Vietnam two and multi centre holidays

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Green paddy fields, fishing villages, historic sites, and ancient temples, Vietnam seems to have it all. What a perfect destination to unwind. We do recommend taking an escorted tour, but if you are more comfortable winding through the multiple attractions of Vietnam on your own, we’d be happy to simply arrange for your stay, flights and transfers. You could also include a few days in Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore to get a complete Asian holiday experience. Let’s give you an overview of what to expect on your holiday in Vietnam. Our popular twin centre is a Dubai and Vietnam holiday

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is home to the hard hitting American War Museum and the Reunification Palace. A must visit for all tourists are the creepy Cu Chi tunnels, built by Viet Cong guerillas as hiding spots during the Vietnam War. A boat ride on the Mekong River is the best way to admire the lush paddy fields and shop at the floating market of Cai Rang. Watch the Sunset over the Mekong Delta and marvel at the natural beauty of this region.

The Northern Mountains of Vietnam are famous for the striking terraced rice fields of Sa Pa. They are made further unique by the distinctive cultural practices of local ethnic minority groups. For example, you could visit Cat, home to the Black H’mong tribe who wear mainly black clothing. The dye used to color their clothes often runs, and so most of their hands are also stained black.

Visitors to Hanoi often start by paying a visit to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Other interesting places are the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ba Dinh Square, and Hoan Kiem Lake. A must see is Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site, literally translated as “the Bay of Descending Dragons”. Situated along a 120 km coast line, this is home to thousands of islands, topped with thick jungle, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.

The fishing village of Hoi An has sometimes been called ‘The Venice of Vietnam’ because of the narrow canals that cut through part of the town. It’s popular for its quirky restaurants and cafes, the inexpensive tailors and the lovely nearby beach. The old Japanese bridge, the old trading houses and the small museums all add to its charm. The architecture here is primarily wood, and sets it apart from other coastal towns.

It’s up to you what you would like to do in Vietnam. If you have time, we suggest exploring other countries, too. There’s a lovely world out there for you to explore. Choose your favorite destinations, then let us plan your tour for you, we’ll make it memorable.

Vietnam has such a lot to offer, a beautiful country, agriculturally fertile, with World Heritage wonders like Halong Bay and Hoi Ann. To be fully appreciated without missing anything we would recommend an escorted tour.

However if you prefer doing your own thing at your own pace then we can offer the following with flights and all transfers. If you prefer more luxury we can naturally oblige your requirements. 

 

Look at our Vietnam luxury hotel section.

Saigon Dreams
3nts Ho Chi Minh City & 7nts Phan Thiet
Ho Chi Minh City Hotel - 3* Lavender Hotel
Phan Thiet Hotel - 3* Blue Ocean Resort

 

Siam Wonders
3nts Bangkok, 3nts Siem Resp & 4nts Phan Thiet
Bangkok Hotel - 4* Rembrant Hotel
Siem Reap Hotel - 4* Borei Angkor
Phan Thiet Hotel - 4* Victoria Resort

Vietnam - Blue Skies Travel

UNESCO Trail
3nts Hanoi, 2nt Halong Bay & 4nts Hoi An
Hanoi Hotel - 4*+ Movenpick Hotel
Halong Bay - 4* Jasmine Junk
Hoi An Hotel - 4* Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort

 

Temples & Beaches
3nts Kuala Lumpur, 3nts Siem Reap & 4nts Sihanoukville
Kuala Lumpur Hotel - 3* Capitol Hotel
Siem Reap Hotel - 3*+ Tara Angkor
Sihanoukville Hotel - 3* Golden Sand Resort

Vietnam Journey
3nts Hanoi, 2nt Halong Bay,4nts Nha Trang & 3nts Ho Chi Minh City
Hanoi Hotel - 3* Maison D'Hanova
Halong Bay - 3* Huong Hai
Nha Trang Hotel - 4* Novotel Nha Trang
Ho Chi Minh City Hotel - 3* Lavender Hotel

Singapore - Blue Skies TravelCity Delights
2nts Singapore, 3nts Ho Chi Minh City & 5nts Nha Trang
Singapore Hotel - 3* Grand Pacific Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City Hotel - 3*+ Liberty Central
Nha Trang Hotel - 4* Novotel Nha Trang

Iyllic Isles
3nts Hanoi, 3nts Ho Chi Minh City & 6nts Phu Quoc
Hanoi Hotel - 4* Silk Path
Ho Chi Minh City Hotel - 4* Caravelle Hotel
Phu Quoc Hotel - 4* La Veranda

Malaysia Blend
2nts Kuala Lumpur, 3nts Ho Chi Minh City & 4nts Phu Quoc
Kuala Lumpur Hotel - 4* Berjaya Times Square
Ho Chi Minh City Hotel - 4* Liberty Central
Phu Quoc Hotel - 4* Chenla Resort

Vietnam Legacy
2nts Hanoi, 4nts Hoi An, 2nts Ho Chi Minh City & 3nts Siem Reap
Hanoi Hotel - 3* Maison D'Hanova Hotel
Hoi An Hotel - 3* Ancient House Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City Hotel - 3* Lavender Hotel
Siem Reap Hotel - 3*+ Tara Angkor Resort

 

Treasures of the Khmer
3nts Siem Reap, 2nts Phnom Penh & 4nts Sihanoukville
Siem Reap Hotel - 4* Victoria Angkor Resort
Phnom Penh Hotel - 5* Intercontinental
Sihanoukville Hotel - 4*+ Sokha Beach Resort

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Vietnam and Cambodia multi centre holiday

Below is an example of an itinerary constructed for one of our satisfied clients.

Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.
Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia's capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonle Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.

Overnight in Phnom Penh - Frangipani Royal Palace - Deluxe Room.


Day 2: Phnom Penh

This morning visit the Royal Palace. The palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
After visit the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!
Take a break at your hotel around midday.
In the afternoon gain insight into Cambodia's recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named 'S-21'. 
Further visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The audio headset guide provided is available in 15 different languages and gives some harrowing but informative stories from survivors and liberators of the camp. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better.(B)

Overnight in Phnom Penh Frangipani Royal Palace - Deluxe Room.


Day 3: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

After breakfast you will transfer with guide to the Phnom Penh airport for the short flight to Siem Reap (45 mins). (Recommended flight: K6 103 1000/1045) 
Welcome to Siem Reap, the charming gateway to the famed Temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.
This afternoon there is time to relax at the hotel, have a swim or visit Siem Reap town under your own accord.(B)

Overnight in Siem Reap - Royal Empire Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 4: Siem Reap

Start early to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat - it surely is a memorable experience to see the first sunrays slowly appear over the five iconic towers.
Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour. Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Your visit pre-breakfast will see fewer tourists and is a great opportunity to enjoy an UNESCO World Heritage Site as its quietest time.
After exploring Angkor Wat enjoy breakfast at a cafe just opposite and relax for a bit.
Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.
Now time for a well-earned rest at your hotel.
In the afternoon drive to the countryside to see the "gem" of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called "Citadel of the Women" remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
The final stop is at Ta Prohm, unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.
At the end of a long day relax back at the hotel with the evening at leisure.(B)

Overnight in Siem Reap - Royal Empire Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 5: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy the day at your leisure for some relaxation at your hotel or for some personal shopping on Siem Reap's interesting markets.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Upon arrival in Vietnam, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel (approx 30 minutes). Check in time is 14:00.
Remainder of the day is at leisure.(B)

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh - Au Lac 2 Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 6: Ho Chi Minh

Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 0800 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.
Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47's.
In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall.(B)

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh - Au Lac 2 Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 7: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be/Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh

This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh City for the 2.5-hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.
On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market are hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer. After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where 'pop-rice', rice paper and coconut candies are made. Next cruise along to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, admiring the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area.
Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.(B/L)

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh - Au Lac 2 Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 8: Ho Chi Minh - Hue

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue. 
Upon arrival, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel to drop off the luggage (approx 30 minutes).
Start your tour of Hue with a visit to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Drive onto Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601, the 21-metre tall tower is the centrepiece of the pagoda. Continue to visit the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant's death, the tomb was used as a palace retreat before becoming the Emperors' resting place.(B)

Overnight in Hue - Park View Hotel - Superior Room


Day 9: Hue - Danang/Hoi An

Leave Hue for Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th Centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years (approx 3 hours). The scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds.
Afternoon, Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants' houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colourful market.(B)

Overnight in Hoi An - Hoi An Pacific Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 10: Hoi An

Full day is at leisure. (B)

Overnight in Hoi An - Hoi An Pacific Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 11: Danang - Hanoi - Halong City

After breakfast, transfer to the airport (approx 45 minutes) for the flight to Hanoi.
Upon arrival, meet with your guide and take 3.5 hour drive to Halong City for the night.(B)

Overnight in Halong - Saigon Halong Hotel - Deluxe Room.


Day12: Halong - Hanoi

After breakfast, transfer to the pier and board the day junk for the cruise on the emerald green waters of Halong Bay, among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands. Lunch will be served on board.
Afternoon, disembark and take the drive back to Hanoi.
Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.(B/L)

Overnight in Hanoi - Medallion Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 13: Hanoi

This morning depart for the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside). Then it's on to a wooden ethnic minority style house which was his temporary residence from 1954 - 1969. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Your next stop will be the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. Continue to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc, and the nearby Toaist temple of Quan Thanh which dates from the Ly Dynasty.
In the afternoon visit Hoa Lo Prison (formerly known as the "Hanoi Hilton" during the American war). At the end of the day, take a walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter, also known as the '36 streets'. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.(B)

Overnight in Hanoi - Medallion Hotel - Superior Room.


Day 14: Hanoi - departure

Check out of your hotel at 12:00 and transfer to the airport for the departure flight.

 

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