Discover the heart of Indochina
Experience the excitement of the Thai capital. See the River Kwai, the vast serenity of Angkor Wat, and the palaces and museums of Phnom Penh. You'll also drift through the exquisite waterways of the Mekong Delta to the former Ho Chi Minh City - formerly and famously Saigon - on this wonderful tour.
Your holiday begins with an overnight flight to Bangkok.
This afternoon's guided city tour starts on the Royal Island, on the bank of the river, where the Grand Palace adjoins the Wat Phra Kaeo temple. The Wat Pho temple's gigantic Reclining Buddha and the five-and-a-half ton Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit temple are among the highlights.
This evening, join our optional traditional Thai Dinner with Dance excursion to celebrate the first of your three nights in this wonderful city.
Relax in Bangkok, or perhaps join our optional excursion to the River Kwai, and travel, through a fascinating countryside of rice fields and sugar-cane plantations, into the jungle to explore an area forever associated with the events of WWII, the construction of the 'Death Railway' and the infamous Bridge.
On this morning's optional visit you'll see the wonderful floating markets at Damnoen Saduak, and visit the 70-acre Rose Gardens. Here in the surrounds of a traditional Thai village you can witness displays of Thai culture, Thai boxing, and folk dancing.
We'll make an early start this morning, journeying through the unspoilt rural landscape to the colourful border crossing into Cambodia at Aranya Prathet-Poipet. The formalities completed, we'll begin the second part of your adventure with the short journey to Battambang, an elegant, friendly French colonial city.
Journey across the waters of Tonle Sap, South East Asia's 'Great Lake', past villages built entirely on stilts and 'floating communities' that make a living from the lake. You'll arrive, by mid afternoon, in the colourful market town of Siem Reap, gateway to the incredible complex of Ankhor Thom, and home to the Ankhor National Museum.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Cambodian dance show during dinner.
Today you'll visit the astounding Bayon temple, with its four giant heads and countless faces carved into the rock. Another unforgettable highlight is the 'lost city' of Angkor Thom - the great citadel of the Khmer Empire, which ruled up to half of South East Asia for nearly 600 years.
The most dazzling of the great ruins that litter a vast area is the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building, with its five great towers and 1000-metre-long carved bas-relief. You'll return to the hotel truly amazed at your discoveries.
Another day of exploration takes in the temples of Hariharalaya, as well as the smaller temple of Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre, with its reliefs depicting Krishna legends. Your last evening in Siem Reap will be full of memories to savour.
Travel to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, set on the bank of the Mekong River. The Royal Palace, with its Silver Pagoda of priceless Buddhist artefacts, is among the highlights of this afternoon's guided introductory tour.
This evening's dinner will be at the famous, riverside Foreign Correspondents' Club.
A sobering morning visit to the Tuoi Sleng Museum - which chronicles the inhumanity of the 'Pol Pot' years, when the Khmer Rouge terrorised the populace - is followed by the chance to marvel at the exhibits in the National Museum.
You'll then board the fast boat for the thrilling journey along the Mekong River into Vietnam, arriving at your overnight hotel in the border town of Chau Doc.
The day begins with a visit to the holy mountain of Nui Sam, with its pagodas, temples and stunning views over the Mekong Delta (into which you'll head today). You'll stay overnight in the elegant university town of Can Tho, with its colourful floating markets, its bustling harbour and sacred Khmer pagoda - Muniwangsyaram.
Another journey through stunning scenery takes you across the Mekong landscape of orchards, verdant foliage and rice fields criss-crossed by a network of small tributaries. You'll enjoy a boat ride to Cai Rang's floating market, and will visit the delta town of Vinh Long as well as another fascinating market at Cai Be.
This evening you'll arrive for a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
The remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex gives an introduction to the country's recent history. A 200km underground labyrinth used by the Viet Cong as a base, it now serves as a memorial for those who died in the conflict.
Returning to Ho Chi Minh City you'll discover a fascinating mix of French colonial history and modern Vietnamese life on our guided tour. Don't miss 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.
You'll end your tour - and relive the highlights - with a celebratory Farewell Dinner.
Today you'll discover a fascinating mix of French colonial history and modern Vietnamese life on our guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Don't miss 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.
You'll end your tour - and relive the highlights - with a celebratory Farewell Dinner. Later, you'll transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK at the end of a fascinating tour.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Hotel transfer times
Should the water in Tonle Sap Lake be too low, the journey by boat on Day Six will be replaced with coach transportation.
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 £25. British Citizens do not require a visa to visit Thailand. Until 30 June 2017, British Citizens do not require a visa for single entry visits to Vietnam if staying for less than 15 days. If travelling to Vietnam after 1 July 2017, a visa will be required, and the current charge for British Citizens is £54. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before your departure date.
Passports and visas
All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.
On your flight
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.
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels