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Invitation to Vietnam & the Temples of Angkor

From £3,399.00
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Feb 2024 - Oct 2025
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From £3,399.00
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Feb 2024 - Oct 2025
Tour Overview
This fascinating introduction to the diverse landscapes of Vietnam also includes a visit to Cambodia's Angkor temples. Hanoi is our first stop, where we’ll be taken on bicycle rickshaws around the ancient quarter. Its then onto Halong Bay, where we’ll cruise amongst the 1,600 islands and islets. We’ll traverse the famed Hai Van Pass which weaves its way from Hue as we head towards Hoi An and the views from the top of the pass are stunning! Hoi An is an ancient town, with canals weaving through it, we’ll stay for 2 nights. We continue to Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam’s largest city, before ending our tour in Siem Reap. Just outside of Siem Reap lies the Angkor temple complex, an incredible end to an incredible tour.
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Your Holiday Includes


  • Return flights from London
  • 10 nights in 4-star hotels, overnight cruise plus 2 nights in flight
  • 24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Local Guides
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Audio Guide
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Hanoi tour and trishaw ride
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake
  • See a traditional water puppet show
  • Overnight cruise through Halong Bay
  • Sightseeing tour of Hue
  • Boat trip along the Perfume River
  • Drive along the scenic Hai Van Pass
  • Hoi An tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • Visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Saigon River cruise including dinner
  • Explore the Angkor temple complex
  • Visit the village of Chansar
  • Receive a blessing at a Buddhist temple
  • Local Flavours - Welcome dinner at KOTO Restaurant


Day 1 UK/Hanoi

Today you will fly to Hanoi

Day 2 Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam's capital, we'll transfer you to your hotel. A two-night stay will give you plenty of time to get to know the city. Tonight you will experience a welcome dinner like no other at the Koto Restaurant, a social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged children. KOTO has trained over 700 students in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled. Enjoy the aroma and flavours of Vietnamese and South-East Asian specialties, and try a selection of traditional dishes before sitting down for a three course meal. Meals included: D

Day 3 Hanoi

Your sightseeing in Hanoi begins at the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh, the president who was known as 'Uncle Ho', lies in state guarded by silent sentries. We'll then head to the Temple of Literature, a collection of courtyards, gardens and pavilions built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. After a busy morning we'll be ready for lunch, which is served at a restaurant specialising in traditional Hanoi delicacies. Then this afternoon, you'll see even more when we head to the Ancient Quarter and board a trishaw – a traditional bicycle rickshaw. Sit back, relax and take in the sights as your driver navigates the bustling streets. After a short stop for a Vietnamese coffee, we'll continue on foot to Kim Ngan temple, considered to be one of the oldest in the area. You've a traditional experience to look forward to next – a water puppet show. After the performance our group will enjoy backstage access before we return to the hotel. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Halong Bay

The beauty of Halong Bay cannot be underestimated, and after a lovely drive through green paddy fields we'll reach this UNESCO-listed site. You've the option to view the bay on a seaplane flight before heading to your unique overnight accommodation. We'll cruise through the dramatic limestone peaks that rise from the water and you'll be able to watch the sun set over the bay, before enjoying dinner on board.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Hue

You'll wake up to the beautiful surroundings of Halong Bay and watch the sun rise as coffee, tea and cookies are served on board. The rest of your morning is spent enjoying this unique destination, and may include activities such as kayaking and swimming, or visits to local markets and caves.
Later we will disembark the ship, make our way to the airport and fly to Hue. Meals included: B,L

Day 6 Hue

​A full day in Hue means you'll get a real flavour of Vietnam's former capital. We'll start with a relaxing cruise along the Perfume River, which takes us to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, after a little time to look around, we'll continue to the citadel, the ancient seat of royal power. We'll explore the former Imperial Palace and learn more about the area's intriguing architecture, which was inspired by Beijing's Forbidden City. By now you'll probably be ready for some lunch, so we'll stop to enjoy a vegetarian meal. Later we'll visit the imposing tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, located in a beautiful setting surrounded by gardens and lakes.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Hoi An

​​Driving over the Hai Van Pass, possibly the most scenic of coastal road in Vietnam, our journey today takes us south to Hoi An. You'll be enchanted by this ancient riverside town, and after lunch we'll take a tour. Highlights include the Japanese Covered Bridge and a cruise on the Thu Bon River.

Meals included: B,L

Day 8 Hoi An

Today you will visit a local community project, many of which support street kids and disadvantaged young people by providing them with training for a career in the hospitality industry. You'll meet some of the students, learn about different types of local cuisine and then possibly have a go at making some yourself. Afterwards, some delicious food made with local ingredients will be served.

Meals included: B

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City

​Today we fly to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon. You'll have plenty of time to explore during your two-night stay and will start with a tour of the city this afternoon. Highlights include the elegant Saigon Opera House and the Reunification Palace – a building linked to defining moments at the end of the Vietnam War. You'll also visit the War Remnants Museum, which documents wartime atrocities and the effect they had on Vietnamese civilians.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

You're going to spend this morning discovering the Cu Chi Tunnels. This incredible network of underground passages was first constructed in the late 1940s by the peasant army fighting the French. They were later extended by the Viet Cong rebels, and you'll get the chance to head inside to explore. When we return to Ho Chi Minh City, the rest of the day is yours to discover more at your own pace.
This evening we'll enjoy a cruise along the Saigon River and dinner will be served on board.

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Siem Reap

​Today's the day we start our discovery of the famous temples of Angkor. We'll fly to Siem Reap and begin our explorations with a visit to Banteay Srei, a pink-sandstone temple carved with intricate figures depicting scenes from Hindu tales. Next we'll visit Banteay Samre, before continuing to the world's largest religious monument – the magnificent Angkor Wat. This massive, three-tiered pyramid rises 65 metres from the ground and is crowned by five lotus flower-shaped towers. Finally we'll climb to the top of Bakheng Mountain and enjoy fabulous views of the jungle at sunset.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 12 Siem Reap

We've all sorts of exciting experiences lined up for today, beginning with a visit to the village of Chansar, which is supported by our Travelsphere Cares project. We'll see how work is progressing on the building of a kindergarten and then visit the home of a Khmer family. We'll watch how they make brooms from natural materials and you'll be able to have a go if you wish. We'll enjoy a walking tour of the village and a simple Khmer lunch before we head to a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing.

Meals included: B,L

Day 13 Siem Reap/UK

​Our final day of discovery begins with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Our explorations uncover the Bayon, where hundreds of smiling faces decorate the towers and Phimeanakas, which we'll climb to take in panoramic views of the Angkor complex. We'll also take in the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of Leper Kings before driving to Ta Prohm, a temple which has been left to the clutches of the jungle.
There will be time to return to the hotel and freshen up before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK, via Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: B,L

Day 14 UK

You'll arrive in the UK today.

  1. Favourite Moment

    As you cruise between the massive limestone karsts of Halong Bay, it's so easy to forget that you are actually sailing on the ocean. 

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Muong Thanh

Emeraude Classic Cruise

Emeraude cruise ship is a charming vessel incorporating many aspects of comfort and luxury. Facilities on board include a restaurant, sundeck, bar. Cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning and a private shower room.

Park View Hotel - Hue

The 4-star Park View Hotel is located very close to the Citadel, which you can view from the 9th floor rooftop.

Hotel facilities include two restaurants, a poolside snack bar, cafe, outdoor swimming pool, a spa and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, coffee/tea-maker, safe, hairdryer and mini-bar.

Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa

This beautiful and distinctive resort is styled on a historical silk village. The wonderful features of this property include a large outdoor pool, a sauna as well as in-house gift shop, library and salon. The air conditioned rooms are fitted with a safe, TV, tea/coffee facilities and a minibar. Guests can also take advantage of the free WiFi and 24 hour reception.

Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel

The modern décor of this property is complemented by the abundance of great facilities on offer. Guests can unwind at the in-house bar or take advantage of the sauna/spa centre. There is also an indoor swimming pool that offers spectacular views overlooking Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms at the hotel come furnished with a TV, private facilities and a hairdryer. Finally, there is free WiFi available and the reception is open 24 hours.

Angkor Paradise Hotel

Situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Halong Bay - Seaplane Experience

Halong Bay - Seaplane Experience

Upon arrival take a 25 minute scenic flight over Halong. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars.

From up high in the sky you will have amazing views over this magnificent landscape of limestone pillars pushing up out of the green waters. See the islands of Cong Do, Ba Ham with their
pretty lagoons and fly out to Dau Be on the edge of the Gulf of Tonkin.

Flight – Minimal walking - Breath-taking
Upon arrival take a 25 minute scenic flight over Halong. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of...

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  1. Travelsphere Cares

    When you book this holiday, you are contributing towards a project in Chansar Village helping with a number of initiatives, including the building of a Kindergarten, which you will visit.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Accommodation, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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