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Overview

  • from $4,047 PP
  • 11 Nights
  • Private
  • Dec - Apr
  • Easy
  • 11 hrs from London / 19 hrs from NYC

Highlights

A fascinating journey that will bring you to some of the world’s most alluring and intriguing sights, this 11-nights tour begins in Hanoi, traveling to Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and legendary Siem Reap, with an overnight Halong Bay cruise on a traditional ship included. You’ll embark on many fascinating excursions, including a special visit to iconic Angkor Wat at dawn with a private guide minus the tourist crowds. Two of the many other highlights include exploring the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels and taking a Vietnamese cooking lesson and dining. All accommodation, domestic flights and private transfers are included.

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What's Included

Angkor Wat
  • 11 nights 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation, including an overnight Halong Bay Cruise. Staying on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Domestic flights in Vietnam and Cambodia as detailed on the itinerary
  • Private Hanoi city tour
  • Hoi An tour plus day trip to Hindu ruins
  • Boat ride to cooking class from Hoi An
  • Ho Shi Minh city tour
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  • Early morning visit to Angkor Wat
  • Angkor complex tour
  • Visit to Banteay Srei and Preah Kahan
  • Rolous Group of temples tour
  • Private guides
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
  • Customizable itinerary based on your particular interests

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi: Noi Bai International Airport arrival

Hanoi, Vietnam

Flying into Noi Bai International Airport, you’ll be welcomed by a private driver/guide for transfer to your accommodation in Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming capital. It’s unique in that it still retains Vietnamese traditions, but with French and Chinese influences and a well-preserved Old Quarter. A labyrinth of streets that are more than a thousand years old, the district is nestled between the Red River, Hoan Kiem Lake and the few remaining walls of the Hanoi citadel. After getting settled in, you might want to walk off jet lag with a stroll to the lake or On Cha Ca Street with its many restaurants.

Day 2 Hanoi: City tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

Join your private driver/guide for a tour through Hanoi, starting on the city’s outskirts by exploring Museum of Ethnology, focused on Hanoi’s history through thousands of photographs and artefacts. In central Hanoi you’ll visit the 11th-century Temple of Literature and then enjoy lunch at Bun Cha Huong Lien, the famous local eatery where President Barack Obama dined with Anthony Bourdain. Afterwards, head to the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Ba Dinh Square, which is surrounded by numerous attractions. You’ll see an 11th-century pagoda and a magnificent temple before ending your day with a walk through the Old Quarter with its colonial architecture.

Day 3 Halong Bay: Cruise in Lan Ha Bay

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Your Halong Bay cruise begins today, starting with a 1.5- to 2-hour transfer to the port, followed by speedboat transfer to your cruise. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and introductions before sailing toward Ba Trai Dao Islet in Lan Ha Bay, with its hundreds of enticing islands and unspoiled beaches. Visit the small fishing coracles that have been used by fishermen for hundreds of years, and then enjoy leisure time for swimming or kayaking if you’re here between April and November, otherwise you can take a guided visit to Viet Hail Village. Back on board, join a traditional cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 4 Halong Bay Cruise: Cruise departure, transfer to Hoi An

Halong Bay, Vietnam

If you’re up for an early morning, you can take a Tai Chi class on the sundeck before enjoying breakfast. Afterwards, you’ll get to explore the bay around the impressive Dark & Light Caves by canoe. Once back onboard, dine on a delicious brunch while ship sails back to the harbour. At Halong Bay dock, disembark to meet your driver for the private transfer to Hanoi. From there, catch a direct, approximately 80-minute flight to Danang, the largest city in central Vietnam. Upon your arrival, private transfer will bring you to Hoi An, an incredibly scenic 40-minute drive from the airport.

Day 5 Hoi An: Day trip to Hindu ruins

Hoi An, Vietnam

This morning you’ll join your private driver/guide for a 90-minute trip outside of Hoi An to explore Hindu ruins dedicated to Shiva, one of Southeast Asia’s most important Hindu temple complexes. While it experienced heavy bombing during the Vietnam War, the majority of sites have managed to survive. Returning to Hoi An, explore the narrow streets of the old town which are vehicle free, starting with the beautiful, 200-year-old Tamky House. Continuing on foot to the Museum of Trade Ceramics, see pottery artefacts from across Asia and the Middle East, and then walk to the 17th-century Chinese Chua Ong Pagoda.

Day 6 Hoi An: Cooking Class

Noodle soup, Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam is famous for its delicious cuisine, with a rich culinary tradition and lots of iconic dishes that are easy to make. This morning you’ll get to learn how with a half-day private cooking class, accompanied by your driver/guide. After meeting up with the chef, you’ll walk through a local market where the fresh ingredients used for typical Vietnamese recipes are displayed. A boat ride across the Thu Bon River brings you to the open-air cooking school for a demo and your cooking class. You’ll be able to enjoy the tasty variety of dishes you helped to prepare for lunch.

Day 7 Ho Chi Minh: transfer from Danang to Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Enjoy a leisurely morning with time to relax at your hotel or go out exploring at your own pace. Afterwards you’ll take private transfer to Danang for the 40-minute drive back to the airport. Catch your direct flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, from there. After the 75-minute flight, you’ll be met by private transfer for the ride from Ho Chi Minh Airport to your accommodation in the city. You’ll have the remainder of the day to yourself, perhaps relaxing in one the wonderful local restaurants among the Ho Chi Minh’s intriguing mix of ancient landmarks and modern skyscrapers.

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh : Cu Chi Tunnels tour

Cu Chi tunnels

One of the top places to visit nearby is the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, located in the countryside. You’ll head to this impressive wartime engineering feat with your private guide, gaining important insight into the struggle and resilience of the Vietnamese. Cu Chi residents created this highly developed network of underground tunnels, which at the war’s peak, stretched all the way to Cambodia. Conditions were harsh, with the people battling the war as well as for oxygen and food while fighting off poisonous insects. Back in the city, enjoy lunch followed by a visit to the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace.

Day 9 Siem Reap: transfer from Ho Chi Minh

Angkor, Cambodia

Leaving Ho Chi Minh after breakfast this morning, take private transfer for the return to Ho Chi Minh Airport where you’ll catch a direct flight to Siem Reap, most famous for its magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex. Upon your arrival, you’ll be welcomed to the city, receive assistance picking up your luggage and take transfer with a private driver/guide to your accommodation You might want to relax and enjoy the facilities or get out for a walk, stretching your legs to find a spot for dinner this evening. Siem Reap is a foodie’s paradise, with excellent restaurants serving local and international cuisine.

Day 10 Siem Reap: Angkor Complex tour with sunrise visit

Angkor, Cambodia

The early morning wake up call will be worth it for viewing Angkor’s most spectacular and largest monument, Angkor Wat. When sunlight washes across the temples and ruins, it looks like a breathtaking painting come to life. Built as a funeral temple in the 12th century for Suryavarman II, this iconic temple boasts elaborate décor and surreal bas-reliefs. You’ll enter from the quieter side, avoiding the crowds to explore before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, you’ll have a full day to explore the UNESCO-protected complex, ending with a glorious sunset at Srah Sarong or Pre Rup.

Day 11 Siem Reap: Continue Angkor complex tour

Angkor, Cambodia

Visit the late 10th-century Banteay Srei this morning. Dedicated to Shiva, it has pink limestone walls boasting Angkor’s very best bas-reliefs. An optional visit to the Cambodian Landmine Museum, Prevention and Rehabilitation Center is possible too. Cambodia has some of the world’s largest concentrations of landmines, although efforts at clearing them around Angkor Wat and other tourist sites have been successful. There are still millions buried that significantly impact Cambodians, the reason the center exists. Marvel at Preah Kahan, which is slowly being overtaken by the jungle, inhabited by monkeys and parrots. Back in town enjoy lunch at a local eatery.

Day 12 Siem Reap/Departure

Angkor, Cambodia.

While your tour comes to an end later today, you’ll enjoy another tour with your private driver/guide after breakfast. Explore the remains of the Angkorian-era Empire with a visit to the Rolous Group of temples, including Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei, which include impressive Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts. Bekong, the largest and most interesting, is dedicated to Shiva and still has a working Buddhis monastery. Your tour concludes with a monk’s blessing for good health and good luck. Afterwards, private transfer will bring you to the airport to begin your journey home, bringing lots of wonderful memories and photos with you.

What's not Included

  • As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
  • Gratuities for local guides
  • We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
  • Visas if required

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