Angkor to the Bay

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One of our most popular tours which takes you on a voyage of discovery – from the breathtaking majesty of the temples of Angkor, through to the spectacular natural grandeur of Halong Bay – experiencing all manner of delights en route.

Please note: This page shows the 2017 Itinerary. To see the itinerary for tours departing in 2016, please Click Here.

Places Visited

Australia - Siem Reap (3N) - Phnom Penh (1N) - Saigon (4N) - Mekong Delta - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Hoi An (2N)- Hue (1N) - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Siem Reap
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Siem Reap. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 1: Fly to Siem Reap
Day 2: Tonle Sap Lake
High water season (Aug to Feb)
Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting a floating village and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Back on dry land visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by jungle. Return to Siem Reap via Les Artisan D'Angkor, where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian crafts.

Low water season (Mar to Jul)
Visit Chong Kneas floating village before heading to Beng Mealea where you will explore this mysterious temple overrun by jungle. Return to Siem Reap via Les Artisan D'Angkor, where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian crafts.
Day 2: Tonle Sap Lake
Day 3: Explore Angkor
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at Ta Prohm, an ethereal temple left in the grips of the jungle, before continuing to the city of Angkor Thom to reach the enigmatic Bayon. This afternoon is dedicated to the fascinating and awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.
Day 3: Explore Angkor
Day 4: Discover Phnom Penh
Fly to Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Visit the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before admiring the artefacts at the impressive National Museum.
Day 4: Discover Phnom Penh
Day 5: Fly to Saigon
Visit the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum before climbing up to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Fly to Saigon.
Day 5: Fly to Saigon
Day 6: Explore Saigon
The exuberant city of Saigon is a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 6: Explore Saigon
Day 7: Mekong Delta cruise
Drive down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam', the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Return to Saigon.
Day 7: Mekong Delta cruise
Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnels
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Travel to Tay Ninh to attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple. Blending the architectural styles of cathedrals and pagodas with vivid, cartoonish colours, it is one of the most fanciful structures in Asia. Return to Saigon.
Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 9: Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Take a walking tour of this laid-back and wilfully traditional town to see the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market.
Day 9: Journey to Hoi An
Day 10: Tra Que village
Drive out into the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and see the farmers at work. This afternoon enjoy free time back in Hoi An.
Day 10: Tra Que village
Day 11: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam's dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Take a drive up to the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City to explore. Next, visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, continuing to the Thien Mu Pagoda before cruising on the Perfume River.
Day 11: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Day 12: Travel to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi this morning. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start your explorations of Vietnam's capital. This evening see the Water Puppets show.
Days 13-14: Halong Bay
Spend two days cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay. Spend the night on the boat before returning to Hanoi where you will take an exciting cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter.
Days 13-14: Halong Bay
Days 15: Depart Hanoi
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, home of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the serene Temple of Literature. Transfer to the airport for an overnight flight to Australia.

Due to flight schedules, Darwin, Cairns and Perth passengers may miss touring on Day 15. Perth passengers will arrive home on Day 15.
Days 15: Depart Hanoi
Day 16: Arrive Australia
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Tour prices are per person, twin share




Additional Price Information:

Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Single Hotel Room and Cruise Cabin Option from $640
Land Only (Siem Reap to Hanoi) 15 days from $3,980 per person (includes tipping)
Darwin and Cairns passengers may require stopovers in Singapore at an
additional cost
14, 28 Jan 2017 and 13, 27 Jan 2018 departures coincide with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected
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 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 5 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 visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. 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 Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Cambodia/Vietnam and you will find high quality coverage. Cambodia/Vietnam has 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 Vietnam 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 (in US Dollars) 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.
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

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. Western style 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.


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