essential Vietnam & Cambodia
Discover the heart of Indochina as you explore Vietnam and Cambodia. Your adventure begins in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. From here, you’ll cruise around UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, stroll through Hoi An’s old town, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and explore the Mekong Delta. Next up is Cambodia. You’ll spend three nights in Siem Reap, gateway to the Khmer temples at Angkor. As well as temple-hopping, you’ll sail across Tonlé Sap Lake and visit an artisan crafts collective.
13 excursions and visits
- 2 half-day tours of Hanoi
- Halong Bay cruise
- Walking tour of Hoi An
- Tour of Hoi An countryside
- Cruise on Saigon River
- Cu Chi Tunnels
- City tour of Ho Chi Minh City
- Excursion to Ben Tre
- Visit ruins of Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
- Visit the Angkor Silk Farm
- Tonle Sap Lake cruise
- Visit to Les Artisans d’Angkor
- 11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International and regional flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow - inbound via Ho Chi Minh City. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 19 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 3-13) 6 lunches (days 2, 4, 6, 8-9 and 11) 2 dinners (days 5 and 7)
- Souvenir reusable water bottle
- Local Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 UK - In flight
Fly from the UK to Hanoi.
Upon arrival in Hanoi we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, The Ann Hanoi (4-star) or O'Gallery Classy Hotel (4-star). After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, which displays a vast collection of ancient stone carvings, Buddhist statues and contemporary artworks. We will also visit the lakeside Ngoc Son Temple, dedicated to the 13th century national hero Tran Hung Dao, and take a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a bustling area of narrow streets, traditional shop-houses, temples and countless cafés and bars.
The Ann Hanoi (4-star) or O'Gallery Classy Hotel (4-star)
We continue our exploration of Hanoi this morning, stopping at the monumental Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which houses the embalmed body of the communist leader in a glass coffin. We will also visit the wooden stilt house where Ho Chi Minh lived in his later years. Nearby we will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai Tong in 1049 and we will continue to the 11th century Temple of Literature and West Lake. Here we will visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi’s oldest Buddhist temple, originally built in the sixth century, and the Taoist Quan Thanh temple. The rest of the day is at leisure, while this evening you might like to attend an optional water puppet show, a traditional art form unique to northern Vietnam.
Hanoi - Halong Bay
After breakfast we leave Hanoi and head towards Halong, travelling through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. When we arrive in Halong we will board our private junk for a five-hour cruise on the emerald green waters of beautiful Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dotted with more than 2,000 towering karst islands topped with dense jungle foliage. We enjoy lunch on board, before returning to Halong and our hotel, the Paradise Suites Hotel (4-star).
Paradise Suites Hotel, Halong (4-star)
Halong - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An
We transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Danang today, travelling on from there to nearby Hoi An and our hotel for the next two nights, the Hoi An Historic Hotel (3.5-star). Later this afternoon we take a walking tour of Hoi An. The exceptionally well-preserved old town, with its 18th and 19th century architecture, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there are more than a thousand preserved buildings including temples, merchants’ houses, warehouses and workshops here. We will have dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Hoi An Historic Hotel (3.5-Star)
This morning we have an excursion to the peaceful village of Triem Tay, located close to town on Cam Kim Island, in the Thu Bon River. Accompanied by our guide, we will visit some of the traditional houses, meet the locals and learn about their culture and traditions. We will enjoy an authentic Vietnamese lunch here and later take a leisurely walk back to our hotel in the Old Town.
Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to Danang Airport for a flight south to Ho Chi Minh City, where we will be staying for the next three nights at the Liberty Central Saigon Hotel (4-star) or Grand Hotel Saigon (4.5-star). This evening we enjoy a dinner cruise on the Saigon River, aboard a traditional wooden junk.
Liberty Central Saigon Hotel (4-star) or Grand Hotel Saigon (4.5-star)
Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City
Today we head out to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the remarkable underground tunnel network where Vietcong guerrillas hid out during the Vietnam War. You’ll see secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms, while you can also view excavated areas if you prefer to remain above ground. We return to the city for lunch at a restaurant and then take a tour, visiting landmarks such as Reunification Palace, Reunification Hall, the elegant 19th century Central Post Office, and the opera house.
This morning we embark on an excursion to the Mekong Delta region, often referred to as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’. In Tien Giang, we will board our boat for a scenic river cruise, stopping to visit a small handicraft factory on Turtle Island and to visit a tropical fruit orchard. Later we will take a tuk tuk ride along country roads, enjoy a taste of the locally produced honey, and explore the Xep Canal by boat. After lunch we pay a visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda, surrounded by beautiful gardens, in My Tho, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap
We head to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for our flight to Siem Reap and on arrival transfer to our hotel for the next three nights, the Angkor Palace Resort & Spa (4.5-star).
Angkor Palace Resort, Siem Reap (4.5-star)
More than a million tourists a year visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious complex in the world and Cambodia’s most cherished symbol - it even features on the national flag. We begin our visit to the vast Angkor Archaeological Park today at the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire under the 12th century reign of Jayavarman VII. At the centre of the city stands the impressive Bayon Temple, adorned with carvings of enigmatic human faces. We continue to Ta Prohm temple, whose ruins are wrapped in the sinuous, snake-like roots of strangler figs and silk cotton trees. After lunch we’ll spend the afternoon at Angkor Wat itself. Built in phases between the 9th and 13th century as a Hindu, and later a Buddhist, shrine, this remarkable site is famous worldwide for its exquisite bas reliefs, including over 3,000 images of apsaras - celestial nymphs or muses - as well as dynamic battle scenes, and depictions of Hindu myths. We’ll view sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple.
This morning, we’ll enjoy a boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, stopping to visit a floating village. On our way back we’ll call in at Les Artisans d’Angkor, where we can learn about traditional local crafts like wood carving, lacquering and silk painting.
Day 13 Siem Reap - In flight
This morning is free for you to relax or to explore independently We check out and drive through the countryside to visit the Angkor Silk Farm, where you can observe the entire process of silk production, from the growing and harvesting of the silk worms’ food, mulberry leaves, to the spinning and dying of the silk and the creation of beautiful textiles on wooden hand looms. We then transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Arrive in the UK.