Slow Boats and Temples

22 days from £5,490pp

Are you after a real adventure? Explore Vietnam and Cambodia in one go on this 22 day trip. You'll spend your days seeing the classic sights like stunning Halong Bay by junkboat; exploring the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex, wandering the winding alleyways of Hanoi and exploring ancient tombs in Ninh Binh. You'll check out the food scene in Phnom Penh and Saigon, trying new flavours and foods, delving into the history of the Cu Chi tunnels and infamous Tuol Seng Prison, and visiting the old citadel in Hue. A highlight of your trip is sure to be the luxurious cruise through the Mekong Delta, starting in My Tho in Vietnam, and arriving into Phnom Penh three days later. Admiring the rural landscapes from the top deck, drink in hand, is a memory you'll keep with you for a long time.

This Slow Boats and Temples trip is perfect if you want to see the best of Vietnam and Cambodia. 

 

Highlights

  • Cruise along the stunning Halong Bay and along the Mekong Delta

  • See the biggest religious temple in the world at the Angkor Complex

  • Enjoy a food tour in Phnom Penh

  • Take a vintage Vespa tour across Hoi An

  • Visit ancient ruins and temples across Vietnam and Cambodia

  • See two capital city’s worth of sights

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The simple memory of eating a bowl of Pho whilst watching the sunset in Halong Bay is one of my fondest from my time living in Vietnam. The wonderful warm people, incredible nature and fantastic food of Vietnam will always keep me coming back.

Slow Boats and Temples

22 days from £5,490pp
2019 Feefo

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Vietnam and Cambodia includes international flights, transfers and accommodation, some breakfasts and selected excursions.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.

All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Hanoi

City

It’s day one of your epic adventure across Vietnam and Cambodia! You’ll touch down in the capital of Vietnam, and be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel. You’ll spend your time in Hanoi touring some of the most impressive and incredible sites including the Temple of Literature, the country’s first university. As the sun sets you’ll head out for a street food walking tour through the Old Quarter. Slurp up a bowl of traditional pho soup, chow down on steamed rice paper stuffed with pork and wrap things up with a cold beer taking in the vibrant night-time atmosphere.

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4

Ninh Binh

General Tour

Escape the city and head for the gorgeous countryside of Ninh Binh where you’ll explore ancient tombs and ruins of the once-imposing Citadel. Feeling spritely? Climb a nearby limestone karst hill and take in the spectacular views over Hoa Lu and the surrounding countryside. After lunch you’ll board a private sampan and then continue with a cycling tour through scenes of rice fields, karst formations and rural villages.

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5

Halong Bay

Cruise

All aboard the Junk Boat! You’ll head over for an overnight cruise along the iconic Halong Bay. Check the boat’s itinerary for activities or excursions or simply kick back, relax and enjoy the unbeatable views as you cruise through the bay. Once your cruise comes to an end you’ll fly to Hue.

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6-7

Hue

City

In Hue, after you’ve explored the ruins of the Imperial Citadel you’ll take a cyclo, Vietnam's ubiquitous three-wheeled bicycle taxi, through Old City to Tinh Tam Lake, the relaxing spot of choice for past emperors. Grab a Vietnamese coffee at one of the surrounding shops and marvel at the stunning lotus flowers. You’ll finish off your tour with a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda which dates back to 1601.

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8-9

Hoi An

City

You’ll take the scenic route from Hue to Hoi An, driving over the stunning Hai Van Pass and through quaint villages. The next day you’ll hop aboard a vintage Vespa for a tour of Hoi An. You’ll visit a buzzing fishing port, traditional boat buildings yard and several rural villages. You’ll learn from local families all about the art of mat weaving, traditional farming techniques and the secret to making a delicious banh dap (rice cracker snack).

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10-11

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

City

Today you’re swapping the coast for the city and flying into Saigon. First up you’ll explore an intricate network of underground tunnels, Cu Chi, and hear how residents built and used them during the wars. You’ll delve deeper into the country’s military history at the War Remnants Museum before checking out several other notable sites. You’ll finish up with a coffee tour of the city, learning about the history as you go from a local guide.

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12-15

Mekong Delta

Cruise

Sing farewell to Saigon and head to My Tho where you’ll have the day to yourself. The following morning you’ll head to the port and hop aboard your Pandaw vessel ready to set sail across the vast Mekong Delta into Cambodia, to Phnom Penh. During your cruise you'll visit Cai Be floating market, before continuing to Sa Dec via Vinh Long Province, home to the ancient house of Mr, Huynh Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was immortalised in the film L’Indochine. The next day you'll visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with your guide, or you can borrow a bike and explore on two wheels. 

You'll arrive in Phnom Penh on day 16 after breakfast, where you'll meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

 

Places to Stay

16-18

Phnom Penh

City

You’ll disembark in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you’ll be taken to your hotel to refresh after your cruise. You’ll spend the next day travelling by cyclo to a food market where a guide will explain how the ingredients are used. Next you’ll head to a local restaurant to try out the food discussed. In the afternoon you’ll dip into the country’s tragic recent history with a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Your last full day in the capital will be spent touring the historical French Quarter before having the afternoon to enjoy the city however you choose.

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19-22

Siem Reap

City

Say farewell to the capital and fly into the city of Siem Reap. You’ll head out for a full day at the revered Angkor Complex by Remork (similar to a Thai tuk tuk). Here you’ll marvel at the biggest religious temple in the world. In the afternoon you’ll explore the ancient, walled city of Angkor Thom. From here you’ll watch the sun set over the paddy fields and surrounding countryside. On your last full day in Siem Reap you’ll cycle north through rural countryside until you find a stunning 12th century temple devoid of tourists. Afterwards, if you feel like it, take part in cooking class where you’ll learn how to make local dishes.

On Day 22 you’ll head home with fond memories forged from your travels across Vietnam and Cambodia.

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