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Vietnam & Angkor Wat

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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.

NEW October 2021 Onward Enjoy Vietnam’s highlights on our new 14-day program now featuring an overnight Halong Bay cruise!

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Itinerary at
a Glance

15-day Itinerary Through April 2021:

  • 3 nights in Saigon
  • 1 night in Hue
  • 2 nights in Hoi An
  • 1 night in Halong
  • 2 nights in Hanoi
  • 3 nights in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

14-day Itinerary October 2021 Onward:

  • 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)

Tour
Highlights

  • Angkor Wat Temples (Siem Reap)
  • Beautiful Halong Bay
  • Remnants of Vietnam War (Hoi An)
  • Tour of Historic Hoi An

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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
  • Through April 2021 | 22 meals: 12 full American breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)
    October 2021 Onward | 20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director

15-Day Itinerary Through April 2021

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

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. Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon.

Saigon

Today is at your leisure to explore Saigon independently or enjoy an optional excursion! Consider a Pedal and Paddle tour in Ben Tre with lunch ($47 – minimum of 7 participants required). Immerse yourself fully in the local culture of the Mekong Delta with a day out to rustic Ben Tre. You’ll journey to a peaceful area of lush orchards, green rice paddies, and coconut fields. Hop on a bike and visit local antique collector, Uncle Six! Bike along rural pathways that wind their way alongside dense vegetation and small tributaries before boarding a boat. After a delicious lunch of…

Notre Dame Cathedral

Journey this morning outside Saigon to see one of the remnants of the Vietnam War, the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, which used to serve the former Communist Guerrillas. Return to Saigon and visit the major sights of this vibrant city. See the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former US Embassy, Cholon, the buzzing Chinese quarter and the lively Ben Thanh Market, where an incredible array of goods are sold. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

Starting in Oct. 2020: You’ll begin today’s sightseeing with a visit to the War Remnants Museum where collections…

Saigon/Hue

This morning, fly to Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam. Visit the Imperial Citadel in Hue’s old city, the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate and the Forbidden Purple City, home to the Royal Family before 1945. After lunch, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River and stop to visit the revered Thien Mu Pagoda, the most famous monument in Hue. A stop is also made at the colorful Dong Ba market with its wide array of local foods and products. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. Pilgrimage Village  (B,D)

Hue/Danang/Hoi An

This morning, depart Hue for Hoi An, with sightseeing in Danang along the way. Journey through some of Vietnam’s most spectacular scenery as you traverse the Hai Van Pass and enjoy pristine coastline views. In Danang explore the Cham Museum, housing an exquisite collection of sandstone carvings and sculptures. Later, visit China Beach, the renowned war-time R&R resort and see the Marble Mountains, consisting of five stone jagged crests that represent the elements of nature. You’ll then drive to Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most delightful and enchanting towns….

Hoi An

The ancient city of Hoi An retains much of its original charm and culture. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of this historic port town and show you some of the centuries-old houses. You’ll also enjoy a Trishaw (Cyclo) ride and see the Japanese Bridge, gracefully curving over a tributary of the Thu Bon River. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps consider an optional excursion to Ba Na Hills ($72). You’ll take a cable to Ba Na Mountain where you’ll enjoy incredible views. Walk around and visit Old Villas, Linh Ung Pagoda,…

Hoi An/Halong

This morning fly to Hanoi and journey by road through the lush countryside to Halong, a vast mysterious bay with majestic scenery. Free time this afternoon to relax at your hotel’s pool and admire the precious views of the bay. Paradise Suites Hotel (B,D)

Halong Bay Excursion/Hanoi

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. These dramatic formations are the backdrop of your exciting 4-hour boat trip, stopping to visit several island caves. You’ll also enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Later, drive to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and arrive at your deluxe hotel. Movenpick Hotel (B,L)

Hanoi Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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! (B)

Hanoi/Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore independently or relax. In the afternoon, spend some time sightseeing around Hanoi city centre with electric cars. Proceed through Quan Su Pagoda, Silk Road, Hanoi Rail Station, and then the Hanoi Opera House. Later you’ll also visit the infamous former prison nicknamed “Hanoi Hilton”. Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia), gateway to the world-famous temples of Angkor Wat, among the “Seven Wonders of the World.” Royal Angkor Resort (B)

Angkor Thom

Built by the Khmer kings, the ancient rulers of Cambodia, the exquisitely carved temples are an architectural masterpiece. Spend the afternoon sightseeing of the temples of Angkor, including Angkor Thom and the Southern Gate of Bayon. At sunset, visit the upper terraces of an ancient temple for spectacular views. (B,L)

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 Wat

Full day at leisure for independent exploration or relaxation at your upscale resort. Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your late night flight. An overnight flight to Shanghai, China where you’ll connect for your flight back home. (B,D)

Siem Reap/Shanghai/USA

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.

14-day Itinerary October 2021 Onward

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

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

Saigon

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

Saigon

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…

Saigon/Danang/Hoi An

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

Hoi An

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…

Hoi An/Hanoi

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

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

Hanoi/Halong Bay

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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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549.

New York Departure:
Through April 2021: Add $150 if departing from New York (JFK), subject to availability.
October 2021 Onward: Add $160 if departing from New York (JFK), subject to availability.

Business Class Upgrade:
Through April 2021: Add $3875 from LAX and $3975 from New York (JFK)
Note: Business Class applies to flights from US to Saigon and back from Siem Reap to US. The internal flights within Vietnam and Cambodia are in economy.

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 $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Reviews

Susan K

I wanted to be sure to write a review about our guide Tommy. We've been on many tours and he is one of the best we've had. His wealth of knowledge is amazing. He looks after his group above and beyond. He's so attentive to details and very personable. Smartours is lucky to have him! Our tour was excellent. A little fast paced at times. A little more leisure time would have been nice. The layover in Shanghai is terrible, but at least having access to the VIP lounge sure helped. Maybe a better airline? All in all, we highly recommend this tour. A great value for the money for sure!

Elizabeth

Excellent tour Guide for the entire trip Vietnam & Cambodia (Tommy) Excellent Guide in Cambodia (Dee) Excelent excursions. My favorite was the cable car to Buddha Hand. Very much impressed. Smart Tours gave us a lot of sights to see for our money including a rickshaw ride, boat rides. Hotels were spectacular. Food on tour to Vietnam Restaurants were great. Also enjoyed the food in Cambodia. Also enjoyed going to the caves.

Alicia

Wonderful tour of Vietnam! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful and experienced. The food and lodging were excellent. There were so many things to see and do in the two weeks we were there it was amazing! I'll travel with SmarTours again. Great value for the money!

Elaine

It was a great trip and Tommy was a fantastic guide. He went above and beyond by giving each of us a CD of photos he took during our travels and sent additional photos via email. Dee was also a great guide in Cambodia. The nine hour layover in Shanghai was a killer, though the business class lounge made it a bit better.

Juli N

Wow!!! what an AWESOME trip!!! This is my first SmarTour but I have travelled extensively with other companies and on my own. I've been to so many unique places, like Easter Island, Africa, the Galapagos, and the Amazon, that it is hard to say my favorite trip. These are so unique they stand alone by themselves and have no comparison. Viet Nam and Cambodia are that way, too -- totally unique. Definitely a "Bucket List" trip. I would recommend this tour to anyone. One of the things I liked best was the fact that we got to do more than sit on a bus and sometimes walk around. We took tours by boat in Ha Long Bay, and by cyclo in the Imperial City, by open "taxi" around Hanoi, and by tuk-tuk in Cambodia. Our tour guide, Henry, is the best I've ever seen, and that is saying A LOT.

Deborah F

What an excellent tour! We covered a lot of ground, both via bus and airplane. Great experiences throughout the trip, including sampan rides, horse drawn carriage, Cyclos, and three different boat excursions. Excellent hotels, breakfasts were excellent, especially the Asian offerings (I prefer to dine like a local when I travel). Several very good cultural experiences are included as well as museums, pagodas, and outdoor experiences, too. Guides were first rate, Henry in Vietnam and Seth in Cambodia, added so much to our visit. Practicalities: These tours are fast-paced. You'll need to be able to walk at least a mile at a time in hot conditions on uneven pavement, climb stairs (at the very least, the bus stairs!), get up early and be on time. Best for seasoned travelers used to a fast pace, can keep up with the group, and manage themselves in an independent manner (getting your own medicines if suffering from jet lag, bringing your own water bottle onto the bus each morning and being on time every day, having a cane or walking sticks if you need them, etc.). Work out for at least a month before you depart, wear sensible clothing and shoes, check the weather forecast just before you depart, then be prepared for a lot of "oh, wow!" moments! This is our third smarTours trip; we plan to continue traveling with them because of their great guides, hotels, and experiences.

Russell

My wife and had a wonderful tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Tommy was our guide and he did a great job in making sure everything went smoothly and everything did go smoothly thanks to him

Linda

We had a great time . The hotels were all very nice and he staff were great and helpful. We loved the last hotel in Cambodia was the best and the pool wasvery clean and spacious The staff at the pool were very helpful and pleasant. Our guide was knowledgeable and had a sense of humour and w enjoyed our time with him. We loved everything about the trip but suggest you use a different airlne to get us there

Carol

The trip was fabulous- everything ran like clockwork and our guide, Sinh, was knowledgeable and extremely professional and personable. Will definitely use SmarTours again.

Walter

I was recently on the land portion of Vietnam and Cambodia. I would like to fill out the attached review form, but cannot find it. Would you please either forward another copy of it to me at Walter Seekircher, 45 Highland Down, Shoreham, NY 11786..or print it so that I can access it online. It is important for me to use that form. Thank you so much. Walt Seekircher

Sari

I thoroughly enjoyed out trip to Vietnam & Cambodia, however, as you are aware we missed our connection from Shanghai & it would have been nice had we had a representative to meet us & give us some assistance. The airlines put us up in a seedy hotel that left much to be desired & when we tried to get in ouch with Smart we were unable to do so. Hopefully we will be reinbursed for the day missed on our tour

William

We had a wonderful time with the smart tours Vietnam trip. Our tour guide was phenomenal!! The Itinerary was well thought out and executed. Overall very pleased would like to make one suggestion about Ha Long Bay... Maybe offer an overnight stay on a boat in the bay instead of a hotel.

Jonathan

This was our first group tour and I was a little concerned on being confined to a bus and being rushed from one site to the next. I need not have worried as the tour was a wonderful experience. The tour was well paced with ample time to visit sites, souvenir shop and free time. Kiet Truong, our guide in Vietnam, was informative, giving balanced insight to the complicated history of this fascinating country. He took care of every detail and treated our group like family. Our Cambodian guide was equally excellent. The Ankor temples were certainly the highlight of this trip.

Meera

All in all a great trip with a solid itinerary and a wonderful group! I strongly recommend doing a little more research to take advantage of some of the free time - options include a Vespa tour in Saigon and cooking classes. Great value for the money and wonderful hotels etc. A few items to note: 1) there was a very heavy emphasis on shopping so keep this in mind before you book; 2) a couple of people who had taken multiple smart tours trips described this tour as very heavy on the tipping and “excessively so” - this was my first smart tours but I could see their point; 3) it would have been great to have been given some information by smart tours on optional excursions; 4) smart tours customer service - while we had been given lounge access no one met us at the flight/the customer service was pretty dismissive and unhelpful to the person who called in from our group and to a couple who lost their baggage; and 5) the visa issue - smart tours recommended a third party company that was quite expensive when a simple e-visa was available for the fraction of the cost. I obtained the e-visa but others didn’t. All in all, a great trip and an excellent value for the trip. We had a wonderful grip and certainly hit the highlights. Great experience!

Catherine b

We just returned from this trip (vietnam-cambodia) and can't stop talking about it! SMARTOURS does an excellent job with all the arrangements. We have utilized them on other tours also! Our tour guide, "Tom" (Tung Thanh Bui) (March 27th), was extremely informative, very well versed in the English language, and very compassionate, as i had a very bad cold. Can't wait to book another tour! Thank you Tom!
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