SAIGON, HUE, DANANG, HOI AN, HALONG BAY, HANOI, AND ANGKOR WAT
With a plethora of spectacular scenery and Indochinese history, this air-inclusive tour to Vietnam and Angkor Wat showcases some of South Asia’s most beautiful features. Start your trip by learning about the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels, followed by sightseeing and leisure time around Saigon. In Hue, the country’s capital, explore some of Vietnam’s greatest attractions and then immerse yourself in the immaculate beauty of Danang and the cultural charm of Hoi An. Plus, during a breathtaking boat ride in Halong Bay, you’ll be blown away by the emerald waters and limestone islands. After exploring Hanoi, make your way into Cambodia to discover Angkor Wat’s marvelous architecture and ancient temples.
- 3 nights in Saigon
- 2 nights in Hoi An
- 2 nights in Hanoi
- 1 night in Halong Bay
- 3 nights in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via scheduled China Eastern Airlines wide-body jet (add $100 from NYC)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
- Accommodations at deluxe and first class hotels
- 20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
- English-speaking Tour Director
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your exotic journey to Vietnam and Angkor Wat (Cambodia) begins as you depart on your wide-body jet flight bound for Asia.
Arrive Saigon (Vietnam)
Arrive in Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel.
Innside Saigon Central by Meliá or similar
Today is free to explore Saigon independently or join an optional excursion! Consider a full-day optional tour to the charming delta town of Cai Be where we can visit the floating market and explore by cycle, visiting a local family, and enjoying a late lunch in a local house. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.
| Breakfast, Dinner
We’ll begin our sightseeing today with a visit to the War Remnants Museum where collections of weapons, photographs, and memorabilia from two Indochina wars as well as an original French guillotine brought over in the early 20th century is housed. We’ll continue outside Saigon to the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels which used to serve the former Communist Guerrillas. Enjoy lunch at a local organic agricultural farm in Cu Chi where the owner, a Vietnamese chef with 13 years of experience in Australia, has set up education goals for healthy foods. We’ll learn from the chef how the…
Today we’ll fly to Danang where we’ll visit the Cham Museum housing an exquisite collection of sandstone carvings and sculptures. Later, we’ll visit China Beach, the renowned war-time R&R resort before we continue to Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most delightful and enchanting towns. This evening is free to explore Hoi An independently or consider an optional street food tour.
The Hoi An Historic Hotel managed by Meliá Hotels or similar | Breakfast
This morning we’ll take a cyclo ride through the ancient town before we begin our walking tour of Hoi An. We’ll visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Near the bridge is Sa Huynh Museum which houses exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. Wander into the Tran Family Chapel, a 200-year-old house built for worshipping ancestors. Next, we’ll visit Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690, and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of…
This morning, we’ll fly to Hanoi and upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to our hotel. We’ll spend some time today sightseeing around Hanoi city centre with electric cards and proceed through Quan Su Pagoda, Silk Road, Hanoi Rail Station, and then the Hanoi Opera House. Later, we’ll visit the infamous former Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton”.
Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi or similar | Breakfast
Hanoi’s rich history is closely tied to French colonialism as well as the Chinese era, evident in the city’s architecture, cuisine, and culture. On today’s sightseeing tour, explore the highlights of this fascinating city. View the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum then visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Proceed to scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy a guided walk through the narrow lanes of the historic old quarter. This evening savor a thrilling performance of the unique Water Puppets!
| Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, we’ll depart for Halong City with a refreshment break en route. On arrival, we’ll embark on our overnight cruise to the far corners of Halong Bay. Halong Bay is widely considered as Vietnam’s most spectacular natural attraction. It comprises over three thousand small jagged limestone islands rising out of the South China Sea and these dramatic formations are the backdrop of your idyllic cruise. Enjoy lunch on board as we cruise out into the bay, stopping to anchor for an afternoon of activities. As our day comes to an end, watch the sunset over the bay from…
Halong Bay/Siem Reap (Cambodia)
We’ll spend our last morning here in Halong Bay soaking up the scenery before we board our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to the world-famous temples of Angkor Wat, among the “Seven Wonders of the World.
Lotus Blanc Resort or similar | Brunch
Kampong Kleang & Angkor Wat
This morning, travel to Kampong Kleang where you’ll enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit the fascinating floating fishing villages and view submerged forests and fishing farms. Later return to Siem Reap to further explore with a local expert the “Angkor Conservation Complex.” The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best-preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as…
Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
We’ll begin our visit with the South Gate of Angkor Thom where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Our next stop is the Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. The bas reliefs are quite impressive and tell stories of daily life and the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. Move on to Phimeanakas, shaped a bit like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear, which were once used for religious rituals but today serve as swimming pools for Khmer kids. We’ll walk to the top of the temple for impressive views…
Depart Angkor Wat
Full day at leisure for independent exploration or relaxation at your upscale resort. You might consider joining an optional excursion exploring some of the non-profit organizations and social enterprises working to make Cambodia a better place or an excursion to a Siem Reap pagoda to meet with the monks and receive a soothing monk’s blessing. Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your late-night overnight flight to Shanghai, China where you’ll connect for your flight back home….
Arrive in U.S.
Your exciting journey filled with the best places to visit in Vietnam comes to an end as you touch down in the USA later today.
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May 28, 2021
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|October 19||November 1||
October 19 -
|November 2||November 15||
November 2 -
|December 21||January 3||
December 21 -
|2022||2022||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
|January 11||January 24||
January 11 -
|February 15||February 28||
February 15 -
|March 22||April 4||
March 22 -
|April 12||April 25||
April 12 -
Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549.
New York Departure: Add $160 if departing from New York (JFK), subject to availability.
Note: Bayon Temple (part of the Angkor Thom complex) will be undergoing extensive restoration beginning on January 1, 2020. During the maintenance period, travelers will not be able to access the third and uppermost level, however, they can continue to visit the impressive bas reliefs of the temple’s two lower levels and surrounding landscapes.
Vietnam & Cambodia visa fees are not included.
Please note that there is a lengthy layover in Shanghai on the way back from Cambodia to the U.S. The flight schedules are always subject to change, but for more detail on the flights, please contact smarTours at 800-337-7773.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon
253 Nguyen Van Troi Street
Hotel Pilgrimage Village
130 Minh Mang Road
The Hoi An Historic Hotel by Melia Hotels International
- Hoi An
Formerly the Hoi An Historic Hotel
10 Tran Hung Dao Street
Hoi An City, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Paradise Suites Hotel
- Halong Bay
Tuan Chau Island,
Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
83A Ly Thuong Kiet Street
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Royal Angkor Hotel
- Siem Reap
Highway No. 6
Phum Kasekum, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Your flights from the USA and back are on China Eastern Airlines. You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Schedule is as follows:
|Departure||Los Angeles (LAX)||New York (JFK)|
|2021: Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Dec. 21
2022: All Dates
Please note that there is a lengthy layover in Shanghai on the way back from Cambodia to the U.S. As a gesture of goodwill to improve the experience for our travelers, smarTours has arranged for you to have access to the Business Class lounge in Shanghai. The flight schedules are always subject to change, but for more detail on the flights, please contact smarTours at 800-337-7773.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
China Eastern Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! However, we are suggesting that you check-in early to request for your seat(s) at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at Saigon hotel on day of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-Only services end after farewell dinner in Siem Reap on Day 14 of the itinerary. Flight from Siem Reap to Shanghai on Day 15 not included in land-only package.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are required to enter Vietnam and Cambodia for US and Canadian passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. Please note that visa procedures may change at any time and remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
US and Canadian passport holders should obtain the visa for Vietnam prior to arrival. You can obtain your visa directly from the Vietnamese Consulate or contact “CIBT” to facilitate that for you. You should check directly with the consulate, or if using CIBT online at http://www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork.
To obtain an individual visa for Vietnam, please follow one of the following:
|1.||If you prefer to apply for your visa directly with the Vietnamese Consulate, you may apply in person, by mail, or online. To apply in person or by mail, contact the Vietnamese Consulate nearest your area for visa requirements and application forms and fees. To apply for an e-Visa online, please use the following link https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/. If you plan to apply for your e-Visa online, please check the link for visa requirements, details about the application process (including visa processing times), and application form fees.|
|2.||If you prefer to use a visa service to facilitate the processing of the visa, we recommend using CIBT. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you. If you plan to use the services of CIBT, we recommend that you apply for your visa at least 90-60 days before your scheduled departure to Asia. If you apply earlier, your visa may expire by the time you are scheduled to take your trip!|
Cambodia visa is granted on arrival for US and Canadian passport holders. Visa cost is $30 payable in cash only (US dollars). To obtain your visa on arrival you’ll need to present one passport size photo for Cambodia (additional information will be mailed to you with your final documents). Non US and Canadian citizens may also be eligible Cambodia visa on arrival. Please contact smarTours to verify if you are eligible. Please make sure that you have at least two clean pages in your passport, and that you have mailed smarTours one photocopy (xerox) of the information page of your passport.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent 10 – 7 days before your scheduled departure. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, we suggest that you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
The North, Center and South of Vietnam all have different climates. The north has 4 seasons (similar to the USA), with winter temperatures (Nov-Feb) averaging in the 50’s and 60’s. The south is tropical with wet and hot summers. Year round temperatures in the south averages in the 80’s.
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in coffee shops is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. For “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (1 suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece (no more than 18”x10”x8”). Please do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
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