Vietnam & the Angkor Temples

A classic combination of Vietnam's highlights and the famous Angkor temples of Cambodia. Starting with 4 nights in Siem Reap gives you ample time to explore the temples of Angkor. A short flight then takes you to Vietnam where you'll enjoy some R&R time in Hoi An, before heading north to the bustling city of Hanoi. The big finale: a night on board a junk, witnessing the natural beauty of Halong Bay.

At a glance
  • Explore Angkorian temples with an expert guide
  • Take lunch with a local family in their own home
  • Relax on the beach in Hoi An
  • Weave between streetfood spots on the back of a Vespa
  • Watch the sun rise over Halong Bay from the deck of a traditional junk
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Siem Reap - 4 nights

Siem Reap is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, the ruined capital of a historic Cambodian empire, and one of the ancient wonders of the world. The town is booming thanks to these fabled ruins, but remains low-rise by royal decree, and retains much of its original charm. 100s of them lie scattered around Siem Reap, largely hidden by jungle. You’ll have plenty of time to discover them with a knowledgeable guide.

Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap

On arrival in Cambodia, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (e.g. boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Day 2 - Angkor Temples exploration

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Begin your exploration of Angkor Wat, and the complex of ruined temples and palaces around it. You’ll be driven between them, so you can fit quite a few in (if you want to), and our guides know when to see the ruins at uncrowded times. If you wish, start the day with the magical (but popular!) sunrise over Angkor Wat, and let your guide know what kind of pace you prefer, whether you want to fill your day with archaeology, or spend some of it on Tonle Sap lake, or even back at your hotel pool.

Day 3 - Village Explorer

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Explore rural villages, and learn about the daily lives of the local people. You'll be a world away from Siem Reap - it's a perfect opportunity to get ‘off the beaten track’ and gain a better understanding of Cambodian rural life, along with insight into traditional Khmer culture; something few visitors are lucky enough to experience. You'll explore a local market and purchase supplies for your lunch, and travel by an (almost!) pollution-free ox and cart. Still widely used throughout Cambodia, the cart allows you to travel gently along the narrow sandy village roads. Spend time at the home of a local family, where there will be plenty of time to relax and chat (with your guide acting as interpreter) as they prepare lunch using your market produce. You can help if you wish; this is a fantastic opportunity to further your understanding of typical Khmer cuisine. You meal is likely to be very different from those offered in Siem Reap's more westerner-oriented restaurants!

Day 4 - Beng Mealea & Koh Ker

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Spectacular as they are, the Angkor temples closest to Siem Reap are incredibly popular, and crowds there can number in the 1000s. Few of these visitors venture out to see the further lying temples, where there’s more of a tranquil ambience, and less jostling for photo opportunities. These temples are haven't always had as much reconstructive work done as their celebrity cousins, so you'll often find them in a tumble-down state and swallowed by jungle - which we secretly think is more exciting anyway. Despite being in ruins, their impressive architecture is very much apparent, and there's something rather romantic about seeing these places much as explorers would have done in centuries gone by. You'll visit Beng Mealea - similar in size to the better known Angkor Wat (both were built by the same king), but surrounded by jungle, with its restoration work still on Cambodia's 'to do' list. Later, explore Koh Ker, a 10th century city known to contain over 200 temples within the boundaries of this, of which 96 have been discovered. Most of your visit is likely to be spent at just one site; the partially buried Prasat Thom, with its nearby towering step-pyramid.

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Hoi An - 4 nights

Hoi An, one of Asia’s most significant ports during the 1500s, has retained much of its original ambience despite the intervening centuries of weather, war and modern development, and is undoubtedly a highlight of any visit to Vietnam. Sample the city’s street food, find your favourite spot for Vietnamese coffee, and dine in style at the many restaurants exemplifying the town’s famous cuisine. Wander across the ancient Japanese Covered Bridge, explore former merchants’ homes, and buy silks, handicrafts, antiques, and immaculate tailored suits (with an astonishing 24 hr turnaround) at the colourful shops and markets.

Day 5 - Fly to Danang, Vietnam & drive to Hoi An

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Your day is at leisure until your transfer to Siem Reap airport in time to catch your flight to Danang. You’ll meet your guide on arrival and be driven straight to Hoi An to check into your hotel.

Day 6 - Walking Tour

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In the morning, join your guide for a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An. Along with touring the old market, you'll visit popular sites such as the 16th Century Japanese Bridge and some of the town's important temples. You will also learn about some of the dishes that make Hoi An's cuisine so famous throughout Vietnam.

Days 7 & 8 - Relax in Hoi An

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Hanoi - 2 nights

Hanoi, Vietnam’s first and current capital, ranks among the most visually stunning cities in the world. Streets full of greenery wind between grand buildings, spacious parks, museums, temples, markets and shops, unifying the town’s many different elements; elegant pagodas rise above the infamously chaotic traffic below, exemplifying two extremes of Hanoi’s character.

Day 9 - Fly to Hanoi, evening Vespa tour

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Fly from Danang to Hanoi. Having checked into your hotel your day is at leisure until the evening when you’ll start a street food tour with a difference. Riding pillion on a Vespa, you’ll discover delicious Vietnamese specialities and hang out where the locals do. Sip a cool beer at a rooftop cafe, sample some of the city’s best Pho Cuon spring rolls on the shores of West Lake, drive along one of the most romantic and picturesque streets in the city, and fill up on Cha Ca, Hanoi’s signature grilled fish noodles. After eating, head to Ba Dinh square to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, before finishing the evening on a lighter note with a drink and some live music at a trendy bar.

Day 10 - City Tour

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Enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi. Your guide will be happy to personalise your programme, however we would recommend sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. A walking tour through the Old Quarter will provide another fascinating insight into the character and history of the city, before moving on to Dong Xuan Market with its bustling stalls and brisk trading of day-to-day local goods.

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Halong Bay - 1 night

One of Asia’s most famous natural wonders, not to mention being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is shrouded in myth. Explore the bay aboard a traditional junk – the same style of boat that has sailed the bay for 100s of years – meandering between jagged limestone karsts, venturing into hidden caves and stopping at floating fishing villages, while enjoying the leisurely pace of life on the water. Early risers might start the day with a Tai Chi class, as the sun rises over the bay and the sound of sea birds fills the air.

Day 11 - Halong Bay Cruise

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Local legend tells how the gods sent dragons to Halong to defend the country from invasion, and the dragons spat out gemstones that turned into islands, creating a wall against the enemy. The truth is almost as evocative as the legend, with the bay displaying one of the most beguiling natural scenes you will ever witness. Cruise at a gentle pace, disembark onto smaller boats to venture into grottos and caves, stop to explore floating fishing villages and picturesque lookout points, and dine on beautifully prepared fresh seafood. Each junk operates with a slightly different itinerary and on board facilities, so chat with us to choose the one that’s right for you.

Day 12 - Cruise back to the mainland, depart Hanoi

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Wake early to the calls of Halong's seabirds nesting around the limestone karsts, and begin the day with a Tai Chi or cooking class on deck as the sun rises. While you enjoy brunch, the junk will slowly turn back towards the mainland where you’ll be driven to Hanoi to catch your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3-4 5-6
Standard £1,766US$2,313 £1,611US$2,110 £1,466US$1,920

The Moon Residence

Situated in the heart of Siem Reap, with the Old Market, shops and the river on its doorstep, The Moon Residence is a good value, locally owned and run hotel, in a brilliantly convenient location...

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Boutique Hoi An Resort

The Boutique Hoi An Resort enjoys a superb location, directly on Cua Dai Beach and just a five minute drive from Hoi An's delightful Old Town. Couple this with stylish accommodation and superb service levels and it’s easy to see why... See more

Essence Hotel

A firm favourite with the Selective Asia team (and past clients), The Essence Hotel enjoys a superb location in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, just 10 minutes from serene Hoan Kiem Lake... See more

Bai Tho Junk

The long serving Bai Tho Junk company manage to deliver great value cruise experiences with safety at the forefront of everything they do. The company have been operating in the bay for years... See more
First Class £2,032US$2,662 £1,876US$2,458 £1,732US$2,268

Viroth's Hotel

Not to be confused with the original, smaller Viroth’s hotel, this fresher 1950’s inspired Viroth’s Hotel opened at the beginning of 2015... See more

Boutique Hoi An Resort

The Boutique Hoi An Resort enjoys a superb location, directly on Cua Dai Beach and just a five minute drive from Hoi An's delightful Old Town. Couple this with stylish accommodation and superb service levels and it’s easy to see why... See more

La Siesta Classic Ma May

La Siesta Classic Ma May is a welcoming boutique property just a short stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake, within very easy reach of the many temptations of Old Quarter, and offers great facilities for a central Hanoi hotel...

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Dragons Pearl Junk

Modelled on traditional Chinese junks and an iconic sight on the waters of Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay, the Dragon’s Pearl is a lovely option for travellers keen to explore the region in comfort...

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Superior £2,459US$3,222 £2,301US$3,014 £2,154US$2,822

Shinta Mani Shack

Funky and stylish, the Shinta Mani Shack enjoys a location in the heart of Siem Reap’s French Quarter... See more

Naman Retreat

Contemporary style meets eco-friendly architecture at this new beachfront resort. The designers have used plants, natural stone and bamboo to create something refreshingly different from the other properties that line the stretch of... See more

Movenpick Hanoi

Previously known as the Gouman Hotel, the Movenpick Hanoi is not only the seriously new-and-improved version - it has undergone the most outstanding transformation... See more

Peony Junk

The beautifully appointed Peony Junk cruises from Halong Bay into less-visited Lan Ha Bay, and with only 24 cabins and plenty of communal space, on-board life feels peaceful and relaxing… 

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Deluxe £3,312US$4,339 £3,154US$4,131 £3,006US$3,938

Shinta Mani Angkor

So much more than 'just another' deluxe hotel in Siem Reap, the Shinta Mani Angkor is very much part of the city's early heritage. Rebuilt from scratch in 2011, opening again in 2012... See more

Fusion Maia Resort

Absolutely superb, the Fusion Maia is winning accolades all over. 30 minutes from Hoi An, moments from 19 miles of immaculate beach, this is secluded villa living at its best... See more

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Opened in 1901 and once host to a roll-call of iconic 20th century guests, the Metropole Hanoi exudes historic charm like no other property in the city... See more

Heritage Line Ginger

Newly refurbished, the Heritage Line Ginger is one of the first junks to cruise beautiful, unspoilt Lan Ha Bay... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • Spend a morning at the famous Red Bridge Cooking School. Start your morning with a guided visit to a local market before taking a boat along the Hoi An River to Red Bridge. Learn to create some of Vietnam's famous dishes before enjoying your creations for lunch.
  • Your stay in Siem Reap doesn’t have to just be about the Angkor temples; there are a number of other interesting activities you may wish to consider during your stay. One favourite is a boat ride up the Tonlé Sap to Kampong Phluk, the ‘flooded forest’. Accessible only during high water, you’ll pass amongst the tree tops while still seated in your boat! You'll also visit a village on the banks of the Tonlé Sap, before returning to Siem Reap in the early afternoon.
  • Looking for an alternative beach destination? Just 2 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the seaside fishing village of Long Hai has been a well-kept secret amongst Saigon-ites for years as a weekend beach retreat, but it’s gradually opening up to the international tourist market.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in its current form (and at the price quoted), there are those who wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination, or even starting from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region, they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Vietnam and Cambodia. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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See Vietnam's highlights and the awesome Angkor temples in a leisurely yet succinct 12 days'

MartinIndochina tailor-made specialist

Speak to Martin on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

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