From Bangkok to the Mekong
Experience the excitement of the Thai capital, Bangkok. 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 Ho Chi Minh City - formerly and famously Saigon - on this wonderful tour of South East Asia.
Your Thailand, Cambodia And Vietnam Tour Itinerary
Begin your holiday with an overnight flight to Bangkok.
Day One: Fly to Thailand
After a relaxed morning, you'll head into the city for a guided tour of Bangkok, starting on Rattanakosin Island, the 'royal island' on the bank of the River Kwai. You'll visit the Grand Palace and the adjoining Wat Phra Kaew temple, as well as the Wat Pho temple - home to the gigantic figure of the Reclining Buddha. You'll also see the ornate five-and-a-half-ton Golden Buddha at Chinatown's Wat Traimit temple.
Day Two: Included Bangkok city tour
Round off your day by joining your fellow travellers for a traditional Thai Dinner with Dance optional excursion, and celebrate the first of your three nights in the city.
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 Three: Optional River Kwai excursion
Immerse yourself in Thai culture, today, on our optional excursion to the floating markets at Damnoen Saduak. Watch as the locals buy fresh produce from the traders on the boats, then head back into Bangkok to visit the 70-acre Rose Gardens to witness displays of Thai culture, Thai boxing and folk dancing, and enjoy an included buffet lunch, in the surroundings of a traditional Thai village.
Day Four: Optional Floating Markets excursion
You'll have an early start to make the most of the day, this morning, as we travel through the unspoilt rural landscape to the border where you'll cross into Cambodia at Aranyaprathet-Poipet. Formalities completed, you'll begin the second part of your adventure with the short journey to the elegant French colonial city of Battambang.
Day Five: From Thailand to Cambodia
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. By mid afternoon you'll arrive in the colourful market town of Siem Reap, home to the archaeological Angkor National Museum, and gateway to the incredible temple complex of Angkor Thom.
Day Six: Cruise on Tonle Sap to Siem Reap
This evening, you'll get your first taste of traditional Cambodian culture at an included dinner and dance show.
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.
Day Seven: Included Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat excursion
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.
Another day of exploration takes in the ruined Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei temples - all that remains of the ancient Khmer city of Hariharalaya. You'll also visit the hilltop temple of Banteay Srei to the north of Angkor Thom, and the temple of Banteay Samre to the east.
Day Eight: Included Hariharalaya temples excursion
Travel to the evocative Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, set on the banks of the Mekong River, where you'll take an introductory afternoon's guided tour that includes The Royal Palace, and its Silver Pagoda of priceless Buddhist artefacts.
Day Nine: From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
This evening, you'll have dinner at Phnom Penh's famous, riverside Foreign Correspondents' Club.
Today begins with a thought-provoking morning visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, which chronicles the Pol Pot years and the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to take a good look around the National Museum of Cambodia, the country's largest cultural, historical and archaeological museum.
Day 10: Included Tuol Sleng Museum visit and Mekong boat trip to Vietnam
You'll then board the fast boat along the Mekong River to feel the wind on your face on a thrilling boat ride into Vietnam, arriving at your overnight hotel in the border town of Chau Doc.
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 you'll be heading towards 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 11: Included Nui Sam visit and travel to Can Tho
Brilliantly coloured orchards, lush forests and traditional rice fields criss-crossed by a network of small tributaries: this is the unmistakable landscape of the Mekong Delta. Today, you'll enjoy a boat ride to the floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be, and visit the delta town of Vinh Long.
Day 12: From Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City
By evening, you'll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City for a two-night stay.
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.
Day 13: Included Chu Chi Tunnels excursion
A guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City reveals the city's fascinating mix of French colonial history and modern Vietnamese life. You'll see 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.
Day 14: Included Ho Chi Minh City tour and flight home
You'll complete your tour with a celebratory Farewell Dinner: the perfect opportunity to look back on your holiday and relive the many highlights with your travelling companions (and new-found friends). Later, you'll transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
You'll touch down in the UK, today, after an unforgettable tour of South East Asia.
Day 15: Arrive back in the UK
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 £30. 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 flights travel overnight and land at your destination the next day. On-board meals will usually be dinner and breakfast. All 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