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Vietnam and Cambodia Odyssey including

Laos Adventure


Route:
  • UK
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Nha Trang
  • Saigon
  • Mekong Cruise
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Luang Prabang
  • Vientiane
  • UK

5 NIGHTS from £1137pp

Tour Highlights
  • Embark on a 5-night tour of Laos
  • Two-night Halong Bay Cruise
  • Four scenic train journeys through Vietnam
  • Tours of Hanoi, Saigon & Phnom Penh
  • 3-night cruise on the Mekong Delta
  • Explore the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Discover the incredible Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Extension from £1137pp

Tour + Extension from £4045pp

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Laos Adventure

Surrounded by the Mekong and Khan rivers, Laos' ancient cities are rich in history, culture and cuisine.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Hanoi

Depart London on your overnight flight to Hanoi.

2
Hanoi

You will be met on arrival by your guide who'll accompany you to your hotel. After some time to relax enjoy dinner and a traditional Water Puppet Performance.

  • Dinner
3
Hanoi

A full day tour of this historic city begins with the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the father of modern day Vietnam declared the nation's independence in 1945. Visit sites including the Presidential Palace built by the French colonialists in the early 20th century, Ho Chi Minh's House of Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. After lunch, you will learn about Vietnam's ethnic groups in the Museum of Ethnology. Later return to the lively Old Quarter to explore this bustling commercial centre on cyclo, a two person cycle carriage.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Hanoi to Halong Bay

This memorable day marks the start of your two-night cruise around the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a vision of ethereal beauty. You'll explore these marvellous islands, intricate limestone rock formations and hidden wave-eroded grottoes on a luxury cruise boat. Begin with a visit to Vung Vieng Fishing village by rowing boat, a floating settlement dating back hundreds of years. After lunch, there'll be some time to swim and relax on Ban Chan sandy beach before continuing your journey to Cong Do where the boat will anchor overnight. Finish your day with a local cookery demonstration before enjoying a delicious set dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Halong Bay

Begin your day with some calming Tai Chi on the boat's deck or watch the sun rise from your cabin before setting off for a more active day on the water. Cruise to some of the bay's more untouched areas, making stops for swimming and sightseeing. Spend the evening relaxing on board with a spa treatment (at a fee).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Halong Bay to Hue

Rise early for your final water excursion - a trip to explore the well-hidden and prehistoric Thien Canh Son cave before a farewell brunch and arrival on the mainland. Enjoy an early dinner back in Hanoi before boarding a sleeper train for an overnight journey to Hue.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
7
Hue

Enjoy the morning view from your window as the train approaches its final destination. The first visit of the day is to the Citadel of Hue, a large fortress built in the 18th century whose architectural style takes inspiration from both the Forbidden City in Beijing and the military principles of the French army. Then continue to the partially ruined Dien Tho Residence before visiting Thai Hoa Palace and finally to Thien Mu pagoda and the Imperial tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.

  • Lunch & Dinner
8
Hue to Hoi An

After breakfast, you'll board the train for a trip along the Reunification Railway to Danang that links Hanoi to Saigon. The train glides through the world class scenic route that runs along the South China Sea, snaking between jungle-covered cliffs and past white beaches, finally heading through lush green mountains to reach Danang. Take some time to relax at your hotel or explore the area before reconvening for dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Hoi An

Your morning in Hoi An will begin with a walking tour of the town, taking you past traditional Japanese merchant houses, ancient Chinese tea warehouses and finishes at the Pagoda Bridge, an early 17th-century Japanese temple that spans across the waterway. After lunch, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the myriad of silk and tailor shops or simply take in the views over a coffee at one of the many waterside cafes.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
10
Hoi An to Nha Trang

Following breakfast at your hotel, it's time to board the train for the day-long journey south to the coastal city of Nha Trang, widely considered to be home to one of the most beautiful bays in the word. Arrive in the late evening and check into your hotel.

  • Breakfast
11
Nha Trang

Today you will enjoy a day of island hopping, starting with a trip to Mun Island, the premium spot for snorkelling in Nha Trang, blessed with a wealth of colourful coral reefs and marine life. Enjoy lunch on Con Se Tre island before returning to your hotel to refresh, have dinner, then board the overnight train to Saigon. (* snorkelling & water sports available at a fee)

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Saigon

The train arrives into Saigon in the early hours so you'll be transferred straight to your hotel with time to enjoy breakfast. Spend the afternoon touring Saigon's highlights with a visit to the Reunification Palace as well as nearby Notre Dame Cathedral. Next travel to the French-style Saigon Post Office then finishes at the Ben Thanh Market, a symbol of the bustling city where colourful stalls are packed to the rafters with fresh fruit and tourist kitsch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Saigon

After breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. This immense labyrinth of 75 miles in length once housed hospitals, weapon factories and living quarters. Return to Saigon for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
14
Saigon to Mekong Cruise

Leaving Saigon behind, embark on a three-night cruise along the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta that will journey all the way up to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. First visit Can Tho, the largest town on the Delta, cruising gently through picturesque canals and waterways, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the Mekong people. Continue to Cai Be where there'll be a guided walk to a rural village, passing lush green orchards and the chance to meet the locals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Mekong Cruise

Depart early in the morning with an excursion on long rowing sampan boats allowing you to meander through the small canals of Tan Phong islet. This afternoon the boats will moor at the charming colonial town of Sa Dec. Famous for its beautiful flower gardens, the small, sleepy town is truly a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta. Return to the vessel for a sunset cruise and dinner on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Mekong Cruise

Arrive at Cao Lanh in the morning and after breakfast disembark for a morning excursion to Tan Thuan Dong islet where you can enjoy a gentle cycle around the winding roads or simply explore the area by foot. As the boat manoeuvres through Cho Vam canal, you are invited to a sunset cocktail party on the top deck.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Mekong to Phnom Penh

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Phnom Penh by speedboat where you'll be met with the coach to begin your tour of the capital of Cambodia. Begin with a visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866, and marvel at the ornately gilded Khmer roofs, beguiling throne hall, solid gold-encrusted Buddha and Silver Pagoda. Next visit the National Museum that houses a collection of Khmer art, notably sculptures, throughout the ages. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

This morning includes a guided tour of Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past. These excursions may prove distressing for some but are important pieces of Cambodia's historical and cultural puzzle. Later this afternoon continue by coach to Siem Reap.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
19
Siem Reap

Watch the sunrise at the 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex, the best-preserved temple boasting fascinating decorative flourishes that took 30 years to build and represents Khmer civilisation at its grandest. Next visit Angkor Thom, a group of buildings that surpass Angkor Watt in splendour and grandiosity. Start at the Southern Gate, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side, followed by the Bayon and its beautifully crafted central towers. From here you visit Baphoun, Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terrace, once used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies. Lastly see Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. That has been left to be swallowed by the jungle and is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Conclude the day with dinner and an Apsara dance performance.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20
Siem Reap to UK

Depart Siem Reap for your return flight back to the UK via Saigon or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
21
Siem Reap to Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang. The rest of the day is at leisure and dinner is included in a local Laos Restaurant.

  • Dinner
22
Luang Prabang

Visit the Royal Palace Museum before embarking on a cruise along the Mekong River. On arrival back into the city visit the magnificent Temple of the Golden City. Enjoy a magical sunset before visiting the famous Night Market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
23
Luang Prabang

After breakfast ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and Mekong River, before continuing to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
24
Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Today visit the Elephant Village and enjoy an elephant ride, before taking a boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall. In the afternoon fly to Vientiane.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
25
Vientiane

Following breakfast, visit the Buddha Park to admire an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. In the afternoon take a city tour of the capital of Laos. Spend the evening enjoying a spectacular sunset.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
26
Vientiane to the UK

Enjoy a morning at leisure before your flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

Vietnam:
Until 30th June 2021, a visa is not required for stays up to 15 days for UK citizens. From the 1st July 2021 and for stays longer than 15 days, a visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa. xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. The cost of the visa is approximately USD$25 and will take roughly 3 working days. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote Mercury Holidays. The cost of the visa is £105. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of entry. Therefore we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. You can also visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. This visa information is a guideline only and is subject to change; up-to-date information regarding the process and fees will be advised at the time of calling the Travel Visa Company.
Please note, Irish citizens must accquire a visa when travelling to Vietnam, so please follow the above information to obtain a visa.

Cambodia:
A visa is required for entry into Cambodia and this can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. The cost of this is approximately USD $30 per person. Please note that you will be required to bring a passport photo with you as well as USD $30 cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Cambodia. A visa will need to be paid for again if entering Cambodia a second time, at the same cost of USD $30 (for example if you are taking both the Laos extension and the Cambodia extension). Please note that it is important that is plenty of space left in the passport, as a Cambodian visa alone takes up one page.

Laos
A visa is required for entry into Laos and this can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang. The cost of this is approximately USD $35 per person and you will need to bring the money in cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Laos, you will also be required to bring two passport photos. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Hanoi International Airport with Vietnam Airlines (VN), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extra Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.
Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage.
Hand luggage: One piece of hand baggage and one accessory not exceeding 12kg total weight for both. The total dimension of one hand baggage item must not exceed 115cm (56cm x 36cm x 23cm). The total dimension of one accessory must not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.

Alternative Flights
Alternative flights are available, please contact us for details.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches, boats and trains. Please note you will be required to carry your luggage between stations, and you may be required to sleep on a top bunk. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning that you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and the currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHM). We recommend that you take some US Dollars (USD) with you and exchange this currency whilst you are travelling.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £600-£700 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, you can give this to your guide and driver when you leave them in each place. If you feel you have received a good level of service, we recommend approximately £2 ($3) per person per day for the guide and driver. This will be collected at the end of each destination visited for your convenience. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars and British pounds.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2021 DATES
06 Aug 202130 Aug 2021£989£2739£3728
03 Sep 202127 Sep 2021£989£2699£3688
10 Sep 202104 Oct 2021£989£2579£3568
17 Sep 202111 Oct 2021£989£2629£3618
01 Oct 202125 Oct 2021£989£2789£3778
08 Oct 202101 Nov 2021£989£2789£3778
15 Oct 202108 Nov 2021£999£2829£3828
22 Oct 202115 Nov 2021£999£2789£3788
29 Oct 202122 Nov 2021£999£2789£3788
05 Nov 202129 Nov 2021£999£2789£3788
12 Nov 202106 Dec 2021£999£2789£3788
19 Nov 202113 Dec 2021£999£2669£3668
26 Nov 202120 Dec 2021£999£2789£3788
2022 DATES
07 Jan 202231 Jan 2022£999£2999£3998
14 Jan 202207 Feb 2022£999£3099£4098
21 Jan 202214 Feb 2022£999£3099£4098
04 Feb 202228 Feb 2022£999£2999£3998
11 Feb 202207 Mar 2022£999£2999£3998
18 Feb 202214 Mar 2022£999£2899£3898
25 Feb 202221 Mar 2022£999£2899£3898
04 Mar 202228 Mar 2022£999£2949£3948
11 Mar 202204 Apr 2022£999£2999£3998
18 Mar 202211 Apr 2022£999£2999£3998
25 Mar 202218 Apr 2022£999£2999£3998
01 Apr 202225 Apr 2022£999£3349£4348
15 Apr 202209 May 2022£999£2699£3698
22 Apr 202216 May 2022£999£2699£3698
29 Apr 202223 May 2022£999£2539£3538
06 May 202230 May 2022£999£2529£3528
13 May 202206 Jun 2022£999£2739£3738
20 May 202213 Jun 2022£999£2639£3638
27 May 202220 Jun 2022£989£2639£3628
03 Jun 202227 Jun 2022£989£2639£3628
10 Jun 202204 Jul 2022£989£2639£3628
17 Jun 202211 Jul 2022£989£2689£3678
01 Jul 202225 Jul 2022£989£2689£3678
08 Jul 202201 Aug 2022£989£2689£3678
22 Jul 202215 Aug 2022£989£2719£3708
05 Aug 202229 Aug 2022£989£2759£3748
02 Sep 202226 Sep 2022£989£2699£3688
09 Sep 202203 Oct 2022£989£2699£3688
16 Sep 202210 Oct 2022£989£2699£3688
30 Sep 202224 Oct 2022£989£2799£3788
07 Oct 202231 Oct 2022£989£2799£3788
14 Oct 202207 Nov 2022£989£2799£3788
21 Oct 202214 Nov 2022£999£2799£3798
28 Oct 202221 Nov 2022£999£2799£3798
04 Nov 202228 Nov 2022£999£2799£3798
11 Nov 202205 Dec 2022£999£2799£3798
18 Nov 202212 Dec 2022£999£2799£3798
25 Nov 202219 Dec 2022£999£2799£3798
2023 DATES
06 Jan 202330 Jan 2023£999£3049£4048
13 Jan 202306 Feb 2023£999£3149£4148
20 Jan 202313 Feb 2023£999£3149£4148
03 Feb 202327 Feb 2023£999£3049£4048
10 Feb 202306 Mar 2023£999£3049£4048
17 Feb 202313 Mar 2023£999£2949£3948
24 Feb 202320 Mar 2023£999£2949£3948
03 Mar 202327 Mar 2023£999£2949£3948
10 Mar 202303 Apr 2023£999£2999£3998
17 Mar 202310 Apr 2023£999£3049£4048
24 Mar 202317 Apr 2023£999£3049£4048
31 Mar 202324 Apr 2023£999£3399£4398
14 Apr 202308 May 2023£999£2749£3748
21 Apr 202315 May 2023£999£2749£3748
28 Apr 202322 May 2023£999£2579£3578
05 May 202329 May 2023£999£2569£3568
12 May 202305 Jun 2023£999£2779£3778
19 May 202312 Jun 2023£999£2679£3678
26 May 202319 Jun 2023£999£2679£3678
02 Jun 202326 Jun 2023£999£2679£3678
09 Jun 202303 Jul 2023£999£2679£3678
16 Jun 202310 Jul 2023£999£2729£3728
30 Jun 202324 Jul 2023£999£2729£3728
07 Jul 202331 Jul 2023£999£2729£3728
21 Jul 202314 Aug 2023£999£2759£3758
04 Aug 202328 Aug 2023£999£2809£3808
01 Sep 202325 Sep 2023£999£2739£3738
08 Sep 202302 Oct 2023£999£2739£3738
15 Sep 202309 Oct 2023£999£2739£3738
29 Sep 202323 Oct 2023£999£2839£3838
06 Oct 202330 Oct 2023£999£2849£3848
13 Oct 202306 Nov 2023£999£2849£3848
20 Oct 202313 Nov 2023£999£2849£3848
27 Oct 202320 Nov 2023£999£2849£3848
03 Nov 202327 Nov 2023£999£2849£3848
10 Nov 202304 Dec 2023£999£2849£3848
17 Nov 202311 Dec 2023£999£2849£3848
24 Nov 202318 Dec 2023£999£2849£3848
13th Sep 19, 11th Oct 19, 25th Oct 19 & 15th Nov 19 departures:

Please note for this extension on these departure dates, in Luang Prabang, you will be staying at the Sada Hotel. Please refer to your final ticketing documentation for further information.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dong

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

12 °C / 38 °C

Spoken languages

Vietnamese

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Vietnam

Cambodia

Laos

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream and a hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Travel plug adapter
Customer Rating:
10/10
Richard Mansell
1st Dec 2019

All hotels were excellent.
Highlight being overnight Ha Long bay and hotel in Laos.
All the guides were extremely knowledgeable , helpful and friendly. All local .
November seemed a great time to visit. Very few mosquitoes and bearable temperature.
Different location for meals every time allowing to sample local cuisines.
Highly recommend tour .

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Anthony Jones
23rd Jun 2018

Just one big let down was the fact swimming pools were either shut due to maintenance or too small to make a decent swim of it.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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