Discover South-East Asia

A fantastic 3-week itinerary combining modern cities and ancient ruins, imperial and contemporary history, natural beauty, amazing cuisine and the appealing Vietnamese coast.

Highlights:  Singapore – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Da Nang – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Siam Reap

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Days 1 - 2

Singapore

Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Singapore is a heady mix of colonial and Chinese architecture, cutting-edge skyscrapers and modern design. There is a vibrant nightlight with appealing bars and watering holes, an excellent culinary tradition from street food to fine dining and plenty to see and do over a couple of days. We recommend a visit to the National Museum.

Day 3

Singapore - Hanoi

Fly to Vietnam and on arrival in Hanoi transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon tour to Hanoi’s Old Quarter where you will meet a local family. This will be a perfect opportunity to discover their way of living and to learn about typical traditions from
Northern Vietnam. This is followed by a walking tour to see the French architectural influences in Vietnamese buildings. The excursion takes in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university which dates back to 1076. The Hoa Lo Prison by contrast is where Vietnamese, American and French prisoners of war used to be incarcerated.

Your day will finish with a visit to West Lake, Hanoi’s largest lake. Quan Thanh Temple, a Taoist Temple dated from the 11th Century and the impressive Tran Quoc Pagoda, a
Buddhist pagoda located in a small island in the centre of the West Lake.

Day 4

Hanoi

Free day to explore Hanoi in your own time. If you would like us to book a cooking and culinary tour or arrange a specific photographic excursion please let us know.

If you are exploring on your own, you might like to visit
Hanoi railway tracks. This is something very particular from this city as the railway tracks are sometimes located metres away from entrance door of houses! Walk along the railway tracks and take some of the most beautiful pictures of the city.

You might also consider Ngoc Son Temple, located in the middle of the Hoan Kiem Lake, where you can visit a traditional, local and charming coffee house. Do try Vietnam’s local coffee: Cà phê sữa đá (Iced coffee) and if you feel more adventurous, you can also try the ‘Egg coffee’!

At end of the day you may want to consider finishing your evening at the typical and well known Bia Hoi, where you will taste local draft beer; finishing the day much as the locals do.

Day 5

Ha Long Bay

After breakfast At 8 am, you will be picked up from your hotel and for a private scenic transfer for the 2-Day/1 Night Luxury Ha Long Bay Cruise. Your heavenly journey across
Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam's most fascinating place.

The cruise ships we use were built according to the design of a traditional Vietnamese junk with modern comforts: 68 luxurious private cabins and suites. The itinerary includes an
exciting array of Halong Bay activities: fascinating
caves, pristine beaches, kayaking, picturesque floating villages and fantastic rock formations rising out of the emerald water.

Day 6

Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

If you are up early, you may want to attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn before starting the morning with beautiful of the landscape over a cup of coffee or tea. The journey continues across Halong Bay exploring some of the 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights such as Sung Sot Cave – a hike of 600 steps to explore the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in the bay.

You will disembark mid-morning and transfer back to Hanoi.

Evening departure by overnight sleeper to Hue.

Day 7

Hue

After arrival into Hue Train Station, you will meet your guide and driver and visit the tombs of the emperor Khai Dinh.
Khai Dinh King was Vietnam’s Emperor from 1916 to 1925. His tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence, as it is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details.
Then you will visit the Forbidden Purple City, located in the Citadel of Hue, which was badly damaged during the
Tet offensive of 1968. Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. Hue was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

After lunch in a local restaurant you will board a dragon boat for a pleasant boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Next, and if time allows for it you will have a short cycle ride to Dong Ba market (open until 8:00pm).

Day 8

Hue

Free day.

If you would like us to arrange any particular excursion or activity please let us know (e.g. visit to local paddy fields & home cooking)

Day 9

Hue - Hoi An

Travel by road from Hue on the Hai Van Pass, which once formed the boundary between the kingdoms of Đại Việt and Champa. It is the highest and longest pass in Vietnam, with the North-South National Highway zigzagging through it for almost 20 km.

We include a stop at Da Nang to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture and will explore the villages around the Marble Mountains, where skilful artisans produce handicrafts of granite and marble.

Continue by road to Hoi An.

Days 10-12

Hoi An

Free days in Hoi An.

There’s plenty to see in this delightful coastal town and we include a half day walking tour to take in the Japanese Covered Bridge, Pottery Museum, Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant local market.

Please let us know if you would like to arrange a visit to the Cham Islands, a culinary tour or excursions to other beaches.

Day 13

Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Departure transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City where you will be met and driven to your hotel.

Rest of day at leisure to explore Saigon.

Day 14

Ho Chi Minh City

City tour of key highlight of Ho Chi Minh City, including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame and the Saigon Central Post Office (designed by Gustave Eiffel). The tour ends with a visit to Ben Thanh Market,

Day 15

Mekong River Delta Cruise

This full day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City will begin at the colourful Cai Be floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruit and vegetables. Stop at local home factories to observe the traditional procedure of making rice ice paste, coconut sweets and other specialties. Lunch is included at an Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded with fruit plantations.

The excursion continues at Dong Hoa Hiep Island with a visit to the Mandarin House dating from 1890 before proceding to Vinh Long, passing beautiful landscapes along the Dong Phu canal. Make a stop at An Binh ancient church or Tam Ho’s nursery garden on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 16

Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap

Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where you will be met and driven to your hotel.

Afternoon excursion to Kampong Kleang. Imagine wooden houses on 10 meter tall stilts, surrounded by water in the wet season and on the flood plains of the lake in the dry season. Walking tour around the village.

In the late afternoon take a boat trip to see the sunset on Tonle Sap Lake for photos. You'll be back at your hotel in Siem Reap by early evening.

Day 17

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking and one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, the park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. You could spend weeks exploring the ruins, but on this day tour, you will have a chance to see all the highlights.

You will start to visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom where you can take a quiet optional 1km walk along the wall and through the jungle to a hidden temple. Then visit the temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants and Leper King.

Take a break with a local lunch at the Triple K Restaurant located within the park grounds. After lunch you will visit the fabulous jungle temple of Ta Phrom and the whole late afternoon is set aside for a visit to the main temple, Angkor Wat.

Day 18

Siem Reap

Early morning excursion (5.30am) to Pre Rup temple. It is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. You will return to your hotel in time for breakfast.

Excursion to Banteay Srei, built in the late 10th century and dedicated to Shiva, the temple's pink limestone walls contain the best bas reliefs of the entire Angkor complex.

Optional excursion to the not-for-profit NGO Cambodian Landmine Museum, Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre. It is estimated that more than 110 million land mines are buried throughout the world with the greatest concentrations in Afghanistan, Angola, Iraq, Kuwait and Cambodia.

Day 19

Depart Siem Reap

Final morning at leisure to relax or to shop for last minute souvenirs and holiday gifts.

Departure transfer to the international airport, in time to check in for your flight home.

The above sample South-East Asia holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels in Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia

We offer a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your South-East Asia Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample South-East Asia holiday are just a selection of what is available in Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday.

Duration of your South-East Asia Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample South-East Asia holiday but have either fewer days to spend, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday.