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Vietnam Laos and Cambodia - Winter

17 Day Escorted Tour

Vietnam, South East Asia
38 Meals Included
16 Excursions
Challenging Pace

Please see 'Vietnam Laos and Cambodia - Summer' for departures at other times of the year.

Journey into three unique landscapes to explore a kaleidoscope of cultural treasures within Southeast Asia's peninsula. Voyage into Vietnam's principal cities to experience distinctive urban gems steeped in a rich historical tapestry. Travel west to the enchanting Laos for a cruise along the magnificent Mekong River and discover Cambodia's ancient realm of the gods, at the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.


  • City tours of Saigon, Hoi An & Hanoi
  • Overnight in Halong Bay
  • Explore the Viet Cong's Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Cruise the Mekong River in Laos
  • Tour the magnificent Angkor Wat in Cambodia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos
  • Tour the 19th century Imperial Citadel of Hue

Map Key

Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Saigon

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City Airport.

Day 2


Today, begin your journey by exploring Vietnam's biggest city at leisure. A kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, the striking contrast of ancient pagodas and imposing skyscrapers form Saigon's dizzying backdrop. At street level, parades of motorbikes flow passed mammoth malls, tucked away temples and wooden spice shacks that fill the air with an aromatic balance of sweet and spicy aromas. Before your welcome dinner take a fascinating tour of the War Remnants Museum that presents retired artillery pieces alongside harrowing exhibitions.

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning explore the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels, a hand-dug underground network used by Viet Cong soldiers during the 'American War'. This afternoon take a city tour of Saigon which includes a visit to the Reunification Palace where the Vietnam War ultimately concluded, the charming neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Post Office.

Day 4
Saigon to Hoi An

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, catch a flight north to the cosmopolitan coastal city of Danang. This afternoon, visit the dramatic Marble Mountains, five outcrops shrouded by jungle and decorated with towering Buddhist pagodas. Discover grottos that enshrine religious icons as you ascend the tallest mountain - Thuy Son - to marvel at spectacular views of the idyllic Non Nuoc Beach. Late afternoon, journey to the neighbouring Hoi An, one of Vietnam's most atmospheric and delightful towns.

Day 5
Hoi An

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, embark on a walking tour through the narrow streets of this essential Vietnamese highlight, radiating a charming character brimming with intriguing sights to discover. Stroll across the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge to admire its magnificent wooden pagoda roof, explore the Sa Huynh Museum to inspect terracotta pieces sculpted by Hoi An's first settlers and visit the Lantern Workshop to learn how the flickering beacons which illuminate the town are crafted.

Day 6
Hoi An


Today, enjoy exploring the local area at your own pace, with this day at leisure.

Day 7
Hoi An to Hue

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leave Hoi An this morning for a scenic coastline drive to the northern capital of Hue, a cultural and spiritual highlight of Vietnam. Tour the imposing UNESCO Imperial Citadel complex, an impressive 19th century royal residence whose grandeur and beauty mask the scars of war. Later that afternoon meander through the bustling Dong Ba Market, alive with the rich scent of freshly prepared seafood and a flurry of colourful handicrafts including traditional pointed conical hats. This evening sample Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant.

Day 8
Hue to Hanoi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, embark on a traditional dragon longboat for a tranquil cruise along Hue's Perfume River. Stop at Ha Khe Hill, home to the striking tower of Thien Mu Pagoda and once a focal point for anti-government protests during the 1960s. Continue to the Tu Doc Tomb and the Khai Dinh Tomb. Later in the afternoon, fly north to Vietnam's elegant capital - Hanoi.

Day 9

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Awake in the enchanting metropolis of Hanoi, a city accentuated by traditional Vietnamese architecture coupled with a graceful transition into modernisation. Your full day tour starts with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology which displays diverse artistic pieces from the country's northern hill tribes. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex which people make a pilgrimage there to show their respect for the Ho Chi Minh who led Vietnam to independence plus take a look at the Temple of Literature which honors Vietnams finest scholars. Visit the intricate Ngoc Son Temple that resides on Hoan Kiem Lake, alleged home of an infamous 200kg turtle named Cu Rua. Later in the day experience a charming water puppet show; originally developed by rice farmers, wooden puppets are manipulated to the tune of traditional Vietnamese instruments.

Day 10
Hanoi to Halong Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, travel through the Red River Delta's expansive rural landscape to the awe-inspiring UNESCO Site of Halong Bay, undoubtedly one of your tour highlights. Over two thousand limestone karsts protrude through the azure waters of the Gulf of Tonkin; begin your overnight cruise with kayaking activities in Trinh Nu Cave area. To get to Trinh Nu beach, you need to kayak around thousand-year-old limestone formations and then walk through Trinh Nu cave. Trinh Nu beach will amaze you with its white sand and emerald water. Return to the boat, where you will a enjoy sunset party and cooking demonstration. After dinner, retire to your cabins for the night. Depending on the weather and which beaches can be accessed, there is an opportunity to climb up the side of Titov Mountain and witness an impressive view over Halong Bay. There are roughly 450 steps to reach the top. This is optional and not a guaranteed activity, but if you do wish to do it, then please pack suitable shoes just in case.

Day 11
Halong Bay to Hanoi


Enjoy the rising sun's incandescent shimmer over Halong Bay as you unwind during your morning Tai Chi session. Following a light breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave - one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay. The cave has some unique rock formations which couldn't be found anywhere else. After, return to your ship, and enjoy an early lunch buffet whilst sailing back to the harbour. Disembark the boat for a scenic drive past far-reaching rice paddies to Hanoi where you will spend the evening at leisure.

Day 12
Hanoi to Luang Prabang (Laos)

Breakfast & Dinner

Relax this morning before leaving late afternoon for your short flight west of Vietnam to the city of Luang Prabang, the jewel of Indochina. Mirroring the character of Laos, French colonial architecture juxtaposes ornate Buddhist temples overlooked by rolling hills layered with pristine forests, home to the remarkable Indochinese Tiger. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 13
Luang Prabang

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The full day tour begins with a cruise along one of the world's great rivers: the Mekong carves its way through six countries, passing imposing temples, luscious jungles and forming spectacular waterfalls, particularly in Laos. Further upstream, disembark to explore the Pak Ou Caves and their haunting collection of rejected Buddha statues. Continue to Ban Xang Hai - the 'whiskey village' - to sample the robust flavours of Laos famous rice whiskey. Return to dry land and ascend Phou Si Hill to marvel at the sun setting behind Luang Prabang city, transforming the Mekong's hue to a brilliant orange.

Day 14
Luang Prabang to Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Breakfast & Dinner

Following breakfast, fly to one of South East Asia's most beloved towns, Siem Reap. The town has a contemporary outlook with a rich supply of boutique guesthouses, luxurious spas and an array of eateries, whilst retaining a small-town charm through its shaded boulevards, vivid markets and remarkable temples. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with an evening at leisure.

Day 15
Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leave the town of Siem Reap and visit the remarkable 1st century Banteay Srei temple which, boasts some of the world's finest sandstone carvings depicting Hindu tales. This afternoon experience the tranquil floating village of Tonle Sap lake, a fascinating network of stilted houses overlooking fragile fishing boats, followed by the nearby old market for your final taste of this enchanting land.

Day 16
Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, tour the ruins of the Angkor region, South-East Asia's most important archaeological location and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover an assortment of ancient treasures including the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, a temple complex constructed to represent the earthly abode of Hindu Gods, which is reflected in both its enormity and grandeur.

Day 17
Siem Reap to UK


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.

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The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 10 days before you travel
Muong Thanh Grand Saigon
2 nights
Saigon, Vietnam
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Hoi An Central Boutique
3 nights
Hoi An, Vietnam
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Tour Reviews

Terence Dawson

18 Mar 20

Future hotels were either excellent with good facilities and big rooms to outstanding as in Laos where the hotel was paradise and everyone wanted to stay longer. I would say this was a very enjoyable tour led in five different destinations by five articulate and knowledgeable guides. Hotels were excellent and the food was stunning with nice variations from region to region.

Marcus Smith

15 Mar 20

All in all a wonderful holiday.

Peter Morrison

29 Feb 20

Impressive selection. Laos and Cambodia hotels were particularly better than we expected.

Christopher Beretta

29 Feb 20

Hoi An Central Boutique Hotel, La Casa Hanoi Hotel, Victory Cruise, Villa Santi Resort and Tara Angkor Hotel were all Excellent. Service at Tara Angkor was outstanding.

J Pinnells

21 Jan 20

Hotels were exceptional. Lake boat trip was amazing.

John Ellison

15 Dec 19

Villa Santi Resort and Spa in Luang Prabang and Hoi An Central Hotel we thought were exceptional, these were our favourite hotels.

Wendy Short

12 Nov 19

Excellent choice of hotels, especially Laos.

Marian Bugler

23 Oct 19

Some hotels were better than others, but all were of a reasonable standard.

Linda Howlett

30 Sep 19

We mentioned when booking the trip was for our 50th Anniversary. We received a total of 3 cakes and a bottle of wine from the hotels in Vietnam, which we very much enjoyed. We thanked all concerned and now say thanks to Mercury.

Len Goodes

26 Jun 19

All hotels were at least good. One or two were very good indeed. Good rooms. Comfortable beds. Good facilities. Good breakfasts. None disappointed.

Dr Mathew And Mrs Susan Philip

22 Jun 19

Hotels were all good with good facilities and in good locations.

Doris Begg

27 Apr 19

Good variation. Hotel in Laos was exeptional.

John Costelloe

23 Apr 19

Hotels were very good - better than I expected.

We especially liked the Santi Resort Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Anthony Mccully

16 Mar 19

All were excellent standard and service was first class

Paul Kilby

31 Dec 18

Hotel rooms and hotel staff were excellent. Some of the hotels were a little further out of the main town than we would have liked though.

Jean King

29 Nov 18

Hotels generally good to excellent.

Peter Wise

23 Sep 18

Five different and very good quality hotels. For three their locations meant that there was something to visit in our free time on the doorstep..

Paul Smith

22 Sep 18

Excellent choices - particularly the new hotel used in Hoi An and the last hotel in Siem Reap.

Jonathan Cook

12 May 18

Hotels in general very good, hotel in Laos in particular stunning !!

Bryand And Lyn Powell

05 Oct 17

All were fine and serviceable. We particularly liked the hotel in Laos.

Peter Bigwood

30 Jan 17

All hotels of very acceptable 4star standard

Cheryl Franklin

07 Jan 17

We were very happy with the hotels which were of an excellent standard in all three countries

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Important Information

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. The schedules of the regional flights within and between South-East Asian countries are subject to frequent changes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

If booking more than 12 weeks before departure a deposit of £295.00pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 12 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 12 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Vietnam visa requirements

A visa is not required for stays up to 45 days for British Passport holders. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. Passports must have at least 6 months validity from your date of entry and a minimum of 2 blank pages. However, we strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Cambodia visa requirements

You will need to purchase a visa for Cambodia which can be purchased on arrival. The cost of this is approximately USD $30 per person, which will need to be paid in cash. Please note that you will need to have at least one completely blank page in your passport for the Cambodian visa to be issued. Alternatively you can apply for your visa online at If you are applying online you need to apply at least 4 days in advance. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. Passports must have at least 6 months validity from your date of entry and a minimum of 2 blank pages. However, we strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Laos visa requirements

A visa is required for entry into Laos and this can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang. The cost of this is approximately USD $40 per person and you will need to bring the money in cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Laos. Alternatively you can apply for your visa online at . If you are applying online you need to apply at least 3 days in advance. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. Passports must have at least 6 months validity from your date of entry and a minimum of 2 blank pages. However, we strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 21 days before departure. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final documentation. 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.

IMPORTANT: A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you. Please note that you should carry your invoice with flight details on it as you will need to show this at the airport.

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.

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;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

All our tours feature a “Tour Pace” to help find the right holiday for you. To travel on any of our tours requires unaided mobility and the ability to stroll around the sights, climb stairs and get on and off coaches and boats. The tour pace of Vietnam Laos and Cambodia is rated as Challenging. This is largely due to the amount of travelling on this tour. A good level of fitness is required as you may be on your feet for approximately four hours in a day, though this will be interspersed with regular breaks and will vary from day to day. You will be walking around the sights, getting on and off coaches, boats and climbing steps which may be irregular. You will stay in variety of hotels throughout the tour. Our guides will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary.

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. It is important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in local currency. Money can be exchanged at the airport or branches of government banks. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels and some shops and restaurants.

The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHM). However, US Dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in local currency.

The currency in Laos is the Lao kip (LAK). No coins are currently in use in Laos as they use notes only. US Dollars are widely accepted in Laos should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in local currency.

As normal practice you may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card, you may be asked for a cash deposit. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks, and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour.

Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. However, should you wish to tip, we recommend you tip your guide approx. $4 per person per day and your driver approx. $2 per person per day. Please note tips on the Cruise ships are not included either and would recommend $2 per person per day. Tipping for the porters at your hotels and the crew during the Halong Bay Cruise will be at your discretion. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars and British pounds.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and 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.

Private Tour: If you have booked a private tour then you will be accompanied by a Driver Guide or a Driver and Local Guides. These will be available to you during all scheduled sightseeing. Private Tours can depart on any day of the week depending on flight and train schedules and the opening days of the attractions. They will follow the itinerary as described in the brochure unless you have been advised otherwise and you will still have all of the same meals, sightseeing and local excursions included


During this tour you will be spending the night on a Halong Cruise Ship. Comfortable cabins come with en suite facilities and air conditioning. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese food, cooked authentically each night.

Your accommodation is selected for convenience, location, comfort or character. Hotel accommodation is generally rated as local three to four-star standard, but please note there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences in facilities and quality do exist between the UK and Vietnam. All group tours hotels have private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning, where needed. Rest assured that all accommodation used by Mercury Holidays is regularly inspected by our staff and partners to ensure that standards meet your needs. Due to your flights landing early in the morning on arrival day we have arranged an early check in for you so you can freshen up before your tour commences.

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Dinner (when included) will be taken in local restaurants or at the hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.

Please contact Customer Experience for questions about other dietary requirements or allergy information. Vegan, vegetarian options are available, all meal requests need to be sent over to our suppliers before travel.

It is not recommended to drink the tap water, even in developed countries water may contain unfamiliar elements that can cause upset stomachs. In less developed countries water is not filtered in the same way. 2 bottles of water are supplied per day.

Tet is the most important event in the Vietnamese calendar, and it is a time for people to be with their loved ones and celebrate the Luna New Year. During this time many shops and business close for the celebrations which generally run for up to a week. Tet Holiday is between January and February, International Labour Day is on 1st May every year, Reunification Day is on 30th April every year and National Independence Day is on 2nd September every year.

During visits to Churches/Temples please note both men and women need to wear long trousers or skirts to cover knees, and tops with sleeves to cover shoulders.

On your arrival in Saigon you will be met by a representative from our local agent, LV Travel, holding a sign displaying: “Mercury Holidays”. The Mercury Holidays/LV Travel representative will show you to your transfer vehicle. Your guide will be able to answer any queries.

Please find below the emergency contact details for LV Travel head office, Hanoi.

Contact Telephone number: Anna Hanh Office: 0084 983 096 032, Mr Len Office: 0084 989 200 116, Emergency cases: 0084 888713289

24 hour e-mail: or