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Vietnam & Cambodia for Solo Travellers

16 days from only €3,559pp

Experience more with so much included

  • See the hauntingly beautiful and inspirational countryside with shimmering rice fields, where buffaloes are tended by farmers adorned with conical hats
  • Visit the Angkor ruins, a UNESCO-listed complex of ancient temples and one of the world’s greatest ancient sites
  • Guided tour of the fascinating Cu-Chi tunnels, the former Vietcong underground stronghold and a poignant reminder of the US-Vietnam conflict
  • Cycle rickshaw tour of Hanoi seeing the Temple of Literature, tree-lined avenues, colonial belle-époque villas
  • Take a leisurely cruise in UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay aboard a converted Chinese junk
  • Visit to Hue with a guided tour of the Citadel and Forbidden City plus visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and Emperor Tu Duc’s temple
  • Enjoy a full-day trip on the mighty Mekong delta, the world's 10th-largest river system
  • City tour of Phnom Penh including the Tuol Sleng Museum
  • A welcome dinner on the first night to get to know your travelling companions
  • Return travel from Dublin with premium economy upgrades at a supplement, plus transfers to and from the hotel included
  • Hand-picked four and five-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and five meals included
  • Services of our experienced tour manager

Selected departures November 2018 and January 2019

 
At a Glance
4 to 5-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast, 4 meals & welcome dinner
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Visit the major sights of Vietnam and Cambodia, the very essence of Indochina, experiencing their captivating blend of French colonial history, unique local culture and beautiful rural scenery. The overwhelming image retained by visitors to Vietnam is that of a country blessed with an extraordinary beauty. It’s a mosaic of mist-shrouded mountains, vibrant green forests, a patch-work of rice paddies and pristine white beaches, whilst its villages and cities are custodians of the culture and monuments of a unique 2,000 year old civilisation.

A journey through some of the delightful countryside is like stepping back in time: farmers bent double underneath their traditional conical hats work in fields stretching into the distance, whilst docile water buffalo methodically plough the rice paddies. On the roads there are bicycles being ridden to market, over-loaded with everything from huge sacks of rice to an imponderable number of ducks! Lining the riverbanks are wooden houses, balancing precariously on stilts and thatched with palm leaves.

Vietnam has a long and chequered past: for 2,000 years it was ruled by the Chinese, the Khmers, Mongols, Portuguese and the Japanese. They all left their legacies in the temples and Pagodas, together with palaces, fortresses and innumerable other buildings in every style imaginable. It was then colonised by the French, whose contribution was cathedrals, fine mansions, neo-classical public buildings, not forgetting excellent baguettes and pastries – an eclectic mix! Many visitors also inevitably recall the US-Vietnam war – who could forget those dramatic images of the frantic helicopter flights from the roof of the US embassy?

In the past few years Vietnam has opened its doors to the world and much has changed. Today, in one of the world’s last communist countries, the motorcycles and western dress of the industrious youth happily co-exist with orange-clad Buddhist monks and political posters from a different era. Visitors are invariably impressed by the development of excellent hotels and services in all the major centres and the much-improved road network. Hanoi and Saigon still retain a French flavour in their pavement cafés, architecture and wide tree-lined boulevards. In Hue, the former imperial capital, we see the amazing Citadel and its imperial Forbidden City, modelled on Beijing. Contorted by years of erosion, we’ll also explore the staggeringly beautiful rock formations of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

But Vietnam is more than just history and scenery. It also boasts a world-class gastronomic heritage: a delicious fusion of Malay, Chinese and Thai cuisines. With plenty of French-run restaurants thrown in for good measure, all at excellent prices, you really are in for a treat! The Vietnamese themselves are a wonderfully friendly people, always smiling, courteous and proud to show off their beautiful country to all.

Our tour in Cambodia includes a stay in the capital, Phnom Penh. Beautifully located at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh, with its vibrant riverside ambience, is one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Asian cities. After being virtually completely depopulated during Pol Pot’s regime, the city is now full of life and thriving once more. A short flight away is the town of Siem Reap, the gateway to the incredible complex of temples within the ancient city of Angkor. At its height in the thirteenth century, Angkor had a staggering one million inhabitants, larger in area than Manhattan. It was the capital of the fabulously wealthy Khmer Empire that stretched from Thailand, through Laos and Cambodia to southern Vietnam. The incredible state of preservation, the beauty of its design and artistry of its sculptures have, for many, made Angkor one of the great wonders of the world.

Vietnam and Cambodia are countries in flux, but bicycles and mopeds still outnumber cars by 100 to 1, so now is the time to visit these most fascinating and colourful destinations, whilst so much of their unique character and traditions are still in evidence!

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on one person in a double/twin room for sole occupancy. Price includes thirteen nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, in four and five-star hotels, five lunches; all flights as mentioned all touring as mentioned, all transfers, all local accommodation taxes and airport/flight taxes, hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Included excursions are Halong Bay cruise, guided tours of Hanoi, Hue, Saigon, Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong Delta and Phnom Penh, plus one-day entrance and guided tour of Angkor;

Not included: Vietnamese and Cambodian visas. See ‘Visa and Health Information’ section for details.

Please note that the luggage allowance for internal flights is limited to one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg.

Visa Information

Vietnamese visa

To apply for a Vietnamese visa please visit www.vietnamembassy.ie where the correct forms can be downloaded and emailed, along with a scanned copy of your passport photo page. You will also need to download, scan and attach the passport photo and postal address form to the relevant department to begin your visa application. Please contact the Embassy by email at [email protected] for bank account details and relevant fee information, don't forget to mention that you are applicant from Republic of Ireland.

Upon receipt of your visa, you are required to check and make sure all the information is correct (especially passport number and visa date). Any error must be notified to the embassy staff immediately and before your trip to Vietnam.

Your visa will be valid from the date of entry (provided in the application form) and extend for 30 days or 90 days depending on the type of visa. You can visit Vietnam on and after the date of entry and must leave before the visa expires.

This information is correct at the time of publishing. While we endeavour to provide accurate information, it may change with minimum notice. Please contact the relevant embassy for visa information.

Cambodian visa

Available on arrival in Phnom Penh upon completion of a simple application form and payment of $30 per person. You will also need two passport-sized photos and if you arrive without photos, there is an extra charge of around $2 per person. Visas may also be arranged and paid for online prior to departure: please see www.evisa.mfaic.gov.kh for details. Local departure taxes: currently $25 per person for Cambodia, payable locally. Please note all visa costs are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

En route to the first hotel, we will stop for breakfast in Hanoi and have a sightseeing tour, lasting around 2 hours.

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Hanoi - Noi Bai International Airport Hanoi 1 hr Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport 20 mins

Fact File

  • Currencies: Dong, Reil
  • Deposit: €200 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 11 hrs 30 mins to 13 hrs 10 mins
  • Languages: Vietnamese, Khmer
  • Time zone: GMT+7
  • Countries: Vietnam, Cambodia

Health

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights, therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels are quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for Vietnam & Cambodia at least a month before departure.