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Vietnam Laos and Cambodia

16 Day Escorted Tour

Vietnam, South East Asia
All Meals Included
Challenging Pace

Journey into 3 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.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • 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
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Saigon

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

Day 2
Saigon

Dinner

Today, begin your journey by exploring Vietnam's biggest city at leisure. A fury 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.

Day 3
Saigon

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'. The afternoon city tour of Saigon includes a visit to the Reunification Palace where the Vietnam War ultimately concluded, the charming neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the fascinating War Remnants Museum that presents retired artillery pieces alongside harrowing exhibitions.

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 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 7
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 majestic Tomb of emperor Minh Mang, a serene resting place that blends harmoniously into its jungle surrounding. Later in the afternoon, fly north to Vietnam's elegant capital - Hanoi.

Day 8
Hanoi

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 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 9
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 by joining smaller 'junk' boats within this mystical seascape, disembarking 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 wander along Hon Co Island's idyllic sandy beach, enjoy an authentic cooking demonstration before sampling mouth-watering traditional dishes. After dinner retire to your cabin for the evening.

Day 10
Halong Bay to Hanoi

Dinner

Enjoy the rising sun's incandescent shimmer over Halong Bay as you unwind during your morning Tai Chi session. Following breakfast, transfer on to a rowing boat for the opportunity to witness the charming fishing community of Vung Vieng village. Upon returning to your ship, sail back to the harbour for a scenic drive past far-reaching rice paddies to Hanoi for your final night in Vietnam.

Day 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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. In the afternoon visit Roluos, a former ancient capital that hosts remarkably preserved temples serving as a fantastic introduction to distinct Angkorian architecture.

Day 15
Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning 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. 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 to UK

Breakfast

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

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £2,469
1 Date
20th Jan - 4th Feb
£2,469
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February 2021
from £2,519
1 Date
24th Feb - 11th Mar
£2,519
March 2021
from £2,519
3 Dates
3rd Mar - 18th Mar
£2,519
10th Mar - 25th Mar
£2,529
24th Mar - 7th Apr
£2,629
April 2021
from £2,399
2 Dates
6th Apr - 21st Apr
£2,469
13th Apr - 28th Apr
£2,399
May 2021
from £2,359
2 Dates
4th May - 19th May
£2,359
18th May - 2nd Jun
£2,359
June 2021
from £2,169
2 Dates
1st Jun - 16th Jun
£2,259
15th Jun - 30th Jun
£2,169
July 2021
from £2,439
2 Dates
6th Jul - 21st Jul
£2,439
27th Jul - 11th Aug
£2,449
September 2021
from £2,399
2 Dates
7th Sep - 22nd Sep
£2,419
14th Sep - 29th Sep
£2,399
October 2021
from £2,449
3 Dates
5th Oct - 20th Oct
£2,449
12th Oct - 27th Oct
£2,499
26th Oct - 11th Nov
£2,519
November 2021
from £2,489
2 Dates
10th Nov - 25th Nov
£2,489
24th Nov - 9th Dec
£2,519
December 2021
from £2,519
1 Date
1st Dec - 16th Dec
£2,519

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
Golden Central Hotel
2 nights
Saigon, Vietnam
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Hoi An Central Boutique
2 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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Extend Your Tour

Vietnam Laos and Cambodia with Siem Reap City Stay

4 Day Extension
from

£129

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Vietnam Laos and Cambodia with Mui Ne Beach Stay

4 Day Extension
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£329

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Vietnam Laos and Cambodia with Phuket Beach Stay

4 Day Extension
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£619

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Vietnam Laos and Cambodia with Bali Beach Stay

6 Day Extension
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£729

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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>Laos:</b> 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 $35 per person and you will need to bring the money in cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Laos.<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. 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.

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 £49pp 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.

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 a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 11, and the maximum will be 45. If in the unlikely event there are less than 11 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.

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), the currency in Laos is the Laotian Kit (LAO) and 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.

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 £300-£400 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is not compulsory at is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, you can give this to your guide and driver when you leave them in each place. If you feel you have received a good level of service, we recommend approximately £2 ($3) per person per day for the guide and driver. This will be collected at the end of each destination visited for your convenience. Tipping for the porters at your hotels and the crew during the Halong Bay Cruise Bay Cruise will be at your discretion. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars and British pounds.