Cambodia and Vietnam Revealed


Uncover your inner explorer amongst the jungle-wreathed temples of Angkor before embarking on an outstanding itinerary encompassing captivating Cambodia and vibrant Vietnam.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Siem Reap (3N) - Phnom Penh (2N) - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (2N) - Hanoi (1N) - New Zealand

Day 1-2: Fly to Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap for a three night stay.
Day 1-2: Fly to Siem Reap
Day 3: Explore Angkor
The day begins with a masterclass that takes you behind the scenes at Angkor with one of its lead stone conservationists. You’ll learn little-known secrets about these magnificent monuments and get a crash course in conservation techniques. Full of knowledge you’ll now embark on a full-day tour of Angkor. Beginning in Angkor Thom, the walled city, see the enigmatic Bayon before exploring the atmospheric Ta Prohm, a tussle of stone and jungle. The afternoon is dedicated to the breathtaking Angkor Wat before a champagne sunset at Phnom Krom temple. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Explore Angkor
Day 4: Kampong Kleang
High water season (Aug to Feb) Visit Kampong Kleang, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, meeting the lovely locals and glimpsing a fascinating way of life. Continue to Beng Mealea, a temple lost to the jungle. (B,L) Low water season (Mar to Jul) Visit a village and pop into Khapor High School to learn about the library project. Explore the exquisite temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. (B,L)
Day 4: Kampong Kleang
Day 5: Fly to Phnom Penh
Rejuvenate your temple weary feet with a foot spa treatment this morning. Later fly to Phnom Penh. The ‘Pearl of Asia’ until it was ravaged by war, Phnom Penh has emerged once again as a captivating city and a cosmopolitan capital. (B,L)
Day 5: Fly to Phnom Penh
Day 6: Discover Phnom Penh
See the glittering Royal Palace, the sacred Silver Pagoda and the National Museum – housed in a beautiful traditional-style Khmer building, the relics held within are fascinating. Ascend to hilltop Wat Phnom for views over the city and the Mekong River, and visit Tuol Sleng Museum, a humbling reminder of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. (B,L)
Day 6: Discover Phnom Penh
Day 7: Jouney to Saigon
Enjoy a relaxed morning in Phnom Penh before flying to Saigon. This evening enjoy an exquisite dining experience before sitting down to the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the Saigon Opera House. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Jouney to Saigon
Day 8: Discover Saigon
Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever-brighter future. This morning see the French-built Opera House and Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. This afternoon, take a cyclo tour of Chinatown and enjoy a walking tour of a herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Mekong Delta Cruise
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produces and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house, a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon. (B,L)
Day 9: Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Return to Saigon, stopping by a cricket farm en route, before flying to Danang and travelling on to Hoi An. (B,L)
Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 11: Explore Hoi An
Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of styles – its narrow streets retaining a quirky, old world charm. This morning wander the old streets, visiting Hoi An market, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge before taking tea at the Reaching Out Teahouse. This evening, sip cocktails and dine on freshly prepared cuisine as you discover Hoi An’s river culture with a sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Explore Hoi An
Day 12: Hoi An at leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure in Hoi An to further explore the ancient towns cobbled streets. (B)
Day 12: Hoi An at leisure
Day 13: Hoi An to Hue
Travel to Hue. Long considered a seat of culture, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945. Take a cruise on the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda, and take part in a Truc Chi workshop, where you'll learn to create art with bamboo paper. (B,L)
Day 13: Hoi An to Hue
Day 14: Discover Imperial Hue
Visit Minh Mang’s tomb before enjoying a vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda. Try your hand at making paper flowers in a nearby village that is known for the art. Later, admire the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is a descendant from royalty. (B,L)
Day 14: Discover Imperial Hue
Day 15: Travel to Hanoi
Travel to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Take a walking tour through the old, bustling alleys of the city’s Old Quarter before meeting a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th century art and put on a private water puppet show. You will also be able to get involved in creating the puppets. Later enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L)
Day 15: Travel to Hanoi
Day 16: Explore Hanoi
Hanoi evokes the days when Asia Hanoi evokes an Asia of the past – European elegance mixed with Asian vibrancy. Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learning about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda. Stop for lunch at the characterful Home restaurant, where you’ll be served the enchanting flavours of authentic local cuisine. Later let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea experience. (B,L)
Day 17: Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Sail on emerald waters amongst karst peaks, spending two-nights on the water. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Halong Bay
Day 18: Tai Chi at sunrise
Rise early to practice Tai Chi on the deck at sunrise, explore Cat Ba Island, swim off hidden beaches and see the very best of this unique area. (B,L,D)
Day 18: Tai Chi at sunrise
Day 19: Halong Bay to Hanoi
Return to the wharf and travel back to Hanoi. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,D)
Days 20-21 Fly Hanoi to New Zealand
Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Days 20-21 Fly Hanoi to New Zealand

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Supplement from $3,030
Land Only (Siem Reap to Hanoi) 19 days from $7,980 per person twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping - US$152 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Cambodia is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

A lot of tourist shopping in Southeast Asia is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques. We have had cases where passengers have bought goods in stores, especially jewellery only to find upon their return home that they are of inferior quality.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to visit local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets in Southeast Asia where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However passengers must realise that in Southeast Asia the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Westernstyle wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.


Why Book This Tour?

It is the perfect blend of sights and relaxation, covering the best bits of Vietnam and Cambodia. Spending time with an archaeologist at Angkor and taking a 2-night cruise on Halong Bay are just two of its magical experiences

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