A world of incredible sights and sounds, a journey down the backbone of Vietnam will be an extraordinary one. In the north, Hanoi, one of Asia’s prettiest cities displays the country’s history with traditional Vietnamese architecture and French colonial influences. Ho Chi Minh City in the far south is a stark contrast to the capital. A buzzing metropolis, its prime sights include the Reunification Palace, fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh Square and the Municipal Theatre. Between these two cities, Nha Trang is ideal for beachside relaxation with fantastic diving opportunities and great nightlife, whilst high in the hills, Dalat is a paradise of lakes, waterfalls and forests, perfect for trekking and escaping the heat. Be sure to visit the charming old town of Hoi An for an authentic taste of what Vietnam used to be like.
This relatively new tourist destination will surprise and delight you as you explore its extraordinary temple complexes, bustling local markets and exquisite hotels. The capital, Phnom Penh offers a flavour of the French colonial period with its bustling streetside cafés overlooking the mighty Mekong River. The striking Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are some of the most stunning landmarks in the country, whilst the Tuel Sleng Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are a sobering reminder of a tragic past. Meanwhile, only four kilometres from delightful Siem Reap, the temples of Angkor, a jewel of the ancient world, rise majestically from the surrounding jungle where they were hidden from sight for centuries. Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world and there is no more awe inspiring experience than watching the sun rise over its ornately carved walls.
|FLIGHT TIME:||Approximately 12 hours 30 minutes|
|CURRENCY:||Cambodian Riel/Vietnamese Dong|
|CLIMATE:||The weather in Vietnam can vary vastly between the north and south and between the coastal and mountainous areas. As a rule, the summer monsoon arrives in Cambodia and Vietnam around April and lasts until October. Both countries can be visited at any time of year, but the temperatures are often most pleasant early in the year, rising to a peak that can exceed 40°C before the monsoon.|