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VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA EXPLORER

Teeming cities give way to time-untouched villages. Wide, tree-lined boulevards lead to twisting alleyways and chaotic markets. French Colonial architecture contrasts with ancient temples, all but engulfed by relentless jungle.
VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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A luxury cruise boat takes you past floating villages and tiny houses standing in the Mekong on stilts.

Explore Vietnam and Cambodia and you’ll be presented with a stunningly visual world of differences and contrasts. And some truly iconic sights. The former imperial city of Hue. The ancient trading centre of Hoi An. The markets, grand buildings and pure energy of Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. Then the unmissable, unforgettable Siem Reap and the fortified temple of Angkor Wat.

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Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

Hanoi | Vietnam | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 1-2

HANOI

Upon arriving in Hanoi you’ll be shown to your hotel – a classic building dating back to the country’s colonial era. You’ll be within walking distance of the central lake and Opera House, and close to the bustling narrow streets, alleyways and grand tree-lined boulevards that make Hanoi so delightful.

On your second day in Hanoi you’ll embark on a city tour that takes in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the botanical gardens of the Presidential Palace – a poignant contrast to ‘Uncle’ Ho’s original, humble house. After the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature you’ll pass Hanoi Hilton Prison, then ride a cyclo through the streets of the Old Quarter – known for its silk, jewellery and artefacts – dating back to the 11th century. Your tour ends with a visit to Ngoc Son Temple.

Stay: Two nights in a Luxury Room at the Sofitel Metropole – including breakfast

Hue | Vietnam | Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 3

HUE

Today you fly to the former imperial city of Hue. Enjoying the status of a World Heritage Site, Hue stands on the Perfume River where you’ll find the Imperial Citadel – a massive fort with 10 metre thick walls – and the impressive Thien Mu Pagoda. You’ll be staying in a magnificent hotel on the banks of the Perfume River, with grand views of the citadel and the opportunity to take a dragon boat ride to visit the pagoda.

Stay: One night in a Deluxe River View Room at Azerai La Residence – including breakfast

Hoi An Vietnam | Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 4-5

HOI AN

In the afternoon you drive through the outstanding Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Once one of Asia’s premier trading ports, the city’s fine buildings still reflect Hoi An’s centuries of wealth and power. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs, silks, handicrafts, antiques and paintings and then relax beside the sea. Cua Dai Beach is just five kilometres from the centre of town and is famous for its fine sand and excellent fresh seafood stalls.

You’ll be staying in a resort that reflects the influence of Dutch, French, Chinese and Japanese settlers, set on the banks of the scenic Thu Bon River. A walking tour from your hotel will reveal the cobbled streets with 200 year old Chinese residences, the Japanese Bridge, temples and trading houses that make up this World Heritage Site.

Stay: Two nights in a Junior Suite River View Room room at Anantara Hoi An – including breakfast

Hoi Chi Minh City | Vietnam | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 6-7

HOI CHI MINH CITY

In the early afternoon you fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll be staying in the midst of the main tourist attractions. The Old Saigon Post Office, partly designed by Gustav Eiffel (Notre Dame Cathedral), the Palace of Reunification and Dong Khoi Street are all unmissable, whilst in the evening you’ll explore the Chinese district and visit Thien Hau Temple.

Stay: One night in a Deluxe Room at The Caravelle – including breakfast

Azerai Can Tho, Mekong Delta | Ultimate Travel Co
Day 8-10

MEKONG CRUISE

This morning you’ll be taken to where the Jahan is moored. Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, the Jahan was named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, and is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. Both the interior and exterior showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists.

You’ll set sail along the mighty Mekong to visit Cai Be’s boisterous floating market and observe the timeless life of the people who populate the banks of the Mekong Delta.

You’ll see local produce being prepared, glide along quiet canals and visit ancient local houses. A sampan will take you around Binh Thanh Island’s canals; famous for their water hyacinths. Then it’s time to cruise on to Tan Chau with its Chinese, Kinh and Khymer communities, ancient temple and colourful market. You’ll sail deep Cambodian countryside past floating markets and a floating fish farm before mooring for the night near the Vietnamese-Cambodian border.

Stay: Three nights in a Deluxe Cabin on board the Jahan – full board

Phnom Penh | Silver Pagoda | Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 11

PHNOM PENH

In the morning you’ll disembark and be taken to Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s busy capital city. Take a rickshaw ride and you’ll be greeted by elegant boulevards, low level French residences and the Khmer Towers that stand beside the Royal Palace. The palace complex includes the Silver Pagoda – named after its 5000 silver roof tiles – with the National Museum and the Russian Markets lying beyond.

Stay: One night in a Landmark Room at Raffles Hotel Le Royal – including breakfast

Angkor Wat | Cambodia | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 12-14

SIEM REAP

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and prepare yourself for one of the world’s most iconic sights. You’ll be staying close to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap. The cultural home of the Khmer people, the fortified temple is reached by a giant stone causeway across a moat all of 190 metres wide, flanked by towering stone statues of gods and devils. Even more wonders await in Angkor Thom – the Great City. A temple with 54 towers, all with carved faces of Avalokiteshvara.

The temples of Baphuon and Bayon. The Terrace of Elephants, the Celestial palace, the Terrace of the Leper King – the wonders go on and on. And on the following days there are even more. You’ll visit an untouched village called Kompong Khleang, take a boat ride on a beautiful lake, see houses raised on stilts and visit the 12th century Ta Prohm Temple that is almost engulfed by a giant fig tree – a fine reminder of how nature will reclaim the landscape if left undisturbed.

Stay: Three nights in a Deluxe Room at Jaya House River Park – including breakfast

DAY 15

FLY HOME

You’ll fly in the evening from Siem Reap to Hanoi where you will take a connecting flight home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
15 days from £6,530 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Domestic flights
  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Based on two people sharing

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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