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Escorted Tours

Splendours of Vietnam including

Temples of Cambodia


Route:
  • London
  • Saigon
  • Can Tho
  • Dalat
  • Nha Trang
  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Siem Reap
  • London

4 NIGHTS from £529pp

Tour Highlights
  • Angkor Wat Temple
  • Fortified City of Angkor Thom
  • Ta Prohm Ruins
  • Boat Trip on Tonle Sap Lake
  • 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
  • Island cruising in Nha Trang
  • Overnight Cruise of Halong Bay

Extension from £529pp

Tour + Extension from £2428pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Visit the Temples of Cambodia

Extend your Splendours of Vietnam Tour with our extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia from 529pp. This extension includes visits to some of the most iconic and atmospheric sites in Cambodia, including the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest religious monument in the world.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Saigon

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

2
Saigon

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Saigon to Can Tho

After breakfast visit Cao Dai temple before experiencing the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta. Journey, by motor boat, 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Can Tho to Saigon

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 be transferred back to your hotel in Saigon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Saigon to Dalat

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Dalat

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 and enjoy a traditional Gong Music show. 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Dalat to Nha Trang

Leaving Dalat, you will transfer to the beach resort of Nha Trang for lunch. In the afternoon, visit some of the cultural attractions in and around the area to gain an excellent insight into the history and culture of the area. Begin with Long Son Pagoda, built in commemoration of the monks and nuns who died whilst fighting the Diem Government, and then see the Po Nagar Temples - fascinating examples of Cham architecture situated on Mount Cu Lao. Finish the day with some shopping at Dam Market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nha Trang

Today you will enjoy a day of island hopping, starting with a trip to Tri Nguyen Aquarium on the Mieu Island. Continue to Mun Island, the best place for snorkelling in Nha Trang and blessed with a wealth of colourful coral reefs and marine life. Have time to relax or take part in some water sports at Mot Island or Tranh Beach Island. Enjoy lunch on Con Se Tre Island, before transferring back to your hotel in Nha Trang.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nha Trang to Hoi An

After breakfast fly to Danang for your transfer to Hoi An for lunch before an afternoon tour. 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Hoi An

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Hoi An

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Hoi An to Hue

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Hue to Hanoi

Begin your day by boarding a traditional Dragon boat for a tranquil trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda and the 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Hanoi

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Hanoi to Halong Bay

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Halong Bay to Hanoi

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
17
Hanoi to the UK

Following breakfast you will depart for Hoa Lu to visit the temples of Dinh King and Le King, built in the 10th Century for the heroic kings in Chinese War. Next travel on to Tam Coc for lunch and travel on a local bamboo boat in Hoang Long River. On the way you will pass through three enormous caves and the striking limestone formations that the area is renowned for, before returning to Hanoi for your evening flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
18
Hanoi to Siem Reap

Your morning will be at leisure before your pick up to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
19
Siem Reap

Proceed to the Angkor Wat temple, discover the fortified city of Angkor Thom. After lunch you will explore the jungle covered Ta Prohm.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20
Siem Reap

Visit the stunning Banteay Srei, a 10th century Hindu temple. In the afternoon, take a boat trip to a local village on the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
21
Siem Reap to the UK

Your return flight home via Saigon.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

Vietnam
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 through The Travel Visa Company 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 to 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.
Cambodia:
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.

Insurance

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.

Payment

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.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

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.

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

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.

Currency Information

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.

Personal Expenses

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!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 DATES
24 Nov 201814 Dec 2018£569£2129£2698SOLD OUT
2019 DATES
05 Jan 201926 Jan 2019£539£2219£2758SOLD OUT
19 Jan 201909 Feb 2019£539£2219£2758Please call to book
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02 Feb 201923 Feb 2019£539£2419£2958Book Now
16 Feb 201909 Mar 2019£539£2169£2708Book Now
02 Mar 201923 Mar 2019£539£2199£2738Book Now
09 Mar 201930 Mar 2019£539£2179£2718Book Now
06 Apr 201927 Apr 2019£539£2159£2698Book Now
20 Apr 201911 May 2019£529£2129£2658Book Now
04 May 201925 May 2019£529£1999£2528Book Now
25 May 201915 Jun 2019£529£1899£2428Book Now
15 Jun 201906 Jul 2019£529£1999£2528Book Now
07 Sep 201928 Sep 2019£529£2099£2628Book Now
28 Sep 201919 Oct 2019£539£2099£2638Book Now
12 Oct 201902 Nov 2019£569£2119£2688Book Now
26 Oct 201916 Nov 2019£569£2119£2688Book Now
09 Nov 201930 Nov 2019£569£2159£2728Book Now
23 Nov 201914 Dec 2019£569£2159£2728Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling Alone?

Unfortunately we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour, however if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

Private Tours

If the group tour departure dates and not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience than you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Please note

On the Halong Cruise you will either be booked into a twin or double room.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dong

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

19 °C / 37 °C

Spoken languages

Vietnamese

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Saigon

Can Tho

Dalat

Nha Trang

Hue

Hanoi

Cambodia

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Customer Rating:
10/10
Linda Wright
25th Mar 2018

All were very good

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
George Murray
13th Feb 2018

All good with western breakfasts. Le Belhamy resort slightly run down due to more larger hotels being built close by.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Brian Helm
29th Jan 2018

All the hotels were very good with large comfortable bedrooms, air conditioning and en-suite facilities. An unexpected additional bonus was the provision of bottled water each day. The breakfasts were excellent and we especially liked the ‘egg’ stations for freshly cooked eggs.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Rita Kirkham
19th Nov 2017

Hotels were excellent throughout, staff were very pleasant and friendly nothing was to much trouble for them, very clean and comfortable rooms and bed

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
David Lloyd
29th Jan 2017

All satisfactory, only comment would be that some were located away from centres with little of interest in immediate vicinity

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Elizabeth Puddick
27th Nov 2016

Fantastic hotels with a high level of customer care

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Peter Mcconnell
14th Nov 2016

The beach resort was exceptional, as were the guides.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Kevin Walker
9th Nov 2016

The Ho Chi Minh city tour guide (Mr Nhan) and the Hanoi tour Guide (Mr Anh) were both excellent. Providing interesting commentaries and looking after the party extremely well. All hotels were of very good standard and had friendly and helpful staff. The hotel Le Belhamy in Hoi An went the extra mile when room staff noticed my partners birthday cards we came back that evening to find a lovely birthday cake in the room. A very nice surprise.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Julie Duncan
13th Jul 2016

The Golden Central in Saigon was good. We were moved to a new room with electricity as soon as we came back from a walk.

The Ngoc Lan in Dalat was very nice except for the traffic noise due to being at the front of the building. The free standing air con unit simply could not cope and a fan would have been of more use.

The Sunway in Hanoi had very grubby looking hallway carpets.
On our first stay we were on the 9th floor and to be honest the room needed a new carpet and a lick of paint.
On our return we were on the 7th floor and the room of a much better standard.

The Tara in Siem Reap was by far our favourite hotel and we considered it the best of all.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Martin Hewitt
9th Jun 2016

My wife has said it was one of the best holidays she has ever had. We have done a lot of travelling over the last 16 years and she doesn't give this praise lightly I can assure you.

The hotels and most of the restaurants where of the highest quality and Mercury Holidays must once again be congratulated for producing a well-balanced holiday at the best value imaginable. Vietnam & Cambodia were not really the backward countries that we had imagined them to be. Our last four days in Cambodia seemed to me to be the 'cherry on the cake' of the whole 21 day Mercury Holiday's Splendour of Vietnam & Cambodia tour. Angkor Wat& Thom and the Siem Reap area of Cambodia must certainly rate as one of the wonders of the world. We have always rated Mercury Holidays very highly and have always told our friends to give you a try.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Anne Sass
20th Feb 2016

The hotels were all of exceptional high standard, way above expectations.
The only meals in the hotels were breakfast which were excellent. The size of rooms, luxury and service were also excellent.
All other meals were taken in local restaurants which were also extremely high standard and good to eat the local foods.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Ian Stoter
15th Feb 2016

Good choice of hotels, all providing a 4 star experience.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jocelyn Cooper
11th Jan 2016

Informative. Helpful. Kind .Considerate. Polite.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Valerie Macdonald
18th Oct 2015

all hotels were excellent in every way.
Very honest people . If anyone left anything in a room it was rescued very quickly by the staff.
All staff were very helpful and courteous

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Andrew Newman
26th Apr 2015

Very good value and well supported

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
10/10
Christine Grindley
5th Feb 2015

All first class, value for money

  • Overall Satisfaction
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  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
8.2/10
Kevin Broyd
3rd Feb 2015

Very acceptable hotels - no complaints

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
9.6/10
Jill Wicke
8th Jan 2015

All the hotels we stayed in on the tour were of a very good standard with good European breakfasts.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
9.6/10
Victor King
12th Oct 2014

Hotels overall excellent

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
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  • Dalat
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  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Hanoi
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