Mekong Odyssey
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Mekong Odyssey

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Venture through Vietnam's cultural centres, natural wonders and fast-paced cities before cruising upstream along the mighty Mekong. Finish up in the resilient land of Cambodia where the Temples of Angkor await your discovery.

tour duration 21 Days from
tour price 4,890pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

Uk - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hue (1N) - Hoi An (2N) - Saigon (2N) - Mekong Cruise (7N) - Siem Reap (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Cruise on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay
Wander the elegant streets of Hoi An
Take a tour of Saigon's colonial treasures
Cruise the mighty Mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia
Take a cyclo ride through splendid Phnom Penh
Get lost in the mysterious temples of Angkor

Days 1-2 Fly to Hanoi
Fly overnight to Vietnam’s vibrant capital city Hanoi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Hanoi
Day 3 Explore Hanoi
Hanoi brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature before taking a cyclo and walking tour around the Old Quarter to sample a range of local cuisine.
Day 3 Explore Hanoi
Days 4-5 Cruise on Halong Bay
Spend two days aboard a traditionally-designed junk cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi for your flight to Hue.
Days 4-5 Cruise on Halong Bay
Day 6 Hue's Imperial Citadel
The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. This morning explore the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City before visiting the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang and the Thien Mu Pagoda which overlooks the Perfume River. Continue by road via the Marble Mountains to Hoi An.
Day 6 Hue's Imperial Citadel
Day 7 Discover Hoi An
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An. A wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and a Chinese temple.
Day 7 Discover Hoi An
Day 8 Discover Saigon
Transfer to Danang for your flight to Saigon. A seamless blend of past and present, Saigon offers a high-octane ride into Vietnam’s ever brighter future. Experience Notre Dame Cathedral and the neoclassical Central Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel; also visit the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 8 Discover Saigon
Day 9 Cu Chi Tunnels
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you’ll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. We’ll then travel to Tay Ninh to attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple. Return to Saigon.
Day 9 Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 10 Mekong River Cruise
Transfer to My Tho, a city on the Mekong Delta, to board your elegant cruise vessel. Sit on the sundeck and sip your welcome cocktail before dining on delicious local cuisine in the bistro-style restaurant. Later, retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night.
Day 10 Mekong River Cruise
Day 11 Cai Be and Sa Dec
Take a Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and seeing the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le.
Day 11 Cai Be and Sa Dec
Day 12 Cham Tribal village and Chau Doc
Visit a Cham Tribal village, a catfish farm and enjoy a trishaw ride around Chau Doc. Cruise through the Cambodian border overnighting near Phnom Penh.
Day 12 Cham Tribal village and Chau Doc
Day 13 Phnom Penh
Cambodia’s capital is a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Take a cyclo ride around the centre to see the main sights, including the dazzling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. This afternoon visit the harrowing Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum.
Day 13 Phnom Penh
Day 14 Tonle River
Travel up the Tonle Sap River by boat or road (depending on water levels) to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh.
Day 14 Tonle River
Day 15 Countryside Scenery
Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll of Angkor Ban. Continue by boat through delightful Cambodian countryside reaching the charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening.
Day 15 Countryside Scenery
Day 16 Irrawaddy Dolphins
From Kratie travel by bus to view the Irrawaddy dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.
Day 16 Irrawaddy Dolphins
Day 17 Siem Reap
Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. This afternoon visit the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly-embellished rose-coloured sandstone temple, before watching the sunset from the summit of Pre Rup.
Day 17 Siem Reap
Day 18 Explore Angkor
Encompassing the seats of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries the Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square kilometres and includes over 1,000 temples. Rising early, the tour begins at Ta Prohm. Continue to the walled city of Angkor Thom, passing through the South Gate flanked by 54 stone figures. Reach the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and Leper King before dedicating your afternoon to Angkor Wat, an exemplar of Khmer architecture and a monument to religious devotion.
Day 18 Explore Angkor
Day 19 Tonle Sap
Spend the morning experiencing life on the water in the floating village of Kampong Kleang. From here continue to Beng Melea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by the jungle.
Day 19 Tonle Sap
Days 20-21 Depart Siem Reap
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Days 20-21 Depart Siem Reap

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

02-Mar > 22-Mar - £4,890 BOOK NOW
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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4890 (Hanoi - Siem Reap)
Single room from £3390
Tipping paid locally US$168
Upgrade to Upper Deck on from £500

01-Feb > 21-Feb - £5,290 BOOK NOW
15-Mar > 04-Apr - £5,190 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4890 (Hanoi - Siem Reap)
Single room from £3390
Tipping paid locally US$168
Upgrade to Upper Deck on from £500

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Chalcedony Hotel
Chalcedony Hotel - Hanoi, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Chalcedony hotel - An Excellent New 4 Star Hotel is located in the centre of the Hanoi Old Quarter close to Hang Than Street, Van Xuan Park. The hotel consists of 73 spacious elegant en-suite rooms featuring air-conditioning, LCD TV, and tea/coffee facilities. Wi-Fi, a gym and evening entertainment is also available.



La Residence Hue
La Residence Hue - Hue, Vietnam (1 Nights)
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La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station.



Palm Garden Resort
Palm Garden Resort - Hoi An, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Lan Lan 2
Lan Lan 2 - Saigon, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Lan Lan 2 Hotel is located in an exciting commercial area and houses over 100 guest rooms with all basic amenities. From Lan Lan 2 Hotel, it takes only a few minutes to walk to Ben Thanh Market, Unification Palace, the City’s French Post Office, Revolutionary Museum and it is a convenient 20 minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.



Angkor Holiday Hotel
Angkor Holiday Hotel - Siem Reap, Cambodia (3 Nights)
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This small hotel features air conditioned rooms with flat screen satellite television, en-suite facilities, safety deposit box and complimentary bathrobes. There is also a spa with sauna, an outdoor pool with a hot tub, and an onsite restaurant offering international cuisine. Room service is available and there is also an onsite bar.



Bangkok Extension

Bangkok Extension

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 380pp
Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 240pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 420pp

UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
Touring with guides & entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
All meals
Local soft drinks, local beer and local spirits on the cruise
All excursions
Crew gratuities
Use of bikes on board

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a long length of time available and who are interested in visiting the main cities and sights of Vietnam and Camboida. This tour also has a 7 night Mekong River Cruise.

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