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Steeped in history, discover an assortment of ancient treasures at the awe inspiring Angkor Wat complex and experience breath-taking panoramas in the heart of Halong Bay's azure waters.
Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Hanoi.
Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel to relax after your flight.
Begin today's tour of Hanoi at the distinctive Presidential Palace. Wander through pristinely manicured botanical gardens to uncover Ho Chi Minh's modestly sized house on stilts, nestled amongst the tranquillity of this rural oasis. From here, journey to Hanoi's emblematic One Pillar Pagoda and the 10th Century Temple of Literature before embarking on a street food tour, where you can sample Dried Beef Mannequin, Hanoi bread and Kebab Rice Noodles, as well as the delightful flavours of Egg-milk coffee within the vibrant Dong Xuan Market. Continue to Hoa Lo Prison known by American POWs as the Hanoi Hilton and then to the bustling Old Quarter Street to experience the daily life of the locals, before enjoying a traditional Water Puppet Performance this evening.
Glide across the emerald waters of Halong Bay and experience a vision of extraordinary beauty, snaking past a landscape of scattered islands, limestone karsts and enchanting grottoes. Anchoring at the mouth of a secluded cove, disembark for the unique opportunity to swim in the azure waters, before spending a relaxing night in the midst of Halong Bay. Please note the following departures will use the Syrena cruise - 16/03/2023, 26/10/2023, 09/11/ 2023 & 23/11/ 2023. Please note the itinerary for departures that use the Syrena cruise will differ, please refer to the dossier for more information.
Awake to the serene sounds of lapping water and relish in a fresh morning breeze, as you slowly sail towards port whilst tucking into a delicious breakfast. Transfer to the airport and journey to Hoi An, where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Formerly one of Southeast Asia's chief ports, discover a labyrinth of riverside streets strewn with perfectly preserved Japanese merchant houses and Chinese tea warehouses. Explore this easily navigable town at leisure in the morning before joining a city tour in the afternoon, visiting the 17th century Japanese Pagoda Bridge. After the tour sample some of the street food in Hoi An Ancient Town including Cao Lau Noodles, White Rose Cake, Fried Wonton Dumplings, Chicken Rice and Fried Banana Cake.
Today, experience Hoi An's charming character during a day at leisure.
After a morning at leisure, journey to the bustling city of Saigon, where an afternoon tour begins at the War Remnants Museum; presenting a collection of retired artillery and weaponry artefacts, explore the harrowing exhibits which highlight the grim realities of the Vietnam War. Next, head towards the distinctive neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and adjacent Saigon Post Office. Finally, experience a hive of activity amidst the vibrant market stalls of Ben Thanh Market.
After breakfast, discover the extraordinary underground Cu Chi tunnel network, spanning an astonishing 75 miles; famously housing hospitals, living quarters and weapon factories during the Vietnam war, these restricted passageways were used as the main base of operations by the Viet Cong. This afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure in the centre of cosmopolitan Saigon.
Travel south to the picturesque province of Ben Tre. Take a boat trip along the Hoa River, pausing en route to experience the unique regional trades of local residents, incorporating visits to a coconut sweets workshop, thriving bee garden and candy mill, relishing in a tasting along the way. Following a short walk towards a local farmer house, journey along village paths and through verdant vegetable plains on a tuk tuk, before continuing to Can Tho.
Experience a hive of activity upon Can Tho's crowded canals this morning, on a scenic journey towards Mekong Delta. The Cai Rang floating market is packed with an enormous array of vibrant fruit and vegetables to feast your eyes upon. Venture onwards, absorbing tranquil vistas along the enchanting Mekong, and head towards a local village for the chance to visit a rice husking mill and rice noodle shop, observing the process of producing these staple ingredients, before transferring to Chau Doc.
Following a speedboat journey into Cambodia's historic capital, immerse yourself in regal grandeur at the Cambodian King's residence; the ornately gilded Khmer roofs of the Royal Palace majestically rub shoulders with the neighbouring lavish Silver Pagoda. Later in the day, boasting one of Cambodia's largest collections of Khmer art dating from the prehistoric era through to the present day, wander through the National Museum's fascinating exhibition of Cambodian history, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Following breakfast, a moving tour of the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek explores the reality of Cambodia's troubled past. Although inconceivable to comprehend the harrowing events which once unfolded here, these excursions illustrate imperative pieces of Cambodia's historical puzzle. Pay your respects to the victims of the Pol Pot regime at Choeung Ek's poignant Buddhist memorial before travelling to Siem Reap this evening.
Take some time to relax, shop and discover the street life in Cambodia's most pleasant tourist town.
Today, embark on a tour of the Angkor Wat complex; a stunning example of enduring devotion to the gods, this grandiose temple has been in constant use since its construction in 1112. Flanked by a commanding row of 54 stone figures, enter the South Gate of the Angkor Thom and visit the mesmerising gothic towers of Bayon and later the Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terrace. Following lunch, uncover the mystical Ta Prohm temple, partially engulfed by the jungle's burgeoning canopy, before enjoying a farewell dinner and traditional Apsara dance performance.
Enjoy a morning at leisure before departing for your flight home or chosen extension, via Hanoi.
For UK citizens a visa for Vietnam is only required for stays longer than 15 days or for multi entry visits. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. 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. This visa information is a guide line 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.
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.
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 €300pp 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.
Your initial flight is to Hanoi International Airport with Vietnam Airlines (VN), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 23KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 10kg - 56cm/36cm/23cm) in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be feature 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.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. 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.
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.
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.
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.
You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. Approximately £200- £300 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. It is customary to tip both your driver and guide. We would recommend to tip approximately $6/7 per person per day. This is a total of $140 per person to budget for tips on your trip. Tips are accepted in the local currency. An additional $15 tip is recommended at the Vietnam and Cambodia border.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|11 May 2023||27 May 2023||€2911.00|
|25 May 2023||10 Jun 2023||€2687.00|
|08 Jun 2023||24 Jun 2023||SOLD OUT|
|22 Jun 2023||08 Jul 2023||€2575.00|
|06 Jul 2023||22 Jul 2023||€2799.00|
|20 Jul 2023||05 Aug 2023||€3471.00|
|03 Aug 2023||19 Aug 2023||€3471.00|
|31 Aug 2023||16 Sep 2023||€2911.00|
|14 Sep 2023||30 Sep 2023||€2911.00|
|28 Sep 2023||14 Oct 2023||€3023.00|
|12 Oct 2023||28 Oct 2023||€3023.00|
|26 Oct 2023||10 Nov 2023||€2911.00|
|09 Nov 2023||24 Nov 2023||SOLD OUT|
|23 Nov 2023||08 Dec 2023||€2911.00|
|04 Jan 2024||19 Jan 2024||€3023.00|
|18 Jan 2024||02 Feb 2024||€3023.00|
|15 Feb 2024||01 Mar 2024||€3023.00|
|29 Feb 2024||15 Mar 2024||€3023.00|
|14 Mar 2024||29 Mar 2024||€3023.00|
|28 Mar 2024||12 Apr 2024||€3023.00|
|11 Apr 2024||26 Apr 2024||€3135.00|
|25 Apr 2024||10 May 2024||€2799.00|
|09 May 2024||24 May 2024||€2799.00|
|23 May 2024||07 Jun 2024||€2687.00|
|06 Jun 2024||21 Jun 2024||€2463.00|
|20 Jun 2024||05 Jul 2024||€2463.00|
|04 Jul 2024||19 Jul 2024||€2799.00|
|18 Jul 2024||02 Aug 2024||€2799.00|
|01 Aug 2024||16 Aug 2024||€3359.00|
|29 Aug 2024||13 Sep 2024||€3247.00|
|12 Sep 2024||27 Sep 2024||€2911.00|
|26 Sep 2024||11 Oct 2024||€2911.00|
|10 Oct 2024||25 Oct 2024||€2911.00|
|24 Oct 2024||08 Nov 2024||€2911.00|
|07 Nov 2024||22 Nov 2024||€2911.00|
|21 Nov 2024||06 Dec 2024||€3023.00|
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Extend your tour with this extension in Cambodia. During this extra time, you can explore Siem Reap, Angkor Wat or whatever you wish, at your own pace.