Cambodia before ending in Thailand's captivating capital. Exploring Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, heavenly Halong Bay and the lush Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh and the incredible Angkor Complex.

  • Angkor Temple Complex - gaze in wonder at legendary Angkor Wat and admire the stone faces of the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom
  • Hanoi – enjoy a cyclo rickshaw ride through the French Quarter and see highlights including the Opera House and Ly Thai To Park
  • Halong Bay – explore the beautiful UNESCO-listed bay aboard a deluxe junk boat and explore inside Tien Ong Cave
  • Phnom Penh – tour highlights of the city including the Silver Pagoda and learn about the horrors of the Pol Pot regime at Toul Sleng
  • Bangkok – see the Grand Palace, ride on a tuk-tuk and cruise in a longtail boat along the city’s famous canals
  • Ho Chi Minh City – discover highlights of the city on a walking tour including the sobering War Remnants Museum
  • Hoi An – travel on the stunning Hai Van Pass, stroll on China Beach and explore the charming city including the Japanese Bridge
  • Hue – marvel at the impressive seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda and explore the Imperial Purple Palace behind the walls of the Citadel
  • Cu Chi Tunnels – discover the incredible network of tunnels which were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War
  • Mekong Delta – cruise the crisscross of waterways on a traditional sampan and enjoy lunch in a traditional home on Dong Hoa Hiep island
  • Tra Que village – ride bicycles in the countryside, learn how to farm the land and enjoy a cooking lesson
  • Siem Reap – visit the fascinating Angkor National Museum and enjoy free time to explore lively ‘Pub Street’
Age Policy
18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult
  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Tour Types
  • Small Group
Day 1: Hanoi

Saturday. Arrival in Hanoi and transfer to hotel. Spend today independently exploring Vietnam’s charming capital before our welcome meeting at 5pm.

For those able to arrive very early today or the day prior, why not get off the beaten track and explore Hanoi with us on our optional Back Streets of Hanoi add-on which explores the quaint districts of Cho Buoi, Hoang Hoa Tham and Vinh Phuc, and also includes an exhilarating local experience - riding pillion, on taxi-motorbikes through a maze of tiny streets and along the shore of beautiful Ho Tay Lake.

Day 2: Junk boat cruising
( overnight in Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat)
Hanoi – Halong Bay. Today we take a scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. Upon arrival we board a junk boat for our overnight cruise, then soak up panoramic views of this spectacular landscape, with its jungle-clad limestone peaks and emerald green waters.

Based on traditional designs, our junk boat combines oriental style with modern luxuries. This afternoon we disembark to explore the spectacular Tien Ong Cave, known for its stunning stalagmites and stalactites.

Back on board, we spend our evening watching a Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck before tucking into a delicious seafood dinner.

Day 3: Floating villages and cyclo rides
( overnight in Sleeper Train)
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Early birds can start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage - the perfect way to start the day. Before heading back to port we'll explore by kayak the Floating Village of Cua Van, which is home to generations of fishing families. Here we’ll see the traditional and colourful floating wooden houses and the locals going about their daily lives.

On arrival back into Hanoi mid-afternoon we’ll explore the maze of streets in the French Quarter on our very only cyclo (rickshaws), taking in highlights such as the Opera house and Ly Thai To park. We then swap our wheels for a leisurely walk through ‘36 streets of the old quarter’, named after the numerous guilds that once set up shop on a particular street from silk tailors to traditional medicine shops.

Later this evening there's a chance to freshen up before boarding the train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue. An option to fly from Hanoi to Hue is also available.

Day 4: Imperial Hue

Arriving into Hue we take a guided sightseeing tour visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city and the citadel. Within the citadel we discover the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact replica of the Bejing’s famous Forbidden city, with its imperial palaces, formal moats and impressive ramparts.

Next we drive into the countryside to visit the ornate mausoleums of the Nguyen Kings. Either opt for a sunset cruise in a long boat along the Perfume River or browse the bustling Dong Ba Market, which is just a minute’s walk from our hotel.

Day 5: Road of the Ocean Clouds

This morning we take the scenic Hai Van Pass, also known as the Road of the Ocean Clouds, to Hoi An. Along the way we enjoy magnificent views and stop for a walk along My Khe Beach. Nicknamed ‘China Beach’ by the Americans during the war, this beautiful stretch of coastline famously featured in wartime movie ‘Apocalypse Now’. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim before we continue our journey south down the coast.

Arriving into Hoi An, we enjoy a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town. Highlights include the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. With its cobbled streets, tiny shop houses and laid-back bars and restaurants, Hoi An is the perfect place to relax a while.

During your stay in Hoi An, we offer a unique optional Hoi An Street Eats add-on, which explores the city’s most popular local haunts. Cruise the city the way the locals do, by vintage Vespa and enjoy lots of tasty Vietnamese Cuisine. Book early with your reservation consultant, as numbers are limited.

Day 6-7: Tra Que village & free time

Today we enjoy a bicycle ride into the local village of Tra Que, where we learn about traditional medicine and discover age-old farming practices. A fun and hands-on experience, we assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch.

Day 7 is free for you to explore charming Hoi An independently. Unwind by the pool or beach, or take a day trip. Options include My Son, a site of extensive Cham remains, or My Lai, where the massacre of civilians took place at the hands of the Charlie Company during the Vietnam War.

Day 8: Cruising the Mekong

Hoi An - Saigon. Flight to Saigon and drive to the watery world of the Mekong Delta, famed for its abundant harvests of rice, flowers and tropical fruits. From Vinh Long, we cruise downstream on our sampan boat through the maze of waterways and canals, watching the hubbub of daily life on the water. We pass colourful trading boats and houseboats and stop off at some of the local cottage industries producing paper, popcorn and candies. We then enjoy lunch on Dong Hoa Hiep Island in a traditional wooden home.

Day 9: Mekong & Saigon

Can Tho - Saigon. It’s an early start this morning to visit the lively Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest of its kind in the Mekong Delta. We then drive to Saigon and enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the Old Post Office, the Notre Dam Cathedral and sobering War Remnants Museum. This evening offers free time.

Day 10: Chu Chi Tunnels, Phnom Penh

Saigon - Phnom Penh. First stop today is the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels with a length of some 250 kilometres used by the Viet Cong during the war. Next we drive to the Cambodian border (crossing at Moc Bai/Bavet) and journey on to Phnom Penh. Offering a bustling mix of past and present, this city is fast becoming one of Asia’s trendiest capitals.

Day 11: Royal Palace, Crimes of Pol Pot

Today we enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh, with our first stop being the National Museum of Fine Arts - a magnificent red sandstone building housing the finest collection of Khmer artefacts in the world. Next we visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its floor covered in 5,000 gleaming silver tiles and Buddha statues adorned with diamonds.

Later we gain a full understanding of the horrors of the Pol Pot regime, visiting the Killing Fields, where over 10,000 people were executed, and Tuol Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was transformed under the Khmer Rouge into Cambodia’s most notorious prison.

Day 12: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Transfer to airport for included flight to Siem Reap. After freshening up, we explore the Angkor National Museum, a fascinating museum offering us a useful insight into the story of Angkor and the Khmer Empire before we visit the famous temple complex.

This afternoon we explore the iconic Angkor Wat, believed to be the world’s largest religious building and the best preserved of all the temples within the Angkor complex. This massive structure rises 65-metres tall and is famous for its thousands of unique wall carvings. This evening offers free time, with plenty of great bars and restaurants within walking distance.

Day 13: Angkor Thom & NGO circus project

Those keen for an early start can revisit Angkor Wat this morning and see this spectacular complex at sunrise. We then drive to the temples of Banteay Srei, stopping enroute to visit an exotic butterfly sanctuary and the village of Preak Dak. At the village, we take part in our community tree planting initiative and help plant mango and jackfruit saplings.

Also known as the Pink City, Banteay Srei is home to some of the world’s finest stone carvings which have been cut from pink sandstone. After exploring the site’s temples and lavish libraries, we return to the Angkor Temple Complex to visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Here we spend some time exploring the Baphuon Royal Enclosure, the terraces of the Elephants and Leper King, and the fascinating Bayon Temple. Our last stop is Ta Prohm, the temple famed for its appearance in the Tomb Raider movie, which appears as though it has been swallowed by the jungle.

This evening we’re entertained by the acts of the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, an NGO project transforming the lives of street kids by training them to become circus artists.

Day 14: Ton Le Sap Lake

Today we journey to Kampong Phluk, where three villages of stilt houses hover over the waters of Tonle Sap lake. When the water level drops, petrified trees of a flooded forest are also revealed close by. We enjoy a boat trip on the lake and lunch, before returning to Siem Reap for some free time. Perhaps shop for souvenirs at the bustling central market or check out the bars and restaurants on lively Pub Street.

Day 15: Flight to Bangkok

Siem Reap - Bangkok (Thailand). Today we say goodbye to Cambodia and transfer to Siem Reap Airport for a flight to Bangkok. Arrival transfer to hotel in Bangkok city centre.

Day 16-17: Bangkok
( overnight in Bangkok (1))
On day 16 we head to Bangkok Flower Market, the city’s largest flower market with hundreds of fresh roses, marigolds, orchids and more for sale. From here, we take a thrilling tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, famed for its giant reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf and measuring 46 metres in length. Our final stop this morning is the stunning Grand Palace, the city’s most famous landmark and royal heart of the country.

After lunch, we explore some of the city’s many canals aboard a traditional longtail boat before ending out tour at the famous Khao San Road. A great spot to eat, drink and party, this road is brimming with street stalls, bars and restaurants. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Monday. Today we say goodbye to our guide and transfer to the airport. Alternatively, if you would like to extend your stay in Thailand we can arrange this for you.

  • 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 14 nights 4 star and special class hotels
  • 1 night deluxe junk boat, 1 overnight sleeper train (train standard basic, 4 berth cabin. Junk boat, private cabin)
  • Economy class flights from Danang - Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh - Siem Reap, Siem Reap to Bangkok
  • Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor, Bangkok
  • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves
  • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
  • Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
  • Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 17
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese and Cambodian tour guide, with a Thai guide for Bangkok sightseeing

NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visas
-Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$165-175pp, paid in USD or VND

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