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Vietnam and Cambodia Odyssey including

Cambodia Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Nha Trang
  • Saigon
  • Mekong Cruise
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Sihanoukville
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £349pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a relaxing 3-night beach stay
  • Two-night Halong Bay Cruise
  • Four scenic train journeys through Vietnam
  • Tours of Hanoi, Saigon & Phnom Penh
  • 3-night cruise on the Mekong Delta
  • Explore the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Discover the incredible Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Extension from £349pp

Tour + Extension from £2648pp

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Cambodia Beach Stay

Relax in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier seaside resort.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Hanoi

Depart London on your overnight flight to Hanoi.

2
Hanoi

You will be met on arrival by your guide who'll accompany you to your hotel. After some time to relax enjoy dinner and a traditional Water Puppet Performance.

  • Dinner
3
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 built by the French colonialists in the early 20th century, Ho Chi Minh's House of Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. After lunch, you will learn about Vietnam's ethnic groups in the Museum of Ethnology. Later return to the lively Old Quarter to explore this bustling commercial centre on cyclo, a two person cycle carriage.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Hanoi to Halong Bay

This memorable day marks the start of your two-night cruise around the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a vision of ethereal beauty. You'll explore these marvellous islands, intricate limestone rock formations and hidden wave-eroded grottoes on a luxury cruise boat. Begin with a visit to Vung Vieng Fishing village by rowing boat, a floating settlement dating back hundreds of years. After lunch, there'll be some time to swim and relax on Ban Chan sandy beach before continuing your journey to Cong Do where the boat will anchor overnight. Finish your day with a local cookery demonstration before enjoying a delicious set dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Halong Bay

Begin your day with some calming Tai Chi on the boat's deck or watch the sun rise from your cabin before setting off for a more active day on the water. Cruise to some of the bay's more untouched areas, making stops for swimming and sightseeing. Spend the evening relaxing on board with a spa treatment (at a fee).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Halong Bay to Hue

Rise early for your final water excursion - a trip to explore the well-hidden and prehistoric Thien Canh Son cave before a farewell brunch and arrival on the mainland. Enjoy an early dinner back in Hanoi before boarding a sleeper train for an overnight journey to Hue.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
7
Hue

Enjoy the morning view from your window as the train approaches its final destination. The first visit of the day is to the Citadel of Hue, a large fortress built in the 18th century whose architectural style takes inspiration from both the Forbidden City in Beijing and the military principles of the French army. Then continue to the partially ruined Dien Tho Residence before visiting Thai Hoa Palace and finally to Thien Mu pagoda and the Imperial tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.

  • Lunch & Dinner
8
Hue to Hoi An

After breakfast, you'll board the train for a trip along the Reunification Railway to Danang that links Hanoi to Saigon. The train glides through the world class scenic route that runs along the South China Sea, snaking between jungle-covered cliffs and past white beaches, finally heading through lush green mountains to reach Danang. Take some time to relax at your hotel or explore the area before reconvening for dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Hoi An

Your morning in Hoi An will begin with a walking tour of the town, taking you past traditional Japanese merchant houses, ancient Chinese tea warehouses and finishes at the Pagoda Bridge, an early 17th-century Japanese temple that spans across the waterway. After lunch, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the myriad of silk and tailor shops or simply take in the views over a coffee at one of the many waterside cafes.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
10
Hoi An to Nha Trang

Following breakfast at your hotel, it's time to board the train for the day-long journey south to the coastal city of Nha Trang, widely considered to be home to one of the most beautiful bays in the word. Arrive in the late evening and check into your hotel.

  • Breakfast
11
Nha Trang

Today you will enjoy a day of island hopping, starting with a trip to Mun Island, the premium spot for snorkelling in Nha Trang, blessed with a wealth of colourful coral reefs and marine life. Enjoy lunch on Con Se Tre island before returning to your hotel to refresh, have dinner, then board the overnight train to Saigon. (* snorkelling & water sports available at a fee)

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Saigon

The train arrives into Saigon in the early hours so you'll be transferred straight to your hotel with time to enjoy breakfast. Spend the afternoon touring Saigon's highlights with a visit to the Reunification Palace as well as nearby Notre Dame Cathedral. Next travel to the French-style Saigon Post Office then finishes at the Ben Thanh Market, a symbol of the bustling city where colourful stalls are packed to the rafters with fresh fruit and tourist kitsch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Saigon

After breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. This immense labyrinth of 75 miles in length once housed hospitals, weapon factories and living quarters. Return to Saigon for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
14
Saigon to Mekong Cruise

Leaving Saigon behind, embark on a three-night cruise along the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta that will journey all the way up to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. First visit Can Tho, the largest town on the Delta, cruising gently through picturesque canals and waterways, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the Mekong people. Continue to Cai Be where there'll be a guided walk to a rural village, passing lush green orchards and the chance to meet the locals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Mekong Cruise

Depart early in the morning with an excursion on long rowing sampan boats allowing you to meander through the small canals of Tan Phong islet. This afternoon the boats will moor at the charming colonial town of Sa Dec. Famous for its beautiful flower gardens, the small, sleepy town is truly a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta. Return to the vessel for a sunset cruise and dinner on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Mekong Cruise

Arrive at Cao Lanh in the morning and after breakfast disembark for a morning excursion to Tan Thuan Dong islet where you can enjoy a gentle cycle around the winding roads or simply explore the area by foot. As the boat manoeuvres through Cho Vam canal, you are invited to a sunset cocktail party on the top deck.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Mekong to Phnom Penh

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Phnom Penh by speedboat where you'll be met with the coach to begin your tour of the capital of Cambodia. Begin with a visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866, and marvel at the ornately gilded Khmer roofs, beguiling throne hall, solid gold-encrusted Buddha and Silver Pagoda. Next visit the National Museum that houses a collection of Khmer art, notably sculptures, throughout the ages. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

This morning includes a guided tour of Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past. These excursions may prove distressing for some but are important pieces of Cambodia's historical and cultural puzzle. Later this afternoon continue by coach to Siem Reap.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
19
Siem Reap

Watch the sunrise over the 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex, the best-preserved temple boasting fascinating decorative flourishes that took 30 years to build and represents Khmer civilisation at its grandest. Next visit Angkor Thom, a group of buildings that surpass Angkor Watt in splendour and grandiosity. Start at the Southern Gate, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side, followed by the Bayon and its beautifully crafted central towers. From here you visit Baphoun, Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terrace, once used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies. Lastly see Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. That has been left to be swallowed by the jungle and is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Conclude the day with dinner and an Apsara dance performance.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20
Siem Reap to UK

Depart Siem Reap for your return flight back to the UK via Saigon or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
21
Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

Fly to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen Beach Hotel

  • Breakfast
22
Sihanoukville

Relax at your chosen Beach Hotel

  • Breakfast
24
Sihanoukville

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

Vietnam:
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.
Please note, Irish citizens must accquire a visa when travelling to Vietnam, so please follow the above information to obtain a visa.

Cambodia:
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. A visa will need to be paid for again if entering Cambodia a second time, at the same cost of USD $30 (for example if you are taking both the Laos extension and the Cambodia extension). Please note that it is important that is plenty of space left in the passport, as a Cambodian visa alone takes up one page.

Laos
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, you will also be required to bring two passport photos. 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.

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 £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.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Hanoi International Airport with Vietnam Airlines (VN), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extra Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.
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.

Alternative Flights
Alternative flights are available, please contact us for details.

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, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

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, boats and trains. Please note you will be required to carry your luggage between stations, and you may be required to sleep on a top bunk. 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 an escorted tour, meaning that you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) 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.

Personal Expenses

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 £600-£700 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is not compulsory and 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. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars and British pounds.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
Independence Hotel
15 Nov 201907 Dec 2019£429£2599£3028SOLD OUT
22 Nov 201914 Dec 2019£429£2639£3068SOLD OUT
24 Nov 201916 Dec 2019£429£2639£3068SOLD OUT
29 Nov 201921 Dec 2019£399£2649£3048SOLD OUT
2020 DATES
03 Jan 202025 Jan 2020£449£2819£3268SOLD OUT
07 Jan 202029 Jan 2020£449£2819£3268SOLD OUT
13 Jan 202004 Feb 2020£449£3049£3498Please call to book
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17 Jan 202008 Feb 2020£449£3049£3498Please call to book
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23 Jan 202014 Feb 2020£439£3049£3488Book Now
24 Jan 202015 Feb 2020£449£3049£3498SOLD OUT
29 Jan 202020 Feb 2020£439£2999£3438SOLD OUT
31 Jan 202022 Feb 2020£449£3049£3498SOLD OUT
07 Feb 202029 Feb 2020£439£3099£3538SOLD OUT
14 Feb 202007 Mar 2020£439£3049£3488SOLD OUT
21 Feb 202014 Mar 2020£439£2889£3328SOLD OUT
28 Feb 202021 Mar 2020£439£2799£3238SOLD OUT
06 Mar 202028 Mar 2020£439£2799£3238SOLD OUT
13 Mar 202004 Apr 2020£409£2799£3208SOLD OUT
20 Mar 202011 Apr 2020£349£2829£3178SOLD OUT
23 Mar 202014 Apr 2020£349£2789£3138SOLD OUT
27 Mar 202018 Apr 2020£409£2869£3278Book Now
06 Apr 202028 Apr 2020£409£2649£3058SOLD OUT
10 Apr 202002 May 2020£409£2799£3208Book Now
17 Apr 202009 May 2020£409£2799£3208SOLD OUT
24 Apr 202016 May 2020£409£2699£3108Book Now
01 May 202023 May 2020£409£2599£3008Book Now
08 May 202030 May 2020£409£2469£2878Book Now
15 May 202006 Jun 2020£399£2449£2848Book Now
22 May 202013 Jun 2020£389£2419£2808Book Now
29 May 202020 Jun 2020£399£2419£2818Book Now
05 Jun 202027 Jun 2020£399£2349£2748Book Now
12 Jun 202004 Jul 2020£389£2299£2688SOLD OUT
19 Jun 202011 Jul 2020£389£2299£2688Book Now
03 Jul 202025 Jul 2020£409£2349£2758Book Now
10 Jul 202001 Aug 2020£409£2419£2828Book Now
04 Sep 202026 Sep 2020£409£2499£2908Book Now
11 Sep 202003 Oct 2020£409£2469£2878Book Now
18 Sep 202010 Oct 2020£409£2539£2948Book Now
25 Sep 202017 Oct 2020£409£2539£2948Book Now
02 Oct 202024 Oct 2020£419£2619£3038Book Now
09 Oct 202031 Oct 2020£419£2629£3048Book Now
16 Oct 202007 Nov 2020£419£2649£3068Book Now
23 Oct 202014 Nov 2020£419£2649£3068Book Now
30 Oct 202021 Nov 2020£419£2649£3068Book Now
06 Nov 202028 Nov 2020£419£2649£3068Book Now
13 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£419£2659£3078Book Now
20 Nov 202012 Dec 2020£419£2669£3088Book Now
27 Nov 202019 Dec 2020£419£2669£3088Book 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
Itinerary Changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed, however, 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.

Alternative Flights

Alternative flights are available, please contact us for details.

Important to note:

Please note that an extra night in Siem Reap is required at the end of the tour for the following dates; 6th Sep, 4th & 25th Oct 2019. (Unless you are taking an extension then an extra night will not be required)

Please note:

24/11/19 will be staying on board the 4* Funan Cruise

Important to note

Please note: the Halong Bay cruise itinerary may change depending on the boat used

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dong

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

12 °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.

Vietnam

Cambodia

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream and a hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Travel plug adapter
Customer Rating:
10/10
Peter Coles
24th Oct 2019

All well selected, central locations with friendly and very helpful staff.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Keren Richards
2nd Oct 2019

The overall trip was very memorable and thoroughly enjoyable.
The downside for us was the extension in Sihanoukville. While the hotel Independent was very nice although somewhat dated with lovely pool etc. it was disappointing for anyone wanting to explore beyond the confines of the hotel. We took the shuttle to town but were horrified at the amount of litter not only in the streets but literally everywhere. There is obviously no infrastructure for refuse collection yet sky scraper hotels going up everywhere with Chinese money. Very sad.
We are well travelled and used to all sorts of places where there is poverty and deprivation but we have never seen anything like Sihanoukville. I think the deceased king would turn in his grave. So while a very good holiday overall we would not have booked the extension had we known.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Barbara Archer
19th Nov 2018

Just to say thank you all so much - neither I nor my Husband would not have known how to put such an amazing itinerary together! - On our journey, we came across the truly worldly backpackers so we can assume we were on the right route for true exploration - we proudly call ourselves 'flashpackers' as we followed an adventurous (but well-organised) trail too!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Elaine Hinds
6th Feb 2018

Hotels on tour varied between adequate and very good.
Unfortunately the beach stay hotel was not of a good standard. The Independance Hotel is very tired and really showing its age 55 years. In general hotel a bit scruffy, very poor breakfast offering, unhappy & unmotivated staff and remotely located.
The resort itself offers little of interest and a very poor food offering. All in all a disappointing end to what had been an excellent tour.

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