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Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

Escorted Tour 2019 and 2020

From Bangkok to the Mekong

Experience the excitement of the Thai capital, Bangkok. See the River Kwai, the vast serenity of Angkor Wat, and the palaces and museums of Phnom Penh. You'll also drift through the exquisite waterways of the Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City - formerly and famously Saigon - on this wonderful tour of South East Asia.

Tour Highlights
A guided tour of Bangkok - its Buddhas, palaces and monuments
A scenic journey to the Cambodian border and French colonial Battambang
A cruise across the 'Great Lake' of Tonle Sap
Two full days at Siem Reap, including a visit to the temple complex of Angkor Wat
A tour around the evocative Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh
A journey along the mighty Mekong River by fast passenger boat
A visit to the unique floating market at Cai Rang
A visit to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon)
A chance to see the infamous Cu Chi tunnel complex, a former Viet Cong hideaway
What does the price included?
12 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a series of four-star hotels in Bangkok (3 nights), Battambang (1), Siem Reap (3), Phnom Penh (1), Chaudoc (1), Cantho (1) and Ho Chi Minh City (2)
Lunch on Days Six and 9-13, and dinner on Days 5-11 and 13
Return flights from the UK to Bangkok (via Doha, Dubai or Singapore) returning from Ho Chi Minh City
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach and boat travel and transfers
All included tours detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Must experience: The sunrise over the temple complex of Angkor Wat with the sounds of birdsong and monks chanting in the background.

Fascinating fact: The immense Golden Buddha at Bangkok's Wat Traimit, officially called Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon, weighs in at five-and-a-half tons. The body of the statue is 40 per cent pure gold, the section from the chin to the forehead is 80 per cent pure, and the hair and the topknot, weighing 45 kg, are 99 per cent pure gold.

Departure Airport Date Price From
From London Heathrow


London Heathrow 23 January 2019 £2199
London Heathrow 06 March 2019 £2199
London Heathrow 13 March 2019 £2199
London Heathrow 24 April 2019 £2149
London Heathrow 15 May 2019 £1999
London Heathrow 11 September 2019 £2049
London Heathrow 18 September 2019 £2049
London Heathrow 09 October 2019 £2199
London Heathrow 13 November 2019 £2149
London Heathrow 20 November 2019 £2149

London Heathrow 22 January 2020 £2179
London Heathrow 04 March 2020 £2179
London Heathrow 13 May 2020 £2099
London Heathrow 16 September 2020 £2099
London Heathrow 07 October 2020 £2179
London Heathrow 11 November 2020 £2179

From Manchester

Manchester 23 January 2019 £2199
Manchester 06 March 2019 £2199
Manchester 13 March 2019 £2199
Manchester 24 April 2019 £2149
Manchester 15 May 2019 £1999
Manchester 11 September 2019 £2049
Manchester 18 September 2019 £2049
Manchester 09 October 2019 £2199
Manchester 13 November 2019 £2149
Manchester 20 November 2019 £2149

Manchester 22 January 2020 £2179
Manchester 04 March 2020 £2179
Manchester 13 May 2020 £2099
Manchester 16 September 2020 £2099
Manchester 07 October 2020 £2179
Manchester 11 November 2020 £2179

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a European four-star standard. Throughout, rooms have air conditioning, private facilities, telephones, TV, mini-bars and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
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Further Information
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Tonle Sap
Should the water in Tonle Sap Lake be too low, the journey by boat on Day Six will be replaced with coach transportation.

Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. A visa is required for entry to Cambodia. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for six months beyond the exit date from Cambodia. The current charge for British Citizens is £30. British Citizens do not require a visa to visit Thailand. Until 30 June 2021, British Citizens do not require a visa for single entry visits to Vietnam if staying for less than 15 days. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before your departure date. Until 30 June 2021, British Citizens do not require a visa for single entry visits to Vietnam if staying for less than 15 days. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before your departure date.

Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

On your flight
All flights travel overnight and land at your destination the next day. On-board meals will usually be dinner and breakfast. All drinks are complimentary.

Luggage allowance
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Road Conditions
In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.


Day One: Fly to Thailand
Begin your holiday with an overnight flight to Bangkok via Singapore, Doha or Dubai.

Day Two: Included Bangkok city tour
After a relaxed morning, you'll head into the city for a guided tour of Bangkok, starting on Rattanakosin Island, the 'royal island' on the bank of the River Kwai. You'll visit the Grand Palace and the adjoining Wat Phra Kaew temple, as well as the Wat Pho temple - home to the gigantic figure of the Reclining Buddha. You'll also see the ornate five-and-a-half-ton Golden Buddha at Chinatown's Wat Traimit temple.
Round off your day by joining your fellow travellers for a traditional Thai Dinner with Dance optional excursion, and celebrate the first of your three nights in the city.

Day Three: Optional River Kwai excursion
Relax in Bangkok, or perhaps join today's optional River Kwai and the Death Railway excursion. Travel by train, through a fascinating landscape of rice fields and sugar-cane plantations and into the Thai jungle, to Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi. Enjoy lunch, and visit Kanchanaburi's beautifully-tended war cemeteries as well as the various museums connected with this area's tragic WWII history, the construction of the Death Railway and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai.

Day Four: Optional Floating Markets excursion
Immerse yourself in Thai culture, today, on our optional excursion to the floating markets at Damnoen Saduak. Watch as the locals buy fresh produce from the traders on the boats, then head back into Bangkok to visit the 70-acre Rose Gardens to witness displays of Thai culture, Thai boxing and folk dancing, and enjoy an included buffet lunch.

Day Five: From Thailand to Cambodia
You'll have an early start to make the most of the day, this morning, as we travel through the unspoilt rural landscape to the border where you'll cross into Cambodia at Aranyaprathet-Poipet. Formalities completed, you'll begin the second part of your adventure with the short journey to the elegant French colonial city of Battambang.

Day Six: Ksach Puoy to Siem Reap
Today you travel to the village of Ksach Poy, situated on the banks of the Sangker River, which is home to some delightful traditional wooden Khmer stilt-houses. Moving on, we'll head to the colourful market town of Siem Reap, home to the archaeological Angkor National Museum, and gateway to the incredible temple complex of Angkor Thom.
This evening, you'll get your first taste of traditional Cambodian culture at an included dinner and dance show.

Day Seven: Included Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat excursion
Discover the four vast stone heads and countless carved faces of the Bayon, which stands in the heart of the 'lost city' of Angkor Thom, today.
Angkor Thom was the greatest citadel of the Khmer Empire that ruled half of South East Asia for nearly 600 years, and its ruined boulevards and gateways cover a vast area to the north of Siem Reap. And yet it is not the highlight of this landscape littered with great ruins. That title goes to Angkor Wat. The world's largest religious building, with its five great towers and 1000-metre-long carved bas-relief, is dazzling and unforgettable. Expect to return to your hotel awed and amazed by everything you've seen.

Day Eight: Cruise across Tonle Sap
Journey across Tonle Sap, South East Asia's Great Lake, and see the villages built entirely on stilts that are home to the floating communities whose livelihoods depend on the lake's waters. An afternoon visit to the Angkor National Museum, to see its collection of sculptures, stonework and oher priceless artefacts, rounds of a fascinating day.

Day Nine: From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Travel to the evocative Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, set on the banks of the Mekong River, where you'll take an introductory afternoon's guided tour that includes The Royal Palace, and its Silver Pagoda of priceless Buddhist artefacts.
This evening, you'll have dinner at Phnom Penh's famous, riverside Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Day 10: Included Tuol Sleng Museum visit and Mekong boat trip to Vietnam
Today begins with a thought-provoking morning visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, which chronicles the Pol Pot years and the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to take a good look around the National Museum of Cambodia, the country's largest cultural, historical and archaeological museum.
You'll then board the fast boat along the Mekong River to feel the wind on your face on a thrilling boat ride into Vietnam, arriving at your overnight hotel in the border town of Chau Doc.

Day 11: Included Nui Sam visit and travel to Can Tho
Your day begins with a visit to the holy mountain of Nui Sam. Studded with pagodas and temples, the mountain offers visitors stunning views over the Mekong Delta (which you'll be heading towards today). You'll stay overnight in the university town of Can Tho, with its colourful floating markets, busy working harbour and sacred Khmer pagoda: Muniwangsyaram.

Day 12: From Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City
Brilliantly coloured orchards, lush forests and traditional rice fields criss-crossed by a network of small tributaries: this is the unmistakable landscape of the Mekong Delta. Today, you'll enjoy a boat ride to the floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be, and visit the delta town of Vinh Long.
By evening, you'll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City for a two-night stay.

Day 13: Included Chu Chi Tunnels excursion
The remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex provides a poignant reminder of the country's recent history. This 200 km underground labyrinth was used by the Viet Cong as a base, and now serves as a national memorial for those who lost their lives in the conflict.

Day 14: Included Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Today's final guided tour reveals Ho Chi Minh City's fascinating mix of French colonial history and modern Vietnamese life. You'll see the grand General Post Office, the Reunification Hall on the site of the former President's Palace, the Xa Loi Pagoda with its bronze Buddha, and (time permitting) the War Remnants Museum.
Your holiday ends with a celebratory farewell dinner: the perfect opportunity to look back on your holiday and relive the many highlights with your travelling companions (and new-found friends) before you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK via Singapore, Doha or Dubai.

Day 15: Arrive back in the UK
You'll touch down in the UK, today, after an unforgettable tour of South East Asia.

This tour is operated by Newmarket Holidays.
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Newmarket Holidays
ATOL number V7812

All passengers must have a valid passport for this tour. Depending on the country issuing your passport, a visa is also required. More information can be found at the Identity & Passport Service

Identity and Passport service

Customers should ensure that they are fit enough to travel, please check with your General Practictioner and www.fco.gov.uk/travel and www.nathnac.org

The latest advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office about travelling abroad

Foreign and commonwealth office

Travel Insurance
You are strongly recommended to take adequate insurance for all passengers for this tour

Mobility We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns

We advise customers take travel insurance for all bookings

We strongly advise that you check the latest advice from the Foreign and commonwealth office about travelling abroad both before booking and before travelling


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