Vietnam and Cambodia cruises offer voyages to destinations which capture and captivate the imagination. With a troubled recent history, they have emerged from these darker days and now the beauty of their landscapes and the warmth of the people is rightly centre stage.
Any Vietnam holidays highlights will include: the patchwork of rice paddies; colourful bustling markets buzzing with entrepreneurial energy; stunning bays with their unique cast scenery; and the colonial architecture still seen in several cities. In order to see the most of the country these voyages will often overnight in places of particular interest, enabling longer shore excursions.
Hanoi, the capital of French Indochina from 1902, is one of the main cultural centres of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint.
French colonial architecture still remains today, with the tree-lined boulevards and its many villas and mansions. Hanoi also serves as the gateway to Northern Vietnam.
Another key port of call is Halong Bay, which is a UNESCO World Heritage.
It is rightly world famous for its limestone pinnacles which rise miraculously out of the sea.
The imperial city of Hue, home to the tombs of several emperors is yet another UNESCO world heritage site.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City 'the pearl of the orient' is a bustling city. Its China Town boasts numerous beautiful pagodas and some fantastic markets and the Thien Hau Temple is well worth a visit.
Cambodia is less developed than its neighbour, but no less stunning. The site which should be top of the list on all Cambodia holidays is Angkor Wat, accessed from the nearby town of Siem Reap. This remarkable temple complex was built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city and its significance to the country is illustrated by its appearance on the Cambodian national flag.
Both Cambodia and Vietnam can be explored on a Mekong River cruise.
Day 1 - Fly London to Hanoi
Day 2 - Arrive Hanoi. Transfer to the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for a two night stay. Relax at the hotel, visit Le Mat a traditional Vietnamese village or tour the 500 year-old village of Bat Trang
Day 3 - Hanoi. Tour Hanoi including Ba Dinh Square, The Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. Take a rickshaw ride through the Old Quarter
Day 4 - Hanoi to Ha Long Bay. Take a junk boat cruise around Ha Long Bay's spectacular scenary. Visits Titop Island and the largest floating village in the bay
Day 5 - Ha Long Bay to Ho Chi Minh City. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City for a two night stay at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers
Day 6 - Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which were constructed during the Vietnam War by resistance fighters. From here travel to Tay Ninh to see Tay Ninh Holy See, a temple of the Cao Dai faith
Day 7 - Embark AmaLotus. A morning at leisure before embarking AmaLotus for your Mekong River cruise
Day 8 - Cai Be & Vinh Long. Visit the floating market at Cai Be, see the colonial buildings and French Gothic Cathedral. The afternoon is spent in Vinh Long to explore the vibrant markets
Day 9 - Sa Dec & Tan Chau. Spend the morning in Sa Dec which boasts the Thien Hau Pagoda and Fujian Temple. After lunch viist the serene town of Tan Chau
Day 10 - Tan Chau. Tour the town of Tan Chau by rickshaw before crossing into Cambodia
Day 11 - Phnom Penh. See the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace on a city tour. Visit the humbling Killing Fields and Genocide Museum on the site of Security Prison 21
Day 12 - Chong Koh & Kampong Tralach. See silk-weaving in Chong Koh. Visit Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu
Day 13 - Kampong Chhnang & Tonle Sap. See the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang and cruise towards the 150 kilometre-long lake, Tonle Sap
Day 14 - Siem Reap. Disembark AmaLotus. Travel to Angkor and visit Angkor Thom. Enjoy a two night stay at Le Meridien Angkor
Day 15 - Siem Reap & Angkor. Explore the stunning Angkor Wat
Day 16 - Siem Reap to London. A choice of several trips including a balloon ride, elephant trek or visit to Wat Preah Phrom Rath Temple. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK
Day 17 - Arrive UK
This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.
Day 1 – Fly London to Saigon
Day 2 – Saigon
Day 3 – Saigon, Long Tan or Cu Chi Tunnels Signature Experience
Day 4 - Saigon. Sightseeing tour
Day 5 – Cai Be, Sa Dec
Day 6 – Tan Chau, Evergreen Island
Day 7 – Phnom Penh
Day 8 – Phnom Penh, Koch Chen Village
Day 9 – Oudong, Kampong Tralach
Day 10 – Kampong Chhnang, Tonle Sap
Day 11 – Siem Reap
Day 12 – Siem Reap, Angkor
Day 13 – Fly Siem Reap to London
Day 14 – London
Departures: Various departures from 1st March 2014 to 30th April 2015
Day 1 – Fly London to Hanoi
Day 2 – Hanoi. Sightseeing tour
Day 3 – Hanoi. Sightseeing tour
Day 4 – Hanoi, Ha Long Bay
Day 5 – Ha Long Bay, Hoi An
Day 6 – Hoi An
Day 7 – Hoi An. Sightseeing tour
Day 8 – Hoi An. Lang Co Beach
Day 9 – Hue, Saigon
Day 10 – Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 11 – Saigon. Sightseeing tour
Day 12 – Cai Be, Vinh Long
Day 13 – Sa Dec, Tan Chau
Day 14 – Tan Chau
Day 15 – Phnom Penh
Day 16 – Chong Koh
Day 17 – Kampong Chhnang, Tonle Sap
Day 18 – Siem Reap. Sightseeing tour
Day 19 – Siem Reap, Angkor
Day 20 – Fly Siem Reap to London
Day 21 – London
Departures: Various departures from 1st Jun 2013 to 30th April 2014
It is best to visit in the winter months. The weather is still hot, but there is significantly less humidity. It is also out of the monsoon which comes between late April and October and means most days are subject to short sharp downpours.
The weather is hot and humid during these months so light cotton clothing, sun cream and a sun hat are essential. A visa is required for entry into both Vietnam and Cambodia.