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Splendours of Vietnam with Phuket Beach Stay

15 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Vietnam, South East Asia
Intermediate Pace

Following your 11 day adventure across Thailand, extend your stay with a 4 night extension on the exotic island of Phuket. Framed by turquoise waters, golden sand and verdant jungles, the 'pearl of the Andaman' boasts vibrant towns brimming with quirky bars and luxurious spas to relax within.

2021 Dossier

2022 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights by the beach
  • City tours of Saigon, Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An
  • Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Explore the French Colonial town of Dalat
  • Daytime Mekong River Cruise
  • Dragon Boat ride along the Perfume River
  • Overnight Cruise of stunning Halong Bay
  • Boat trip through the Vietnamese rural life at its most scenic in Ninh Binh
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This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Saigon

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Saigon International Airport.

Day 2
Saigon

Breakfast & Dinner

Also known as Ho Chi Minh, the dynamic city of Saigon is the start point of the tour. Spend half a day visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum before enjoying a local Vietnamese welcome dinner.

Day 3
Saigon to Can Tho

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast experience the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta. Journey, by motorboat, to the atmospheric Cai Be floating market to watch the locals trading. Visit a small family business and immerse yourself in the nature of Binh Hoa Phuoc Village. Fresh river food, traditional folk music and a bonsai garden await you before continuing to Vinh Long and then on to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta.

Day 4
Can Tho to Saigon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your morning in Can Tho will begin with a gentle trip through the picturesque canals and waterways in a small boat, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the small boat vendors of the floating markets who live along these Mekong canals, as well as stopping at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market - the largest in the entire Mekong Delta. Before cruising back to land enjoy tasting tropical fruits at the Ba Cong Garden House. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the Cao Dai temple before being transferred back to your hotel in Saigon.

Day 5
Saigon to Dalat

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning travel to the underground village of Cu Chi and discover the incredible 200km network of tunnels where the Viet Cong lived and fought during the war. Transfer to Saigon for a local lunch before catching your flight to Dalat.

Day 6
Dalat

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

During this full day tour you will visit the French colonial town of Dalat, located in the South Central Highlands. Explore the unique Railway Station and marvel at the Linh Phuoc Pagoda. The cultural north gives you the chance to understand the daily life of the Lach minority, the indigenous people of Dalat. A cable car ride allows you to take in the panoramic views of Dalat before heading down to the beautiful Tuyen Lam Lake, surrounded by pine forests and the serene Truc Lam Zen Monastery. Finishing in the west, visit the Bao Dai Summer Palace to learn more about Vietnam's history.

Day 7
Dalat to Hoi An

Breakfast & Dinner

Leaving Dalat, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival transfer to Hoi An.

Day 8
Hoi An

Breakfast & Lunch

From your hotel, you will be taken to a port where you will embark on a boat trip to Thanh Ha pottery village to learn about the daily life of the local people that live there. See various pottery items being made before returning to the boat to visit Kim Bong carpentry village where you will learn about the history of the village and see their local handicrafts. This afternoon enjoy a tour of Hoi An. You will visit the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community. Next see the Sa Huynh Museum which contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. You will also see the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Finally, finish the tour with a visit to a lantern making workshop and visit one of the many local tailors who can make up bespoke clothing at incredible prices.

Day 9
Hoi An

Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to relax or further explore the town at your leisure.

Day 10
Hoi An to Hue

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The scenic drive from Hoi An hugs the coastline to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. With a stop at the Marble Mountain to see the five marble and limestone hills, you will then reach Hue to visit the ancient Forbidden City. You will have some free time at Dong Ba Market before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11
Hue to Hanoi

Breakfast & Lunch

Begin your day by boarding a traditional Dragon boat for a tranquil trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, then travel by coach to Royal Mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue over 100 years ago, before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh. Later, fly to Hanoi.

Day 12
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 Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 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 13
Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart for Ninh Binh and take a boat trip to visit Tam Loc floating past idyllic rice field and mountain scenery. Stop off at some of the most beautiful caves in Vietnam. Explore Hoa Lu in the afternoon stopping at the temples to the Dinh & Le Dynasties.

Day 14
Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This memorable day takes you to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay where you will explore these tranquil islands on a luxury cruise boat, passing local towns and intricate limestone formations on the way. Take a tour of Thien Canh Son Cave, an ethereal wonderland of ancient carvings and suspended stalactites that hang beneath a canopy of glistening gems. Anchoring in the Cong Do area, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner on board before you retire to your cabin for the evening.

Day 15
Halong Bay to Hanoi

Dinner

Start your day with a calming Tai Chi session before a rowing boat takes you to Vung Vieng fishing village, a settlement completely floating on water and dating back hundreds of years. In the afternoon you will travel back to Hanoi for a farewell dinner before connecting to your flight back to the UK or move on to start your chosen extension.

Day 16
Bangkok to Phuket

Breakfast

Transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel

Day 17-18
Phuket

Breakfast

This day is yours to spend how you wish.

Day 19
Phuket to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to the Airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Kata Palm Resort and Spa

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
June 2021
from £2,528
1 Date
11th Jun - 1st Jul
£2,528
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
September 2021
from £2,538
2 Dates
3rd Sep - 23rd Sep
£2,538
24th Sep - 14th Oct
£2,558
October 2021
from £2,528
2 Dates
8th Oct - 28th Oct
£2,528
22nd Oct - 12th Nov
£2,628
November 2021
from £2,628
2 Dates
6th Nov - 26th Nov
£2,628
20th Nov - 10th Dec
£2,628

Metadee Resort and Villas

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
June 2021
from £2,628
1 Date
11th Jun - 1st Jul
£2,628
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
September 2021
from £2,638
2 Dates
3rd Sep - 23rd Sep
£2,638
24th Sep - 14th Oct
£2,658
October 2021
from £2,628
2 Dates
8th Oct - 28th Oct
£2,628
22nd Oct - 12th Nov
£2,688
November 2021
from £2,688
2 Dates
6th Nov - 26th Nov
£2,688
20th Nov - 10th Dec
£2,688

Tour Reviews

R Moore

22 Jan 20

Tour guides superb especially Phong (Frank) Northern Vietnam. Jackie Southern Vietnam was also good. It is obvious that a lot of thought had gone into the schedule couldn't fault it superb.

Tracey Bridge

25 Nov 19

Excellent hotels used! Staff were friendly and efficient and rooms were comfortable and clean.

S Mustill

15 Nov 19

The people and country of Vietnam were amazing and provided a great back drop for a memorable holiday.

David Hayward

13 Nov 19

All hotel accommodation and breakfasts excellent, including on the Victory Star cruise boat on Halong Bay.

Jane Illman

26 Sep 19

Hotels were all of a very high standard and staff extremely helpful. Many staff speaking English.

Beardsley Anita

09 May 19

all good and well positioned.

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Important Information

<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> <b>Cambodia</b>: If you have booked the Temples of Cambodia extension following your tour, you will need to purchase a visa for Cambodia costing USD $30 on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. 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 in Cambodia. 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.

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.

All flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines. Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. Hand luggage: One piece of hand baggage and one accessory not exceeding 12kg total weight for both. The total dimension of one hand baggage item must not exceed 115cm (56cm x 36cm x 23cm). The total dimension of one accessory must not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.

It is your responsibility to check any health and 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, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. 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 on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong, known as 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. The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, known as AHR. You can exchange your currency in Cambodia, however, US Dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!