Luxury Cambodia and Vietnam

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Cambodia, Vietnam

Best time to go: January to April, October to December

7 Nights | from £5,545pp

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore remote ancient temples in solitude on a cycle tour of Angkor
  • Sip a champagne sundowner among Cambodia's most atmospheric Khmer ruins
  • Immerse yourself in the nightlife of buzzing Saigon on the back of a Vespa
  • Cruise among the waterways and traditional villages of the Mekong Delta aboard a sampan
  • Pamper yourself in two of the region's most luxurious hotels

Day 1 - London/Siem Reap
Start your holiday as you mean to go on –with a luxury chauffeur transfer from your home direct to the airport, where you relax in the Singapore Airlines lounge before experiencing its award-winning Business Class service on your overnight flight to Siem Reap via Singapore.

Day 2 - Siem Reap
With dedicated assistance to whisk you through immigration, you'll soon be en route to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. This elegant hotel has a range of luxurious rooms and suites with decor inspired by Khmer motifs, ranged around a peaceful courtyard centred on an ancient banyan tree. Begin your exploration of the vast Angkor ruins with a visit to the world's largest single religious monument, the spectacular temple of Angkor Wat, toasting your first day in Cambodia with a glass of champagne as the sun sets.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap 

Day 3 - Siem Reap

The Bayon is an enigma, its dozens of massive stone faces smiling serenely in every direction from the exact centre of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. It's one of the world's finest examples of classic Khmer architecture –but when was it built, and why? Arrive early to mull its mysteries in solitude, then head to the north gate of Angkor Thom. Saddle up here for a bicycle tour, passing rice fields, jungle and pretty villages to the hidden temple of Banteay Thom, far from roads and virtually untouched by tourism –spy the intricately carved relief depicting the 'Great Departure of Buddha'. There's plenty of time to relax by the pool this afternoon, or enjoy a boat trip to the floating villages on nearby Tonle Sap Lake.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap | Meals: Breakfast


Day 4 - Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you fancy yourself as an action hero, Ta Prohm's the place to head –lose yourself among its tumbledown stone blocks, long engulfed by jungle and now irrevocably tangled with tree roots and tendrils. The contrast with your next stop, Banteay Srei, is stark: this neat, well-preserved 10th-century sandstone and laterite temple is etched with profuse and delicate carvings. Spend the rest of the day meeting villagers and visiting artisan workshops in Siem Reap's old town, gaining insights into traditional lifestyles and craft techniques, or just browsing the colourful stalls of the Old Market. It's a short hop across the river to the living Buddhist temple of Wat Damnak, where orange-robed monks pray as they have for centuries.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

It's a smooth transition between countries aboard your business class flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, and on to the recently refurbished Park Hyatt Saigon in the heart of the city. Ho Chi Minh City really comes alive after dark –and you'll experience the action from the ultimate vantage point: the back of a vintage Vespa motor-scooter. Experience a traditional quan, where locals congregate to sample street food with friends and family, and a Vietnamese-style coffee shop before settling in to a stylish club to enjoy a music performance.
Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City
West of Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong River fans out into uncountable smaller waterways studded by small islands, villages and trading settlements –the verdant Mekong Delta. Take the short journey west to the prosperous market town of Cai Be in the heart of the delta, boarding a sampan (riverboat) for a day exploring the network of channels lacing the region. Lunch at Le Longanier is a double treat: the finest regional cuisine created with fresh herbs and local ingredients, served in a colonial-style villa with lush riverside gardens.
Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City

Get beneath the surface of Vietnam's history –both literally and figuratively –with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a labyrinth built north of Saigon by the anti-colonial Viet Minh in the 1940s. By the mid-1960s, when the Viet Cong were based in the tunnels, many thousands lived in this huge subterranean network that covered over 150 miles and contained kitchens, hospitals and schools. Meet a veteran of that era, whose personal account provides fascinating insights into life in the tunnels during the war.
Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City/London

Enjoy a smooth transfer to board your flight back to London.Meals: Breakfast

Want to stay longer...? It’s easy to extend your trip and experience more of the region – perhaps the hills and beaches of Thailand, or a cruise aboard a junk amid the dramatic outcrops of Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 8 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,545 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Useful info

Best time to travel

The best time to travel would be during the dry season of October to March, avoiding the monsoon season of June to September. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round.

Fly to

Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok

flying time

12 hours and 30 minutes

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.

Fly to

Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)

flying time

Approximately 13 hours

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area


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