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Visit Hanoi and charming Hoi An, cruise though Halong Bay and uncover the magic of Angkor Wat

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What's Included

  • Private tours of Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong Delta, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Hoi An and Hanoi
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Private tour options in Siem Reap
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your travel concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

This 13-day honeymoon is the perfect mix of iconic sights and one-of-a-kind experiences that really let you get under the skin of these fascinating countries.

Your luxury trip starts in the vibrant Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. You’ll explore its temples, lake and bustling backstreets where you’ll really get a feel for life in the city. Vietnam has some of the world’s best street food and together with your local guide, you’ll hunt out Hanoi’s tastiest dishes and local specialties.

You’ll then head to Halong Bay to spend a night on a luxury junk boat that will cruise through the shimmering green waters. The joy of staying overnight is getting to see Halong Bay at sunrise and sunset when the landscape takes on a totally different colour and character. It’s the onto the charming city of Hoi An, famous for its beautiful architecture and colourful history. Discover iconic sights such as the Japanese Bridge and the Assembly Hall on a guided walking tour, and enjoy some time to browse the markets where hundreds of ornate hand-made lanterns float in the breeze. You’ll also enjoy a cooking demonstration with the chef from a local restaurant to help unlock the secrets of Vietnam’s cuisine.

It’s then south to Ho Chi Minh where you’ll enjoy some really unique experiences to dig beneath the surface of this fascinating city. Rise early and join locals at the bustling flower market and in Tao Dan Park before taking a table and joining in the daily ritual of eating a steaming bowl of pho for breakfast. You’ll also take to the streets on the back of a Vespa to discover its incredible street food scene, and enjoy a day cycling and sailing along the Mekong River.

Cambodia is famous for the temple complex of Angkor Wat, and no trip here would be complete without it. However, we’ll also take you to some of the lesser-known temples, for sunset drinks and to the countryside outside Siem Reap for a much more well-rounded and in-depth experience.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Hanoi

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Hanoi

Accommodation in Hanoi

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Two nights in Hanoi Two nights in Hanoi

Spend your time relaxing and exploring Hanoi. You’ll have our top recommendations for sightseeing and restaurant recommendations, and we can arrange a private guides and specialist excursions for you to see the best of this fascinating city.

Hanoi city tour by cyclo Hanoi city tour by cyclo

With ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, where the preserved body of ‘Uncle Ho’ resides. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh’s house where his belongings are on display - you can walk up the steps to see his bedroom. You’ll also visit One Pillar Pagoda which is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples.

You’ll then enjoy a cyclo tour through the old quarter, one of Vietnam’s liveliest areas. It is known for its ‘tunnel’ or ‘tube’ houses which were built to reduce the fees paid when fares were set according to the width of the house. Weaving your way through the maze of back streets, you’ll get a glimpse into everyday life and an insight into the country’s long history.

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Street food tour Street food tour

Street food is an important part of Vietnamese culture and embraced by all - rich, poor, old, young, tourists and locals alike. Your street food tour will begin with an introduction to local ingredients at a local food market. With some background knowledge, it’s time to hit the streets and start your foodie adventure. Explore small alleys and bustling streets and savour some of Hanoi’s specialties which will be recommended and explained by your gastronome.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Halong Bay

Days 3-4

Halong Bay

Accommodation in Halong Bay

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Overnight in Halong Bay Overnight in Halong Bay

Sail along Halong Bay, the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site which boasts emerald waters and stunning scenery. As you drift along the islands, look out for charming caves, grottos and sandy coves.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Hanoi airport

Flight

Flight from Hanoi to Danang

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Hoi An

Days 4-7

Hoi An

Accommodation in Hoi An

Three nights in Hoi An Three nights in Hoi An

Hoi An is a charming town with lots of beautiful archirecture, lively markets and serene waterfront spots. Enjoy a few days wandering through its backstreets, discovering your own favourite corners.

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Hoi An walking tour Hoi An walking tour

Stroll through the narrow lanes of Hoi An and soak up the heritage of this old-world town. Highly prosperous between the 17th and 19th centuries, this world-heritage listed area boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse into its illustrious past. On this walking tour there is plenty to visit, including the old merchants' houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

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Sunset cruise Sunset cruise

Late in the afternoon you'll board a local river boat and set out on the water, watching the town's fishermen getting ready to head out into the Cua Dai Sea. When you reach a good spot, hop off the boat and try your hand at casting fishing nets. You'll also have the opportunity to learn how to paddle the unique Vietnamese round basket boats. On the way back, enjoy a drink and snack as you watch the last of the sun's rays disappearing below the horizon.

Market tour and cooking demonstration with Duc Mango Market tour and cooking demonstration with Duc Mango

Chef and proprietor Duc Tran from Mango Mango restaurant creates eclectic and innovative tastes reflective of his worldwide culinary journey. A passionate and extremely talented chef with in-depth knowledge on the Hoi An food scene, Duc will take you on a foodie adventure, starting at Hoi An’s colourful market to meet the vendors who supply him daily with some of the finest and freshest ingredients in Vietnam, before a cooking demonstration at his boutique restaurant followed by a wonderful meal at the end. 

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Danang airport

Flight

Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Days 7-10

Ho Chi Minh

Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh

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Three nights in Ho Chi Minh Three nights in Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy Ho Chi Minh, with its pretty streets, buzzing atmosphere and rich history. We can arrange private guides and specialist excursions, restaurant recommendations and suggest the best places to go to simply watch the world go by.

Bonjour Saigon tour Bonjour Saigon tour

It’s an early start today as you rise with the local Saigonese to see how they begin their day. Zig zag through the streets to reach the city’s largest flower market, Ho Thi Ky. It’s a hive of activity as people buy and sell colourful roses, lotuses, lilies and orchids. You’ll also head to Tao Dan Park where people come to practice the graceful movements of Tai Chi – you are welcome to join in, should you wish. After a break for coffee, at the café where the Saigon Bird Lovers’ Club meets each morning, you’ll wind your way to a family run noodle shop to enjoy a fresh, steaming bowl of pho for breakfast.

Vespa street food tour Vespa street food tour

Discover the hustle and bustle plus the tasty street food of the city of Saigon on this fun Vespa tour. Your driver will collect you from your hotel and take you on a vintage scooter ride through the densely filled streets which brim with motorbikes, cars, taxis and buses. Stop at the city's finest authentic street food for some dinner and drinks, including District 4 where you can savour several snail dishes, a popular Saigon dish, and District 3 to taste a southern Vietnamese specialty – Banh Xeo (rice pancake with pork and prawns). Then, round your tour off with a visit to a local Vietnamese style coffee shop to enjoy a local coffee.

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Cycling and sailing along the Mekong Cycling and sailing along the Mekong

From Saigon, drive two hours south to the Mekong Delta passing verdant rice paddies and fruit farms emerging by the highway. When you arrive in Cai Lay, you will board a charming wooden boat to enjoy countryside scenery and river life. Then stretch your legs and hop on a bicycle for a short ride of about seven kilometres (over easy, level terrain) along narrow village lanes past fruit orchards, local cottage industries and locals saying hello or “xin chao”. You will arrive at the home of a tropical fruit farmer and walk around his orchard before tasting fresh fruits. Then relax as you take in the views from a small sampan boat as you are paddled slowly along tropical canals. Later, walk through this Mekong village to a local home and dine on a home-hosted lunch of Mekong Delta specialties. After lunch, a short walk takes you back to the car and your return journey to Saigon.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport

Flight

Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap

Days 10-13

Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

Accommodation in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

Three nights in Siem Reap, exploring Angkor Wat Three nights in Siem Reap, exploring Angkor Wat

During your time in Siem Reap we can arrange privately guided specialist tours to show you the best of the city, Angkor Wat and the Khmer temples in the region.

Tour of Ta Prohm and the lesser known temples Tour of Ta Prohm and the lesser known temples

Travel by road to Srah Srang and then continue to Ta Prohm, pausing to collect your entry passes at the Archaeological Park Entrance. Take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance where you will rejoin our driver. From the Northwest of Ta Prohm, walk 15 minutes through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple all to yourself. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks', and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.

Angkor Thom Angkor Thom

Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. You have the choice of either walking along the path along the city wall to Death Gate or continuing around by road. En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you'll stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng. Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, past Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.

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Sunset drinks at Angkor Thom Sunset drinks at Angkor Thom

Enjoy sunset drinks at Angkor Thom whilst sailing on the complex's vast moat.

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Sunrise tour of Angkor Wat Sunrise tour of Angkor Wat

Visit Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world, and watch the sun rise behind this ornate temple. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people.

Siem Reap countryside tour with dinner at a rural villa Siem Reap countryside tour with dinner at a rural villa

Explore Siem Reap's rural landscape beyond its temples, which has changed little since the days of Jayavarman VII. After a short drive from Siem Reap, visit a colourful contemporary pagoda to understand more of the importance of Buddhism in these rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. Buy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, speak to families who have been baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years and gain hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the rice harvest, thatching, fishing, or even making a simple meal over an open fire.

Then, take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by an easy 20-minute walk to bring you to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system which you will voyage by boat (depending on water level). This will be both an education and an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel. Then reach the villa, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen and the greetings for visitors are warm and generous. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks. While the chef prepares your dinner, wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before enjoying your evening meal.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Siem Reap airport

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