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Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam with Hanoi and Halong Bay

17 Day Escorted Tour With 5 Day Extension

Thailand, South East Asia
Challenging Pace

Combine the famous sites of Hanoi such as the Ho Chi Minh Complex and One Pillar Pagoda with an overnight luxury cruise on the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, passing local towns, fascinating intricate limestone formations and visiting the impressive Thien Cahn Son Cave.

2021 Dossier

2022 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi.
  • Cruise of Halong Bay.
  • Water puppet performance.
  • Floating market in Bangkok
  • Wat Traimit's golden Buddha statue
  • See the bridge over the River Kwai
  • The palaces & stupas of Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai
  • Explore the temple ruins of Angkor Wat
  • Overnight cruise along the Mekong River
  • Walking tour of Saigon's colonial-era buildings
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Chiang Mai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Chiang Mai in Thailand, via Bangkok.

Day 2
Chiang Mai

Dinner

On arrival in Chiang Mai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, join your group for an intimate dining experience and an inside look at Thai family life as you visit a local's home for dinner. Take a tour of their home and tuck into a delicious meal before returning to your hotel for the night.

Day 3
Chiang Mai

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Chiang Mai, set in Thailand's tropical north, encapsulates the best of Thailand, with modern highrises circling a centuries-old walled city and miles of rolling greenery just outside the city limits. This morning, journey to the hilltop temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and its shimmering golden stupas. The mythical 'Naga' (dragon-headed serpent) staircase leads you upwards to the temple grounds where you can take in sweeping views of the city before a cable car ride back to your vehicle. Browse the delicate sculptures at a local jade factory before lunch and an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, an entertaining Khantoke dinner allows you to experience this regional style of multi-plate dining and a colourful dance show.

Day 4
Chiang Mai to Sukhothai

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart Chiang Mai this morning, travelling first to nearby Lampang to explore Wat Pongsanuk, an elegant Burmese-style temple brimming with depictions of ancient gods and Buddha statues. Drive onward to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5
Sukhothai to Bangkok

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sukhothai is home to over 100 historical sites dating back to its glorious past as the ancient capital of Siam. Wander around the city's UNESCO-listed Historical Park, taking in crumbling palaces and temples, reclining Buddha figures and tranquil lotus ponds. Delve further into the region's history as you continue on to Si Satchanalai Historical Park where age-old statues and stupas lie nestled in the park's greenery. Travel to Phitsanulok for dinner then board your overnight sleeper train bound for Bangkok.

Day 6
Bangkok

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Arrive in Bangkok early this morning and transfer to your hotel in time for breakfast. Later this morning, set out to explore Thailand's charming capital as you visit the impressive golden Buddha at Wat Traimit Temple then stroll past stalls laden with delicacies and handicrafts in Chinatown.

Day 7
Bangkok

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, journey through Bangkok's rural surrounds, passing villages and rice paddies before stopping at a salt and coconut farm. Learn about how these agricultural staples are grown then continue on to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Join haggling locals as you explore this busy maze of colourful stalls where vendors peddle tropical produce, trinkets and snacks from traditional long-tail boats. Travel to the River Kwai for lunch at a floating restaurant then visit the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai and the WW2 cemetery where the prisoners of war used to build this bridge are buried. Return to Bangkok with tonight's dinner at a barbecue restaurant.

Day 8
Bangkok to Siem Reap

Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 9
Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Begin your first exploration of Cambodia and historic Siem Reap on today's full-day tour of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex. Start at the southern gate, flanked by rows of stone figures, followed by the Bayon and its beautifully crafted towers. From here, visit the Elephant Terrace, once used as a viewing stand for public ceremonies, then explore the sprawling temple of Angkor Wat. After lunch, visit the temple of Ta Prohm and wander amongst the towering trees that have overrun these ancient structures.

Day 10
Siem Reap to Battambang

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following breakfast, journey to the peaceful city of Battambang where your first stop is the 11th century temple ruins of Wat Ek Phnom Temple. Encounter Cambodia's rich culinary traditions as you continue on to a local market where 'prahoc', a pungent local fish paste is made and sticky rice is steamed in bamboo. Return to the town centre for a short walk to a local market then return to your hotel.

Day 11
Battambang to Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A morning of sightseeing starts at Battambang's main market before you sample the region's full-bodied coffee. Next, take in red lanterns and colourful murals at a Chinese temple then tour the city's old, abandoned train station. Travel to nearby Phnom Sampeau where spectacular views and a golden stupa lie next to the area's Killing Caves. Tour this Khmer Rouge execution site, a grim reminder of Cambodia's past, before journeying to Phnom Penh for your overnight stay.

Day 12
Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cambodia's capital city provides a sensory experience, with tuk-tuk drivers rattling past colourful markets and regal monuments. Today's city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace. Marvel at the ornately gilded roofs and the solid gold-encrusted then visit the National Museum that houses a collection of Khmer art from throughout the ages. Round off your day with a tour of the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where victims of the Khmer Rouge regime are buried.

Day 13
Phnom Penh to Long Xuyen, Vietnam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A last excursion into Phnom Penh takes you to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum which chronicles the Cambodian genocide and provides sobering historical insight. After lunch, take a speed boat down the Mekong River, crossing into Vietnam and disembarking at Chau Doc where you are transferred to Long Xuye.

Day 14
Long Xuyen to Mekong Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, transfer to Can Tho where you will board your vessel for your Mekong River Cruise. Enjoy lunch on the boat while you sail past fields, valleys and jungle undergrowth, observing life on the river banks. In the afternoon, take a shore excursion to a village where you'll meet the locals and sample tropical produce and fruit. Back on board, enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the river. The boat will anchor for the night with a delicious dinner served on board.

Day 15
Mekong Cruise to Saigon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Set sail at sunrise and see the passing landscapes bathed in a wash of colour while you enjoy an early breakfast. Next, explore the winding canals of the Mekong Delta on a traditional sampan boat or by foot before disembarking and travelling to Saigon for your overnight stay.

Day 16
Saigon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Take in the fusion of old-world, post-war and colonial-era Vietnam on today's city tour. Visit the district of Cu Chi, famous for its extensive 75-mile tunnel system which served as the base of operations for the Viet Cong and once housed supply routes, hospitals, weapon factories and living quarters. In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace then take a walking tour of the city's main sights, including the elegant Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial-era Post Office, the Opera House and City Hall.

Day 17
Saigon to the UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

Day 18
Saigon to Hanoi

Dinner

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Your afternoon will be leisure, and dinner is included in a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Day 19
Hanoi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A full day tour of this historic city begins with the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the father of modern-day Vietnam declared the nation's independence in 1945. Visit sites including the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda, then drive to the Temple of Literature. After lunch, visit the Fines Art Museum before the evening highlight - a Water Puppet Performance, a unique form of Vietnamese art derived from the wet rice civilisation of South East Asia.

Day 20
Hanoi to Halong Bay Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Departing Hanoi, you will travel by road through the Red River Delta to the stunning World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Here you will board your boat and set sail, cruising amongst majestic limestone pillars scattered throughout the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Disembark at Thien Canh Son Cave to explore an ethereal wonderland of Buddhist carvings and drooping stalactites, which hang beneath a canopy of sparkling gems. Following a relaxing break upon Hon Co Island's idyllic sandy beach, witness an authentic cooking demonstration on board your ship before tasting a mouth-watering selection of dishes. After dinner, retire to your cabin for the evening.

Day 21
Halong Bay Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy the rising sun's incandescent shimmer over Halong Bay as you unwind during your morning Tai Chi session. Transfer to a smaller boat and enjoy a sightseeing cruise; afterwards, your day is at leisure for more sightseeing, kayaking or swimming within the bay's warm waters. Later this afternoon return to your ship for dinner.

Day 22
Halong Bay to the UK

Breakfast & Dinner

Following breakfast, your guide will escort you on a rowing boat to Vung Vieng village, a settlement completely floating on water and dating back hundreds of years. Enjoy brunch before disembarking your cruise ship and travelling to Hanoi. Dinner will be at a local restaurant where you'll be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £3,728
1 Date
5th Jan -25th Jan
£3,728
February 2023
from £3,368
1 Date
9th Feb -1st Mar
£3,368
March 2023
from £3,468
1 Date
15th Mar -4th Apr
£3,468
April 2023
from £3,588
1 Date
13th Apr -3rd May
£3,588
May 2023
from £3,438
1 Date
18th May -7th Jun
£3,438
June 2023
from £3,498
1 Date
15th Jun -5th Jul
£3,498
September 2023
from £3,518
1 Date
21st Sep -11th Oct
£3,518
October 2023
from £3,568
1 Date
5th Oct -25th Oct
£3,568
November 2023
from £3,568
1 Date
23rd Nov -13th Dec
£3,568
December 2023
from £3,588
1 Date
7th Dec -27th Dec
£3,588

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Sunway Hotel
3 nights
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Victory Cruise Boat
1 nights
Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Tour Reviews

Susan Ware

20 Oct 19

All hotels of a good standard with breakfasts.

Important Information

<b>Thailand:</b> A visa is not required before you travel to Thailand; you will be issued with a tourist visa valid for 30 days on arrival into the country. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.<br> <b>Cambodia:</b> A visa is required for entry into Cambodia and this can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. The cost of this is approximately USD $30 per person. Please note that you will be required to bring a passport photo with you as well as USD $30 cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Cambodia. Please note that it is important that is plenty of space left in the passport, as a Cambodian visa alone takes up one page.<br> <b>Vietnam: </b> Until 30th June 2021, a visa is not required for stays up to 15 days for UK citizens. From the 1st July 2021 and for stays longer than 15 days, a visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa. xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. The cost of the visa is approximately USD$25 and will take roughly 3 working days. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote Mercury Holidays. The cost of the visa is £105. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of entry. Therefore we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. You can also visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. This visa information is a guideline only and is subject to change; up-to-date information regarding the process and fees will be advised at the time of calling the Travel Visa Company.<br><b>Please note, Irish citizens must accquire a visa when travelling to Vietnam, so please follow the above information to obtain a visa.</b><br> For all destinations, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before you enter either Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your initial flight is to Chiang Mai International Airport with Thai Airways (TG), via Bangkok departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage. Hand luggage: The maximum permissible size of hand luggage must not exceed 56x45x25cm. The maximum size of each piece of hand luggage must not exceed 115 cm as a sum of three dimensions (including wheels, handles, side pockets). Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health & vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa. org.uk, your General Practitioner or specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs, getting on and off coaches and boats. It also includes travelling by overnight train. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Thailand: The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency. Cambodia: The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHM). We recommend that you take some US Dollars (USD) with you and exchange this currency whilst you are travelling. Vietnam: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). You can exchange your currency in Vietnam, however, US Dollars are widely accepted in Vietnam should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned in your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400-£500 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is a common practice in the Indochina Region and it is customary to tip approx. USD $4-$5 per person per day which is split between the driver and the local guide. Tips can be given at the end of each day, or at the end of the tour. Tips are accepted in US dollars and local currencies.