Jewels of Vietnam & Angkor

Jewels of Vietnam & Angkor

  • 14 Days / 12 Nights
  • CODE: RAAS
  • From: $2500

Creeper-clad temples, bustling street markets, colonial-built boulevards and lush river deltas: this 12-night tour of Vietnam and Angkor in Cambodia lets you experience many of southeast Asia’s historic and natural wonders in one enjoyable adventure. In Vietnam, experience vibrant Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City —formerly Saigon, cruise around the limestone karst islands of Halong Bay on a wooden junk, and ride a boat in the Mekong Delta. Finish with two days to explore Cambodia’s crowning glory—the stunning, UNESCO-listed temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and others, all carved out by the medieval Khmer empire.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
USA—Hanoi, Vietnam
DAY 2
Hanoi, Vietnam
DAY 3
Hanoi
DAY 4
Hanoi—Halong—Bay Cruise
DAY 5
Bay Cruise—Halong—Hanoi—Hue
DAY 6
Hue
DAY 7
Hue—Danang—Hoi An
DAY 8
Hoi An
DAY 9
Hoi An—Danang—Ho Chi Minh
DAY 10
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon )—Mekong River Islands - Ho Chi Minh
DAY 11
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon )—Siem Reap, Cambodia
DAY 12
Siem Reap
DAY 13
Siem Reap
DAY 14
Siem Reap—USA

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Your customized trip will draw on the expertise of our travel consultants, each of whom has a deep knowledge of the places you wish to explore.

Hanoi (2 nts) Halong bay (1 nt) HanoiHue (2 nts) DanangHoi an (2 nts) DanangHo chi minh city (2 nts) Mekong river cruiseHo chi minh citySiem reap (3 nts) Ho chi minh city
day
1

USA—Hanoi, Vietnam

Depart the US on your international flight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, today.


day
2

Hanoi, Vietnam

Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel in the city. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you choose, whether it’s unwinding at your hotel or experiencing your first taste of bustling Hanoi.


accomodation:

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3

Hanoi

Vietnam’s second biggest city, Hanoi has been shaped by French, Chinese and Japanese occupiers over more than 1,000 years—creating a mix of tree-framed avenues, busy markets, and colonial-era buildings. Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour around the landmarks, from the grandiose Ho Chi Minh Memorial to the Stilt House where the Vietnamese leader lived between 1958 and 1969. Other notable sights include the Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton,” the Vietnam Military History Museum, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Later, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and afterward, enjoy an authentic Vietnamese coffee at a small coffee shop. Cap your day by watching a wonderful water puppet performance.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
4

Hanoi—Halong—Bay Cruise

Soak up the views this morning on a road trip to UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, whose 1,000-or-so karst pinnacles lend it a fairy tale-look. Board a junk boat—your home for the rest of the day and tonight—and enjoy a welcome drink and lunch as you cruise around the pinnacles, fishing villages, and caves. This afternoon, stop by Bo Hon island and hike up to Sung Sot Cave, the largest cavern in Halong Bay, to admire its extraordinary stalagmites and stalactites. Afterward, return to your boat and continue admiring the scenery from deck as your chef prepares a dinner of fresh seafood and classic Vietnamese fare. Enjoy your meal on board tonight as the stars light up the sky before retiring to your deluxe cabin.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

Paradise Luxury Cruise - ★★★★★

day
5

Bay Cruise—Halong—Hanoi—Hue

Start with an early-morning Tai Chi session on deck: a calming way to begin the day and witness the sunrise over Halong’s waters. After breakfast and a stop at a sea grotto, sail back to dock and return to Hanoi before flying to Hue, Vietnam’s one-time capital, for two nights.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

Ana Mandara Hue - ★★★★★

day
6

Hue

After breakfast at your Hue hotel, enjoy a boat ride along the Perfume River, stopping to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang—a cluster of temples, courtyards, and pavilions in stunning countryside. Later, visit Hue’s Imperial Citadel—a historical royal residence that despite still displaying war damage boasts much to see. Wander past its lotus ponds to view its Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, and Dien Tho and Thai Hoa palaces; and learn about the court life of the Nguyen dynasty—Vietnam’s last imperial rulers.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

Ana Mandara Hue - ★★★★★

day
7

Hue—Danang—Hoi An

Leave Hue and travel through dramatic mountain and coastal scenery to Danang, one of Vietnam’s fastest-growing cities. View priceless Cham sculptures at its Cham Museum and visit Linh Ung Pagoda which is famous for its beautiful 67-meter-tall Goddess of Mercy Statue standing on a louts-shaped platform. Continuing southward, stop at the Marble Mountains— five cave-dug hills rising sharply from rice paddies—before arriving in Hoi An. Check in at your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

Boutique Hoi An Resort - ★★★★

day
8

Hoi An

A thriving trading port from the 15th to the 19th century, traditional Hoi An enjoys a UNESCO World Heritage listing for its well-preserved shophouses, temples, and bridges. Enjoy a guided walk around its sights this morning; observing everything from its 200-year-old Tran Family Chapel to its Japanese Covered Bridge and 17th-century Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall. Finish with a creative paper lantern-making workshop before enjoying the afternoon as you please.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

Boutique Hoi An Resort - ★★★★

day
9

Hoi An—Danang—Ho Chi Minh

Transfer to Danang airport this morning and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon. Once under French colonial governance, this energetic city boasts grand boulevards and European buildings alongside gleaming skyscrapers, scooter-filled streets, and boisterous markets. Take a guided tour to see highlights such as Dong Khoi Street—formerly the Rue Catinat—and the City Hall, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Central Post Office. Finally, visit the Reunification Palace and moving War Remnants Museum before joining worshippers at the Emperor Jade Pagoda—an elaborate Buddhist temple also dubbed the ‘Tortoise Temple’ for its tortoise ponds.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
10

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon )—Mekong River Islands - Ho Chi Minh

Today, explore the Mekong Delta, where lush islands dot the estuary of the 3,000-mile river. Your destination is Ben Tre, a province laced with the Mekong’s tributaries and filled with orchards, rice paddies and coconut groves. Learn how the coconut juice here is considered Vietnam’s best, and discover how the locals use coconuts to make household items. Hop on a bike to cycle along leafy pathways, and visit a village home to learn about local life and work. Continue cycling before taking a rowboat ride along canals past rustic houses and fields. Lastly, transfer to a motorboat and after lunch, visit a workshop to see coconut sweets and rice paper being crafted.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
11

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon )—Siem Reap, Cambodia

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to Cambodia’s temples of Angkor. Be greeted by a guide on arrival and enjoy a convenient transfer to your hotel before enjoying your first taste of Cambodian cuisine over dinner at a local restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

accomodation:

day
12

Siem Reap

This morning, explore some of the highlights of UNESCO-protected Angkor—a complex of Khmer-built temples dating to the 7th century, and a must-see on any visit to Cambodia. Start by visiting the central temple—Angkor Wat—a masterpiece of classical Khmer architecture. Admire the galleries and courtyards as you climb to its main sanctuary, pausing to inspect their intricate stone carvings. Next, travel to two lesser-known, but equally fascinating temples—Banteay Srei and Preah Khan. Delve into Banteay Srei, known as the “Citadel of Women,” and regarded as one of the prettiest of Angkor’s shrines thanks to its pink sandstone buildings and intricate carvings. In addition, wander through Preah Khan—the 12th-century remains of what was once a vast monastic complex and a home of King Jayavarman VII. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure before visiting a temple to watch the sun set over Cambodia’s countryside.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

day
13

Siem Reap

Today, continue your explorations with a visit to Angkor Thom: a walled, moated city containing many of Angkor’s must-sees, from the stunning Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper Kings to the Bayon Temple, famous for its monumental, smiling carved faces. Other impressive sights today include the three-tiered Baphuon, the 10th-century Prasat Kravan, and the Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda buildings—a pair of ornate Hindu temples. Also, have your camera at the ready for a visit to Ta Prohm, a semi-crumbled temple famous for being half-cloaked in jungle and twisting tree roots, which lend it a hugely evocative and exotic air.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

day
14

Siem Reap—USA

Bid goodbye to Cambodia as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

International flights from LAX/SFO-Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh-Siem Reap, and Siem Reap-LAX/SFO on Land+Air Package

Vietname domestic flights: Hanoi-Hue, and Danang-Ho Chi Minh- Siem Reap on Land only package

Airport group transfers on arrival and departure in Vietnam and Siem Reap

11 nights’ 4- or 5-star hotel accommodation with daily buffet breakfasts

1 night’s accommodation on cruise boat in Halong Bay with breakfast

Air-conditioned coach

8 lunches and 6 dinners at local restaurants, 1 cruise boat lunch and 1 cruise boat dinner in Halong Bay

Sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary with professional English-speaking tour guides or assistants in Vietnam and Angkor

Sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Halong Bay, Hoi An, and Angkor

All entrance fees and activities as specified in the itinerary

Special entertainment: Water Puppet Show in Hanoi, Boat ride on Perfume River in Hue, Paper lantern-making workshop in Hoi An, Coconut sweets workshop in Ho Chi Minh, and Tai Chi Class on Halong cruise boat

All airport/port taxes, hotel taxes, duties, and surcharges

Hanoi: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Halong Bay: Paradise Luxury Cruise

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Paradise Luxury offers relaxing cruises along Halong Bay. Designed in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, it features a spa and sauna. A large sun terrace is available onboard.

Hue: Ana Mandara Hue

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ana Mandara is Hue’s first beach resort located 20 minutes from downtown Hue on the spectacular Thuan An Beach and Tam Giang Lagoon. This location offers guests a taste of “real” Vietnam. With the neighboring fishing village and lagoon one side and 400m of private beach.

Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort

★ ★ ★ ★

Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon City Point or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Siem Reap: Anjali By Syphon Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

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