15 Day fly tour from 6 UK airports
Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam
FOLLOW THE MEKONG
Take a colourful journey of a lifetime through South East Asia's verdant lands, experiencing unforgettable must-see highlights.
This extraordinary tour begins amid the excitement, noise and kaleidoscopic wonder of the Thai capital, Bangkok. After the chance to see the River Kwai, you'll journey into Cambodia, to explore the Khmer citadel of Angkor Thom, discover the vast serenity of Angkor Wat, and the palaces and museums of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. A scenic boat journey through the Mekong Delta brings you to Ho Chi Minh City – formerly and famously Saigon – a fitting finale to this wonderful tour of South East Asia.
Bangkok's Buddhas, palaces and monuments
A visit to the floating markets at Damnoen Saduak and Cai Rang
A visit to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon)
Journey along the Mekong River by fast passenger boat
A scenic journey to the Cambodian border and French colonial Battambang
Cruise across Tonlé Sap – South East Asia’s ‘Great Lake’
Two full days at Siem Reap, including a visit to the temples at Angkor Wat
A city tour of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh
A chance to see the infamous Cu Chi tunnel complex, a former Viet Cong hideaway
Two days to explore the multicultural city of Singapore
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
12 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a series of four-star hotels in Bangkok (3 nights), Battambang (1), Siem Reap (3), Phnom Penh (1), Chaudoc (1), Cantho (1) and Ho Chi Minh City (2), plus two nights on the aircraft
Six lunches and eight dinners
Return flights on Singapore Airlines to Bangkok (returning from Ho Chi Minh City) via Singapore
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach and boat travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Day One - Fly to Thailand
Begin your holiday with an overnight flight to Bangkok via Singapore.
Day Two – Optional Thai dinner and dance excursion
Arrive in Bangkok, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Spend your afternoon relaxing and enjoying the hotel's facilities, or head out to begin exploring the city. This evening, why not round off your day by joining your fellow travellers for a traditional Thai dinner? Watch a performance of typical Thai dancing as you enjoy your meal, and celebrate the first of your three nights in the city.
Day Three – Included Floating Markets and Bangkok city tour
Immerse yourself in Thai culture, today, on a full-day sightseeing tour. Your first stop will be the colourful floating markets at Damnoen Saduak. Watch as the locals buy fresh produce from the traders on the boats, then head back into Bangkok for a guided tour. See the Royal Island, where the Grand Palace adjoins the Wat Phra Kaew temple with its Emerald Buddha, as well as the less formal Wat Pho temple, home to the gigantic Reclining Buddha, and the five-and-a-half-ton Golden Buddha at Chinatown’s Wat Traimit.
Day Four – Optional River Kwai excursion
Relax in Bangkok, or perhaps join today's optional River Kwai and the Death Railway excursion. Travel by train, through a fascinating landscape of rice fields and sugar-cane plantations and into the Thai jungle, to Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi. Enjoy lunch, and visit Kanchanaburi's beautifully-tended war cemeteries as well as the various museums connected with this area's tragic WWII history, the construction of the Death Railway and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai.
Day Five – From Thailand to Cambodia
An early start sees you journey, through a stunning rural landscape barely changed in centuries, to the border at Psar Phrum, where you'll cross into Cambodia. Formalities completed, you'll begin the second part of your adventure with the short journey to the elegant French colonial city of Battambang.
Day Six – Battambang to Siem Reap
Today you travel to Wat Ek Phnom, a pre Angkor Period temple situated on the banks of the Sandker River. Later, enjoy a ride on a Bamboo Train through the Battambang countryside before continuing to the colourful market town of Siem Reap, home to the archaeological Angkor National Museum, and your gateway to the incredible temple complex of Angkor Thom.
Day Seven – Included cruise across Tonlé Sap
This morning, you'll journey across Tonle Sap, South East Asia's Great Lake, and see the villages built entirely on stilts that are home to the floating communities whose livelihoods depend on the lake's waters. An afternoon visit to the Angkor National Museum, to see its collection of sculptures, stonework and other priceless artefacts, rounds of a fascinating day.
Day Eight – Included Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat excursion
Discover the four vast stone heads and countless carved faces of the Bayon, which stands in the heart of the 'lost city' of Angkor Thom, today.
Angkor Thom was the greatest citadel of the Khmer Empire that ruled half of South East Asia for nearly 600 years, and its ruined boulevards and gateways cover a vast area to the north of Siem Reap. And yet it is not the highlight of this landscape littered with great ruins. That title goes to Angkor Wat. The world's largest religious building, with its five great towers and 1000-metre-long carved bas-relief, is dazzling and unforgettable. Expect to return to your hotel awed and amazed by everything you've seen.
Day Nine – From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Travel to the Cambodian capital. Phnom Penh, a French colonial treasure-chest on the banks of the Mekong River. It's a city of dusty, faded glory, except in its stupendous Royal Palace and its Silver Pagoda of priceless Buddhist artefacts.
This evening, enjoy dinner at the famous, riverside Foreign Correspondents' Club.
Day 10 – Included Tuol Sleng Museum visit and Mekong boat trip to Vietnam
Spend a thought-provoking morning at the Tuol Sleng Museum, which chronicles the Pol Pot years and the reign of the Khmer Rouge.
Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Wat Phnom Temple before you board the fast boat along the Mekong River to feel the wind on your face on a thrilling boat ride into Vietnam.
Day 11 – Included Nui Sam visit and travel to Can Tho
Your day begins with a visit to the holy mountain of Nui Sam. Studded with pagodas and temples, the mountain offers visitors stunning views over the Mekong Delta, which awaits you today. You'll stay overnight in the university town of Can Tho, with its colourful floating markets, busy working harbour and sacred Khmer pagoda, Muniwangsyaram.
Day 12 – From Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy another journey through the Mekong landscape of rice paddies, flat-bottomed boats, fruit trees and bougainvillea, peopled by farmers in conical hats and dotted with floating markets. Take a fascinating boat ride to the floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be, and visit the delta town of Vinh Long, before arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, this evening, for a two-night stay.
Day 13 – Included Cu Chi Tunnels excursion and Ho Chi Minh City Tour
The remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex provides a poignant reminder of the country's recent history. This 200 km underground labyrinth was used by the Viet Cong as a base, and now serves as a national memorial for those who lost their lives in the conflict.
Back in Ho Chi Minh City a guided tour will reveal its fascinating mix of French colonial history and modern Vietnamese life. Highlights include the grand General Post Office, the Reunification Hall on the site of the former President's Palace, the Xa Loi Pagoda with its bronze Buddha, and (time permitting) the War Remnants Museum.
Your day ends with a celebratory farewell dinner: the perfect opportunity to look back on your holiday and relive the many highlights.
Day 14 – At leisure
Spend your final day relaxing poolside or exploring Ho Chi Minh City a little further, before you transfer to the airport, in the afternoon, for your flight back to the UK via Singapore.
Day 15 – Arrive back in the UK
You'll touch down in the UK, today, after an overnight flight and an unforgettable tour of South East Asia.
Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a European four-star standard. Throughout, rooms have air conditioning, private facilities, telephones, TV, mini-bars and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Golden Tulip Mandison Suites, Bangkok (nights 2-4)
This stylish and modern hotel is located just off Sukhumvit Road, within walking distance of many restaurants. Facilities include an attractive swimming pool, a fitness centre and a choice of restaurants including a poolside restaurant and deli.
Classy Hotel & Spa, Battambang (night 5)
Perfectly positioned in the heart of historical Battambang, the Classy Hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants, bars and the Old French Quarter. The hotel offers a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar.
Tara Angkor, Siem Reap (nights 6-8)
An oasis in which to relax after a memorable day's sightseeing, this hotel has a pretty outdoor swimming-pool area, and a choice of two restaurants and a bar. The guest rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, and boast air conditioning, mini-bars and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh (night 9)
This hotel offers guests a private and calm hideaway, despite its central city location. It has a range of facilities including a spa, a fitness centre, a restaurant, a bar and a gift shop. Each of the bedrooms has a mini-bar and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Victoria Hotel, Chau Doc (night 10)
Built in colonial style, with low-rise French architectural design, this hotel is located on the banks of the Bassac River, deep in the Mekong Delta. It has a bar, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa. The hotel's restaurant has outdoor seating overlooking the river.
Victoria Hotel, Can Tho (night 11)
Set on the banks of the Hau River, amid exotic gardens, this hotel is built in colonial style. All the guest rooms here have balconies, and the hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a spa.
Renaissance Riverside Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City (nights 12-13)
This modern hotel, located close to Ben Thanh Market in the centre of the city, has a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness centre, a bar and a choice of restaurants including a cafe, a poolside bar and an Asian restaurant. The guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary style. (On selected departures you will stay at the New World Hotel, instead.)
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Should the water in Tonle Sap Lake be too low, the journey by boat on Day Seven will be replaced with coach transportation.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. A visa is required for entry to Cambodia. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for six months beyond the exit date from Cambodia. The current charge for British Citizens is £35. British Citizens do not require a visa to visit Thailand. Until 30 June 2021, British Citizens do not require a visa for single entry visits to Vietnam if staying for less than 15 days. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before your departure date.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
On your flight
All flights travel overnight and land at your destination the next day. On-board meals will usually be dinner and breakfast. All drinks are complimentary.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.