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Holiday type Tours
Country Vietnam
Travel type Fly
Price range From £2059
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 15 nights
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Vietnam and Cambodia

Take our escorted tour into the heart of Vietnam and see Phnom Penh and the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia.

Included
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room; thirteen nights on bed-and-breakfast in four and five star hotels, five lunches; all flights as mentioned; guided tours of Hanoi, Halong Bay cruise, Hue, Saigon, Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong delta and Phnom Penh, plus one day entrance and guided tour of Angkor; services of an experienced Riviera tour manager. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement (date dependant) from £399 to £439 per person.


  • Return direct scheduled flights from London Gatwick
  • Stay in excellent quality four and five star hotels
  • A tour visiting the major sights of Vietnam
  • Visit the vast ancient city and temples of Angkor in Cambodia
  • Stay and tour Phnom Penh
  • Tour of Hanoi by cycle rickshaw, including the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum
  • Take a cruise aboard a converted Chinese junk in the limestone archipelago of Halong Bay
  • Visit the Citadel and Forbidden City in the former imperial capital of Hue
  • Stay in the heart of Saigon
  • Full day tour and cruise along the Mekong river delta
  • Daily breakfast and five meals included
  • Escorted by an experienced tour manager
Not included
Not included: Vietnam and Cambodia visas. Cambodia local departure tax, currently $25 per person payable locally.

Visas and Health Matters

All British passport holders require visas for both Vietnam and Cambodia. Please also ensure you have at least two completely empty pages in your passport and that it is valid for at least six months after your return date.

Vietnam visas: Single-entry tourist visas can be applied for by post or in person up to six months before travel from the Embassy of Vietnam, 12 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD, tel. 0207 9371912 (visa section 9.30am-12.30pm Mon-Fri). For postal applications, please send your passport, a passport-sized photo, a completed visa form, a self-addressed envelope, and a postal order payable to the ‘Embassy of Vietnam’. Charges for a standard up to 30 day tourist visa are £44 per visa, plus an additional charge, for returning your passport by Royal Mail Special Delivery, of £8 if submitting one passport, £6 per passport for two or three passports, £5 per passport for four to seven passports, or £8 per passport for eight applications. Please allow five working days for processing. For full details and a downloadable visa form, please see www.vietnamembassy.org.uk/consular.html.

Cambodia visas: Available on arrival in Phnom Penh upon completion of a simple application form and payment of $20 per person. You will alsoneed two passport-sized photos and if you arrive without photos, there is an extra charge of around $2 per person. Visas may also be arranged and paid for online prior to departure: please see http://evisa.mfaic.gov.kh for details.

Local departure taxes: currently $25 per person for Cambodia, payable locally.

Please note all visa costs are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for Vietnam and Cambodia at least a month before departure.

To make the most of your trip, we recommend you check the Foreign Office website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Day one

You should arrive at the airport to take your direct flight to Hanoi.

Day two

After our morning arrival, we transfer to the five star Melia hotel, for three nights bed and breakfast. Our afternoon trip into the city’s old town by cycle rickshaws is a great way to start your tour.

Day three

We explore Hanoi, past and present. The French created this colonial city of tree-lined avenues, Belle-Epoque villas, grand public buildings and an Opera house, all built around more than a dozen lakes. This scene blends with its old quarter, a tangle of narrow streets, the commercial heart of the city for hundreds of years and now full of tiny shops, pagodas and the locals astride their bicycles and mopeds. During our guided tour we also see the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius and Vietnam’s first university, and the marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh himself, embalmed and on display. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city as you wish.

Day four

Today we visit Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Leaving Hanoi, we enter a landscape of rice paddies, following the Red river delta to the seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. Just offshore some 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops rise almost vertically from the sea, forming one of the most spectacular bays in the world. We board our converted Chinese junk and glide along the water: a dragon is said to have plunged into the sea and its thrashing tail sculpted the craggy islands. We visit some of the vast illuminated caves and grottoes before having lunch on board. We return to Hanoi late afternoon.

Day five

We fly south to Danang and then drive over the scenery of the Hai Van pass before descending into Hue, Vietnam’s last royal capital and its traditional centre of religion, culture and education. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful small towns, bisected by the Perfume river and dominated by its immense citadel. This houses the ancient capital, encircled by six miles of high walls and a moat. Tonight we stay on bed and breakfast basis at the five star Imperial hotel.

Day six

This morning we start with a leisurely river cruise to the seven storied Thien Mu pagoda, a working Buddhist shrine, affording views towards the mountains on the border with Laos. We then visit the complex of the citadel and within it, the Imperial City. We see the Palace of Supreme Harmony, which contained the emperor’s throne and was the site of the most important official ceremonies. Everything is painted in the royal colours of red and gold and the whole building is an example of the lifestyle enjoyed by the Vietnamese royal family. In the afternoon we visit emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum. More interested in poetry than running the country, Tu Duc’s lifestyle suggests he had plenty of free time – he had 104 wives, 50-course meals and tea made from the dewdrops of lotus blossoms. It took 3,000 workers three years to build his mausoleum, which includes a large lake, pavilions and a theatre. Lunch is included today.

Day seven

Today we fly to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as the locals still insist on calling it. Built virtually from scratch by the French, on a bend of the wide Saigon river, we stay three nights at the five star Equatorial hotel. Saigon is Vietnam’s culinary capital offering a very wide variety of excellent dining experiences, from top class restaurants in luxury hotels, to French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian options.

Day eight

We visit the Cu Chi tunnels, a complex underground network stretching for 200 kilometres, which included hospitals, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters and kitchens. Built during the last years of French rule and vastly expanded during the 1960’s, the tunnels provided a base for the Vietcong from which to attack US forces within just 30 miles of Saigon. Our visit here is an insight into these times: we see the tunnels themselves and examples of the many mantraps and stake pits which protected them. Despite being carpet-bombed, the tunnels were never really penetrated. We continue through rural farming communities back to Saigon. In the afternoon our city tour covers all the major sights including the colonial style central post office, the cathedral and the Reunification Palace where in 1975, a tank burst through its gates in the final defining moment of the Vietnam war. We also see the War Remnants museum and the Ben Thanh market.

Day nine

Today we drive out of Saigon towards the great Mekong river delta. The first stop is at one of the many islands where we walk through a typical village and try out several different types of tropical fruit that are grown in the area. Travelling in small boats, we continue our exploration through the narrow canals by visiting the Coconut Island, where locals specialise in producing rice paper, coconut cakes and other local delicacies. We arrive at a typical local restaurant for lunch of local Mekong specialities, including deep-fried elephant ear fish. We return to Saigon in the afternoon.

Day 10

Your last morning in Vietnam and you have just enough time for a final walk round Saigon centre, before taking the short flight to Phnom Penh, stopping for two nights in the four star Himawari hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 11

You will visit the Royal Palace with its silver pagoda and the National museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, you visit the Tuol Sleng museum – originally a school then turned into the country’s most notorious prison by the Khmer Rouge, it now charts the terrible suffering during their occupation of the city. Following the final stop of the day, at one of the local markets, you will return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 12

We leave for the airport and our short flight to Siem Reap, staying three nights at the five star Angkor Miracle resort with bed and breakfast. It has two restaurants, a large pool and spa.

Day 13

We see the morning light rise over the temples of Angkor. Surrounded by jungle, shrouded in mist with a tropical dawn chorus reverberating in the air. We visit the huge fortified 13th century city of Angkor Thom, with its five monumental gates, and 300-foot wide moat - its centre containing one of Angkor’s most remarkable sites, the temple of Bayon. Crowned by over fifty towers, each with four enormous carved heads looking out in every direction. We’ll also visit the smaller temple of Ta Prohm which has been left in its natural, un-restored state, with giant tropical trees bursting through the ruins, their roots clinging like vast tentacles across the walls and roofs. Late in the afternoon we see the massive temple of Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious structures in the world. The main entrance faces due west to catch the glow of the setting sun.

Day 14

We have left free time for you to return to the many monuments of Angkor, explore the town of Siem Reap or relax around the pool at the hotel. Alternatively, you could take a tour to the nearby Tonle Sap lake to visit a floating village.

Day 15

Transfer to the airport for your return flight via Siagon (change of aircraft) connecting to your homeward direct flight to Gatwick.

Day 16

We arrive back in the UK in the morning.
Hanoi - Melia Hanoi - five star

One of the city's premier hotels and its two high-rise towers offer panoramic views of the city's parks, lakes, tree-lined avenues and the crowded, crooked alleys of the old quarter. There's a huge lobby, an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre and beauty salon. Dining options include the Deli, with its light snacks, pastries and desserts, the Cava Lounge for afternoon tea or a pre-dinner drink, an all-day dining international restaurant and a specialist Asian/Vietnamese restaurant. All the 306 spacious rooms are air-conditioned and include en suite luxury bathroom, hairdryer and bathrobes, safe, writing desk, wireless internet (extra charge in room, free in lobby), flat screen satellite TV, minibar and tea/coffee maker.

Hue - Imperial hotel - five star

Located in the centre of town, just a few minutes walk from the Perfume river. There’s an outdoor pool, fitness room, an all day dining restaurant, an excellent Japanese a la carte restaurant, a piano bar and a great rooftop bar on the 16th floor. All 195 rooms are air conditioned, with en suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, free wireless internet, safe, minibar, tea/coffee maker and large windows with panoramic views across the city and the Perfume river.

Ho Chi Minh City - Equatorial hotel - five star

Centrally located in the city’s Chinatown district. There’s a rooftop outside pool with bar, a fitness centre, spa and beauty salon. Dining choices include the new Orientica seafood restaurant and bar with its open show kitchen and teppanyaki counter, an all day dining cafe with a very wide variety of cuisine on offer both as a la carte or a buffet and finally there’s a comfortable lounge serving afternoon tea and evening cocktails. All the 333 elegantly decorated and spacious rooms are air conditioned and include en suite luxury bathroom, hairdryer and bathrobes, safe, writing desk, wireless internet (extra charge), flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and tea/coffee maker.

Phnom Penh - Cambodiana hotel - four star

Located in a prime position, on the banks of the wide Mekong river, close to the centre of Phnom Penh. There’s an outdoor pool and sun terrace with a poolside lunchtime restaurant with pizza oven, tennis courts and a fitness centre. The hotel’s dining venues include an all-day dining buffet and a la carte restaurant with both Asian and continental cuisine, a French themed a la carte restaurant and a small bakery serving snacks and pastries. All 267 rooms are air conditioned, with en suite bathroom, cable TV, safe, minibar and tea/coffee maker.

Siem Reap - Angkor Miracle resort and spa five star

Located just outside the centre of Siem Reap, a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride away. The hotel has a large outdoor pool with bar, a spa and beauty salon and variety of dining venues. The Kong Kea restaurant is open all day and offers a fusion of western and Khmer cuisine, while the Pronto cafe serves coffee, tea and cakes. There’s also a mezzanine bar with live music most nights. All the 247 spacious rooms are air conditioned and include en suite luxury bathroom, hairdryer and bathrobes, safe, writing desk, free wireless internet, flat screen cable TV, minibar, tea/coffee maker and city or pool views.
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I recently went on the Colours of Vietnam tour through your travel partner, Intrepid. Just wanted to tell you what an amazing trip it was.

From the start, it was very well organised, the itinerary was amazing and the local tour leader allowed us great insight of Vietnam, its people and culture and fully encouraged local interaction.

thanks a lot!
Jun 2009
Mr S. Phillips