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Honeymoon Hideaways Vietnam & Cambodia - Tailor made luxury  tour

This wonderful itinerary is perfect for honeymooners or those craving some special time away.  Cruise in style through the stunningly beautiful Halong Bay on a luxury junk ship, unwind & be pampered on golden sands overlooking turquoise waters and even enjoy a drink  whilst watching the sun go down over the ruins of Angkor Wat.


Whilst on your journey, take in some of the most beautiful sights that Vietnam & Cambodia have to offer, all the while staying in some of the finest hotels that each country has to offer.

Highlights

Stroll through the Old Quarter of Hanoi & stay in the city’s finest hotel


Cruise in style throughout the hauntingly beautiful  limestone karst islands of Halong Bay aboard a luxury Junk ship.


Take in the beautiful classical architecture of Hue


Wander through the lantern lit streets of the picturesque riverside town of Hoi An


Relax in complete pampered luxury in Ninh Van Bay at the Six Senses Resort in Ninh Vanh Bay


Explore the ruins of Angkor Wat and enjoy a drink as the sun sets over Angkor.

Depart for Hanoi - Overnight flight

DAY 01. Arrive in Hanoi.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi - 2 Nights

This French colonial style building has stood proudly in the heart of Hanoi since 1901 and epitomises the history, character and charm of Vietnam’s capital. The hotel has a rich history and a century long tradition of welcoming ambassadors, writers, heads of state and characters of distinction such as Noel Coward and Charlie Chaplin. There are two wings to choose from the historical metropole wing and the Opera wing. Sophisticated and stylish with great restaurants and facilities, this is an ideal base from which to explore the city in comfort & style.


DAY 02. You will be met and escorted on a private sightseeing tour of Hanoi.

Vietnam’s charming capital was founded in 1010 by Emperor Ly Thai To and rests on the banks of the Red River. Soviet style buildings can be found alongside French colonial villas and make for a fascinating blend of architectural styles. 


Wander through the Old quarter with its winding alleys, crowded markets and traditional shop houses and take in some history with a visit to the Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda before paying your respects at the mausoleum of the man who led the country to independence, Ho Chi Minh. Then perhaps take a well earned break and chill out in one of the many cafés beside Hoan Kiem Lake and watch the world go by.

DAY 03. You will be met and transferred to Halong Bay, whereupon you will board your junk ship.

Halong Violet - Junk Ship - 1 Night

Cruise Halong’s newest five star junk - the Halong Violet – is designed in a classically luxurious 1930’s Indochine style. Featuring a boutique dinning room, library & lounge, Spa & Gym and 6 individual theme cabins with marble bathroom, jacuzzi & balcony. The junk will also cruise its own way away from the crowd to untouched areas of the bay with  longer overnight cruises possible. This new junk sets the standard for all boats in Halong


Halong Bay

Legend has it that the islands of Halong Bay were created by a dragon as it descended into the sea. Declared a World Heritage site in 1994 by UNESCO it is perhaps the north’s premier tourist attraction and it is no surprise given their astonishing natural beauty.


Hidden lagoons, caves and deserted beaches are strewn throughout the 3000 odd islands, Cruising through the emerald waters, one can hear all sorts of birdsong from the treed hilltops of the limestone islands, adding to the enchanting ambience of this haunting natural wonder of the world.

DAY 04. Upon alighting from the Junk ship you will be transferred back to Hanoi for your flight to Hue.


Upon arrival in Hue you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

La Residence, Hue - 2 Nights

This former governor's residence has been converted into an charming boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel. The Distinctive art deco design is reminiscent of colonial times and the hotel’s signature suites in the original mansion building are truly spectacular, each individually designed with four-poster beds, beautiful period furniture and spacious terraces where guests can relax in the tropical breeze and watch the sun disappear slowly over the horizon.


DAY 05. You will be met and escorted on a private sightseeing tour of Hue.


Hue

Once a centre of cultural innovation, educational excellence and religious learning the imperial city of Hue was home to 13 Nguyen emperors from 1802 to 1945, both the Citadel and the tomb of Minh Mang, provide a fascinating insight into a decadent bygone age.


Set against the beautiful perfume river, visitors may cruise along the banks of this romantic city and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda as well as take in some of the regions more recent history with a visit to the tunnels at Vinh Moc and the battle sites around the DMZ such as Khe Sanh.

DAY 06 You will be met and transferred to Hoi An, crossing over the scenic Hai Van pass along the way.



DAY 07. You will be met and escorted on a private sightseeing tour of Hoi An.


Hoi An

From the 16th – 19th centuries Hoi An drew merchants from as far a field as India, Japan, Indonesia and Europe, who would come here to trade in silk, spices & porcelain. Today, the town has been beautifully preserved, retaining much of its charm and has been listed a World Heritage site by UNESCO.



At night traditional Chinese lanterns illuminate the streets of this delightful riverside town and one can while away the hours watching the world go by over a coffee,  have a new wardrobe tailor made and wander through the Japanese, Chinese & French quarters while you wait or simply browse the many colourful shop fronts for local artwork and souvenirs. Some of the main sights to visit include the Chinese Assembly Hall, the Japanese covered bridge, ancestral homes and the nearby Cua Dai beach.




The narrow lanes are ideal for a walking tour to visit the old merchant’s house with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colorful market with stalls brimming with tropical specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day.



Nam Hai, Hoi An - 2 Nights (Day 06 & 07)

Built around a pristine lagoon with 3 infinity pools that seemingly cascade into the ocean, this outstanding spa resort sets a new standard in luxury accommodation. Featuring 60 elegant Villas and a further 40 Pool Villas each within landscaped gardens with unobstructed views across the South China Sea on to the misty Cham Islands.



The architectural style is in keeping with traditional feng shui principles and the resulting ambience is one of harmony with the natural environment.  Villas are sophisticated, chic and modern and include nice touches like espresso machines and state of the art sound systems preloaded with a range of music to suit all tastes.





DAY 08. You will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Nhatrang. On arrival you will be met and transferred to a private pier in Nhatrang, whereupon you will board a small boat for Ninh Van Bay


DAYS 08 - 11,  SIX SENSES HIDEAWAY, NINH VAN BAY, 3 Nights

This superb hotel is only accessible by boat and overlooks the South China Sea. Situated in the secluded Ninh Van Bay, it is an ideal honeymoon retreat or sanctuary for those wishing to retreat from the world.  Winner of numerous awards & accolades, this is a first class eco friendly resort which neither compromises on luxury or comfort nor its green credentials. The resort features water, rock, spa, hilltop and presidential villas all elegantly designed with natural furnishings and beautifully spread out ensuring a feeling of being luxuriously at one with nature.  Whether you wish to take advantage of the fantastic spa, gym, go trekking or relax on the beach or dive in the turquoise waters of the bay, a stay here will rejuvenate your mind and body and soul.


DAYS 10 & 11. At leisure

DAY 11. You will be transferred back to the airport at Nhatrang in time for your flight to Saigon.

On arrival in Saigon you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Park Hyatt, Saigon - 2 Nights

The Park Hyatt is the city’s most luxurious hotel and is just behind the city's famous opera house in Lam Son Square and is within walking distance to the main cultural and historical sites of interest. Rooms are elegant timepieces with stylish Vietnamese art adorning the walls, reminiscent of a bygone colonial age when Indochina was home to European-imported refined luxury. Its signature restaurant, Square one, is particularly impressive and will provide you with a rich gastronomic experience where “fresh from the tank” seafood is served on request.

After checking in, you will be taken on a private sightseeing tour of Saigon.

Saigon

Once the seat of power for the South Vietnamese government during the American war Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as its officially known, is a fast developing metropolis and is   very much the pulsing heart and soul of the country. Like so many cities in a globalising world, it is filled with contrasts, of wealth and of time old traditions alongside rapid modernisation.


The gentle flow of Tai Chi practised in the parks seems surreal as the rest of city buzzes all around, ladies in their Ao Dais whiz by on their mopeds and everywhere the fast pace and vibrant energy continues unabated. Lively local markets can be found here as well as upmarket boutique shops and trendy bars and restaurants. It is also possible to arrange trips to the tunnels of Cu Chi nearby or perhaps a boat trip deep into Mekong Delta where one can visit local villages where the pace of life remains as it has done throughout the ages and is altogether much slower.


DAY 12. You will be met and taken on a private sightseeing tour to the wildlife rescue sanctuary just at Cu Chi.

DAY 13. You will be met and transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Siemreap in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s landscape is an exotic blend of rice paddies, sugar palm plantations and remote jungles. It is a fascinating country, with a rich cultural heritage and at times a turbulent history; it is home to the world’s largest religious building, the magnificent Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples of Angkor. The temple complex was built between the 9th & 14th century AD and was the political, social and religious centre of the ancient Khmer empire which once stretched from Burma to Vietnam. Visible from space, it is one of the world’s most unique archaeological sites which has put Cambodia firmly on the world map as a unique destination.   While most visitors come to see the marvels of Angkor Wat, Cambodia offers plenty of natural beauty and adventure for those willing enough to explore.

On arrival and after you have cleared immigration you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel de la Paix, Siem Reap - 3 Nights

This chic 5 star boutique hotel is within walking distance of Siemreap’s colourful markets and many restaurants and bars. Khmer design has been fused with an art deco style to create a wonderfully sophisticated, yet laid back peaceful ambience throughout the hotel. There are so many nice touches in evidence here, from the preloaded ipods in the rooms to the tasteful Khmer art adorning the walls to the chilled out seating beside the central courtyard. 

There is also a luxurious spa in which to pamper yourself and the spa suites even have their own private roof terrace and plunge bath.  This is an ideal hotel from which to explore Siamreap and the temples of Angkor and then in which to unwind at the end of the day. It is also reassuring to know that the hotel also helps to support the local community and guests can even sponsor local community projects.

After you have checked in, you will be taken for sundowner drinks with a view over Angkor Wat.


Angkor

To sum up the magnificence of Angkor’s temples in a few lines is impossible. Built between the 9th and 14thcenturies, the temples were devoted to Buddha and Hindu deities. Within the fortified city of Angkor Thom lies The Bayon, the third tier of which is lined by more than 200 huge, imposing carved faces which stare down from 54 towers. Other highlights include the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, which looks just as it did when the French explorer Henry Mouhot stumbled upon it in the 1860s, with its giant roots from the jungle seemingly reclaiming the temple. Then there is of course, Angkor Wat, a huge temple complex dedicated to Vishnu in the early 12th century and surrounded by a vast moat . Many of the temples are covered with fantastic carvings depicting religious stories and scenes from daily life.




Siemreap

The Gateway to Angkor, this once sleepy town has rapidly grown along with the increase of visitors who flock to see the temples each year. The changing face of the town is reflected by the changing faces of its visitors, no longer the preserve of dusty backpackers, now tourists of all ages and nationalities meander through the tree lined streets and boulevards. The town also boasts some very sophisticated and stylish hotels and restaurants. Thankfully, it still exudes a relaxed atmosphere and one could easily spend a week here, exploring the temples, visiting the local markets and enjoying the vibrant yet laid back nightlife.

DAY 15. You will be met and taken on a private sightseeing tour of the temples of Angkor, including a visit to Angkor Wat, Tha Prohm, and the Bayon.

DAY 16. You will be met and transferred to the airport in time for your flight home via Bangkok.

Tour Includes

All transfers as per itinerary in a private air conditioned vehicle


(These are included in the quoted price, however a local payment is required to our ground agent for the flights. The amount you pay for the internal flights will be taken off the price quoted above and will be broken down clearly in your invoice)



All sightseeing as per itinerary with an English speaking guide.


Excursions as per itinerary


All accommodation on a B&B basis, unless otherwise specified


Meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L=

Lunch & D= Dinner - excludes drinks)


Public liability insurance


All applicable taxes


Tour Excludes:

All International flights & Visa fees



Additional Meals, unless mentioned

Differently


Optional tours & activities mentioned in the itinerary.


Beverages and personal expenses


Other excursions and entrance fees


Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)


When to Travel

Travel is possible all year round due to its tropical climate, however packing for a trip to Vietnam can be difficult, as the climate can vary so much depending on when and where you go. When the weather isn’t ideal in one area, it’s great in another. While Hanoi can be cold enough to warrant a coat from December to February, this is an excellent time to visit Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.  From April to October, most of the country is affected by south-western monsoons. The rains, which tend to be concentrated in the late afternoons, provide welcome relief to the heat. Travel to very remote areas may be affected by the rains, but overall they should not interfere with your trip. The summer months are the perfect time to visit Ha Long Bay, as the water is warm enough for swimming.


In terms of weather, northern Vietnam is at its loveliest from September to December, when there’s a good chance of clear skies and low humidity. The hottest months in Ho Chi Minh City are April and May, although there is generally a decent breeze. The central highland town of Dalat is temperate year-round, earning it the epithet “City of Eternal Spring”.

Entry requirements

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities require  visas for Vietnam & Cambodia.

It is possible to get visas on arrival at airports in Cambodia and these cost $25. It is also possible to get visas on arrival in Vietnam, however this is only possible with a pre authorization letter which must be obtained before hand and taken with you (please enquire as to how to get these). Alternatively you can get it  in advance from your nearest embassy. Typically 6 month multiple entry visas are usually sufficient. No vaccinations are mandatory for entry, however it is advisable to a be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and to take malaria prophylactics. Above all, it is essential to consult your GP about your individual requirements as soon as possible before travelling. In addition, the following website “National Travel Health Network and Centre” is useful in preparing for your trip: http://www.nathnac.org/ds/map_world.aspx


Flights

There are now a number of direct flights to Vietnam each week with Vietnam Air, however there are only a few departures each week. Alternatively it is possible to fly via hubs such as Bangkok. Bangkok is an excellent hub and the frequency and number of flights means any stopover is usually just a few hours.  Unless you would like an extension in Bangkok, in which case please enquire for details.

Preferred airlines include BA, Thai Airways, Eva Air, Emirates and Quatar for the main international sectors and airlines such as Air Asia & Vietnam Airlines are used for flights between countries in Indochina.


We can help organise all your flights for you, through our preferred ATOL registered partners and also through our ground agents.